A young cadet with the Carnoustie and Arbroath units of the Air Training Corps was recently presented with a top student award.
Cadet Warrant officer James Parker, member of 2449 (Carnoustie) Squadron and Arbroath’s 662 Volunteer Gliding Squadron was named as the tops tudent of the Qualified Aerospace Instructor’s Course (QAIC) No.6 at the course graduation dinner.
To undertake this course James required to travel to RAF Linton-on-Ouse where he tackled the course syllabus comprising modules in Leadership and Teamwork, Air Traffic Control, Air Power, Aerodynamics, Pilot Studies, Instructional Technique, Practical Flight Navigation and Radio Communications.
This was in addition to his duties with 2449 and 662 Squadrons, his undergraduate studies at Dundee University and his participation in the Carnoustie Youth Brass Band.
In recognition of his exemplary efforts James was also invited to speak at the annual general meeting of Highland RFCA.
The achievements of the QAIC students have been recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management who offer an ILM Level 2 Certificate to graduating students and by the Royal Aeronautical Society who offer affiliated membership which will help James begin a career in civil aviation after he graduates.
Anyone aged between 13 and 17 interested in the Air Training Corps is welcome to visit the Cadet Centre, Dundee Street, Carnoustie, any Monday or Tuesday between 7.30 and 9 p.m. or contact Andy Swierczek on 01241 859821.