After the 2 and a half hour train journey on Friday 10 th September, I met with the rest of the candidates for the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) selection weekend at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. We met with Wing commander Morris at the conference centre, he had previously been speaking to us via email for the past few months about the course and he explained what the QAIC is about, why the ATC does it, and what is in store for us over the weekend. He also explained what would happen if we passed the assessment weekend. We settled into our rooms and slept thinking about the weekend ahead (and dreading over our interviews and presentations). When morning broke we went to the junior ranks mess and had a “Full English” and continued on to the briefing for the day.
The Saturday was split up into 6 sections of which all the syndicates would rotate around, my syndicate had to complete the debate first. The whole syndicate debated ideas for the ATC, for example: Members of staff over 50 must leave because they are too old and won't be able to relate to the cadets of today (Watch out Flt Lt O'Neill.) We then moved on to our presentations, they had to be on an aerospace subject, and my presentation went well, but ended with a dry throat. Our syndicate then went onto the leadership test, we had to choose between 3 options and calculate which would be the best, and all of our syndicate passed that. We then went onto our interviews; this required us to talk to all of the officers including Wg Cdr Morris about why we wanted to do the course and what we wanted to do into the future. We then went to the Tucano flight simulator and completed a circuit around (the virtual) RAF Linton-on-Ouse. My syndicate also went onto the Air traffic control simulator, something I enjoyed very much.
Sunday came around very quickly and we had to wait for the good, or bad, news. I was extremely happy when I was told I had passed the selection weekend. However, 6 cadets were unsuccessful and they went for a flight in a Vigilant. Overall it was a good weekend and the whole course looks interesting, and I am looking forward to the coming weeks.