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487 Squadron ATC
(Kingstanding and Perry Barr

487 Sqn At 70!


Kingstanding Air Cadets are set to celebrate a special anniversary in 2011. Saturday 5th February is the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps and it was on this day that the Royal Warrant was signed that signalled the formation of 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn.

The celebrations, which will also include the Sqn’s annual presentation evening, will take place at the Royal British Legion Club on Lambeth Road in Kingstanding. The evening will begin at 19:00 hrs with a look back at the history of the Sqn and it is hoped that some of the founding members of 487 Sqn will be in attendance.

We will also be celebrating the Sqn’s successes in 2010, these include winning the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing\'s Per Ardua trophy. This trophy was awarded at the annual training day in June 2010 which saw the Sqn finish first in the overall competition.

Guests of honour will include Mr Jack Dromey MP for Erdington, and also Mr Dave Gooding, president of the Midlands area of the Royal British Legion.

A letter will be given to all the Sqn’s cadets on 6th January in relation to the evening and if you and your friends would like to attend the evening, we would ask that you use the RSVP slip.

We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible on the night!



Fg Off Simon Jennings
Sqn Media and Communications Officer

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-12-27 09:11:14
28th November 2010 - 487 Sqn Cadets fly on the coldest day of the year!!




Sunday 28th November saw 4 cadets travel to 633 VGS at RAF Cosford to take part in their gliding Induction course (GIC). When the cadets set off from Birmingham at 0815 the temperature was -8c and the prospects for flying didn’t look good.

These were extra flying slots for 487 Sqn, they were eagerly grabbed by Fg Off Simon Jennings when a Sqn from the Staffordshire Wing had to drop out.

When we arrived at RAF Cosford the VGS staff informed us that it was -11c in the aircraft hanger and needless to say, the aircraft were staying put! All the cadets and staff were briefed for the day, and there then followed a long waiting game. Eventually, two aircraft were pulled out of the hanger, but the engines would not turn over, so another waiting game ensued.

At 1215, the pilots managed to get one of the aircraft started and it was all systems go. Shortly afterwards the other aircraft started and that meant we now had two aircraft carrying out GIC’s.

All the 487 Sqn cadets were first time flyers and there were a few nerves on the ground, but once they put their parachutes on, and actually walked out to the aircraft, the time for nerves had passed.

All completed their GIC1 and the cadets were soon swapping stories of their time in the air.

Fg Off Simon Jennings commented “I would like to thank the staff of 633 VGS for their help today, they didn’t give up and despite a few hours of waiting, we managed to get all the cadets into the air. It was good to see the smile on the faces of the cadets when they landed!”

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-28 18:34:57
25th November 2010 - VIP visits 487 Sqn!


Mr Jack Dromey talking to cadets training on the No 8 Rifle

Thursday 25th November saw a VIP visit 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn. Mr Jack Dromey who is the member of parliament for the Birmingham Erdington district and also shadow minister for communities and local government had been invited by the Sqn Adjutant, Fg Off Simon Jennings.

Mr Dromey was given an introductory talk by the officer commanding 487 Sqn, Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill. Mr Dromey showed a keen interest in the cadet movement and he went on to explain his background, particularly his links in the past with the Ministry of Defence.

The Sqn had laid on a small programme of events for the MP. He was firstly shown a display by the Sqn’s drill team. He then went on to meet two groups of cadets who were carrying out weapons training on both the No 8 rifle and also the new L98A2. Finally, he met the Sqn’s training flight who were undertaking lessons in aircraft recognition.

Mr Dromey has also been invited to the Sqn’s 70th anniversary celebrations on 5th February 2011.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill commented “It was really good to meet Mr Dromey tonight. He was very interested in all that he saw at the sqn and he made time to talk to the cadets about their training. We look forward to welcoming him at the British Legion club in Kingstanding next year for our anniversary celebrations and presentation evening.”





Fg Off Simon Jennings
Sqn Media and Communications Officer

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-27 18:15:10
23rd November 2010 - Civilians take over the Sqn at the AGM!


Tuesday 23rd November saw the Annual General Meeting of the 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn and the 487 Sqn Detached Flight civilian committee.

A total of 20 people attended the meeting, this included the OC’s of both the Sqn and Detached Flight and Anne Pearmain who is the Wing Civilian Committee chairman.

A letter was sent via the cadets to all parents and guardians and it was good to see a good number of them turning up on the night. Because of the numbers, the meeting had to be re-located from one of the class rooms to the main room at the Sqn HQ.

Mrs Jane Jennings, Civilian Committee Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everybody to the meeting. It was announced that both Dave Johnson (Treasurer) and Dave Emberson (Secretary), were standing down from their positions. It was agreed by all attending the meeting that Siobhan Lysaght be elected to the treasurer’s position and that Helen Roe be elected to the role of secretary. A full listing of all the new members of the committee will be published soon.

Flt Lt’s Brendan O’Neill and Phil Parsons then presented their annual reports in relation to their respective units.

Mrs Jane Jennings commented “It was good to see such a good number of parents attending the evening, particularly those that parents from the D/F. The more people we can get involved in the Sqn the better. Going into our anniversary year in 2011 I can see that the committee will go from strength to strength and I look forward to another productive year.”

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer


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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-27 17:54:05
Mud Glorious Mud Leads to More Silverware!








Sunday 21st November saw a total of 19 cadets from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn and the 487 Sqn Detached flight travel to Solihull to compete in the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Cross Country Championships.

As befits cross country running, the day was cold and damp and the conditions underfoot were once again very muddy indeed! The cadets were split down into their differing age groups and the junior boys were soon leading the way across the football and rugby pitches.

The cadets from 487 Sqn were soon putting in some impressive performances, they included:

Sgt Kerry Whiting 2nd, Senior Girls

Cdt Hart 2nd, Senior Boys

CWO Anthony Rigby 3rd, Senior Boys

It was announced at the results ceremony that Cdt’s Farrell and Chambers had also been picked as reserves for the Wing Team.

To cap the day off in grand style, it was announced that the Senior Boys had won the overall trophy for their age group.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “I would like to personally thank all those cadets who have turned up today. Running cross country takes a lot of heart and our cadets have again proved that they are winners. I would also like to thank the cadets from the D/F who attended with us today.”



Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-22 19:53:51
487 Sqn Cadets Represent the Region at RAF Museum


487 Sqn Aircraft Recognition Team with Gp Capt Lawlor, Chief Of Staff, HQAC

On Saturday 20th November, cadets and staff from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn, travelled to the RAF Museum in Hendon to take part in the national finals of the ATC Aircraft Recognition competition.

The team comprised:

Sgt Martin Kemp
Cpl Robert Andrew
Cpl Thomas Bell
Cdt Ryan Borhara (Reserve)

The team had earlier in the year won both the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing competition at Bramcote Barracks and the Regional competition held at RAF Wittering.

The cadets were soon viewing the 30 slides showing varying aircraft from around the world, both military and civilian. The standard of knowledge at this level is quite remarkable, it was announced at the end of the competition that the winner of the under 16 section had actually scored a perfect 30/30!

The judges had a hard time coming up with the top three in the overall team competition; they actually had to check the spelling of aircraft names because of the closeness of the results! The Central and East Region came 5th.

The cadets were then presented to Gp Capt Lawlor, Chief Of Staff for the ATC.

