Dream becomes a reality for squadron

Flt. Lt Handalage, Kier joiner Bob Hepburn and Kier regional director, Mike Furze with a cadet from 1151 (Wallsend) Squadron.
Flt. Lt Handalage, Kier joiner Bob Hepburn and Kier regional director, Mike Furze with a cadet from 1151 (Wallsend) Squadron.
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Air cadets are flying high after being given a new piece of equipment.

Officials from 1151 (Wallsend) Squadron approached Kier North Tyneside last year for help turning a series of drawings into a new flight simulator shell.

Constructed from wood, the shell will house a computer programme allowing cadets to experience a flight and the instruments in operation during it, and show them in real time how an aircraft can be controlled from take-off to landing.

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “It is extremely important to us that we support local community organisations.

“1151 (Wallsend) Squadron is a valuable community group for young people in North Tyneside and we are delighted to have been able to turn their plans into a working reality.

“I’d like to personally thank all colleagues involved in the production of the shell, particularly joiner Bob Hepburn, as without his considerable skill and craftsmanship this would not have been possible.”

The Air Training Corps is a national youth organisation that provides training to young people between the ages of 13 and 20 in order to encourage an interest in a career in aviation and/or the Royal Air Force.

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training Branch, Flight Lieutenant PN Yarrow, said: “Providing flying experience is central to our ethos of providing training for young people that will be useful in civilian and service life.

“The flight simulator shell provided by Kier North Tyneside will allow us to train the cadets in so many different aspects of aviation and thus equip them more fully to make the best use of their air experience flying training at places like RAF Leeming.”