Sea Cadet Aviation 'EFT' course at Lee on Solent
Ten students attended the Sea Cadet Aviation 'EFT' course at Lee on Solent (ex HMS Daedalus ) in May staying on the airfield courtesy of Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club.
Commanding Officer Sea Cadet Aviation Lt (SCC) Marc Pether RNR and the operations team PO (SCC) Sophie Levy and Sgt Daniel Welch, who both gained their Cadet Wings, had their work cut out fitting this years programme of advanced navigation, meteorology, radiotelephony and flight simulator training around the cadets school exams with some cadets having to leave the course to return to school to sit examinations returning later in the week.
Senior Pilot CPO (SCC) Carl Mason had a busy time flight planning and weather watching yet still managed to fly each cadet at least twice for around 30 minutes during the week. Strong cross winds made the first days flying interesting as the limit for the Grob 109B motor glider is just ten knots though conditions did improve gradually as the week went on particularly early morning. Only one day lost because of poor visibility, low cloud and rain.
Flying began as early as 0645 some days to make the most of the calmer weather with flights taking place over the Isle of White, Portsmouth harbour and surrounding areas. The students worked hard to complete their theory tests and briefings but all had an enjoyable week. They were presented with their new 'Silver Wings' wings before leaving by the CO. Hopefully the last course will take place in Lee at the end of July with six cadets invited back to attend for more air experience flights and the opportunity to complete the programme.
Story and Photo credits to CPO (SCC) Carl Mason