Fg Off Jennings, 487 Sqn Adj commented “Once again this team has proved that they can compete at the highest levels. We look forward to 2011 when our Sqn will be entering a team into the under 16 section and also into the overall competition, something that our Wing/Region didn’t do this year. Well done to the team once again, they should all hopefully be competing once again in 2011.”




Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-22 19:30:51
Raffle Tickets, and more Raffle Tickets!!




Tuesday 16th November saw the culmination of weeks of hard work when the Sqn raffle was drawn. Mr David Gooding, County Chairman of the Royal British Legion in Birmingham, kindly agreed to draw the prizes on the night.

The raffle had been organised by the 487 Sqn Civilian Committee earlier in the year, and in late September it was all systems go and the tickets were handed out to the cadets, friends and families.

It was announced on the night that the Sqn had sold over £1100’s worth of tickets and when the raffle expenditure was taken into account the Sqn had made a clear profit of over £880.

The Sqn had decided earlier in the year to donate a proportion of the monies collected to the Royal Air Forces Association(RAFA). 2010 has seen the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Sqn thought it appropriate to mark this event in some way.

It was announced by Mrs Jane Jennings, Chairman of the Civilian Committee, that the Sqn would be making a donation of £400 to RAFA.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “This has been a great effort by all the cadets of both our Sqn and the Detached Flight. I would like to firstly thank Mr David Gooding from the British Legion for agreeing to come and draw the prizes. Secondly, I would also like to thank the Civilian Committee for all the hard work that they have put into this project. It’s great that we can donate such a large amount of money to RAFA, particularly in this anniversary year.”




Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-18 16:18:45
487 Sqn Cadets Remember the Fallen




Sunday 14th November saw the cadets of 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn, and 487 Sqn Detached flight come together to pay their respects on remembrance Sunday.

For the second year in succession, the staff and cadets of 487 Sqn laid a wreath at the memorial which commemorates the soldiers who were killed in action in Afghanistan. A total of 39 cadets and 6 staff marched to the memorial where Cpl Tom Bell laid the Sqn’s wreath.

Following this short ceremony, all the cadets were transported into Birmingham City Centre to take part in the Remembrance Day Parade.

For the first time this year, a contingent of cadets from 888 (Oldbury) Sqn attended the parade representing the Staffordshire Wing. A total of over 60 cadets from 487, 487 D/F, 493 and 888 Sqn’s formed up on Broad Street ready for the march into the City Centre

Thousands of people watched representatives from the Armed Forces, Sea, Army and Air cadets and the emergency services march to the parade area outside the International Convention Centre. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Len Gregory, led the traditional tributes to the fallen from wars in the past and to also remember those serving in the forces today.

The Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing wreath was laid by Cpl Tom Bell from 487 Sqn.

Sqn Ldr Chris Munford, parade commander commented “This was an excellent turn-out by the Sqn’s from our wing and it was also good to see the staff and cadets from 888 Sqn take time to come into Birmingham for the parade. I would like to thank all the staff and cadets for making time to remember all those that have served in HM Forces. All the cadets were extremely smart and their standard of drill was excellent”.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-18 16:09:15
487 bSqn Cadets look for Bronze in Snowdonia!




16 cadets and squadron staff took to the hills of Capel Curig on the weekend of 28th to the 30th October 2011 for a much anticipated Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
The cadets had been working within their groups for weeks prior to the walk to ensure that they had route cards, kit and expedition knowledge to get them through their practice expedition. Upon arrive al Capel Curig Army training camp, it soon became clear that the weekend was neither going to be easy or dry!
Yes, down the rain poured, for most of the Saturday morning. Though it did nothing to dampen the spirit or determination of the 487 cadets out in the low level hills in Snowdonia. Their first day’s walk was not only arduous under foot but tested their navigational skills to the limit. Carrying their equipment for the entire weekend, soaked through but still smiling, all cadets made it to the finish point on day 1, ready for a quick dinner of MOD’s finest ration pack food.
After successfully heating and eating their boil in the bag meals, everything was packed away into their tents and the cadets began a series of initiative and team building exercises under the command of Sgt Sarah Cotton. The cadets learnt some interesting facts about one another, valuable lessons in communication and teamwork and discovered that Cpl Daniel is indeed, the limbo king.
Sunday’s walk proved to be somewhat dryer than Saturday, making the walking a little easier tough no less tiring. Again, everyone made it to the end with a huge smile plastered on their faces, happy in the knowledge that their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition was now complete!
Sgt Cotton, Adventure Training Officer commented “The cadets have worked exceptionally hard over the last few months to prepare for this expedition and I’m proud of the determination and dedication they have shown to get through this tough weekend. It was the very first time out walking in the hills for some of the cadets this weekend, and I’m sure it’s given them a good taste and some valuable lessons to take them further in their Duke of Edinburgh Award.”
The Squadron plans to complete the actual bronze expedition early in the new year.

Sgt Sarah Cotton ATC
Adventure Training Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-18 15:57:12
487 Sqn Cadets are the Leaders of the Future!!


DCAE Cosford was the venue for the third and final JNCO course of 2010 over the weekend of 5th-7th November 2010. A total of 34 cadets from across the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing attended the course, slightly down on the total of 40 who were expected. Three cadets from 487 Sqn attended the course, along with Fg Off Simon Jennings, they were:

Cdt Reader
Cdt Bhakta
Cdt Borhara

Following their arrival on Friday evening the cadets were split into five syndicates and allocated their assessors for the weekend. There was no wasting time and the cadets were soon been given instruction on dress and discipline within the ATC.

Saturday’s training started bright and early and after a good breakfast, the cadets were soon getting down to some serious training. Topics such as the role of JNCO, communication skills, presentation styles were mixed with time on the parade square learning how to give drill commands. The training continued into the evening on Saturday when all the syndicates returned to Fulton Block to debate their presentations and put some flesh on the content.

Following the training the cadets received on Saturday in relation to leading teams and using the RAF SMEAC system, all the course attendees had the chance to lead their particular syndicates in initiative exercises on the Sunday morning.

At the end of the course the assessors had a hard decision to make in relation to the top performing cadet. The decisions were not just made purely on the cadet’s achievements in the classroom and on the parade ground, but on their overall performance during the weekend.








The syndicate winners were:

White Syndicate Cpl Caves 2028 Sqn
Green Syndicate Cdt Morrow 8F
Red Syndicate Cpl Martin 165
Blue Syndicate Cdt Warren 1368
Yellow Syndicate Cdt Ward 493

Sqn Ldr Martin Harrison, Wing Learning and Development Officer, commented “Yet again a large number of cadets have travelled from across our Wing to DCAE Cosford for a weekend of high intensity leadership training. It was great to see the commitment shown by all the cadets and I’m sure that they will all going back to their individual Sqn’s buzzing with ideas. The assessors were all impressed with the standard of the cadets and I personally found that they were all very attentive throughout the course.”



Fg Off Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
for Sqn Ldr Martin Harrrison RAFVR(T), Wing Learning and Development Officer.







Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-09 14:03:08
Your Sqn Expects!!


Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November are set to be important dates for 487 Sqn, they will be looking to top their tremendous effort of 2009 when they collected over £3000 for the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal.

Cadets will be collecting for the appeal in Birmingham City centre and the Sqn is looking for as many cadets as possible to make themselves available.

