Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday we hosted ATC (Air training Corps Cadets) consisting of the No.48 (District of Stratford) Squadron with there Unit Commander there observing and the Cadets were from N0.8 (City of New Plymouth) Squadron doing the flying this time.
Three aircraft were tasked for this day Startford Aero Club trainer SSF flown by Bruce M, Avid TIG flown by Russell Millar and myself in Jodel EDR. All aircraft flew around 3 hours with the Sorties being around 15mins a time.
This was done also in conjunction with the Taranaki Gliding club and it was all go on the day. Wayne was towing Gliders and the airspace became rather busy. The Weather was a bit fickle and we used every runway during the day as the wind just kept on swinging.
Our helpers on the day were Gillan and John (the POM) Edwards and they kept everything moving along quite smoothly as did the Unit commanders Julie & Joanna.
Wayne R gave the Briefing cause he's the President of the club advising what was going to be happeneing when and the safety side of course. Tim H then did a briefing on the Gliding side of things with the Unit Commanders then taking over to direct the Cadets ran all rather smoothly. Photo's show the cadets with Unit Commander and Squadron Leader Joanna and Tim Hardwick-Smith doing the honours.
The Cadets really enjoyed it all and thought it was a real hoot and want to come back and make it an annual event. Must say the flying was a of a high standard and for some of them was there first time up in the air.
Would like at some point in the future if we can orginise it to have both Squadrons consider Stratford Aerodrome there home field see what happens.