A cadet's first experience of gliding will be when they attend a VGS with their ATC squadron or CCF unit. They will undertake a Gliding Induction Course (GIC) which aims not only to allow cadets to experience gliding but also to give instruction on the basic flying controls of the Viking.
There are three levels of GIC available, the level at which a cadet flies at on any one visit being dependent on what level of GIC had previously been attained. Thus, on their first visit to 615, a cadet will undertake a GIC 1, moving onto the higher levels on subsequent visits.
GIC 1, consisting of 3 launches will usually be the first time that a cadet has flown in a glider and hence the instructor will take time to point out the local area and demonstrate the stability of the aircraft. The student will also be shown how to control pitch using the control column.
GIC 2 is a four launch package and aims to build and develop skills learnt in GIC 1. Pitch is revised to allow the student to get used to the flying controls again. Instruction is then given on how to roll the aircraft. This will allow a student to effectively 'fly' the aircraft themselves, with prompting from the instructor.
GIC 3 is the highest level of GIC and takes 5 launches to complete. It encompasses all elements previously learnt and will also teach the cadet how to use the rudder and thus co-ordinate control movements to fly the aircraft in balance. A stall will also be demonstrated by the instructor.
Visiting cadets will also have an important role to play when they are not flying. The efficient running of the launch point requires cable handlers and wing tip orderlies to help launch the aircraft. Cadets will be taught how to undertake these duties when they arrive at the VGS in the morning and will have plenty of opportunity to put these newly learnt skills into use on the airfield under the supervision of the launch point marshall.
To be eligible:
Gliding Scholarship (GS) courses are an opportunity for cadets to undergo further training after the GIC. The course consists of up to 40 launches in a Viking to achieve GS wings. Cadets showing the necessary aptitude are invited to progress to solo standard and hopefully achieve the GS Solo Wings. The course will teach you how to use the controls of the aircraft, as well as how to plan circuits in different conditions. Emergency procedures are also taught.
Courses are available in two formats; either over successive weekends until you have completed the course or a continuous week-long course. You must have the commitment to attend a GS course, as it can be difficult to predict the exact time it will take to complete. Weather conditions, as well as individual progress, affect the length of time take to complete the course, although typically in summer a course will take 3 weekends to complete. Successful completion of the course will entitle you to wear the Blue GS wings. Cadets who show the required aptitude, have the opportunity to progress further and possibly reach the solo standard. They are then entitled to wear the Silver GS wings.
For students who are recommended for further training by their instructor, there is the opportunity to become a Flight Staff Cadet and undertake the Advanced Glider Training (AGT).
To be eligible:
Summer 2012 Courses Joining Instructions
AGT 1 provides the opportunity for suitable cadets and junior CGIs, who have been recommended for further training following a successful gliding scholarship, to progress to the first stage of AGT. By the end of the course students will have done a further 20 (minimum) launches with dual instruction and a further 5 solo circuits.
AGT provides the opportunity to revise the syllabus of the Gliding Scholarship and also to teach more advanced techniques such as accurate landings in a defined area, fast launch procedures and crosswind landings. At the end of the course AGT Gold Wings are awarded and the member of staff is then designated as a U/T Instructor