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Aviation Training (Flying)

Flying is usually at 10 Air Experience Flight School, RAF Woodvale in a Grob Tutor. Flying is free and a coach will take you there. We usually go flying with cadets from other local squadrons.
If you attend an Easter or summer annual camp, you will also fly at the nearest Air Experience Flying school. There are also opportunities to fly in RAF transport aircraft or helicopters.

Aviation Training Package (Blue ATP) Blue Wings

The Blue ATP introduces cadets to aeronautical concepts including the primary and further effects of controls, lift vectors and airfield procedures.

Aviation Training Package (Bronze ATP) Bronze Wings

Following on from the Blue ATP, there are 3 elements to this training to further develop aviation knowledge.

  • Blue

  • Bronze

Flying Scholarships

Air Cadets Pilot Navigation Training Scheme (ACPNTS) Silver Wings

The Silver ACPNTS provides 8 hours of flying training at an Air Experience Flight (AEF). There are 2 elements to this training.

  • Silver

Air Cadets Pilot Scholarship (ACPS) Gold Wings
Air Cadets Air Experience Flight Course (ACAEFC) Gold Wings

The Gold ACPS provides 12 hours of flying training in a single engine piston aircraft. Minimum age of 16 years for ACPS.
The Gold ACAEFC course provides 10 hours of flying training at an RAF Air Experience Flight (AEF). Minimum age of 18 years for ACAEFC.

  • Gold

Flying Gallery...

Aviation Training (Gliding)

The Vigilant motor glider is used at 635 Squadron Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS), RAF Topcliffe, Thirsk. Cadets new to the Squadron go to the gliding school in groups of four. Your first visit to the gliding school, is called the Gliding Induction Course (GIC) and you can go from the age of 13.

Aviation Training Package (Blue ATP) Blue Wings

The Blue ATP introduces cadets to aeronautical concepts including the primary and further effects of controls, lift vectors and airfield procedures.

Aviation Training Package (Bronze ATP) Bronze Wings

Following on from the Blue ATP, there are 3 elements to this training to further develop aviation knowledge.

  • Blue

  • Bronze

Gliding Scholarships

Gliding Scholarship (SGS) Silver Wings

The Silver SGS provides the opportunity to fly a glider to solo standard. There are 4 elements to the training.

Gliding Training (GWGT) Gold Wings

The Gold GWGT is divided into 2 elements. Must be a Flight Staff Cadet (FSC) appointed to a VGS.

  • Silver

  • Gold

Gliding Gallery...

Squadron Band

Locally the Squadron Band can be seen leading the Remembrance Day Parade in Little Hulton or playing at the occasional carnival in and around the area.

The Squadron has a drum and trumpet band that practices regularly. If you practice regularly, you will have the opportunity to take the relevant badge test.


From October 2010 the squadron offered the opportunity for band members, to register for the BTEC Level 2 in Music for Practical Performance. This is administrated by the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Office. Those cadets who pass their badge test and gain Leading Cadet and above and who are in year 11 and under 18 who wish to engage in some extra course work can apply to register. There are two work books and some work will be required outside of cadet normal activity.


Musician Blue Badge

The blue badge is awarded on the basis of musical ability.

  • Drummer

  • Trumpeter

  • Musician

  • Piper

Band Tunes ๐Ÿ”Š Drum ๐Ÿฅ

  • Intro - 3x3x7

  • Chops

  • Sticks

  • Trench

  • Soldier

  • Hoover

  • Offbeat

  • Ernie

  • Spider

  • Abswing / Abkick Drum Solo

Band Tunes ๐Ÿ”Š Trumpet ๐ŸŽบ

  • Saints

  • Georgia

  • Huntsman

  • Abswing

  • Abkick

  • Fanfare

  • Major

  • Hoover

  • General Salute

  • Marching

  • Number 1

  • Pooki

Band Tunes ๐Ÿ”Š New WIP ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿค˜

  • Sailor

  • Vader

  • Rock

  • Snow

  • Fox

  • Boston

  • Halo

  • Hanna

  • Reef

  • Wellerman

  • Ark

  • Run

  • Storm

  • Football

  • Simpsons

  • Saucer

  • Holiday

  • Britannia

  • Dance

  • Dust

  • Solo

  • Town

  • Farmer

  • Mario

  • Mexico

  • Mongolia

  • Pirate

  • Prodigy

  • Rally

  • England

  • Honda

  • Scotland

  • Nation

  • Rocky

  • Horn

  • Worsley

  • La Vista

  • Thrones

  • Rings

  • Road

  • Betty

Wing Musician Bronze Badge

Awarded for Wing musical representation, having achieved Blue Musician Badge.

