Important Information Regarding Applications

Unfortunately, due to the Covid Pandemic we have a back log of training and are currently unable to accept new Cadets until 2022. If you are interested in applying please do so, but unless the situation changes significantly your application is unlikely to be reviewed until the end of 2021.

The 4 Stages
of application

To become a cadet, the first stage is to complete an initial application online.

The following sections detail the various stages in the selection process.

The LGC Cadet Scheme is very popular and it is unfortunate that we are unable to offer full cadet membership to everyone who applies.

Initial Application

The initial application to join the LGC Cadet Scheme is very straight forward and involves a short application form.

It really doesn't matter if you have flown before or not, what we are looking for is enthusiastic young people to become glider pilots.

However, you will need to sell yourself so have a good think about the answers to your questions. Why do you deserve to be on the scheme over someone else?

Also ensure that spelling and grammar is correct, as this may just be the difference between your application and someone elses.

The initial application can be submitted at anytime during the year. You will be invited to make a more detailed submission in January.

The Shortlist

All the applications received will be reviewed and a shortlist created. If you are lucky enough to be shortlisted, you will be given more detail on what the scheme entails for you and your parents to consider.

You will then be asked a few more questions and asked to submit a short write up. The successful applicants will then be invited to attend the Cadet Introduction Day, which usually occurs at the end of March.

Cadet selection day

If your application is successful then you will be invited to attend a selection day at the London Gliding Club with your parents/guardians.

Here you find out more about the scheme, airfield operations and have your first flights.

On this day you and your parents will need to sign a membership form and pay for your membership, plus a couple of flights.

Assessment period

After the cadet selection day, you will be introduced to the cadet booking system and be able to book days to receive glider training.

During this temporary period, you will be judged on your activity, for example, you attendance, enthusiasm and helpfulness around the club.

As the cadets are highly subsidised by the general LGC membership it is a requirement that the cadets help around the club and show a commitment to their gliding.

You will be shown how to assist in launching gliders and how to retrieve gliders that have landed amongst other things, you will be expected to help with these things when not flying.

By the end of May, the cadet instructors will decide who will be offered 'full time' cadet membership. This would extend your cadet membership until the end of the year.

Time line

All year – applications to join the cadet scheme can be sent in.

February – cadet applications are processed.

March – cadet selection (and renewal) in time for the Easter Holidays.

March onwards – normal cadet activities.

End of May - Final decisions on who is offered full time cadet membership.

Application forms

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