Gliding Induction Course (GIC)
The Gliding Induction Course aims to teach cadets how the basic flight controls of a glider work in a "hands on" environment reinforcing the Principles of Flight theory already received during training at the home unit.
GIC 1 − 20mins − How to change the pitch of the aircraft (up & down).
GIC 2 − 25mins − How to roll the aircraft (angle of bank).
GIC 3 − 30mins − How to Yaw the aircraft (left & right), and what happens when the aircraft stalls.
Gliding Scholarship (GS)
Having received a good foundation with flying during a Gliding Induction Course, students may progress to a Gliding Scholarship. Here, they will obtain further training in general handling, take-off, landing, stall recovery and prevention and how do deal with airborne emergencies. The final objective of a Gliding Scholarship course is to incorporate all elements of the training into flying a standard circuit pattern unassisted.
The Gliding Scholarship course provides 8 hours of flying to gain an understanding how to operate a motor glider. Completion of this course entitles cadets to wear the Blue Gliding Scholarship wings.
Those showing potential are given a further 2 hours training to enable them to fly the aircraft solo and gain their Silver Gliding Scholarship wings.
Advanced Glider Training (AGT)
Advanced Glider Training builds upon the skills developed during a student’s Gliding Scholarship course. During the course, students are taught advanced turning and advanced landing techniques. Completion of the course culminates in a further 5 solo circuits and entitles the cadet to wear the Gold AGT wings.
With further training, there is the opportunity to become a Graded Pilot on the aircraft entitling you to teach the GIC syllabus. This role is usually held by adult staff; however, cadets who join the squadron strength as Flight Staff Cadets can also achieve Graded Pilot status.
631 VGS actively encourages individuals to progress in their flying career and with even more training, staff can gain instructor status, enabling them to teach each of the courses listed above and contribute to the development of their peers.