Squadron’s open day

Air cadets from 2231 (Forfar) Squadron, Air Training Corps, will be holding an open day on Saturday, September 20 at their headquarters at Lochside Road, beginning at 11 a.m.

Their aim is to recruit new cadets and volunteer adult instructors.

There will be an opportunity for visitors to meet with existing cadets, officers and civilian staff and to view various displays and exhibits showing the range of activities open to members of the Air Training Corps.

Membership of the Air Training Corps is open to boys and girls from the ages of 13 to 17½.

The Forfar Squadron draws its cadets from Forfar, Kirriemuir and the surrounding area.

Activities include adventurous training, summer camps, visits to Royal Air Force stations, sports, shooting and flying in gliders and powered aircraft.

The cadets also learn map reading and navigation skills and have the opportunity to earn a Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

Within the past 12 months three of the Squadron’s cadets have gained their gliding ‘wings’ and one has completed a scholarship to become a private pilot.

The Forfar Squadron parades every Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Flying Officer James MacDonald, RAF VR (T), 2231 Squadron’s Officer Commanding, said: “We offer opportunities that no other youth organisation is able to offer.

“We are very much looking forward to our open day and showing local young people what we have to offer. We are also anxious to attract adult volunteers to join us as civilian instructors, or uniformed staff.

“There will be an opportunity for potential recruits and their parents to talk with members of our staff and our cadets to find out what opportunities are available and adults interested in joining the ATC as instructors will be able to find out exactly what is required.

“Visitors will also be able to try their skills on our new flight simulator”.