UAS Summer Action
The two Wittering-based University Air Squadrons both made the most of the good weather over the summer with a packed programme of flying, Adventurous Training and Force Development.
The University of London Air Squadron (ULAS) completed 260 student sorties, with several students achieving their first solos. Earlier in the summer, 12 ULAS personnel visited Berlin and the surrounding area for an Air Power Staff Ride, the aims of which were to identify the leadership styles used during the Second World War and to understand the impact of the war from a German perspective. In August, nine ULAS students took part in Ex Purple Sail at Gosport: over six days Off Cdts Evans and Phillips provided the other students with the opportunity to complete Day Skipper or Competent Crew courses and tested their mettle on the challenging waters of the Channel.
Cambridge University Air Sqn (CUAS) sent four students solo for the first time and they awarded the Preliminary Flying Badge to Off Cdt Moss, who completed the UAS Flying Training syllabus. In August, 16 members embarked on Ex CABER CRASH II, a multi-activity expedition in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland; activities included paragliding, climbing, mountain trekking, biking and canoeing. Nine CUAS students also completed a leg of Exercise MEDSAIL, sailing a Nicholson 55 yacht from Alicante to La Linea via the Balearic Islands in two weeks. Closer to home, two students attended a multi-activity adventurous training week based in Llanrwst, North Wales; led by the CUAS Ground Training Instructor, Sgt Morris, activities included rock climbing, walking up Mount Snowdon and mountain biking at the Coed Y Brenin trails.