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Trust Helps Cadets' Dreams Take Flight

Published: 22 Nov 2017

Ambitious cadets at 282 East Ham Squadron are being given the chance to learn what it's like to fly, thanks to a £7,100 grant, awarded by the RAF Charitable Trust.

The grant was used to purchase a new flight simulator for the London-based squadron, which provides users with the chance to experience flying without leaving the ground. The highly advanced simulator, a level 4 part-task trainer, is designed especially for cadets and offers both glider and powered flight simulation. 

Honorary Squadron President Gp Capt M C Neville said: "Everyone at 282 Squadron is extremely grateful to the Trust for providing such a substantial grant towards the part-task trainer. It provides a real sense of flight and is as close to aircraft operation as you can get without being in the real thing. 

"Given the location of the Squadron, there is very little access to RAF activities, and in particular, flying. But cadets have not let this stifle their dreams. This new technology will benefit cadets both now and into the future, presenting them with the chance to experience the thrill and challenges associated with flying."

Undeterred by the lack of opportunity in the area, staff and cadets at 282 Squadron began an ambitious project to self-fund the simulator, with hopes of generating a greater interest in joining the RAF and furthering understanding of the aerospace environment by providing the opportunity to 'fly'.

Cadet Nicholas Amakye, who is an aspiring pilot and recently awarded an Air Cadet Pilot Scheme scholarship said: "I am so excited that we have a flight simulator on the squadron! It is hard to get on air experience flights and this will be a great way for cadets to experience the controls of an aircraft."

Flight Lieutenant Chris Booty, Officer Commanding 282 Squadron said: "We have worked so hard over the past three years to get this flight simulator up and running. It has always been a challenge to get cadets up in the air but now we can provide them with a realistic alternative that will equally teach them about the principles of flight and give them the opportunity to take control. It's a fantastic piece of kit."

Justine Morton, RAF Charitable Trust Director, said: "Hearing about the passion and enthusiasm that exists within this Squadron is inspiring. It's fantastic to see young people using their initiative to seek new opportunities and taking action to achieve their dreams."

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