The cadets will travel along with staff from the Sqn to the city centre where they will be placed at locations on New Street and other busy areas. All the cadets will be closely supervised by Adult volunteers throughout the weekend.

Fg Off Simon Jennings, Sqn Adj commented “Over the past five years we have increased the amount we have collected and to hit the £3000 mark last year was very special. The Royal British Legion do a lot of good work for both serving and retired servicemen and women and it really is up to us to ensure that this work continues. I’m sure that the majority of our cadets and staff will want to sacrifice a few hours of their spare time to help sell poppies in Birmingham City Centre.”




Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC




Simon Jennings
Published 2010-11-03 15:25:08
Weapons Training Weekend at 487 Sqn


On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October, cadets from across the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing travelled to 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn to take part in a weapons training weekend which had been organised by the WABSAFT team.

A total of over 30 cadets across the two days took part in training on the No.8 rifle and also the L98A2. Comprehensive training was given by the WABSAFT instructors and the cadets then had the chance to take the relevant weapons handling test.

Those cadets that undertook training on the No.8 rifle and then passed their WHT were also able to live fire the weapon on the indoor range at the Kingstanding TA Centre.

Sqn Ldr Martin, Wing Shooting Officer commented “This has been a great weekend and I would like to personally thank all the staff who attended and I would also like to thank Sgt Andy Hudson for organising the training at 487 Sqn. The great majority of cadets who took their WHT’s passed, and we also managed to give some live firing experience to the cadets who volunteered to attend the weekend.”





Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-10-27 08:55:31
Sgt Martin Kemp Proves He Can Communicate!


21st October was yet another first for 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn. Sgt Martin Kemp was presented with his ATC Communicators Badge by Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn.

Sgt Kemp is the first cadet at the Sqn to be awarded this badge and it comes after twelve months hard work. Sgt Kemp, who is currently undergoing training as a qualified aerospace instructor (QAIC), has had to pass modules such as basic communications, Data and Satellite communications and a module which purely looks at the Internet. He has also passed his full VHF/UHF operators course.

This is a long course and it takes a lot of dedication to attend all the training sessions which are necessarily spread over a long period. Sgt Kemp will now move forward in his ATC career and start to teach other cadets at the Sqn. This is a fantastic effort by Sgt Kemp.

The picture shows Sgt Kemp with the communicators badge on his brassard. The badge is based on the RAF Communications trade group insignia.



Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-10-25 20:05:03
487 Sqn Parades Its New Colours!






Mrs Joan Smith with cadets from 487 Sqn

Mrs Joan Smith with her family

Sunday 10th October was a special day in the history of 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn. The Sqn’s new standard was blessed in a ceremony which was attended by over fifty people.

The ceremony completes the circle which started with the sad death of Mr Jack Smith. Jack was a member of 487 Sqn during the Second World War and later went on to become a member of the Civilian committee. At his funeral, his wife, Mrs Joan Smith and her family decided that any donations made should be given to 487 Sqn. A total of over £500 was collected and a cheque was duly presented to the Civilian Committee.

The committee and staff then sat down to decide what to buy with the money. Numerous options were discussed, but one look at the Sqn’s tattered old standard made up our minds!

Now we just needed to get the standard blessed and this all fell into shape thanks to the Royal British Legion (RBL) branch in Kingstanding. The Sqn were invited to their annual church service and after a discussion with Father Philip Calvert, the standard was blessed at St Marks church in Kingstanding.

Mrs Joan Smith and her family attended the church service, her daughters travelled from London and Scotland for the event.

The cadets and staff marched behind the standards of the RBL on the way to the church; the new 487 Sqn standard was kept securely in its cover. At the church, Cdt Ryan Borhara and Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn, marched forward and offered the covered standard to Father Calvert. The cover was then taken off by the father and a blessing was given and the standard was splashed with holy water. Cdt Borhara then carried the standard out of the church and handed it over to Cdt Lucy Basaran. She then marched back into the church with all the other RBL standards.

A short service then took place which focused on the work done by the Royal British Legion, and also gave thanks to all those men and women serving in HM Forces, past and present.

During the service, Fg Off Simon Jennings thanked Mrs Joan Smith and her family for the very kind donation of money that had enabled the Sqn to buy the magnificent new colours.

Following the service, the new standard took pride of place on the march back to the club; it was really great to see the colour flying in the strong wind.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill commented “Firstly, I would like to thank the members of the British Legion branch here at Kingstanding for all their help in organising today’s event; you really have made it very easy for the staff and cadets on this parade. Secondly, I would like again to thank Mrs Joan Smith for donating the money for the new standard. This new standard will hopefully be paraded where ever our Sqn parades in the future. It is a working, and very fitting reminder of Jack and we will never forget him.”


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC



Simon Jennings
Published 2010-10-11 18:31:01
487 Sqn Take Part in History






The band of 194 (BSA) Squadron along with Cadets and Staff from 165 (Castle Bromwich) & 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Squadrons were proud to be involved with what is believed to be the first Ceremony of its kind in the United Kingdom to confer the Freedom of a City upon the Royal British Legion.

The Ceremony started with a Parade of Royal British Legion and other Ex-Service Associations along with the ATC Standards forming up in Chamberlain Square in the centre of Birmingham. The Parade was completed by a contingent of RBL members and the Cadets and Staff from 165 & 487 Squadron.

The Band of 194 Squadron struck up a tune and the Parade started on its short journey from Chamberlain Square to Victoria Square where the Blessing of the new Union Standard and the Dedication of the new RBL County Standard took place.

Before the official Presentation Ceremony took place the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Len Gregory, announced “That from this day forth the Tri-Service flag will fly outside the Council Office of Birmingham City Council whenever and wherever there are British Servicemen and Women on duty around the world”.

The Freedom Service was conducted with great dignity, with the Lord Mayor reading out the Resolution that Conferred the Freedom of Entry into the City of Birmingham to The Birmingham County, Royal British Legion.

The Lord Mayor then inspected the Parade accompanied by Mr Dave Gooding, the Chairman of the Birmingham County, Royal British Legion.

After the March Past by the Parade and the dismissal of the Parade the Cadets and Staff from all three units were invited by the Lord Mayor to join him in the Banqueting Suite for refreshments.

The Parade of Standards was achieved with the help of Cadets from 165 & 487 Squadrons who had been honoured to be asked to carry some of the RBL Standards on behalf of the Branches who no longer have Standard Bearers of their own.

Many compliments were paid to the Staff about the conduct and respect shown by the ATC for the RBL’s Ceremony.

Article submitted by
Flt Lt JR Martin
OC 165 Sqn

Pictures by Sgt Andy Hudson
487 Sqn

Flt Lt James Martin
Published 2010-10-06 19:28:25
New Sqn Standard to be Dedicated - 10th October 2010


Sunday 10th October is set to be another red letter day in the history of 487 Sqn. The Sqn is set to dedicate their new standard at a church service in Kingstanding.

After many years without a serviceable standard, the Sqn decided to use money donated by Mrs Joan Smith to buy a new standard. The money was donated following the sad death of Jack Smith who was a member of 487 Sqn during World War Two, and later a member of the Sqn Civilain Committee.

Those people that would like to attend the event need to be at the Royal British Legion Club, Lambeth Road, Kingstanding, by 11:15 on 10th October. Refreshements will be provided after the dedication.

