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We caught up with the RNZAF Flying Experience cadets again and got a few more thoughts and views on this year's course. The below is from SGT Nathoo No. 3 (Auckland City) SQN ATC, with some photos provided by F/S Horrocks from No. 1 (City of Wellington) SQN ATC.

During the January school holidays 6 cadets were chosen to attend the newly formed RNZAF Flying Experience course for three weeks. Due to the upgraded technology, students were not able to go solo, but rather experience a taste of the lifestyle of an RNZAF pilot. Cadets were given a lot of responsibility over the duration of the course with all time being managed by the individual.

The course was split into two groups of three, allowing for more instructor time as each group was based at a separate squadron, with a swap between squadrons halfway through the course. It allowed for cadets from different parts of the country to work together and get to know each other.

The course saw us experience flight in the A109 helicopter and T6C Texan II, as well as simulator time on both aircraft types. Students on the course also managed to get through quite a bit of travelling, from Woodbourne through to Matamata, creating many high points and making it the top NZCF course I think one can attend.

At the end of the course the cadets made a presentation to the instructors and officers of RNZAF Base Ohakea before the cadets were presented with their certificates, and the four who had been solo prior to the course were presented with their official gold wings.

Overall the course saw 6 aviation enthusiasts reaching out towards their dreams and gaining insight to the Regular Force lifestyle. Highlights for all cadets were definitely hands on helicopter control and aerobatics in the Texan with the highly skilled Black Falcon pilots.

Personal highlights include the deployment along side the Black Falcons to Matamata and Tauranga, and being able to pick up basic helicopter flight in the limited time we were on base. A massive thanks must go out to all involved in the course!
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On Sunday cadets from Wellington City Cadet Unit, City of Lower Hutt Cadet Unit, 2 SQN (Lower Hutt) and TS Tamatoa (Petone) were out in the community to support the Annual Cigna Round the Bays Fun Run or Walk.

The cadets were on hand to pass out refreshments to the contestants - one which was a dog!

#community #CignaRTB
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Last week the NZCF's Regular Force members met in Burnham Camp for some updating and upskilling. This good looking bunch work hard to make sure the #nzcadetforces runs as smoothly as possible. It's a big ask sometimes! 😉 We also took the opportunity to nab the Asst Chief Defence Reserves, Youth and Sport to present some NZDF service awards: CPL Dwyer (Central) - 3 years SGT Quinn (Northern) - 15 years CPO Foote (Southern) - 30 years All in all an excellent week full of positivity, enthusiasm and a desire to succeed. #commitment #comradeship #nzcf #nzdf www.instagram.com/p/BfU8SRbA4vo/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you read my message about LGBT+ inclusion in the #nzcadetforces ? Check it out at LGBT+ in the NZCF A message from Lieutenant Colonel Grant Morris, Commandant NZ Cadet Forces www.instagram.com/p/BfQJpZiAQea/ ... See MoreSee Less

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LGBT+ in the NZCF A message from Lieutenant Colonel Grant Morris, Commandant NZ Cadet Forces ... See MoreSee Less

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The end of 2017 saw the NZCF presented with an award for the 'Best Significant Safety Initiative' from the Directorate of Safety for the NZDF.

We were presented the award for developing a robust system for the Management of NZCF Safety Related Events; but the creation of the safety system also saw all elements of the NZCF (Regular Force, Civilian, Reserve Force and NZCF Officers) working in unison to achieve a great outcome for the organisation and its members- one team, one focus!!

To scoop the award the initiative had to meet the following criteria,
a. Addresses an NZDF-wide significant risk,
b. Reduces the opportunity for accident or harm,
c. Increases the safety knowledge or awareness of others and contributes to achieving NZDF outputs, and
d. Strengthens the safety culture within the NZDF.

It was noted that the system was robust and that with relevant training and resources, the system is also transferrable to other NZDF units with similar issues. The lessons learned by NZCF have been shared with Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand (HQJFNZ) who are considering implementing it now into their planning processes.
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Each January at RNZAF Base Woodbourne Air Cadets from across the country gather to get involved in a week long course of flying and navigating around the top of the South island.

