Pilot Experience in Murray Bridge
Air force cadets from 622 Squadron in Murray Bridge recently had the opportunity to fly a pilot experience flight (PEX) at Pallamana Aerodrome (YMBD) recently.
CAPTION: Cadets Khris Alcantara, Amiel Lania, Angello Deionno and Harrison Allam, and Cadet Corporal Rex Catipay with the Cessna 172 Skyhawk they are about to pilot.
This was another in a series of opportunities provided by 600 (‘Aviation Training’) Squadron for cadets to undertake powered flying training as part of their development.
600 Squadron is one of the AAFC’s newest squadrons, based at RAAF Edinburgh in Adelaide’s far northern suburbs. 600 Squadron comprises a headquarters and six specialist flights.
Other activities supported by the squadron include aero-engines and aircraft modelling, and they also operate various flight simulators including the historic Link Trainer.
As part of their introduction to the AAFC, all cadets are offered at least one opportunity to actually pilot an aircraft (with a qualified flying instructor) in their first year of joining.
Formal flying training courses for powered flight are offered during the school holidays, where cadets as young as 16 years – the minimum legal age for powered flight – can learn to fly an aircraft solo.
The Australian Air Force Cadets offers these PEX activities using the facilities of Air Force-approved service providers with aircraft such as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, a single-engine high-wing aircraft, reputedly the most successful aircraft in history.
622 Squadron provides learning, leadership and development opportunities for youth from the Murraylands, mid-Murray, Mallee, Bremer and Strathalbyn regions of South Australia.
The squadron’s aim is to foster qualities that will enable cadets to become responsible young adults who will make a valuable contribution to their community and enhance their own self esteem.
They offer challenging and fun activities including fieldcraft and survival camps (bivouacs), navigation exercises, water activities, flying and much more. .
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