If you require anymore information please contact Fg Off Simon Jennings on 0121 3820255.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings
Sqn Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-10-03 14:07:09
Roll Up Roll Up for the 487 Sqn Autumn Raffle!


Yet another first for 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn! The Civilian Committee of the Sqn and Detached Flight have organised an Autumn Raffle with some fantastic prizes on offer to the winners.

The first prize is a Landrover experience day and other prizes such as free overnight accommodation in a luxury apartment in Birmingham, free meals at top restaurants and a whole host of other prizes mean that this raffle is set to be a roaring success for the Sqn.

It’s not just for the sole benefit of the Sqn though, a proportion of the overall money collected by the sale of the tickets will be given to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA). They look after serving and retired members of the RAF and their families and they also work very closely with the Air Training Corps.

Tickets are now on sale from the Sqn and the cadets will be issued with 10 books each on 30th September. It’s only 50 per ticket, so go on, have a go!

Ticket stubs need to be back at the Sqn by 14th November at the latest, along with all monies collected.

The draw will take place on Tuesday 16th November at 1930 at the Sqn Headquarters. Members of RAFA will hopefully be in attendance.





Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-09-30 17:58:17
487 and 1459 climb over 6000ft in one weekend!


On top of Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod from Capel Curig Army Training Centre

At the Summit Of Snowdon

On the way to the Summit of Snowdon

The last weekend in September saw two local Sqn’s come together to take on two towering mountains in North Wales. A total of 14 cadets and five staff from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn and 1459 (Heart of England) Sqn travelled to the Capel Curig Army Training Centre in the Snowdonia National Park. On the way to Wales, the cadets and staff were given a tour around the town of Telford with its many delights! Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill was later heard to say “I’ve never been to Telford before, it’s very nice!”

On the way to breakfast on the Saturday morning, the cadets, and the staff for that matter, were shown the day’s objective. Towering majestically and rather threateningly above the camp was Moel Siabod. This mountain stands 872m above sea level and once everybody had taken in a large gulp of Welsh air, it was into breakfast in the impressive new mess hall at Capel.

It wasn’t all about just trudging up a mountain though; the cadets were split into two teams and during the ascent to the summit a lot of map and compass training was undertaken.

It was a beautifully sunny day, but as per normal with mountains of this height, it was a bit blowy at the top and the cadets and staff were soon donning their layers to keep warm! On the way down the cadets took it in turn to lead their teams, particularly in relation to walking on bearings across open ground.

Sgt Sarah Cotton and CI Nicky Gallivan had prepared a quiz for the cadets on the Saturday night. Also taking part in the quiz were the old buggers (their quiz team name), Flt Lt O’Neill and Flt Lt Watson. They managed to score 31 out of 40; the missing nine points came mainly from the music round!

There was no let up for the cadets on this weekend and again following a good Army breakfast it was into the mini-bus for the short ride to Mount Snowdon. The Pyg track had been chosen for the ascent up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m. Once again, the weather was perfect and view was tremendous all the way up the mountain. Whilst the Pyg track is fairly easy at the bottom, once the summit is in site, it soon starts to test all the muscles in your legs and the summit actually looks like it is laughing at you!

Following a 30 minute break at the summit and a chance to look around the new café and shop, it was back down the way we came up until we branched off on to the miners track.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “Both myself and the OC of 1459 Sqn, Flt Lt Neil Watson, have been greatly impressed with the cadets this weekend. The timings of the ascents to both Moel Siabod and Snowdon have been good and they have all learnt something in relation to map and compass work. It has been good to share the weekend with another Sqn from our Wing, something we will be looking to replicate in the near future.”





Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-09-30 16:05:39
NCO's Earn Their Stripes and Crown's at 487!


FS Joe Creamer

FS Stephen Lycett

Sgt Josh Waldron

Sgt Kerry Whiting and Sgt Martin Kemp

Thursday 23rd and Tuesday 28th September saw a number of NCO’s promoted further up the ladder by Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn.

Sgt Joe Creamer was the first to be promoted to FS. FS Creamer has been a key player in the Sqn’s success recently. He is part of the Sqn’s shooting team which has won the Collins trophy at the Wing Field day in both 2009 and 2010. He is also part of the Sqn drill team which finished fourth in 2010.

Sgt Stephen Lycett was the second NCO to be promoted to FS on the night. FS Lycett has recently been successful in passing the selection weekend for the Junior Leaders Course. FS Lycett was also a member of the Sqn’s drill team at the Wing Field Training Day.

Flt Lt O’Neill next promoted Cpl Josh Waldron to Sgt. Sgt Waldron has also recently passed the selection weekend for the Junior Leaders Course and he too was a member of the Sqn’s drill team earlier this year.

On Tuesday 28th September the last of the promotions took place. Cpl Kerry Whiting was promoted to Sgt. Sgt Whiting has been a key part of the Sqn’ success over the past twelve months, particularly in relation to sporting achievements.

Cpl Martin Kemp was also promoted to Sgt. Cpl Kemp has been a key player in the Sqn’s success over the past four years. He is part of the Aircraft recognition team that came in first place both at the Wing and Regional training days. Sgt Kemp has also recently passed his selection weekend for the Qualified Aerospace Instructors course (QAIC).

Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “Each one of these NCO’s has proved in the last twelve months that with hard work and dedication they can reach the highest ranks in the ATC. Each of them has their own story, but without them, the successful year that we have had would not have happened. I wish them all good luck in their individual ventures in the next 12 months”.


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-09-30 14:54:47
Cpl Martin Kemp Passes Selection for The Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC)


After the 2 and a half hour train journey on Friday 10th September, I met with the rest of the candidates for the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) selection weekend at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. We met with Wing commander Morris at the conference centre, he had previously been speaking to us via email for the past few months about the course and he explained what the QAIC is about, why the ATC does it, and what is in store for us over the weekend. He also explained what would happen if we passed the assessment weekend. We settled into our rooms and slept thinking about the weekend ahead (and dreading over our interviews and presentations). When morning broke we went to the junior ranks mess and had a “Full English” and continued on to the briefing for the day.

The Saturday was split up into 6 sections of which all the syndicates would rotate around, my syndicate had to complete the debate first. The whole syndicate debated ideas for the ATC, for example: Members of staff over 50 must leave because they are too old and won’t be able to relate to the cadets of today (Watch out Flt Lt O’Neill.) We then moved on to our presentations, they had to be on an aerospace subject, and my presentation went well, but ended with a dry throat. Our syndicate then went onto the leadership test, we had to choose between 3 options and calculate which would be the best, and all of our syndicate passed that. We then went onto our interviews; this required us to talk to all of the officers including Wg Cdr Morris about why we wanted to do the course and what we wanted to do into the future. We then went to the Tucano flight simulator and completed a circuit around (the virtual) RAF Linton-on-Ouse. My syndicate also went onto the Air traffic control simulator, something I enjoyed very much.

Sunday came around very quickly and we had to wait for the good, or bad, news. I was extremely happy when I was told I had passed the selection weekend. However, 6 cadets were unsuccessful and they went for a flight in a Vigilant. Overall it was a good weekend and the whole course looks interesting, and I am looking forward to the coming weeks.

Cpl Martin Kemp
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn

Cpl Martin Kemp
Published 2010-09-15 09:41:20
487 Sqn NCO's Prove They Are Tough Enough!!