Over the week the Navigation Course 18 students were taught how to interpret aeronautical charts, calculate distance and flight times, construct a flight plan and how to identify features on the ground from the aircraft. The cadets get the opportunity to go on several flights in the local area, putting their flight planning and navigation skills to use by directing their pilot through the flight plan they have constructed.

While all of that is going on there were also 35 cadets at the Power Flying Course, learning how to handle and pilot the aircraft that were situated at Woodbourne. Students on this course learn everything from Pre-flight inspections of the aircraft, weather appreciation to handling of the aircraft in the sky. Once proficient in those procedures they will fly the Woodbourne circuit until their instructor deems them safe to fly the aircraft solo. During the course thirteen students managed to go solo and were awarded their wings, this is a great achievement in such a short period of time.

Thank you to all the instructors who flew aircraft from local clubs around the country into Woodbourne to help with the success of the courses.
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Each January at RNZAF Base Woodbourne Air Cadets from across the country gather to get involved in a week long course of flying and navigating around the top of the South island. Over the week the N...

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Whilst their peers were enjoying the final week of the Summer school holidays, 62 Cadets from around the South Island were participating in the inaugural Exercise Takahe, a week long multi unit adventure camp held in Arthur's Pass.

The Cadets, who ranged in age from 14 to 18 years old, travelled from as far away as Invercargill and Nelson to attend Exercise Takahe. They were supported by 23 NZCF Officer and civilian staff who volunteered their time to instruct, support (and feed) the Cadets.

The Exercise aimed to encourage the Cadet's development through adventure based activities and inspire a love and appreciation of our outdoor environment. During their week, the Cadets went through Cave Stream, a underground stream which twists and turns for nearly 600m in the chilly dark before finding daylight at the other end. This was a real challenge for the Cadets, and a significant highlight of the entire Exercise.

The Cadets also abseiled at Castle Hill, some brave ones even managing this blindfolded! They went on to fly over a river on a flying fox, treat some injured (not really) patients after a "bouldering accident", bond with their team on a low ropes course, and enjoy the novelty of a ride in a Unimog. Instruction was given in basic map to ground navigation and Cadets were given plenty of opportunities to practice this. One afternoon was spent down at the river, learning and practicing their safe river crossing techniques and how to recover after an accidental fall in the river.

Then it was into the field for a two night tramp. During this time Cadets practiced their navigation, small group leadership, fire lighting skills, and emergency shelter building skills. An unpredicted storm with impressive lightning, thunder, rain and hail provided a bit of excitement but otherwise the weather all around was calm, and hot.
Back into Camp, there was a night of skits, awards and tearful farewells before heading home the following morning.

The differences in Corps, Unit, rank and age were forgotten on this Exercise and Cadets and staff alike went home with strong new friendships, pride in their achievements, and new skills that they can pass on to their peers. The Exercise would not have been possible without the support of the NZDF, Youthtown, Rata Foundation and Christchurch Airport. Thank you!
Till next Takahe.
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Whilst their peers were enjoying the final week of the Summer school holidays, 62 Cadets from around the South Island were participating in the inaugural Exercise Takahe, a week long multi unit advent...

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40 Squadron

 

Squadron Briefing Notes 20/02/2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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Reminder: There will be no parade tomorrow evening (6th February) due to Waitangi Day. Parade will resume as per usual next week (13th February). ... See MoreSee Less

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A reminder to all Cadets that our first parade night for 2018 will start tomorrow, January 30th, at our regular times of 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you all then. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations UO Dangen for your achievement whilst on the NZCF UO Course. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to the award winner from the National Under Officers Course. The WO1 Chris Tews Taiaha for Top Student was presented to UO Xavier Dangen from 40 SQN. We apologise for the technical di...

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School to Skies

April 18, 2018, 12:00pm - April 25, 2018, 12:00pm

Are you a Year 13 female student who has an interest in maths and science? New Zealand needs more women in the aviation industry as Engineers, Technicians, Pilots and more. Could a career in aviatio...

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