UTC Heathrow Combined Cadet Force
The CCF (RAF) along with the Air Training Corps (ATC), form the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), better known as the Air Cadets. The CCF(RAF) Cadets based in Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC offer an exciting and challenging cadet experience, based around flying and aviation and so inspire young people to learn and develop new skills
Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC now known as UTC Heathrow is situated in Northwood Middlesex, With our parent station at RAF Notholt. We are an RAF only cadet unit, originally formed in September 2014 with approximately 30 cadets parading each Wednesday. The CCF (RAF) along with the Air Training Corps (ATC), form the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), better known as the Air Cadets. The CCF (RAF) is the Air Cadets section of the Combined Cadet Force which also has Army, Navy, and Royal Marine cadet forces. There are 202 RAF Sections with approximately 9,500 cadets and 550 adult volunteers. The CCF(RAF) offer an exciting and challenging cadet experience, based around flying and aviation and so inspire young people to learn and develop new skills.
There are Combined Cadet Force contingents in over 400 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. Our aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. Each Cadet unit is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, and a CCF may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections
The Air Cadet Organisation’s aims are to: Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people and to provide training which will be useful in both the Services and civilian life. To encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship. Membership of the CCF (RAF) is exciting, rewarding and above all fun. You'll discover skills you never knew you had, do things and visit places you never thought you would, and meet lots of like-minded people who will become your team-mates and friends, some for life. You’ll also have the opportunity to challenge yourself with adventurous training, be selected to represent your country or school in national competitions or on the International Air Cadet Exchange programme, you will also have the opportuny to develop your leadership potential on the Air Cadet Leadership Course.
Every year the CCF (RAF) provides cadets with approximately 36 flying scholarships, with every cadet having the opportunity to have at least one flying lesson with a qualified RAF pilot. Some of the key cadet force activities are first aid, navigation, leadership, drill will be also be undertaken by cadets from all sections of the cadet force. However, each service will also have specialist activities.
Ranks & Responsibilities for Cadets
As cadets progress through their time with the Cadet force, they are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and gradually for others. In the early stages, this will involve looking after their uniform and kit, and developing self-discipline and organisational skills to successfully complete their basic training. As they develop their own skills, they may also be given the opportunity to take responsibility for a small group of cadets as a junior non-commissioned officer (JNCO).