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2013 Issue 10

S&NI Region News Newsletter Date Dec 2013



ver the last 12 months, we have had an array of successes across the Region - too many to mention in this message. Also, we have seen significant progress on a range of projects which includes the formation and build of a new integrated Wg HQ/RAC/accommodation block at RAF Lossiemouth.

In this Issue: 1. Commandants Christmas Message 2. Banchory into Shooting

Also, we were very privileged to have our ACO Ambassador, Gp Capt Sir Chris Hoy, attend our Region Field Day in Sep where he got a great appreciation of the activities we undertake along with the high calibre of our cadets and CFAVs.

3. Drill success for NE Scot 5. End of an Era at 287 6. Cumbernaulds new wheels

Overall, the Region has had a most successful year and thank you all for the support, influence and energy.

7. New role for RC(N) 8. Santa brings RAF new Toys!!

My very best wishes to you and your families over the festive season. Jim Leggat Rgnl Comdt

House of Lords Debate


or only the seventh time in history non members of the House of Lords held a debate in the Lords Chamber. Cadets from Scotland & Northern Ireland Region were among the participants in the debate. Cadets from 432 (Elgin) 869 (Penicuik) and 2180 (Galashiels) Squadrons travelled to London to take part in the debate which was held on 29 November 2013 The tri-service event, organised by the Royal British Legion and English Speaking Union, was to debate the legacy of World War 1 "The Great War: Listening to the Past; Talking to the Future.

27 New First Class Cadets FLYING SCHOLARSHIPS 2014


ongratulations to all the cadets of 870 and 2466 who took part in the First Class Graduation Weekend and have now officially completed their first class training. Thanks also go to all the cadet and adult instructors! Well done again and good luck moving onto the Leading Classification!


or the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme (Flying scholarships).....SNI Region will complete the paper board of applicants in Jan 14.....although you can apply at anytime...the majority of places are worked out for the year during Jan, as per the ACTO. Get your applications in to your Wg HQs ASAP!! speak to your staff.

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Christmas Message from the Commandant


his time last year I wrote my first Christmas message to the ACO when I had only been in post a few months. This time, I have been in command for the entire year so I know even more about the amazing things cadets, volunteers and staff have achieved. It has been an incredibly busy year and there have been some significant highs as well as a few very sad lows. I take this moment to remember members of the ACO who lost their lives this year and to say that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their loved ones. We will remember them. Turning to more positive memories of 2013, I could write pages and pages about the many achievements our cadets have enjoyed, supported as always by the incredible team of adult volunteers and permanent staff who make the cadet experience possible. If I named some events and not others, I would be bound to upset someone so, instead, I will simply say that I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has worked so hard this year to ensure that our cadets continue to be seen as world class young people who are an inspiration to others. Our volunteers, too, are the envy of many other voluntary organisations and I pay tribute to their talent and their dedication - we simply could not exist without them.


fter close to eight months in the role of Honorary Ambassador for the Air Cadet Organisation, Group Captain VR(T) Sir Chris Hoy has sent the following Christmas message to cadets and volunteers. “As air cadets and volunteers everywhere look forward to the festive season, I want to take this opportunity to send you my personal best wishes for a very enjoyable Christmas. Per Adua Ad Astra!� Group Captain Sir Chris Hoy

Air Ambulance Visit 379 (County of Ross) Squadron's recent visit to the Scottish Air Ambulance service based at Dalcross Airport, Inverness. A very interesting and informative evening was had by all who went on the visit.

On the strategic front, we have made some real progress and I am looking forward to taking forward some big projects in 2014, all aimed at enhancing the cadet and volunteer experience, as well as supporting our small team of permanent staff as best we can. The establishment of our first ever Duty Holder Gliding and the rebirth of No 2 FTS as the home for all cadet gliding activity is a very exciting development and we will keep you updated as plans evolve. Father Christmas has come early this year and, whilst I can't go into details here, I can advise that we have some significant donations from the RAF Charitable Trust and the RAF Waddington Air Show which we intend to invest in supporting the delivery of cadet gliding and flying. The VGSs will see some significant investment and I hope to announce details in the New Year. I, for one, am looking forward to some family time over the Christmas and New Year period and I hope that many of you will find time to relax and enjoy the festive season. It goes without saying that I am thoroughly enjoying my role as your Commandant and I look forward to another full and exciting year of cadet activity and achievement. I will try to visit as many of you as possible but if we don't get to meet in person, you can always connect via social media and let me know what you are doing out there in cadet land. I wish every member of the Air Cadet Organisation all you would wish for yourselves and your loved ones at Christmas and in 2014.

Dawn McCafferty Air Cdre

Regional Activity Centre VHF Radio Course Jan 14 The Regional Communications Officer will be running the above course in the new year. This is an entry level course and a prerequisite for further RAC Radio training courses in 2014, leading to the award of the Communicator Badge. This course is only open to cadets who have achieved Leading Cadet classification. See you staff for details, as applications are on Bader!

