At 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, we get the opportunity to regular send Cadets to RAF Linton-on-Ouse so they can go gliding!

Grob Vigilant

642 VGS (Volunteer Gliding School) is based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. Vigilant Gliding School's are made up of Volunteer, Qualified Glider Pilots, who regularly teach Cadets how to fly the glider. 

At RAF Linton-on-Ouse, 642 VGS fly the Grob Vigilant. This is a side-by-side seated aircraft. Unlike most Gliders, it has an engine. The Grob Vigilant can be flown with the engine on, or glided with the engine off.

When 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC Cadets get the chance to visit 642 VGS, this is what we fly. The flights last around 30 minutes and are with a qualified Pilot. 

To start off with, you learn about pitch, roll and yaw. After a few lessons you will find yourself learning much advanced flying techniques such as steep turns and circuits.

If you are aged over 16, you can also do a Gliding Scholarship, where Cadets get 8 hours of training, and then FLY SOLO !. Read about some of our Cadet's success here.

Grob Viking

The Grob Vigilant isn't the only Glider Cadets get the chance to fly. There is also the Grob Viking.

Cadets can get the chance to go Gliding during any Campsthey may be on. Cadets may get the chance to fly the Grob Viking instead of the Grob Vigilant.

What Cadets learn is the same, however, the Grob Vigilant has no engine. They glide the entire time. They have to be launched into the air via a winch. 

Gliding with 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC is another opportunity that you couldn't get for free anywhere else.