Each January at RNZAF Base Woodbourne Air Cadets from across the country gather to get involved in a week long course of flying and navigating around the top of the South island.
Over the week the Navigation Course 18 students were taught how to interpret aeronautical charts, calculate distance and flight times, construct a flight plan and how to identify features on the ground from the aircraft. The cadets get the opportunity to go on several flights in the local area, putting their flight planning and navigation skills to use by directing their pilot through the flight plan they have constructed.
While all of that is going on there were also 35 cadets at the Power Flying Course, learning how to handle and pilot the aircraft that were situated at Woodbourne. Students on this course learn everything from Pre-flight inspections of the aircraft, weather appreciation to handling of the aircraft in the sky. Once proficient in those procedures they will fly the Woodbourne circuit until their instructor deems them safe to fly the aircraft solo. During the course thirteen students managed to go solo and were awarded their wings, this is a great achievement in such a short period of time.
Thank you to all the instructors who flew aircraft from local clubs around the country into Woodbourne to help with the success of the courses.