We offer some amazing activities from abseiling to expeditions, through to overseas camps and exchanges.Challenge yourself!

Unlock your Potential

Could you fly an aircraft, pilot a glider, survive by living off the land, evade capture or lead a team of individuals safely to their objective. Find Out!

Get Airborne

From the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme or Advanced Glider Training through to your first Air Experience Flight in an RAF aircraft. Reach for the Skies with Us!

Earn Qualifications

You can also take away real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd and help prepare you for a variety of careersGet Qualified!


Flying: our cadets have opportunities to fly and pilot gliders and RAF tutors. They have also flown in RAF C17’s. All cadets can apply for Air Cadet Flying, Microlight and Air Navigation scholarships.

Aviation Training: Our Structured training programmes cover everything from basic principles of flight to space travel. You can also earn BTEC qualifications in aviation, public service & music.

Careers: If you are looking at the possibility of an aviation-related career (civilian or service) including science and manufacturing industry, you can learn and boost your CV with us.

Personal Development: We offer leadership training, adventure training, overseas travel and access to many sports and unique activities at local through to national and even international level.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Our cadets pursue all 3 levels (Gold, Silver & Bronze). We can also enable them to fulfil the Service, Skills, Expedition, Physical Recreation and Residential requirements (Gold).

Music: 497 is one of a select number of squadrons with this capability. Cadets can learn new instruments, appreciate marching band techniques and study at RAF and Service Music Schools.

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