Sgt Lycett and Cpl Waldron

Whilst the rest of the Sqn were enjoying a well earned Barbeque, Sgt Steven Lycett and Cpl Josh Waldron were taking part, and being successful, in probably the hardest selection weekend in the ATC, they were trying to get selected for the ATC Junior Leaders Course.

The two cadets travelled to Lincoln on Friday 3rd September and a busy weekend was soon underway. Both Sgt Lycett and Cpl Waldron had to show their competencies in four differing areas, they were:

Physical
Leadership Skills
Presentation Skills
Interview with Section Officer

Both cadets passed with flying colours and are now looking forward to spending the winter months in luxurious conditions in Yorkshire and Norfolk!

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “CWO Rigby has just recently passed his Junior Leaders Course and for the Sqn to have another two cadets be successful in passing the selection weekend is fantastic. We all hope that both Sgt Lycett and Cpl Waldron will go from strength to strength in the coming months, they might even beat me at the one and a half mile run! Well done to them both”.





Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-09-15 09:18:51
487 Sqn Cadets Swimming All The Way To The Trophy Cabinet!


Members of the 487 Sqn Swimming Team with the Senior Boys Trophy

Saturday 11th September saw 14 cadets and four staff travel the short distance to Stetchford swimming baths for the annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing swimming Gala, and it proved to be another winning event for the Sqn!

The cadets took part in a whole host of differing events and as the evening un-folded they soon found themselves appearing in finals and winning individual events. The whole team performed excellently; here is a selection of their overall performances on the night:

Sgt Lycett Butterfly 1st Position
Sgt Lycett Individual Medley 2nd Position
Cpl Whiting Individual Medley 1st Position
Cdt Reader Breast stroke 2nd Position

Senior Boys Relay Team, Sgt Lycett 1st Position
Cpl Hodgson
Cdt Hart
Cdt Reader

Cpl Whiting Backstroke/Breast stroke Finalist
Cdt Harvey-Allen Freestyle Finalist
Cdt Hart Freestlye Finalist

At the end of the night it was announced that the senior boys team had retained their title which they won in 2009.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “Yet another brilliant performance from the 487 Sqn cadets, and another bit of silverware! The whole team put in a lot of effort and it’s obviously paid off. I would like to thank all those cadets who turned up for the event to support our Sqn”.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-09-15 09:10:42
It's Another Silver Day for 487 Sqn!


Cpl Andrew picking up his individual aircraft recognition trohpy

Cpl Kemp collecting the aircraft recognition team trophy

Shooting Team With Mr Bell and Sgt Andy Hudson

Following their recent success at the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Training day which saw 487 Sqn win the overall prize as the best Sqn in the wing, a total of 13 cadets and staff travelled to RAF Wittering to take part in the Central and East Regional Training day on Sunday 5th September.

The cadets were representing Warwick and Birmingham Wing in the following disciplines:

Shooting
Aircraft Recognition (Team and Individual)
Senior Aircraft Modelling
Diorama

The shooting team were first to compete on the day and in what turned out to be a close competition they finished in 5th position overall. The individual winner of the shooting competition actually scored 97/100!

The senior aircraft modelling and the Diorama competition were both judged by independent judges from the British modelling association and again, the competition was very tough. CWO Rigby’s model of a Mosquito aircraft was judged in 2nd place in the competition, a great result for him. The Diorama finished in 4th place; the judges on the day were paying close attention to the slightest mistakes, no chocks under wheels etc!

The last team to compete were the Aircraft recognition team, and what a tough event this was, well for the adult staff anyway! The team of Cpl Andrew, Cpl Kemp and Cpl Bell came away with first prize in the team event and to cap the day off, Cpl Andrew won the individual prize as well.

Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “We have represented our wing in four differing disciplines at RAF Wittering and we have competed hard in every one of them. The shooting team bettered their score from the Wing Field day by over 50 points so you can’t ask for more than that really. We have yet again gained some valuable lessons in shooting which should help us next year. The modelling competition was extremely tough and I’m very proud that CWO Rigby’s model came in second place, well done to him. And finally, what can I say about the Aircraft recognition team? This is the third year in the last four that we have won the regional event, but it’s the first year that we’ve ever won the individual event. Well done to all in the team, but especially Cpl Andrew who came away with one of the biggest cups of the day! We all wish the team good luck in the Corps finals to be held at the RAF Museum at Hendon later in the year.”

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-09-08 20:36:42
487 Sqn let their hair down - at long last!!!




Saturday 4th September saw 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn let their hair down for once when they celebrated their win at the Wing Field Training Day in June 2010.

The Sqn had decided to leave the celebrations until everybody, cadets and staff, were back from holiday and this paid off because over 40 people attended the party.

The food had been laid on by kind permission of the civilian committee and there were certainly lots to be had!

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “Firstly, I would like to thank Amanda Walden, Gemma Walden and Sgt Andy Hudson for buying, and then cooking all the food tonight, it really has been a fantastic evening. Secondly, this evening was for the cadets to say thank you for all their efforts not only at Wing Field Training Day, but in the months prior to the event when everybody practised so hard. Keeping 487 Sqn at the very top is going to be a tough job, but we can all now get down to some hard training in the winter months. Well done to all the cadets and the staff”.


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
487 Sqn Communications and Media Officer

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-09-08 20:17:37
Sgt Creamer is Bang On Target!


Sgt Creamer gets his marksmanship badge from Flt Lt O'Neill, OC 487 Sqn

Tuesday 24th August was yet another award winning night for one 487 Sqn Cadet. Sgt Creamer was awarded his regional marksmanship award by Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn.

Sgt Creamer is part of the Sqn’s shooting team which has won the Collins shooting trophy for the past two years. He, and the rest of the 487 Sqn team will shortly be representing the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing at the regional training day at RAF Wittering on 5th September 2010.

Good luck to him and the rest of the team.

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-08-26 15:42:36
487 Sqn at RAF St Mawgan 7-14th August 2010


Flying Officer Jennings, Cdt Harvey-Allen, Sqn Ldr Foster

Cdt Harvey-Allen taking the RAF Fitness Test

Cadets in the Sand in Cornwall!

On Saturday 7th August, 31 cadets and 5 staff set off on the long trail down to RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall to attend the second week of the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing annual camp at the station. Flying Officer Simon Jennings and Cdt Sarah Harvey-Allen from 487 Sqn attended the camp.

Cornwall in August is obviously very busy and all on the coach soon found themselves stuck in traffic jams on the M5. After a very weary day on the roads, all arrived safely at the camp at 1700 and all the camp staff and cadets were soon enjoying their first meal in the Nimrod mess.

Sqn Ldr Foster, camp commandant for the week, introduced all the staff to the cadets on Saturday evening, and he then laid out his plans for the week in terms of training.

On the first full day in Cornwall, all the cadets were taken to Lands End, the furthest point west in the United Kingdom. The cadets were then taken to the National Maritime museum in Falmouth. Not all the cadets travelled to Lands End and Falmouth though, half of them had been selected to go gliding with 626 VGS which is based at Predannack, an airfield just south of Helston. This VGS flies the Viking glider and all had a good day with all the cadets managing to get in 3 launches each.

It wasn’t just gliders that the cadets managed to fly though, also at RAF St Mawgan was a detachment from 3 AEF, normally based at Colerne in Wiltshire. The staff were in contact with the AEF early each morning and this meant that by the end of the week, all the cadets had either flown in gliders at the VGS or in the Tutor at the AEF.

