QUALIFIED AEROSPACE INSTRUCTORS COURSE
OPERATED BY THE AIR CADET ORGANISATION
Aerospace Activity Planning
Basic Flight Training
AEROSPACE ACTIVITY PLANNING
The Aerospace Activity Planning module is key to the success of QAIC students after they graduate. It reviews leadership and motivation theory, whilst also revising leadership techniques in problem solving situations. The module explores the key issues to be considered when planning and executing an effective Regional Activity Centre (RAC) training programme and culminates in the students developing their own training programme as a syndicate.
Assessed elements include a mid-course knowledge test, the development of a detailed RAC training day programme (including individual lesson plans) and demonstration of this RAC training programme on a group of cadets.
Students should expect to be challenged on their knowledge of leadership, and will develop the necessary skills to successfully run training events upon graduating.
This module teaches the students the basic principles of the use of Air Power in present day conflict, peace keeping and humanitarian aid operations. It examines the aircraft and weapons available to Royal Air Force and explores the methods for gathering and distributing information. The module follows RAF Air Power doctrine to a far higher level than would be expected of a cadet studying Air Power on squadron.
Students will demonstrate the knowledge they have gained in this module by the submission of an essay on an Air Power topic, and their final 40 minute presentation to senior figures in the Air Cadets, industry and the RAF.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
Using a state of the art Air Traffic Control simulator students learn the basics of controlling aircraft, maintaining separation from other aircraft and controlling aircraft onto an approach. The scenarios are set around the airfields at our centres at Linton on Ouse and Boscombe Down to add realism. Students will also learn how to work the simulator and how to deliver training sessions to other cadets. For the vast majority this will be a completely new skill and is an extremely popular, if very challenging, aspect of the course.
Students will be assessed on their understanding of Air Traffic Control procedure and will have to demonstrate that they have sufficient ability to pass on their knowledge to other cadets. They will also complete an exercise instructing others on the simulator.
The Aerodynamics module aims to teach students about the fundamentals of aerodynamics in relation to basic principles of flight. The module builds upon the knowledge that students will have gained during their Leading cadet lessons, with the aim being to develop the students knowledge base and improve them as instructors in this area. The module uses both practical wind tunnel experiments and classroom techniques to further knowledge on subjects such as Lift, Stability and Aerofoils and to help students to understand why aircraft are designed in such a way. The module enables students to gain a good grounding in basic aerodynamics as well as to run the wind tunnels in the Regional Activity Centres.
This module employs continuous assessment techniques, with students expected to create a work book of experiments throughout the module. The students will also be assessed on their ability to deliver a short lesson using the wind tunnel. There is also a final exam in this module.
Students examine such subjects as meteorology and navigation to a greater depth than they cover in the normal cadet syllabus. Not only does this provide them with a greater depth of knowledge to teach the subjects back on their squadrons but it also provides them with some essential skills that the use during the Practical Flight and Navigation module on the Flight Simulator.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUE & PRESENTATION SKILLS
Students learn how to deliver professional standard presentations and the basic principles of how to be an effective instructor. The challenge is to build from a 5 minute presentation up to a 40 minute syndicate presentation on a complex Air Power subject. The final presentations are delivered during the Graduation Week to a large audience that includes numerous senior Air Cadet officers, industry experts and RAF top brass. These presentations always reach a high standard but this is not without hard work put in during this module.
This module is unique in that it relies only on one form of assessment, that is the final presentation. There are various practical exercises completed throughout this module.
BASIC FLIGHT TRAINING
The Practical Flight and Navigation Training module of QAIC aims to give students a basic grounding in synthetic flight training and the equipment on offer at Regional Activity Centres (RACs). From the outset, it is made clear that students are not being taught to fly; they are being given the understanding of airmanship principles to let them teach other cadets in this practical environment. The module works alongside Pilot Studies and RT to develop the students’ all-round aviation knowledge, applying it practically on the simulator.
Students will demonstrate their understanding of this subject via various practical assessments, including working with the equipment in an instructional scenario.
This module builds on the work that many students will have completed on their squadrons and develops their knowledge in the aviation use of radio. This is a theoretical module that aims to teach students how pilots communicate with the ground and other aircraft. This is utilised practically in Air Traffic Control and on the Flight Simulator.
Students will be assessed directly via a final exam on the module content. That being said, knowledge of the material taught in this subject is vital for the practical elements of the course and standards will be assessed there as well.