YEOVIL teenager Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Natalie Greenway has successfully completed the Air Cadets' premier Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) and earned a 'Most Improved Student' award.
Natalie, 18, a student at Yeovil College, has already enjoyed five years' experience as an Air Cadet with 1032 Yeovil Squadron on Milford Road, Yeovil, including a gliding scholarship, summer camps, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and a radio communication courses. She was selected for the course because of her interest in instructing younger cadets and hopes to follow a career as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Royal Air Force.
The course, lasting eight months, links the principles of flight and wind tunnel experiments, with navigation, flight planning and air traffic control procedures and puts these into practice on the simulators at the Air Cadet Regional Aerospace Centre at MoD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.
In parallel, Natalie was part of a group of fellow cadets studying leadership, instructional techniques, and teamwork, leading up to a presentation to senior RAF officers during their final week at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in north Yorkshire.
QAIC Director at Boscombe Down, Robert Westerberg, said â€œThis is a top flight course for senior cadets looking ahead to a university or employment application, and perhaps a life with the RAF or the Air Cadet Organisation.
On successful completion, Natalie and her fellow cadets have earned a Level 2 Award in Team Leading from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Royal Aeronautical Society recognition, and have brought the coveted QAIC Instructor award back to local squadrons.
Potential adult volunteers and young people aged 12 to 16 wishing to learn more about Air Cadets, please contact Yeovil Squadron on 01935 431362 or via their website at www.1032atc.com or twitter @1032SqnATC.