Regional Musician Silver Badge

Awarded for Regional musical representation, having achieved Blue or Bronze Musician Badge.

National Musician Gold Badge

Awarded for National music representation, having achieved Blue, Bronze or Silver Musician Badge.
For National Piper complete an ACF Annual Pipes and Drums Concentration and performance at Inverness and Dingwall.

Band Gallery...

Annual Camps

Each year selected cadets are chosen to attend an Easter, summer or autumn camp at a RAF Station for a week. The aim of camps are to allow cadets, the opportunity to gain work experience. To participate in activities such as flying, shooting, leadership and sports, as well as living away from home for a week.

Oversea Camps

Senior cadets have the opportunity to attend overseas camps in Gibraltar, Cyprus and Germany.

Weekend Camps

Use of different Stations or sites take place at different times of the year. RAF Cosford and Shawbury are used regularly by the Squadron, to run sports leaders courses, shooting weekends and leadership courses.

  • Annual Camp

  • Oversea Camp

  • Weekend Camp

Camps Gallery...


The Communications Syllabus starts almost straight away during basic training, when new cadets learn about simple radio communication procedures and the phonetic alphabet.

Basic Radio Operator & Cyber Awarness

The Blue badge is an introduction to the competent use a radio for general administrative duties and small exercises where the use of correct procedures must be demonstrated. There is also a requirement to watch the introduction to Cyber Security video that looks at; online footprints, texting, sexting and cyber bullying.

  • Blue

Radio Specialist

Radio Operator Bronze Badge

Having achieved the Basic Radio Operator and Cyber Awareness Blue Badge, the aim is to give a cadet the skills required to be a radio operator for a flight of cadets during an exercise.

Radio Communications Silver Badge

Following on from the Radio Operator Bronze Badge, the following training aims to develop the skills required to run a network control station during a radio led exercise and further develop communication skills.

Radio Communications Specialist Gold Badge

This training aims to develop the skills required to build a complete radio station, either in a building or in the field. There are two modules within this training: Technical Skills and Radio Deployment.

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

Cyber Specialist

Cyber Foundation Bronze Badge

This training aims to develop the skills and knowledge required to understand and protect oneself from the dangers inherent in modern information and communication technology.

Cyber Specialist Silver Badge

This training aims to develop the skills required to creatively use information and communication technology in a responsible, competent and confident way.

Advanced Cyber Specialist Gold Badge

This training aims to develop the skills required to protect networks from intrusion and test those networks using Penetration Testing techniques.

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold


Drill training takes place frequently, especially when you are new. More experienced cadets practise at continuity drill, where drill is performed without commands.

Drill Competitions

Each year we pick a team from the squadron and train them for the Wing Drill Competition.

Squadron Flights compete annually for the Inter-Flight Drill Trophies. There are three categories to this competition:

  • Best Drill Flight
  • Best Uniform Inspection
  • Best NCO I/C Flight

    Inter-Flight Drill Competition 2019

  • Winners - B Flight

  • Runners Up - A Flight

  • 2022 Drill Sequence Complete

  • Drill Part 1 (Ceremonial Intro)

  • Drill Part 2 (Ceremonial Flight Commander)

  • Drill Part 2 (Ceremonial Flight Commander 2)

  • Drill Part 2 (Ceremonial Flight Commander 3)

  • Drill Part 3 (Instructional Drill)

  • Drill Part 3 (Instructional Drill 2)

Road Marching

Road Marching Bronze Badge

The Bronze Road Marching Badge is awarded for completing 2 days of road marching at recognised events.

Road Marching Silver Badge

Awarded for completing 4 days of road marching at recognised events.

Road Marching Gold Badge - Nijmegen

Awarded for completing 2 days of road marching at a qualifying event and 4 days of road marching during the Nijmegen International 4-Day Marches.

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

Drill Gallery...

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburghโ€™s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age to start.

There are several elements to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme:

  • Volunteering
  • Skill
  • Physical
  • Expedition
  • Residential Project (Gold only)

To find out what is required to achieve a Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards...

