by Sgt (ATC) Sam White
Two members of 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron are celebrating after being selected for, and completing the prestigious Air Cadet Pilot Scheme (ACPS).
Cadet Flight Sergeant Jamie Partovi and Cadet Sergeant Callum Parker were both selected to take part in the scheme, which takes place at Tayside Aviation near Dundee, and were two of only around 140 Cadets selected to take part in the scheme each year.
They were the first cadets from 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron to have completed the scholarship in a number of years!
The two-week long course involved both FS Partovi and Sgt Parker learning how to fly the Grob Heron (an aircraft very similar to the Grob Tutor that the Air Experience Flights use) and becoming familiar with radio procedures, which were a step up from anything either of them had experienced before as Tayside Aviation is based at Dundee Airport.
Towards the end of the course
the candidates took an exam, which assessed the basics of the ACPS and the aircraft
we fly, such as runway markings, Air Traffic Control signals and the aircraft specifications.
Both Cadets have done especially well to complete the scholarships and we hope that it will go a long way in helping both FS Partovi and Sgt Parker with their future careers.
Flying Scholarships are just one of the many opportunities that can be offered by the Air Training Corps, if you are aged 13-17 and interested please visit www.ilkley-atc.co.uk