Exeter School pupil flies high

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Exeter School pupil flies high

Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course


Since the start of this academic year, Lower Sixth Former James Gough has been completing the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course with the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC).

He graduated from the course after a week spent at RAF College Cranwell over the Easter holidays, attended by senior members of the Air Force and associates in the aviation industry.

The course is designed to develop senior cadet NCOs as instructors, broadening their knowledge in subjects ranging from aerodynamics theory, aviation studies and UK Air Power through to practical instructional technique ranging from classroom-based lessons to air traffic control and flight training simulators.

Following graduation, aerospace instructors take a lead role in camps, courses and events all over the country, including regional activity centre weekends and the National Aerospace Camp. Completion of the course has earned James a prestigious blue lanyard, making him one of about 80 QAIs in the UK.

James said QAIC was one of the best courses that he had completed with the cadets as he gained new friends from as far and wide as London and Glasgow.

“In the future, I am looking at a career in the aviation industry, although I am not yet sure on the field that I would be interested in working in,” he said.