Who Are We

Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC situated in Northwood Middlesex, With our parent station at RAF Notholt. We are an RAF cadet unit newly 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.

Our Aim

The Air Cadet Organisation’s aims are to: Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life. 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to challenge yourself with adventurous training, be selected to represent your country or school on the International Air Cadet Exchange programme, or develop your potential on the Air Cadet Leadership Course. You can really shine as a cadet. 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 CCF activities such as first aid, navigation, leadership and drill will be undertaken by cadets from all sections of the CCF. However, each service will also have specialist activities.

Ranks and responsibilities for cadets

As cadets progress through their time with the CCF, 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).
There are CCF contingents in over 350 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. Each CCF 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 Training Corps (ATC) motto is "Venture - Adventure" and being Royal Air Force cadets of the Combined cadet Forces our cadets know that it's more than just words - it's an attitude that helps you stand out from the crowd. If you are in year 10 to 13 and a student at Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC, are adventurous and want to better yourself, then the air cadets are for you. Heathrow Air Cadets are a new Combined Cadet Force Unit with many events and activities planned this year. Our cadets all benefit from their achievements in our organisation, make lifelong friends and most importantly of all have a lot of fun along the way.


Flt Lt Daniel Kelly

Hello, my name is Daniel Kelly known as "Tony" to the people that know me, I am the commanding officer at Heathrow UTC CCF. A little bit about myself. Currently I am a retired Aircraft Operations Controller from Heathrow Airport where i worked for 11 years, I had worked in the airport for about 25 years and retired mid 2019. My background in the military began when I first joined as a youngster the Queens 211Inf coy in Edgware, then a short period spent travelling.

I Joined the Irish defence forces in 1981 and after basic training I was given the Artillery as my requested regiment and still attend the reunions many years later.  I volunteered as a peace keeper with the United Nations and served in Lebanon with the 54th Infantry Battalion Reconnaissance Coy in 1983 to 1984.

After finishing my service in the defence forces, I moved to Spain for a brief time and then returned to the UK to earn my fortune (I’m still trying). After meeting Flg Off Chris DaCamara one day in a well-known supermarket, he persuaded me to join the cadet forces as an adult volunteer Instructor. I have now been involved with the cadet forces for about five years with 2 years as the commanding officer at Heathrow UTC CCF. I am still relatively new to the cadet force as an adult Instructor and still have much to learn, but onwards and upwards as they say.

I would urge anyone with time on their hands to fill it with something useful and there is no better way then mentoring the youth of today. Join a Cadet force in an area near you if you would like to give something back to the community. If you would like any further information as how to join and what's involved please contact me here