PRE-FLIGHT briefings for students at RAF Brize Norton Flying Club should be even more productive after the RAF Charitable Trust provided a grant to help buy additional training aids.
The Trust’s money has been spent on two interactive model aircraft which enable students to visualise the effects of the controls, and the principles of flight, from their first lessons. This is the second time the charity has supported the Club: a previous grant in December 2012 helped set up a ground training facility at the RAF Station in Oxfordshire.
Wing Commander Matt Lane, Head of Training, said: “As the cost of flying training continues to rise, the Club is trying to make maximum use of ground briefings to ensure our students are as well prepared as possible for each lesson and gain the most from their precious airborne time.
“This new grant of £300 from the RAF Charitable Trust has enabled us to buy two interactive model aircraft . Student feedback is that the ability to visualise control inputs and to control surface movements with the models makes the airborne teaching much easier to understand and speeds their progress.”
He added: “We are also planning to use the models as part of our engagement experiences at station families days.”
The models were delivered to Wg Cdr Lane by Stuart Bannister from Pooleys Flight Equipment from Radlett in Hertfordshire. The firm also donated a package of computerised briefing sessions and flight guides.
Wg Cdr Lane added: “The club is extremely grateful to the RAF Charitable Trust and Pooleys Flight Equipment. Their support will greatly help Club personnel achieve their flying goals and significantly helps our drive to support junior rank personnel in flying training.”
Our picture shows, from left, Stuart Bannister of Pooleys Flight Equipment handing over one of the model aircraft to Head of Training Wg Cdr Matt Lane.