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Career Flightpath Magazine Airbus - Apprenticeships in the UK


he third issue of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s FREE in-house aerospace and aviation careers magazine, Career Flightpath, is now available covering a wide range of features, ranging from entry routes into aerospace and aviation career pathways – including university study and apprenticeships - as well as career development advice such as how to make the most of networking opportunities and graduate/internship recruitment tips. There are also features on technology and the outlook for UK aerospace and aviation with special focuses on UAVs and the UK space industry. We also have interviews with inspirational individuals on their aerospace journey including:


e offer highly sought-after apprenticeship programmes at both our UK sites, Filton (Bristol) and Broughton (North Wales). All our programmes last three years and combine college or university studies with practical training. Together these programmes provide a clear route for progression and applicants can choose between different entry options according to their level of educational achievement and abilities. THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME IS OPEN.




UK astronaut-in-training, Tim Peake Gautam Lewis of Freedom in the Air who is opening up access to flying he Squadron reintroduced shooting back into the mix today, for disabled people with eight cadets firing the No.8 and Anschutz rifle on our James Smart, Head of Flight Crew Training, Flybe 15m tube range. The Cadets passed their Weapon Handling Dawn Elson, Head of Engineering at London Gatwick Airport Tests on Saturday to allow them to fire the rifles. Today's range … as well as interviews and case studies of early career was used as a familiarisation session, and was extremely professionals from Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group; successful in that aim.

Banchory back into shooting!


Eastern Airways, Rolls-Royce and Newcastle College graduates now working for Ryanairand Monarch Aircraft After gaining his Range Conducting Officer certificate earlier Engineering Ltd - offering you a fantastic insight into a wide this year, Fg Off Andy Miller - OC Squadron - ran the range with the assistance of WO (ATC) Rob Bruce. range of flying and engineering career opportunities. We are very grateful to the following advertisers for their This marks the beginning of regular shooting for the Cadets, and will hopefully lead us to gaining badges, qualifications, and support to the third edition: medals! CTC Wings; Safran Group; Raytheon UK; Bucks New University; Cranfield University; University of Manchester; MSc Pictured: some of the cadets and staff at the range day. Aerospace Bursary Scheme. You can download the magazine at the link below, or, for your FREE printed copy please email your name and postal address to: We are also able to offer schools, colleges and universities as well as youth groups such as air cadet groups and engineering/STEM clubs additional free copies, subject to availability. Please use the above email address for further enquiries. Download a copy from here:


A successful night took place on 12 Nov with the formal opening of the Blairgowrie Combined Cadet Centre by the LordLieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Brigadier Mel Jameson. The new building replaces the former Victorian militia drill hall that in recent years had been home to the Blairgowrie Detachment of Korea Company, Black Watch Bn ACF and 2519 (Strathmore) Squadron of the ATC. The cadets from both units provided a guard of honour which was inspected by the Lord-Lieutenant, accompanied by his two Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, FS Jillian Reid and Sgt Megan Campbell, both from Blairgowrie.

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ongratulations to Banchory squadron on coming 2nd in the corps drill competition and to Bridge of don squadron on coming 3rd in the corps banner drill competition. Both units come from North East Scotland Wing. Both competitions were held on Saturday 23 November at RAF Halton. The regional commandant, Group Captain Leggat said "This is an excellent result for the region, and I would like to congratulate the units on their success." Pictured(right & below): Drill judges and North East Scotland Wing Teams participating in the Corps Drill Competition at RAF Halton. Pictured(bottom): Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, joins the North East Scotland Wing Drill and Banner teams after the 2013 ACO drill championships at RAF Halton.

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End of an Era at 287 Squadron RAFA Youth Scheme


