TEN air cadets from North Tyneside are celebrating after successfully passing their exams.
The group, aged between 13 and 16 from 861 (Wideopen) Squadron Air Cadets, include Cadet Corporal Curtis Nicholson, 15, who passed his senior classification exams, which means he is one step closer to completing his BTEC certificate in aviation studies.
Cadets Billy Lead, 14, Sean Harrison, 13, and Joshua McAree, 14, all passed their leading cadet classification exams making them eligible for a BTEC award in aviation studies.
The teenagers were required to sit exams on principles of flight, airmanship knowledge and basic navigation.
Cadets Adele Atwill, 14, Matthew Black, 14, Euan Parker, Andrew Woff, Timothy Hastie and Scott Herron, all 13, passed their first class cadet assessments, which is the stage of the Air Training Corps classification syllabus.
These new cadets completed modules on the Air Training Corps, the Royal Air Force, the history of the flight, basic principles of airmanship, map reading, initial expedition training and basic radio communications.
All ten will put their new found academic abilities to the test in an array of activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, adventure training, fieldcraft and military skills and work experience with the Royal Air Force on annual camps – all of which and more is offered by 861 Squadron.
Squadron commander Flight Lieutenant James Elliott said “I am absolutely thrilled that ten of our cadets have passed their exams in March 2012.
“They have all worked really hard to pass their assessments, I am proud of each of them and I look forward to helping them progress through higher classifications in the future.”
Pilot Officer Adam Watson, who is responsible for organising the cadets training, added: “The exams are a really important part of a cadets career and culminate in the master air cadet exams.
”Once a cadet completes their master air cadet classification they qualify with a BTEC in aviation studies, which is the equivalent of two GCSE grades A-C.
“This is a great example of how the air cadets can benefit young people and these real qualifications can make all of the difference to our cadets future academic aspirations and job prospects.”
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