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Gliding Courses

There are a series of gliding courses that are available to Air Cadets.

For younger cadets (over 13 years 3 months) these start with a series of three Gliding Induction Courses (GIC) and for those cadets over 16 years old there are Gliding Scholarship Courses (GS) available. 

Those cadets who demonstrate aptitude for further training may be selected for Advanced Glider Training (AGT).

Details of what you will learn on these courses (on the Vigilant self-launching glider) are shown below:-

GIC 1        GIC 2        GIC 3        GS (Blue)        GS (Silver)        AGT

Gliding Induction Course 1

Eligibility

Minimum age 13 Years 3 Months

Ground School

Vigilant Passenger Safety Brief

Aircraft Walkround

Aircraft attitudes

Explanation of the operation of the altimeter

Pitch and correct operation of the Elevator

Handover & Takeover of controls

Airfield discipline

How to enter and exit the aircraft

How to don and doff the parachute

20 Minute Flight

Straight and level flight attitude

Local area appreciation

Pitch (including student practice) 

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Gliding Induction Course 2

Eligibility

Minimum age 13 years 3 months and completed GIC 1

Ground School

Vigilant Passenger Safety Brief

Aircraft Walkround 

Explanation of the operation of the airspeed indicator

Roll and correct operation of the Ailerons

Revision of handover & Takeover of controls

Airfield discipline

How to enter and exit the aircraft

How to don and doff the parachute

25 Minute Flight

Revision of Straight and level flight attitude

Revision of pitching the aircraft

Roll (including student practice)

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Gliding Induction Course 3

Eligibility

Minimum age 13 years 3 months  and completed GIC 2

Ground School

Vigilant Passenger Safety Brief

Aircraft Walkround 

Explanation of the purpose of the slip ball

Yaw and correct operation of the Rudder

Revision of handover & Takeover of controls

Airfield discipline

How to enter and exit the aircraft

How to don and doff the parachute

30 Minute Flight 

Revision of Straight and level flight Attitude
Revision of pitching and rolling the aircraft
Yaw (including student practice)
Obtaining Straight and Level Flight (inc student practice)
Demonstration Stall

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Gliding Scholarship (Blue)

Eligibility

Must be a minimum of 16 years of age

Be medically fit (hold a F6424)

Be a Leading Cadet or above

Flying Hours

8 hours dual

Syllabus

a) Upper Air Exercises -Selection of attitudes, trim and airbrakes

Straight and level flight, climbing and gliding

Turning

Stalling

b) Circuit Exercises -Normal and high circuits

Take off

Approach and landing (including balloon landings)

Engine Failures after Take Off

c) Ground School 

Lectures on each of the above exercises

Gliding Scholarship written Examination

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Gliding Scholarship (Silver)

Eligibility

Must be a minimum of 16 years of age

Be medically fit (hold a F4124)

Be a leading cadet or above

Flying Hours

Up to an additional 2 hours dual training on top of the blue standard scholarship

Syllabus

a) Upper Air Exercises 

As per Gliding Scholarship blue standard

b) Circuit Exercises

Revision of those specified to achieve a solo standard

c) Solo/Ghost Solo Circuit: 

One solo or ghost solo circuit dependent on runway in use and weather conditions

d) Ground School 

As per Gliding Scholarship blue standard

Gliding Scholarship written Examination

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Advanced Glider Training

Eligibility

Must have completed Gliding Scholarship

Flying Hours

Minimum 4 hours dual and 1 hour solo

Syllabus

a) Dual Revision 

Basic Handling

Stall Prevention

Circuits

Emergency Procedures

b) Other Training 

Basic RT Procedures

360 degree turns

Leaving and rejoining the circuit

Accurate Landings in a defined area

Engine shutdown procedures and engine off handling

Crosswind Landings

c) Solo Flying 

5 Circuits plus out of circuit flying (engine off rejoins are optional)

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