The London Gliding Club set up its cadet scheme in order to recruit and retain enthusiastic young people into the sport of gliding, and has successfully been doing so for over 15 years.
The LGC cadet scheme provides the same training that a normal club member would get to progress the student at both pre and post solo stages but with the added benefit of low cost membership and flying for young people.
In return for the subsidised flying the cadets are asked to help around the club on diverse duties including assisting with flying operations and club maintenance.
The LGC cadet scheme offers low cost membership @ £40 per year. This compares to £640 for full members and £140 for junior members.
The cadet scheme also offers half price launches and free flying time.
Other additional benefits include learning lifetime skills valuable to any employer including self confidence, teamwork, self discipline, safety awareness, judgement (plus quite possibly stress management and work prioritisation).
On top of this the mentoring instructors will organise special events such as ‘cadet days’ and a team entry into the Dunstable Regionals gliding championships to help build these skills.
LGC expects that the cadet will rapidly integrate into the club and become part of the team as well as frequently and willingly taking part in flying tuition and club activities.
The cadets will then volunteer for extra tasks as required particularly at peak flying times.
It is expected that the cadet will give at least two days per month to extra tasks, and one whole week (usually during the Regionals competition) during the summer holiday period IS REQUIRED.
Since the objective of the LGC cadet scheme is to recruit and retain enthusiastic young people into the sport of gliding performance, progress and attitude are the key steps to renewal.
It is hoped that the cadet will learn to fly and acquire key skills with a safe and professional attitude worthy of the title "Pilot".
The cadet scheme lasts for one year. Renewal is discretionary by the mentoring instructors depending on the cadet's progress, help around the club and still within full time education.
Progress will be recognised in many forms and although cross country flying is a major club activity, vintage flying, aerobatics and instructing, to name a few, are equally worthy activities and many young pilots have shown success in these diverse areas.
A reasonable progress plan would be:
End of 1st Year of training: First solo, PA1 rating and Preparation for Bronze Badge.
End of 2nd Year of training: Bronze Badge, Cross Country flying and Silver Badge.
End of 3rd Year of training: First competitions such as Inter club league, juniors etc.