Rolls Royce plc – RAF / Aviation Presentation – 17th January 2010
The section has started off running at a very fast rate, on the 17thJanuary 2010 Vice President Mr Dominic Lyons Representing UK MoD Combat Air, Rolls Royce Filton Site visited Ratcliffe College. He gave a very in depth presentation on the research and development, production and maintenance of engines which are supplied to the Royal Air Force and Domestic companies around the world.The presentation gave a very good insight to the roles and responsibilities Rolls Royce supplies to the Royal Air Force.At present we are in communication with Rolls Royce to organize a site visit at the Filton Plant, there will be a full factory tour to incorporate the research and development, production engines being produced and hopefully a full test of one of the jet engines being supplied to the Royal Air Force.
New Civilian Instructors. February 2010
Towards the end of January, the RAF Section has been honored with the presence of Mr John Jinks to assist with
ADVANCED Training, primarily Air Navigation, Pilot Navigation and Advanced Aviation in General.
Also Mr Bob Moore, ( Fly Off R L Moore Rtd ) returned to Ratcliffe after several years in exile to further
assist in Part 2 syllabus, continue RAF ethos, standards and general assistance.
Eastern Area Leadership Training – RAF Wittering 5th – 7th February 2010
Another very successful weekend of training, overall there were 18 cadets in attendance with 3 cadets attending
from Ratcliffe College CCF RAF Section CDT D Adcock, CDT C Powel and CDT H Jones.
All three cadets conducted themselves admiral, gaining many new leadership skills such as public specking,
presentation techniques, exercises, and discipline and experience life on an RAF Station! Not forgetting the
wonderful food available within the JRM (Junior Ranks Mess).
An added bonus with Sqn Ldr Ron Miller dropping in to present the Best Cadet Prizes, general support and
announcing the introduction of completion of the Leadership section within the ADVANCE training syllabus
can be gained by completing Level 1 and 2 of the EALT weekends.
Presentation from Ex Racliffian – Flt Lt Jonathan ( Jonny ) Meadows RAF / 2nd February 2010
Flt Lt J Meadows was a former pupil, having left in 1991. He is currently serving as a Tornado Pilot
in the Royal Air Force and have recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. He will be shortly
posted to Scotland from the first week in April; therefore on the 2nd February Flt Lt J Meadows
attended Ratcliffe College CCF Parade and conducted the most in depth, interesting and
His presentation was very good for opening the minds of the cadets to the world of the Royal Air Force
, what life has been like in the past and what the future holds for any budding cadets interested in joining
the RAF in the Future.
An Added bonus, Jonny incorporated some actual video footage which was recorded from one of many sorties
he carried out when on tour in Afghanistan.
Many thanks must go out for Jonny for spending time preparing the presentation and spending much quality
time with the RAF Cadets
Air Experience Flying – 17th & 19th February 2010
Unfortunately the first 20 slots available for Ratcliffe College RAF cadets were given a large blow with the
weather being the ultimate stumbling block.
Once the snow started to fall and the ice became very dangerous, all AEF flying was stopped
until the weather became safe enough to fly.
Part II Exams – 16th March 2010 ( Aviation Knowledge )
Congratulations to J/Cpl A Maxwell, Cdt R Soni, Cdt K Gill, Cdt G Britain and Cdt A Donegarni
who have all passed there Aviation Syllabus Part 2 exam.
There subjects included Principles of Flight, Basic Navigation and Airmanship 2.
Air Experience Flying – 16th April 2010
Once again the weather proved to be very unpredictable with the recent explosion of the Volcano
The whole of the UK airspace and several countries in Europe were totally grounded for several days!
Due to the volcanic ash cloud, fly was again suspended due to the weather and therefore No Flying in 2010 as yet!
(Hopefully slots will be re allocated as soon as possible)
” Sorry Guys and Girls, hopefully our July slot will be more forgiving!”