CADETS of the Air Training Corps (ATC) have furthered their knowledge of flying at a national gliding course.
Flying officer Rob Owens, the unit commander of 40 Squadron (Howick) Air Training Corps, was the chief flying instructor on the course.
Cadets from across the country were selected for the 20 places, including leading air cadet Toby Martin and cadet corporal Maima Seth, who live in Howick.
“There was intensive glider flying training, when they spent five days doing nothing but learning to fly,” Mr Owens told the Times.
“The cadets’ objective was to fly solo and get their ATC wings.
“Going solo for many is a lifelong dream, as many don’t even have driver’s licences.”
Mr Owens says one of the course’s benefits was the cadets met other young people from across the country.
The course in Matamata was operated by the Air Training Corps Association and supported by NZ Cadet Forces, which provides Air Force personnel for assistance. The Howick squadron is recruiting people who are aged between 13 and 15. It meets on Tuesdays at 6.30pm at The Depot, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga.