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Wing Field Day 201528th June 2015

 

Above photo; Following Final Parade of 850 cadets and staff at this year's competition, reviewed by Air Marshal Sir Graham Miller.

Well done to all cadets at 230 Sqn who formed the strong team sent to this years WFD at MOD Stafford.

Standards in the competition were high as usual and the excellent team effort was a credit to the sqn! 

Congratulations to the Shooting Team who came 2nd, First Aid were 6th, Drill Team 7th and Banner Team 10th. With all eight results combined 230 Sqn ATC placed 12th overall.

 

Congratulations to the overall Staffordshire Wing winners 1206 Sqn ATC.

The full set of results is at the link below;

https://www.facebook.com/oc.staffordshirewg/photos/a.446929532011158.88752.446826755354769/869464139757693/?type=1

Armed Forces Day27th June 2015

 

Sincere thanks to the Congleton Town Mayor, Town Crier, civilian committee members & cadets who helped on our Armed Forces Day stall today. The people of Congleton were hugely supportive of this very worthy cause and approximately £350 was raised for the Armed Forces charities.

 
Passing out Parade and RIAT air traffic control talk14th June 2015
An excellent passing out parade tonight with four new cadets proudly joining 230 sqn ATC and parading in front of parents, staff and cadets. The new cadets were presented with certificates and a Bible each by the sqn Padre Mr Derek Balsdon.
The sqn also enjoyed an excellent talk from Wing Commander Ian Revell RAF VR(T)  (seen far left in photo), CO of the aerospace course, on the Royal International Air Tattoo air traffic control.
 
NCO development6th June 2015

230 Sqn ATC hosted the Staffordshire Wing North Sector Potential NCO Course and NCO Development Course with cadets joining from local Sqns; Nantwich, Sandbach, Crewe, Alsager, and Biddulph. Well done to the cadets who all passed with flying colours! Pictured below Sector Commander Sqn Ldr Holland and Sector Warrant Officer Lennon with staff and cadets.

 

Puma 2 of 230 Tiger Squadron RAF28th May 2015

230 Sqn ATC enjoyed a fantastic surprise visit from a Puma 2 crew from their big brother sqn;  230 'Tiger' Sqn RAF based at RAF Benson.

The Puma 2 was on a scheduled training flight to several locations in the Midlands and North West and after a refueling stop at Stafford it took only eight minutes for the aircraft to navigate to Congleton, landing at St Mary's School playing field where it was welcomed by staff and cadets from 230 Sqn ATC. This also caused great excitement amongst children and parents of the school who had heard the aircraft arriving.

 

Landing in an urban environment in the playing field and instructing the cadets on how to safely board and exit the aircraft was excellent training for the pilots and crew who were practising the skills necessary, for example, in a humanitarian rescue or civilian evacuation situation. 

 

Sixteen cadets in two groups then experienced a flight in the Puma 2, the route taking them north towards Macclesfield getting a great view of the Cheshire Plain and Jodrell Bank then east towards the hills and reservoirs at the edge of the Peak District before returning to Congleton. A couple of tight banking turns saw some cadets taking a firm grip of their seats!

 

Thank you to the Puma crew from all the cadets for allowing them to play a part in their training exercise!

A video of the boarding and take-off can be seen here : https://vimeo.com/129255132

 

 

This is a fantastic example of one of the opportunities, activities and experiences available to enthusiastic and committed cadets in the ATC. If you have an interest in aviation, are aged 12 or over and would like to join the premier youth organisation in the U.K. why not contact us using our contact page above.   

 
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