t was an emotional Halloween for the Cadets and staff of 287 (4th Edinburgh) Squadron as their Commanding Officer stood down. With 42 years uniformed service under his belt, Flight Lieutenant Tom Gray is undoubtedly one of the longest serving officers in both South East Scotland Wing and Scotland & Northern Ireland Region, if not the entire Corps. He joined the now sadly disbanded 1141 (6th Edinburgh) Squadron at the age of 13, and rose to the giddy heights of Cadet Warrant Officer. Upon aging out as a Cadet, he remained with 1141 Squadron. He was commissioned in 1971 and remained with his original Squadron for over 30 years; with several years at the helm. After a brief spell in command at 870 (Dreghorn) Squadron, Flt Lt Gray assumed command of 287 Squadron in 2009, where he was tasked with turning around the Squadron’s fortunes. When he first arrived, 287 had less than 10 Cadets and no staff at all. Five years later, the Squadron can legitimately claim to be one of the largest and most active in South East Scotland Wing with almost 30 Cadets and a dedicated team of 10 staff members. This turnaround alone is testament to Flt Lt Gray’s hard work and dedication to the Corps. In recognition of his services to the both 287 Squadron and the Corps as a whole, Flt Lt Gray was preFlt Lt Gray with his gifts from the Squadron.sented with a plethora of gifts from the Squadron, including a framed Squadron photo and a commemorative quaich. Present to witness the end of an era were Flt Lt Gray’s wife Carolyn, his daughters Katie and Aileen, and his sister Mary, who served as treasurer at the old 1141 Squadron for many years. All of them were also presented with flowers as a thank you for their support for Flt Lt Gray- and by default the Corpsover the years. Flt Lt Gray originally planned to retire from uniformed service completely, but it was recognised how valuable an asset he can be to the Wing and the Corps. As such, OC South East Scotland Wing, Wing Commander Colin McCrae, managed to convince him to remain in uniform. He now assumes the position of Flying and Gliding Liason Officer (FGLO) for South East Scotland Wing. We wish him all the best in his new role and trust he won’t be a stranger to the Squadron. Flt Lt Raymond Smart assumes command of Squadron, a position he previously from 1999-2008.

now 287 held

They helped in the removal of Spruce tree saplings from a 2” high upwards to encourage the regeneration of the Scots pine. The Scots pine seedlings are the favourite food of the Red squirrels and this exercise will help to increase their numbers in the area in future. This activity will count towards both the John Muir Trust and Saltire Awards for the cadets that attended.


ooking for an unusual but great value Christmas present for an aviation mad youngster aged 13-17 years old...then a rafa YOUTH Gift Membership may be JUST what you are looking for........ rafa YOUTH is open to all young people aged 13-17 who are currently members of the Air Cadet Organisation, Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets or Air Scout/Air Explorer Scouts. A Gift Membership costs just £10 for 12 months and the rafa YOUTH member will receive an online membership card, access to high street discounts and offers, opportunities to volunteer and support the Charity and a free new design rafa YOUTH wristband. But it gets EVEN better – all rafa YOUTH members will be able to enter monthly free prize draws to win amazing prizes which include civilian flying lessons, one-day mini gliding courses, microlight flying, VIP days with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (Red Arrows) and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Experience days with the Royal Air Force and BAE Systems, tandem sky-diving experiences or tickets for up to 10 people to spend a whole day paintballing at a local Delta Force Entertainment Centre… To purchase a Gift Membership please contact the Association on 0116 266 5224 and select Option 4 for the Finance Team. Pay by debit/credit card or Paypal and by return you'll receive an e-mail containing a voucher code. The 13-17 year old who receives a gift membership voucher code then just signs up at

Woodland Conservation Day Cadets from 107 Squadron attended the Squirrel Woodland Conservation Day at Hazlehead Park organised by the Countryside Ranger Service.

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Cumbernauld get new wheels New Role for Group Captain Middleton


496 Cadets and Staff with Air Marshall Sir Kevin Leeson at the recent handing over of the Sqn's brand-new 14-seat minibus (Official Photo: Kimberly Milne Photography.)


roup Captain Middleton (RC North) has been appointed OC No 2 Flying Training School and Gliding Delivery Duty Holder and will manage Gliding in the ACO.


n the second day of Christmas the RAF gave to me... Two

The new, exciting RAF Voyager is a modern, fully-equipped passenger aircraft that can carry cargo in its lower decks. It will provide Britain with strategic transport, Air-to-Air refuelling and airborne medical evacuation capabilities for the next 25 years. ( Image by Steve Lympany )



here continues to be examples of inappropriate and unacceptable ‘Postings' on Internet web sites (Facebook, Bebo, ACC Etc) that are not only libellous but can cause enormous personal offence and stress. This standard of behaviour has no place in the Air Cadet Organization and any member of staff, or any cadet, who uses the internet or any other medium in an inappropriate or unacceptable manner, will face dismissal from the Corps. Further, they may leave themselves open, under civil law, for libel, which can carry very heavy financial penalties.

Note from the Editor That’s all for this Regional Newsletter. If you have any articles that you would like published in the next edition, then send them to Regional HQ for the attention of Sqn Ldr John Walker RAFVR(T). We always try to publish a regular newsletter. Cadet reporters from all wings welcome. You can also submit news and photos to the following e-mail address . E-Mail - Text in either Word document or plain text files. Photo’s, preferably jpg or png formats (files no greater than 2.5 Mb in Size please) and use E-Mail heading “Regional Newsletter Article” so that it is obvious as to the content. In between issues of the Regional Newsletter, why not keep up to date by logging on to the Regional web site, of follow us on Facebook Indeed we have a number of people who can submit news items directly onto the Regional Website (both staff and cadets). If you are involved in your squadron or Wing in newsletter creation or media comms and would like to become a cadet reporter for your wing, please get your squadron commander to drop an e-mail to with your relevant details.

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