About Us

229 Sqn Air Cadets — this is what we do!

The Air Cadet Organisation is a National Voluntary Youth Organisation supported by the Royal Air Force.
With more than 40,000 members, aged from 12 to 20 years, within over 1,000 squadrons.  The ATC is the largest air training organisation in the world. Volunteer staff numbers nearly 10,000 plus 5,000 Civilian Committee members.



The Aims of the ATC are:

  • To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force
  • To provide training which will be useful in the services and civilian life
  • To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship
Get out and get active

Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! Here's a taster of what's in store:

  • Camping - Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team.
  • Easter/summer camps - As you advance in rank you can take part in these popular camps held at RAF stations around the UK.
  • Overseas camps - Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming, sailing, and maybe even see the Red Arrows practise their displays (they train there). Head to Germany where you'll visit a city or cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. You may even get to fly in helicopters - another exciting possibility for cadets.
  • Adventurous training - A huge part of cadet training. We have two centres, at Windermere in the Lake District and Llanbedr in coastal Wales, both with stunning scenery. Rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing are all par for the course.

Get airborne

Flying is central to our purpose and your cadet experience. You'll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies:

  • Gliding - Soar to success! There are fantastic opportunities to glide while you are a cadet, with the ultimate goal being a solo flight. Training is in three stages: a Gliding Induction Course (GIC), Gliding Scholarship (GS) and Advanced Gliding Training (AGT).
  • Air Experience Flights - Feel the thrill of powered flight, with a fully qualified pilot to guide you through taking control of the aircraft yourself. Not only have the opportunity to learn about the flying controls but you’ll experience aerobatics and low level flying too.
  • Air Cadet Pilot Scheme - The pinnacle of flying as a cadet, for advanced handling. Complete this successfully and you'll be awarded your cadet pilot wings. And if you do exceptionally well you could be recommended for further training which will help towards your Private Pilot's Licence!
  • Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Training Scheme - A great opportunity to use your navigation skills, this two-week course where you fly for up to eight hours is open to selected cadets. Success will lead to you gaining your 'wings'.

Think you can lead?

You may have more talent for it than you think. Leadership qualities are in all of us and the physically demanding 7-day summer cadet leadership course will help bring them out. Make it through and you’ll be a more confident and responsible cadet having learnt the full benefits of working in and leading a team.

Then, for an extra challenge, you could find yourself at the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park in Surrey. All cadet forces throughout the UK (and some from overseas) attend courses there. Really flex your skills and you could come out with a trophy for your achievements.

Join the Air Training Corps with 229 Sqn

Training syllabus

A key part of the cadet experience is your progress through the training syllabus. Set out in stages for you to work through, it enables you to open up more possibilities for activities, specialist technical training and rank promotion. It's slightly different between the ATC and CCF (RAF) but all cadets take part in lectures and hands-on projects. You also get outdoors and 'actually do it' as much as possible.

We expect a lot from you - it's a serious commitment to be a cadet - but once you've experienced it yourself we know you wouldn't have it any other way.

Why should you join our Squadron?
229 (Farnham) Squadron is a thriving and exciting place to be! New cadets are made welcome and will quickly make new friends, experience the thrills of flying, learn new skills, develop leadership qualities, self confidence and initiative.
These 'life skills' and experiences are what makes an Air Cadet FOUR TIMES more likely to get a job or a University place when they finally leave us.
At the very least it's got to worth coming along to one of our Induction evenings for new cadets, held every two months. You might never know what you're missing!

Become an Adult Volunteer with 229 Sqn ATC

Join us as an Adult Volunteer
We're also always on the lookout for adult staff. You may be a parent of a cadet, or just have an interest in an aspect of what we do. This can range from existing experience of aviation, outdoor pursuits, sport, military skills, radio communications, expeditions, hill-walking or shooting. No previous military experience is required and full training is available, however you do need to be a minimum of 20 years of age. There are a number of ways in which you can help out. As a member of staff on a squadron you will start your career as a Civilian Instructor helping to deliver training on the squadron. Having served as a Civilian Instructor and with the recommendation of your squadron commander you may want to apply to become a uniformed member of staff, either as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) or as a commissioned officer.

Our uniformed members of staff receive up to 28 days pay per year and are required to meet a minimum commitment of 12-hours service per month and complete a week long initial training course within one year of appointment; these take place at the ACO's Adult Training Facility (ATF) at RAF College Cranwell.

Those who do not wish to become a member of staff may wish to volunteer on a squadron's Civilian Committee. Civilian Committees normally meet on a monthly basis and exist to raise funds and manage the squadron's funds.

Health and Safety

All members of The Air Cadets Organisation (ACO) have a duty of care to themselves and others. This means using appropriate health and safety procedures to ensure that all activities are carried out safely and within the law.

This includes the identification of hazards and implementation of control measures through the risk management process where appropriate. For this reason all adult volunteers and uniformed staff have the opportunity, and are encouraged to undertake Health & Safety (H&S) training.

(Through its association with the Royal Air Force, the ACO is an organisation within the Ministry of Defence (MOD). As such, the Secretary of State for Defence requires all members of the ACO to comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This applies to all uniformed and non-uniformed formations within the Royal Navy, RAF, Army and MOD).