621VGS News

News from November 2010

Posted on: November 27th, 2010 by admin

Flight Staff Cadet Sam Cooper, along with three other cadets from his squadron (1446 Clevedon), have won this years Schools Aerospace Challenge.

The Schools Aerospace Challenge is a competition run every year by the RAF and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers to find a solution to an aerospace problem. The task for the 2010 competition was to find a way to:

  • make air-to-air re-fueling easier for the pilot,
  • allow re-fueling of un-manned aerial vehicles,
  • intruduce the possibility of air-to-air re-arming.

Entering the idea of using GPS to locate the tanker, a system of lasers and prisms to guide the aircraft onto the basket, and existing technology to allow the aircraft to communicate, the team make it through to the finals at Cranfield University. The finals saw the team take part in many activities, including a flight at the controls of a helicopter and a light aircraft, a flight in a Jetstream.

Schools Aerospace Challenge 2010

The winning team gave a presentation of their idea at an awards ceremony in London by the Chief of the Air Staff Sir Stephen Dalton. Their were presented with a Trophey and a cheque for £5000 to be shared between the team and the Squadron.

Chief of the Air Staff presenting FSC Cooper Schools Aerospace Challenge Trophey

The Schools Aerospace Challenge is now once again open to applicants from both schools and youth organisations. More information can be found at www.aerospacechallenge.org

Posted on: November 22nd, 2010 by admin

Also presented at the 621 Dinner to celebrate 100,000 launches from Hullavington were long service awards for CGI Andy Trickey and CGI Neil Payne.

Andy Trickey and Neil Payne being presented Long Service Awards

This was the second time Andy has been awarded the Long Service Award.

Posted on: November 21st, 2010 by admin

The John Stride Trophey was awarded jointly to Ashton Marshall and Jonny Beech at a Squadron dinner to celebrate 100,000 launches from Hullavington last night.

Jonny and Ashton - John Stride Trophey Winners

The John Stride Trophey is awarded to the best Flight Staff Cadet. The CO, CFI and DCFI assign points to their preferences without confering, the points are then added together. This year there were five Flight Staff Cadets close together at the top. It is only the second time that it has been jointly awarded.

Posted on: November 11th, 2010 by admin

Cubs from 194th gain Aviation Badge