The Courses at 621VGS

During the Day

How much flying

Each GIC course has either numbers of launches or a total airtime. The following list shows the minimums for each course with the primary aim.

GIC 1 - 3 launches or 20mins To understand how the Elevator works and practice moving the aircraft in pitch.
GIC 2 - 4 launches or 25mins To understand how the Ailerons work and practice moving the aircraft in roll.
GIC 3 - 5 launches or 30mins To understand how the Rudder works and practice keeping the aircraft balanced.

GIC 1 will always take priority because these cadets have not flown before. It is possible that two GIC's could be completed in one day for individual Cadets but this will only be considered if all other tasks have been completed. Any escorting staff (presuming they are either Officers or CI's) will be offered flying when the cadet task is complete; this will normally be a GIC 1.

Air Sickness

At some time most people will suffer from Air Sickness. Even the most experienced Instructors suffer especially when it is hot and or turbulent. Air Sickness is not just vomiting but generally feeling unwell. There is no major problem with anybody feeling sick but there is a problem if you don't tell the Instructor how you feel. At the first sign of not feeling well please speak up and the Instructor can hopefully bring the aircraft back on to the ground before you start to feel worse.

Please remember that there is no crime in feeling Air Sick but it is a big crime if you do not say anything, or if you are sick, not putting it all in the sick bags. If any vomit goes onto the Parachute, it will be thrown away and if any goes into the cockpit, the aircraft will be placed Unserviceable.

Helping around the Launch point

The Gliding operation relies on teamwork. Without everybody helping the task for that day may not get completed, which means some cadets missing out. So helping to push, pull, hold wingtips and attaching cables is an essential part of the day.

Filling out the GPS and Cadets F3822

Both the form and F3822 will be filled out and signed by the VGS staff. This will include any GIC certificates awarded.
Please ensure the GPS is filled out and handed, with the F3822, to the DI on arrival at the VGS. When you return to the Squadron please fill in the comment block on the GPS and send it to your Wing HQ's.

What to do when Flying is disrupted

If after you have arrived there is a disruption in the flying program, the DI will be responsible for keeping you informed on the situation. If you have not heard anything for a while then please go and see the DI.

If the disruption happens on the airfield and is only going to be short, the DI will probably decide to just stay in the caravan and wait. If the disruption looks like taking some time the DI may decide to return to the Hangar. In the Hangar there are videos to watch and some sports equipment.

If the disruption looks long term the DI may decide to stop any further operations. This will mean an early finish and you will be able to leave when all the cadets books have been completed and returned to you. Please note any lack of flying on the GPS so that your WGLO can allocate extra visits for your Squadron to make up the shortfall.


Please note that the toilets at the VGS are not very good (Portaloo's). If any cadets need to go to the toilets during the day, they are to ask a member of staff who will get permission from the DI to transport them over to the Hangar.


All Air Cadets should know how to behave on an Airfield and near aircraft. Dangerous situations can arise very quickly if cadets just decide to wonder off, not knowing when and where not to go. Any messing about or playing of games cannot happen whilst the flying operation is in progress. Radios, Walkman and mobile phones must be switched off during the day.

Please be aware that your actions could seriously effect someone's health.