Civilian Committee Meeting – 4th Dec 2018

The next meeting of the 617 (Heber) Squadron ATC civilian committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 4th December at the Squadron HQ. The meeting will begin at 1915hrs prompt and should last approximately 1 hour. All are welcome.

The committee meets up to four times per year. If you would like to help support your local Squadron, come along and get involved.

Promotions at 617

Congratulations to Sgt Preece and Sgt Hennessey on their recent promotions. The cadet Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) are the back-bone of the Squadron, assisting staff with the organisation and running of the Squadron at a cadet level. NCO’s also provide a positive example of ‘what good looks like’, acting as role models to the junior cadets and mentors to more junior NCOs.

This also represents the first round of promotions for Sgt Aldous as Officer In Charge 617 (Heber) Squadron, congratulations ma’am.

The Next Generation of Flight Sim has arrived at 617!

Sgt Millard was the first to pilot the Squadron’s next generation Flight Simulator. Funds for the replacement simulator have been raised by the Squadron cadets through fundraising over the past year, supported by the Roundtable. Cadets will be able to support their Aerospace learning and development with the Flight Simulator aid, enhancing their understanding of Airmanship and Principles of Flight. Watch this space for the next generation of budding pilots …..

Cosford Airshow proves a big hit with 617 sqn cadets


In baking sunshine and clear skies (requiring plenty of water and sunscreen), 617 sqn cadets set out for our annual trip to Cosford Airshow. The show this year, being the Centenary, was expected to be very special. The day started well as our minibus was marshalled away from the crowds and into a quiet area reserved for the Air Cadets and other VIPs.

The first attraction was to check out the RAF and 617 Squadron’s newest recruit – F35B Lightning II. There were surprisingly few levers and buttons for something so sophisticated, but then it’s all touchscreen these days…


The action wasn’t all confined to the skies though with ample opportunity for the cadets to get some hands on experience of flying through the combination of virtual reality and drones.




However, we didn’t come to Cosford to stay indoors and everyone was soon outside marvelling at the world famous Red Arrows. Another highlight was the first ever flying combination of the World War II Hurricane and the Polish MiG 29. A unique tribute to the role the Polish Air Force have played in support of the RAF


The best was definitely saved for last thanks to a former air cadet.  Ft Lt Stuart Kynaston, who is the Chinook Display Captain 2018, and his team gave us an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Chinook. We were also airside when the Typhoon Display Team were roaring across the skies and had an unrivalled view of these amazing planes



Another hugely successful Cosford Airshow – thanks to everyone who made it possible.