Brilliant Success


Wednesday night saw 51 (Orton) Squadron open their doors to potential new recruits, for both cadets and staff alike. It was a successful evening with existing cadets and staff, mixing with the general public to show and demonstrate what the ATC can offer the local community.

There was stations setup showing some of the activities available through the corps from training, to shooting and evening flying.

Warrant Officer Gary Wilcox took over classroom two, with two of our most recent cadets, and three of our newly qualified First Class Training Cadets (FCTC), to give examples of the training involved in the initial weeks through the FCTC training program. Flight Sergeant Darren Smith, with the assistance of Corporal Conor Wells, used the squadron’s flight simulator, which many of the visitors took hold of the controls, and took their first sample of flying, all of whom after their initial training will have the opportunity to fly the light aircraft through the ATC at Cranwell.

Along with the shooting and general conversation, the evening completed with the enrolment of at least 6 new cadets, of which Flt Lt Andy Mason said, “If we only have 6 new recruits this will be a fantastic success, but with the word of mouth this could easily double”.

If you are interested is joining the ATC, but were unable to attend last Wednesday, or indeed was not aware, please do not hesitate to come along any Tuesday or Wednesday evening between 19:15 and 21:00 hours to look around our Head Quarters, for more information please visit our website www.51sqnatc.co.uk or call 07725 873 405.