2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron

Air Training Corps


September 2000


Cadet Warrant Officer Suzanne Callan was presented with the Foster Trophy on Friday 29th September. The trophy is awarded to the cadet who has achieved the highest aggregate score in the ground syllabus training examinations throughout the Air Training Corps. She has the privilege of being the first cadet at our squadron to achieve this award. The Regional Commandant for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Group Captain Wight-Boycott who was standing in for the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Kennedy, made the presentation. Also in attendance were many two of our Wing staff officers and representatives from the Rolls Royce, No.602 (City of Glasgow) squadron RAAF museum and the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust. CWO Callan achieved one of the highest scores in recent years with a total of 172 out of 175. The ground-training syllabus covers three classifications, Leading, Senior and Staff.

The Leading training syllabus covers subjects as diverse as Principles of Flight, Basic Navigation and Airmanship.

To attain senior classification passes must be obtained in Propulsion and Aircraft handling.

Staff cadet can be reached by passing Satellite Communications and Aircraft Operations. An interview with the Wing Training officer must then be passed with questions concerning the organisation of the ATC. Then, you must prove yourself proficient in teaching a class of cadets.

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Cadet Warrant Officer Paula Hastie completed a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship this month. She will be the first female cadet to achieve this award in our squadron’s history and the first for many years. The course consisted of two weeks of intensive ground training and flight experience at a civilian flying club in Dundee. To enter the scheme you can apply directly to the RAF any time after your 16th birthday. A series of interviews takes place and if successful, you will attend RAF College Cranwell for final selection. You will receive approximately 20 hours dual instruction and a further 5 hours solo at no cost to yourself. This brings you close to achieving your Private Pilots Licence (PPL) and you can continue your training with your own funds if you wish.

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Corporal Andrew Shields this month completed his Gliding Scholarship at No. 661 Volunteer Gliding School (VGS), RAF Kirknewton. Cpl Shields attended the gliding school for a number of weekends following a course of ground training and dual instruction. Once the course was completed, he was considered proficient enough to fly solo in the glider, the Viking. The scheme is open to everyone in the ATC who is aged 16 or over and has already attended a Gliding Induction Course. Around three scholarships become available to the squadron each year and they are awarded to the best cadets who are eligible. As recognition of his achievement Cpl Shields was awarded a pair of solo gliding wings and a certificate, with his wings being presented by the Regional Commandant.

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Members of the squadrons modelling class this month entered their aircraft into the Wing modelmaking competition. Our squadron entered the most displays with a total of eight entries, each of a very high standard. However, two of our entries stood out from the crowd and received awards from the judges. Cadet Edward Lynch received first prize in the diorama class of a gold medal and a CD. His entry depicted a crashed spitfire under the title “ One dogfight too many.” Corporal Andrew Shields received second prize in the same class of the competition and was awarded a silver medal. His entry showed a crashed Messersmitt aircraft being salvaged by British Forces under the title “Saved by the Enemy.”  The squadron hopes to achieve further success when Cadet Lynch and Corporal Shields attend the Regional competition with their aircraft.

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Wing rugby trials have brought more success to the squadron with eight cadets being chosen to represent Glasgow and West of Scotland Wing. This is a huge achievement as most of the Wing team will be from our squadron, not bad considering most have never played Rugby before! The cadets will be awarded a Wing sporting Blue in recognition of their achievement. The squadron has recently purchased new sporting equipment to aid the cadets in their training. Wing have also organised training sessions for the cadets to attend.

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The Squadron held a successful open day on the 9th of September, which, hopefully some of you were able to attend. The Open day was held due to the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the anniversary of the Hillington branch of Rolls Royce and the anniversary of the formation of No.602 (City of Glasgow) RAAF Squadron.

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Our Fund-raising has seen some success also with a bag-packing day at Asda, Govan. The cadets worked tirelessly from 9.00 to 18.00 hours, raising a grand total of £720.12. The money will be spent on new sporting equipment, outdoors equipment and the continued redecoration of the squadron premises.

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This month also saw the Battle of Britain Memorial church parade, which was held at St.Columbas Gaelic church in St.Vincent Street, Glasgow. This year the service was all the more important due to the 60th anniversary of the battle of Britain and we were glad that our squadron was represented by a number of our cadets. 

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