50 UP FOR SEA CADET AVIATION'S SENIOR PILOT
Twelve cadets attended the Cadet Naval Aviation Intermediate Course from all over the country and were selected for the course from the Foundation ground school course held at the Sea Cadet Training Centre in Weymouth and with 727 Training Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton in March.
Officer in charge was Headquarters Staff Officer Lt (SCC) Marc Pether RMR who ran both the operations side of the flying. Subjects this time included Advanced Navigation, Radiotelephony and Air Law.
During the week the teams Senior Pilot and a Cadet Force Volunteer with the Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer Carl Mason conducted his 50th hour flying cadets, a huge milestone in Aviation across the Cadet Forces.
On landing Chief Mason was met on the ground by Lt Pether and a Guard of Honour made up of the Cadets from this year’s course. Chief Mason was presented with a special badge to recognise his achievement and shared a cake with the cadets, Chief Mason said “ I didn’t even realise I was flying my 50th hour, the cadet and I enjoyed a 45 minute flight over the Solent taking in Southampton and Portsmouth Harbour, It’s a great honour to be able to fly with cadets and provide them with this experience”.
Eight Cadets will move onto the Advanced Course in August flying with the Navy’s 727 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton.