South West Region

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Cadet Awarded Best Cadet on Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC)

Air Cadets from across the Air Cadet Organisation have just completed the eight-month course Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) held over two locations, MOD Boscombe Down (QAIC South) and RAF Linton on Ouse (QAIC North). The two sites followed identical syllabus before co-locating for the final phase at Linton on Ouse. H&IOW Cadets Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) Samantha Veck from 1927 (Alton) Detached Flight and Cadet Flight Sergeant (Cdt FS) Adam Riches from 1098 (Gosport) Squadron, undertook their training at QAIC South based at MOD Boscombe Down.
CWO Veck was awarded the Best Cadets for QAIC South. 'I was very surprised and extremely happy when I found out I had won Best Cadet for the Boscombe course, as the calibre of cadets on QAIC 6 has been incredible. The course has helped me outside of cadets, as I am currently completing an apprenticeship in aircraft maintenance specialising in avionics, and subjects such as aerodynamics have been very beneficial. I am looking forward to taking the skills I have developed back to my unit, as well as organising weekends at the Regional Activity Centre (Boscombe Down) to use the equipment provided to teach subjects including air traffic control.' She said that the course was "tough but rewarding."
The course ended with a formal dinner in the Officers' Mess at RAF Linton on Ouse, during which all successful cadets were awarded with their light blue lanyards. They have achieved an Institute of Leadership and Management Level two award in Leadership and recognition from the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Wing Commander Peter Priest; Officer Commanding Hants & IoW Wing, said "I am very pleased to have had two high achieving cadets on this course. I am delighted that CWO Veck was assessed as QAIC South top student. This underpins her dedication to supporting 622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron where she is a Flight Staff Cadet"
If this course appeals to you, then look out for the call for applications for the next one in June this year.
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