Duke of Edinburgh Award Badges

This is includes the ACO Pre-Duke of Edinburgh Award Blue Badge. This is an Air Cadet award that can be completed by those cadets who are not yet old enough to start the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

  • ACO Award

  • Bronze Award

  • Silver Award

  • Gold Award

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentation

We have attended St. James Palace in London and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh for several years, as cadets gain their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentations...

First Aid

Training is carried out at all levels through-out the squadron syllabus. To start with, cadets normally complete a Heart Start Course soon after joining the squadron. This is just a few hours long and may be combined with the next stage of first aid training.

Heartstart Blue Badge

The blue Hearstart badge is the introduction to First Aid in the Air Cadet Organisation. The award is an initiative coordinated by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to promote and develop Emergency Life Support.

Youth First Aid Bronze Badge

The aim of this award is to provide enhanced first aid training. The qualification is valid for 3 years.

Activity First Aid Silver Badge

The aim of this award is to provide comprehensive first aid training. A Cadet with Method of Instruction qualification can teach and assess Youth First Aid Bronze Badge. The qualification is valid for 3 years.

Instructor First Aid Gold Badge

This award is gained by passing a weeks training course at regional level to become an assessor for Activity First Aid Silver Badge. The cadet will be a minimum age of 16 years. An Instructor Cadet who has achieved an Activity First Aid Silver Badge.

  • Heartstart

  • Youth

  • Activity

  • Instructor


All Staff who participate in shooting training, coaching or who act as weapon handling instructors, are extremely well qualified to the highest standards. Any parents or guardians who are concerned, about weapon training are welcome to visit the squadron for any further information.

Cadets are tested regularly on each rifle they handle, before they are allowed to fire live on a range. There is extensive classroom work and practice before we take them to the range.

The introductory rifle that most cadets start to train on, is the L144 .22 and is a single shot, manual feed rifle.
The Squadron has two .177 air rifles, to allow a more basic introduction and is part of the Progressive Training Syllabus.

The cadets then progress to the L98-A2 rifle, which is based on the military SA80. The difference between the two, is that the SA80 is an automatic rifle, while the L98 is a semi-automatic rifle.

Firing from ranges of 10m - 300m, the cadets aim to attain the various marksmanship levels. To earn this requires a great deal of marksmanship training. Training is extensive and it takes time to achieve this standard at shooting.

  • Air Rifle

  • L144 Rifle

  • L98-A2 Rifle

Shooting Badges

Trained Shot Badge

This indicates a cadet has become competent in safely handling and firing a weapon.

  • Air Rifle

  • Small Bore

  • Service

  • Target

Marksman Badge

This encourages participation in shooting and progression through the Live Fire Lessons.

Advanced Marksman Badge

This encourages further participation in shooting to develop a higher level of marksmanship.

Competition Marksman Badge

This provides a further challenge through participation in National shooting competitions. Cadets who participate in competitions, having successfully completed the required Live Fire Lessons on the weapon system, will be eligible for the Competition Marksman Badge.

Shooting Gallery...


The Squadron has a busy sports programme. We compete against 36 other squadrons in Greater Manchester Wing in the following sports:

Athletics, 5-a-side football, volleyball, swimming, cross country, table tennis, hockey, rugby and netball.

If you are a talented sports person, then you could go on to represent Greater Manchester Wing in the North Regional competitions.

If you are even more gifted, you could find yourself representing North Region, in the National Championships and if you are outstanding you could represent, the Air Training Corps against the Army Cadet Force and the Sea Cadet Force.

At each level from wing representation you will earn a Certificate and Badge, known as Wing, Regional and Corps Blue. Back down to earth, the two flights on the squadron also compete at the various sporting activities.

  • Athletics Team

  • Cross Country Team

  • Volleyball Team


In addition to the swimming competitions, held at the various levels, there are swimming awards. These are in three categories:

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

They are completed through-out the year given the opportunity.

  • Swimming

Sports Leaders Awards

As a Squadron, we run our own Sports Leaders Courses. From September 2010 new courses were introduced and some courses were re-named. They are now presented in a different format in order to qualify for the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). We offer the following awards:

  • Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
  • Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership
  • Level 2 Community Sports Leaders Award

We can also offer the Level 3 Higher Sports Leaders Award, for those who must be over 18 to qualify. Although candidates can start the course from 16 as long as they are holders of the Level 2 Community Award. These awards could help you to get a part time job, as a leisure centre assistant if you want a career in sports. They also allow you to safely run a sports session for new or younger cadets. You will receive a certificate on completion of this course.

  • Sports Leaders

Sport Gallery...