Every air cadet gets the opportunity to have a flight each year. You'll join a long list of cadets going back over 50 years – including royalty - who have benefitted from this fantastic experience

The ATC is the cadet organisation of the Royal Air Force, so naturally we give our cadets the opportunity to go flying in powered aircraft and gliding in motor gliders


For most people, “flying” means going on holiday; they never take control of an aircraft themselves. Cadets at 347 do just that on their very first flight. The pilot will taxi out, take off, find clear air space… then it’s your turn.

Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly! It’s our aim to get you airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter.

A number of flying and gliding scholarships are open to air cadets, which aim to train them for their first solo flight, often before they can legally drive solo! On completion, cadets are awarded their coveted “Solo Wings”.

Within 347 squadron. you’ll get the chance to fly in the GROB Tutor, glide in the Viking and Vigilant and also the opportunity to fly in a number of service aircraft such as the Griffin helicopter, or even a Hawk training jet.



Flying Schemes


Gliding Induction Course
Designed to give you a taste for Air Cadet Gliding, the GIC consists of three levels of instruction. On your first visit you’ll be taught the GIC 1. Later visits will cover GIC 2 and 3. In these levels you’ll learn all about aerodynamics and controlling the aircraft, first in a classroom, then taking control and practicing what you’ve learned in the air. After you’ve completed the course, you’ll be awarded a GIC certificate.

The Air Cadet Pilot Scheme
Genuinely interested in a high-flying career? Why not aim for one of nearly 140 light aircraft courses available to air cadets each year at Tayside Aviation in Dundee? A further 27 places are available at the Air Experience Flights (AEF) embedded with the RAF’s University Air Squadrons across the UK.

To apply you’ll first have to complete your non-solo flying course and win your blue wings or, preferably, have achieved a gliding solo and gained your silver wings.

Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme
Want to wear the coveted pilot navigation badge? You could be one of up to 30 cadets that win a place each year on the Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme - run at Air Experience Flights.

Air Experience Flights

And what an experience. As a cadet you'll have the chance to fly with the best - RAF pilots.

Air Experience Flight (AEF) instructors are all current or former RAF service pilots who volunteer to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm for flying to you. Flying takes place at one of 12 AEFs around the country, mainly at RAF stations. You're shown how the aircraft flies and given the chance to control it and experience aerobatics. And the views from 3,000ft are stunning.