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Old 23rd Mar 2016, 17:13
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: East Midlands
Posts: 35
I read this thread with incredulity. Gliding and AE Flying are the hallmarks ofthe ATC, what marks it out from the other Cadet Corps. How could HQ AC allow the cessation ofgliding? There is no defence in arguing “civilianization”or whatever: contracts have to be managed actively, and if “civilianization” isthe cause of poor maintenance God help the frontline RAF!
In the present economic climate, I could understand areduction in AEF hours, but gliding, with volunteer instructors …. ….. !
As to restricting AEF flying to Service pilots, it hasprobably got something to Crown immunity. Even retired regular “full-brevet” officer AEF pilots hold commissionsin the RAFRO. As to age of retirement,as an aged PPL, I regularly fly my Air Cadet grandson, and would be happy forhim to be flown by another pilot of my age (and temperament) who holds a Class2 medical.
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