progress will depend on your ability but if you attend your
Volunteer Gliding School regularly you may progress well enough
to win your instructor wings within 12-18 months.
Air Cadets is the largest gliding organisation in the world
- we have approximately 700 civilian gliding instructors -
so when you join you will be part of a very special team.
Each year the ACO completes more than 18,000 hours of flying
and sends over 1,800 cadets aged 16-20 solo in gliders. Flying
is scheduled largely at weekends and during week-long camps
at Easter and in the summer holidays.
6. A mixture
of individuals with an interest in aviation become Civilian
Gliding Instructors. Sometimes they have no flying experience
but often they are former cadets who have already won their
solo wings - others are ex-RAF, airline or private gliding
club pilots who want to help the next generation of young
people take to the air.
have to be aged 20-55 to become a Civilian Gliding Instructor.
As a volunteer you will not be paid but once qualified you
can claim expenses for travel and subsistence. You will be
expected to fly for 2-3 days every month. With experience
you may apply for a commission in the Training Branch of the
RAF Volunteer Reserve. Your role is non-combatant so you will
not be sent to a war zone - your role is to train cadets to
fly. You may be entitled to travel allowances as a civilian
gliding instructor and if you become an officer you can also
claim up to 28 days pay.