Cadet Georgia Davey gains cadet pilot wings

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A CADET has taken another step towards her dream of becoming an engineer in the RAF.

Georgia Davey, of Millers Close, Rippingale, completed the Air Cadet Pilot Training Scheme in a two-week course at Tayside Aviation Centre in Dundee.

The 18-year-old was recommended for the course by leaders at her Air Training Corps squadron in Spalding.

The scheme is the pinnacle of flying courses for a cadet which allows them to be presented with their cadet pilot wings. The flying hours also count towards gaining a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Georgia said: “The course was exhausting because there are so many things you have to do.”

She completed practical and ground school training and passed an air law exam before completing her solo flying in under 10 hours in a Grob G115D2 Heron light aircraft.

Candidates who complete the flying section in less than 12 hours are allowed to use the rest of their time for solo flying, although Georgia only clocked up 20 minutes alone because of bad weather.

She said: “I was nervous when my trainer got out of the aircraft and said ‘off you go’ but once I was in the air I felt more confident. It’s strange knowing there is no one there to help you if something goes wrong.”

To celebrate her achievement Georgia was invited to view the last flying Vulcan aircraft at Doncaster Airport by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust.

She was joined by fellow cadet Robert Burchell, of Spalding, who passed the Air Cadet Pilot Navigator Training Scheme.

They were able to see the aircraft up close and visit the memorabilia exhibition.

Georgia, a sixth-form student at Bourne Grammar School, said: “It was a really good day. We got to learn a lot about the Vulcan and it was an interesting experience to see it up close and personal rather than from a distance.”

Georgia hopes to study aeronautical engineering at university next year and complete her Private Pilot’s Licence before becoming an RAF engineer.