On the Sunday evening, all the cadets and staff were transported to the beach at Porth which is just to the north of Newquay. A great deal of sport was played and the cadets were also tasked with a special project by the staff. They had to find a wet piece of sand and write in extremely big letters, ATC Summer Camp, 2010. The reason soon became clear to them, as Flt Lt Chapman, OC 84 Sqn, flew over in his light aircraft to take photographs of the cadets and the words in the sand. He then put on a fantastic aerobatic display for the cadets, and everybody else on the beach.

The only really bad day in terms of weather loomed on the Tuesday and the planned visit to Flambards was cancelled.

The training continued at a pace during the week with dry weapons training and also weapons handling tests been taken. One of the early highlights of the week was a session with an RAF PTI in the station gymnasium where all the cadets and one member of staff were set the task of passing the RAF fitness test. A good number of both male and female cadets passed the test, but sadly, the member of staff failed miserably!

RAF St Mawgan is home to the Survival, Escape, Resistance and Extraction Training Centre. This is where all fixed and rotary wing aircrew have to come to learn various methods of training in terms of surviving in hostile territories. A visit was arranged during the week to the Survival equipment section where all the cadets were shown survival equipment, and they were also allowed to try on flying suits and helmets. All the staff and cadets found this visit extremely interesting.

Following the visit to the SES, all the cadets and staff were transported to Mawgan Porth to complete a small section of the South West Coastal Path. The scenery was stunning and all enjoyed this great walk.

A day was planned on the range along with visits to the station armoury. The Number 8 rifle and L98A2 were fired along with the L39 Target rifle. A fantastic day ensued with a total of 12 cadets winning their Wing Marksman badges, and 4 winning their Sqn marksman badges. A great deal of coaching was carried out by various members of staff and this seemed to have paid off at the end of the day with this fantastic result. The cadets were allowed to handle a myriad of differing weapons in the armoury, ranging from RPG rocket launchers to Sqn Ldr Fosters own personal favourite, the American Garand rifle.

On the Friday the cadets were taken to the Davidstow Military museum. This is a private museum which was set up to remember both the old RAF Davidstow airfield, but also to commemorate all the services who have served in the Cornwall area.

On the last day of the camp, both flights took part in a drill competition which was judged by Sqn Ldr Mccarroll. It was a really close competition, however, B flight just edged it and came out on top. All the cadets and staff then took part in a final parade where it was announced that B flight had won the overall competition as best flight during the week. All those cadets who had qualified as marksman were also presented with their badges.

Sqn Ldr Foster, Camp Commandant commented, “We have all had a fantastic week at RAF St Mawgan and I would like to thank both the cadets and staff for ensuring that the week was a success. We have completed so much during the week and the highlights have to be the amount of flying the cadets completed, and also the fantastic number of marksman’s badges we were able to give out on the final parade. I would also like to thank all the cadets and staff for working so hard during the week, we have all worked extremely long days, but we have achieved some fantastic results”

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
For Sqn Ldr Foster, Camp Commandant



Simon Jennings
Published 2010-08-15 22:33:05
487 Sqn Staff attend Learning and Development Seminar




Staff from across the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing gathered at the West Midlands Police Training Centre on Sunday 1st August to take part a Learning and Development Seminar. Five members of staff from 487 Sqn attended the day; Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn, Fg Off Jennings, Sgt Cotton and Sgt Taylor and last, but not least, CI Ian Bell.

The seminar was opened by Sqn Ldr Martin Harrison, Learning and Development Officer for the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing. Sqn Ldr Harrison gave a presentation in relation to the radical changes that are taking place in the ATC in the area of the training syllabus. Although there has been a delay of one year placed on the new examination structure coming into place, cadets who are already qualified at Staff cadet part 1 level will be able to wear the new Master Air Cadet badge. He further went on to clarify that staff cadet part 2 courses have now ceased. Sqn Ldr Harrison then went on to explain the new Methods of Instruction Course (MOI) which is planned to be introduced in 2011. This course is not part of the training syllabus, but it will give all those cadets who want to complete the course a thorough grounding in instructional techniques. The cadets who volunteer for this course will be expected to complete a weekend at DCAE Cosford, and they will then have to deliver a lesson at their own Sqn which will be assessed by a member of the Learning and Development Team.

Wg Cdr Ladwa, OC Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing then gave a presentation which covered a host of subjects. He firstly announced that along with every other public service department, HQAC had been tasked in reducing expenditure by 25%. Officers across the ACO are looking at differing areas which include paid days for uniformed members of staff, and also administrative areas of the ACO. Wg Cdr Ladwa then went on to talk about the new ACE Platforms. These platforms have a wealth of technology on board and they enable both existing and prospective cadets to practice flying skills. Wg Cdr Ladwa reminded everybody that staff need to be qualified before these platforms can be used. The Wg Cdr also briefly talked about first aid training for the ATC and also a prospective course to be run by the NSPCC in relation to child protection issues.




Next up was Wg Cdr Mills, and he gave a presentation both on the current CVQO programme and the new proposed syllabus which should be introduced this year. All at the meeting were reminded that cadets currently going through the programme need to get their project books finished. Wg Cdr Mills also reminded that all adult staff that there are qualifications open to them through the CVQO system. Wg Cdr Mills also informed everybody that at this years Birmingham Military Tattoo, the ACO has been given a 12 minute slot to show case the ATC and the Cadet 150 celebrations. Sqn’s will be shortly asked if they would like to take part in this event.

Following a good lunch, Sqn Ldr Harrison gave all the delegates a short presentation on child welfare and protection issues in the ATC and this, as usual, led to some healthy debate amongst the seminar audience.

The final presentations of the day were given by Sqn Ldr Martin and Flt Lt Adams and were in relation to the Bader System. Sqn Ldr Martin reminded all sqn’s that they should now be using the system and that very shortly a cut off date will be given by Wing Headquarters and that following that date, all Sqn statistics will be taken directly from Bader. Following the presentation, a number of Sqn’s asked Sqn Ldr Martin for their passwords to be reset!

Sqn Ldr Martin Harrison, Wing Learning and Development Officer, commented “A total of 49 staff from across the wing attended the seminar and most Sqn’s were represented. A great deal of information has been imparted today and I’m sure that all the staff who attended have gone away with a clearer idea of the changes planned in the areas of training and also the importance of using the Bader system going forward. I would like to thank all those who gave up their Sunday to attend this seminar”.


Fg Off Simon Jennings
For Sqn Ldr Martin Harrison, Learning and Development Officer
Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing




Simon Jennings
Published 2010-08-02 16:29:48
CWO Adam Wilkes "Retires" Gracefully!


CWO Wilkes presented with a momento of his service in the ATC by Flt Lt Brendan O'Neill, OC 487 Sqn

Thursday 29th July saw the “retirement” of CWO Adam Wilkes from 487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn ATC.

CWO Wilkes had joined the ATC back in 2003 and since then he had not only attained the highest rank available to cadets, but also passed his gliding scholarship along the way.

Over the past few years Adam has been instrumental in the rise of 487 Sqn to where it is now, at the very top of the league. He has led the Sqn’s drill team for the past three years and during that time the Sqn has risen from 9th place overall to 4th in 2010.

