RAF cadets benefit from resumed AEF training at Woodvale

Posted on 27 Jun 2019

Air cadets from St. Mary's have become one of the first groups to benefit from resumed RAF flying training facilities at Woodvale in Southport.

Eight would-be pilots, led by CCF RAF Section Commander Flt Lt Sophie Del Gaudio, took part in the recent air experience flying session run by Woodvale’s Air Experience Flight (AEF). 

The station had been out of action for cadet flying for more than two years, due to infrastructure issues, but training resumed again in May.

Flt Lt Del Gaudio commented: “We’re delighted to have the AEF back in action again, especially as Woodvale is so close to St. Mary’s.

“We have a number of cadets who are interested in becoming pilots, and the flying training they provide is a fabulous experience for all the young people involved.”

AEF personnel conducted the St. Mary’s training in Grob 115E aircraft, known simply as ‘the Tutor’ in the RAF.

During the day, Cdt L/Cpl Emy Swift was presented with her Blue ‘A’ Wings for successfully completing her non-solo flying course.

And another St. Mary’s student, Cdt L/Cpl Georgia Redman-Daly, says she is keen to make a return visit to Woodvale as soon as possible.

She explained: “I first went flying while on summer camp with the RAF Air Cadets last year. I was a bit nervous beforehand but once I was up in the air it was amazing.

“It was after that first flight that I decided I want to become a pilot and it’s brilliant that we can train to fly at Woodvale which is on our doorstep.

“We’ve already been pestering Ma'am to arrange for us to go again as soon as we can,” added Georgia.