Adam has also represented the Wing in various sports and he was a keen member of the Sqn’s football team.

In 2009, Adam was selected to place a wreath on the newly commissioned remembrance stone at our TA Base in Kingstanding. He has also for the past few years accepted the youth award at the Royal British Legion club in Kingstanding on behalf of 487 Sqn.

Adam has also been a keen member of the Sqn’s shooting team which has won the Collins trophy for the past two years.

It’s not all bad news though, on Tuesday 3rd August, Adam will be “re-joining” the Sqn as a Civilian instructor!

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “It’s sad to see Adam come to the end of his uniformed service in the ATC. He’s helped our Sqn increase our standards in all areas and his quiet confident manner has helped both the cadets, and in particular, our NCO’s perform at a much higher level. We all now look forward to him becoming a CI where he can help to keep our Sqn at the very top”.

Fg Off Simon Jennings
Sqn Media and Communications Officer
487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-08-02 16:15:31
487 Sqn at the RIAT!


Staff and Cadets at Fairford

Vulcan XH558 Prior to its display

On Sunday 18th July 2009, 12 cadets and 3 staff from 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC, travelled to RAF Fairford to visit the world’s largest airshow, the Royal International Air Tattoo.

It was a very early start for all involved, but unlike 2009, we didn’t this time get stuck in any traffic. The flying programme started at 10:00 in a very sedate manor, there can’t be many airshows that open up with a glider, but it was all very peaceful! However, the noise soon started and an early star of the show was the Typhoon which provided a thunderous opening to the afternoon.

The star of the show however proved to be the F22 Raptor; this was the first public display by this aircraft in the UK. To a rousing commentary given by an American Staff Sergeant, the aircraft leaped into the sky and was soon using its unique capabilities to turn around the sky with alarming ease. This fighter aircraft is the only one in the world that has all of its ordnance tucked away so its radar signature is kept to an absolute minimum. The aircraft did a few fly pasts with its weapons bay open, a unique site on the air show circuit.

Another first in terms of flights in the UK was the display given by the Airbus A400M. This aircraft has been chosen by the UK to replace some of the Hercules fleet in the coming years. This aircraft gave a fantastic display and it looks set to become a favourite in years to come.

The day was also a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. A unique display of 12 aircraft took the skies, this included Spitfires, Hurricanes and ME109’s. The site of these aircraft on the taxi way and then taking to the skies was a wonderful site.

The day was finished by a wonderful display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flights Hurricane and a Typhoon from 29 Sqn. Both the aircraft gave a wonderful display and their final act was to fly towards each other in a cross over, very much like to the Red Arrows solo pair.

A wonderful day at a wonderful airshow was had by all; we all look forward to going back next year.



Fg Off Simon Jennings
Sqn Media and Communications Officer
487 Sqn

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-07-20 13:33:23
Night of Awards and Promotions for 487 Sqn Cadets!


Sgt Jack Kirby with Sqn Ldr Mccarroll

FS Rigby

Cpl Daniel

Cpl Bell

Tuesday 13th July was a special night for four cadets from 487 Sqn.

Sqn Ldr Pat Mccarroll, Wing Sports Officer, was a welcome visitor to the Sqn on the night and he presented the first award of the night.

Sgt Jack Kirby has in the last year represented both the Wing and Region at Rugby Union and earlier this year he was selected to represent the Air Training Corps in a game against a Shrewsbury RUFC colts team. Sqn Ldr Mccarroll presented Sgt Kirby with a certificate in recognition of this great achievement. Sqn Ldr Mccarroll reminded everybody that sports are very important in the Wing and he thanked both Sgt Kirby and the Sqn as a whole for the support that we give our wing in relation to sporting activities.

On the final parade, Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn,firstly presented a regional marksmanship badge to FS Anthony Rigby. FS Rigby is part of the 487 Sqn shooting team and recently won the best individual shooting trophy at the Wing Field Training day. Flt Lt O\\\'Neill also promoted two cadets to the rank of Corporal. First to get his promotion was Cdt Daniel, closely followed by Cdt Bell. Both had recently attended a JNCO course with the Wing Learning and Development Team and both had achieved extremely high scores.



Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-07-14 21:11:24
487 Sqn Cadets have Tea with Prince Charles!


Cadets on Horse Guards Parade

Cpl Reynolds and Cdt Basaran in front of Number 10

Tuesday 7th July 2010 was a red-letter day in the history of the Cadet movement in the United Kingdom. Over 1500 cadets and staff travelled to central London to take part in the Cadet 150 anniversary parade. The parade was followed by a garden party at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales.

Cadets, volunteers and their massed bands came to London from across the UK to march from Horse Guards Parade down The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

A flypast by the Red Arrows accompanied the parade and, uniquely, a selection of cadets travelled in the aircraft with the pilots as part of the celebrations.

Youngsters from the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force, the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force took part in the parade.

Prince Charles saluted the cadets as they marched past Clarence House, accompanied by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, and Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Andrew Robathan.

The following staff and cadets represented the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing on the anniversary parade:
Flt Lt Diana Atkinson OC 493 Sqn
Fg Off Simon Jennings 487 Sqn

FS Ben Chergui 493 Sqn
FS Stuart Hand 1368 Sqn
Sgt Sam Quinn 1459 Sqn
Sgt Enya Tabram 163 Sqn
Cpl Adam Reynolds 487 Sqn
Cpl Imogen Cush 493 Sqn
Cpl Elizabeth Blackburn 198 Sqn
Cpl Emma Hibbitt 198 Sqn
Cpl Ian Johnston 1459 Sqn
Cdt Lucy Basaran 487 Sqn
Cdt Elloise Messiam 163 Sqn

The staff and cadets travelled to RAF Northolt on 5th July 2010 for a practice parade and everybody, including the officers, were put through their paces on the QCS parade ground. The Air Training Corps were by far the largest contingent on the parade, numbering some 575 cadets and 93 staff. The cadets and staff were split into three sqn’s and everybody had to learn how to march in rows of 8’s, all had problems trying to master a wheel on the march with such large numbers!

On 6th July everybody travelled to Horse Guards in Central London to take part in the parade. The Garrison Sergeant Major, GSM Mott was in charge of getting the 1500 cadets on parade and his imposing presence ensured that all set off on the parade at the exact time expected. All 575 cadets from the ATC were on the Mall as the Red Arrows screamed over the top of us.

All the cadets marched to Wellington Barracks which is quite close to Buckingham Palace and following a quick bottle of water, GSM Mott again marched all the cadets to the Palace and the garden party got underway.

Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family made their way along specified routes and they talked to a number of cadets and members of staff.

At the end of the day the cadets and staff from Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing had a special treat awaiting them. One of the guests who attended the garden party had spoken earlier in the day to the Police who were guarding Downing Street. We were allowed into Downing street and many pictures were taken in front of Number 10.

Flt Lt Diana Atkinson, OC 493 Sqn commented “I know that both Fg Off Jennings and I have been very impressed with the cadets from Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing. Their dress and standard of drill was exceptional and I know that everybody enjoyed the day. To be on the Mall as the Red Arrows flew over was very special. This was a once in a lifetime experience and we have enjoyed representing our Wing”.




Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-07-10 08:05:31
487 Sqn celebrate Armed Forces Day






Saturday 26 th June was a day to celebrate when the nation paid tribute to HM Forces on Armed Forces day. 7 cadets and two staff from 487 Sqn attended the parade. The 194 Sqn band who led a large parade in the centre of Birmingham made up of all three services and a total of 37 cadets and 12 staff from Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing represented the Air Training Corps.

The parade marched from Edgbaston Street through a large and appreciative audience, to St Martin’s Church in Digbeth. The parade was then inspected by Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, CinC along with a host of other dignitaries from the Birmingham area.

Following the inspection, all the servicemen and servicewomen along with the cadets and members of the public entered St Martin’s church for a service of thanksgiving. There was a host of addresses made by the differing service representatives attending the parade, along with Admiral Soar. He thanked the people of the West Midlands for the support they gave the armed forces and he said that the troops serving in Afghanistan in particular needed all the support that we could give them.

One of the hardest hitting speeches on the day came from an RAF padre who is based at the Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham. He described in great detail the hardships that troops returning from Afghanistan have gone through and that when they do return that need all the support they can get and that we should never forget them.

Sqn Ldr Bob Foster who commanded the Wing contingent on the day commented “I would like to thank all the cadets and staff who have represented our wing at this parade. It was a very hot day, but the support and help shown to us by members of the public was fantastic. This was a very poignant day and I’m sure we all felt that the church service was particularly good. The 194 Sqn band were excellent and they led the parade extremely well both outside and inside the church. It was also an honour to parade the Wing Standard through the streets of Birmingham”.


Fg Off Simon Jennings
Sqn PR and Communications Officer
487 Sqn

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-07-03 08:06:39
Come and Test yourself!!!

Tuesday 29th June looks like it will be a testing time for both cadets and parents. 487 Sqn are holding their inaugural quiz night and they are looking for as many people as possible to turn up on the night.

The quiz is being held at the Royal British Legion Club, Lambeth Road, Kingstanding (Same location as the presentation evening earlier this year). It starts at 19:30 and there will also be a raffle on the night.

The night is being held to boost sqn funds.

There will also be a chance at the start of the evening to recognise the cadets efforts at the recent Wing Field Training day when the Sqn finished first in the overall competition.

Entry is only £1 per person, pay at the door, maximum of five in a team.

Why not come along and give it a go and support your Sqn!!!!!

Fg Off Simon Jennings
Sqn Adj
487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-06-25 13:38:42
Such a Perfect Day for 487 Sqn!!!!!




Sunday 13th June was another milestone day in the history of 487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn ATC. The cadets were competing at the annual Wing Field Training Day and not only walked away with a host of individual class wins, but they comprehensively won the overall prize as the best Squadron in the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing.

The Sqn had finished third in the competition for the last three years and earlier this year the staff and cadets decided that they would give a real good push to better that position and if possible, actually win the overall trophy.

As the cadets and staff arrived at the Gamecock barracks near Nuneaton, none could have foreseen the day’s events. The highlights of the overall results are as follows:

Aircraft Recognition Finished 1st
Individual Aircraft Recognition Finished 1st
Senior Modelling competition Finished 1st
Diorama competition Finished 1st
Collins Trophy Shooting competition Finished 1st
Individual Shooting competition Finished 1st
Junior Modelling competition Finished 2nd
Drill Team Finished 4th
Drill Team NCO I/C Finished 6th
First Aid Team Finished 5th
PR Competition Finished 5th

The Sqn also gained points for reaching the quarter finals of the five-a-side football competition earlier this year.

Overall then, 487 Sqn finished the day on 49 points. At the final parade, which was extremely wet to say the least, it was announced that 487 Sqn had won the Per Ardua cup having finished 1st in the overall competition!!



Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “Coming first in this competition is magnificent and we had a wonderful day, apart from the final parade that is! I would like to thank all the cadets and staff of 487 Sqn for all their hard work leading up to the training day itself. We have won this competition because we didn’t just concentrate on one area, we decided earlier this year that we would enter every competition and then train hard to ensure that the cadets could do their best on the day and I think that has obviously paid dividends. As an example we had 16 cadets on the training day who were capable of being in the drill team and to whittle them down to 12 was a very hard job. We look forward to holding the cup until next year, but we will have to work even harder to retain it !”


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC




Simon Jennings
Published 2010-06-17 17:14:28
487 Sqn cadets put through their paces!!






33 cadets from the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing have been put through their paces by the Wing Drill Instructors at DCAE Cosford. 4 cadets from 487 Sqn also attended the course, they were Sgt Lycett, Cpl Kemp, Cpl Reynolds and Cdt Bell.

The cadet, mostly JNCO’s and SNCO’s arrived at Cosford on 4th June and they were soon aware that this was to be a very fast paced course. The cadets were split up into their syndicates and this was followed by lectures on standards of dress in the ATC. This lecture also ensured that the cadets were perfectly aware of the standards the instructors expected from them throughout the weekend.

Saturday was a beautiful day at Cosford and there was lots of time to spend on the parade square. This wasn’t all about marching up and down, the cadets were taught how to give drill commands and also the correct (ATC) way to do drill. There were many referrals back to the drill manual and it is hoped the cadets now have a better understanding of the standard drill movements in use today. All the 33 cadets attending the course will be taking part in their sqn’s drill team at the Wing Field Training Day on 13th June.

Each cadet was given a specific drill movement that they had to deliver in their assessment. Not only did they have to teach the particular movement to a group of three other cadets, they had to do so in the manner laid out in the drill manual. This is a very prescriptive manner, but it is hoped that by using this, the cadets can become more effective on their own Sqn’s.

Late on Saturday evening, the cadets were also given instruction in continuity drill by the Wing Drill Instructors. A drill display was created and the cadets were soon marching around in figure of eight movements and also marching towards and through each other!

The Drill Development Course is a pass or fail course and on the Sunday, all the cadets had to take a written exam. Following the exam, the cadets were then assessed by their Drill Instructors on their chosen drill movement.

At the end of the course on Sunday, the cadets gave a continuity drill display to an audience which was made up of the adult staff who had been attending the staff basic course.

Sqn Ldr Harrison, Wing Learning and Development Officer commented “This has been an excellent course with a very high calibre of JNCO’s and SNCO’s attending. The standard of drill at the final parade, and in particular the continuity drill display was very impressive. After only a few practices, the cadets were able to complete a complicated drill sequence which ended with all 33 cadets spelling the letters ATC on the parade square. Each cadet has been given a written report along with their exam score and this will be sent to each Sqn OC in the coming weeks. I look forward to running more courses such as this in the future”.


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
487 Sqn Media and Communications Officer

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-06-09 19:38:41
"Guns" Hudson Now Fully Qualified!!


It’s been a busy time recently for Sgt Andy Hudson ATC following his qualification as a range conducting officer (RCO).

Sgt Hudson started on the long “campaign” to become a RCO late in 2009 when he passed his QCWHT course with flying colours. This gave him the ability to test cadets on the Number 8 .22 rifle, but this wasn’t enough for him, Sgt Hudson’s long term goal was to become a RCO.

Further courses qualified him to become a Weapons Instructor and there then followed conversions to the new L98A2 which meant he could now instruct on the newly delivered DP versions of the weapon at 487 Sqn.

At the start of May this year, Sgt Hudson travelled to the old RAF airfield at Wattisham to undertake his RCO course. This is a very intensive course and all the attendees found the power point presentations and amount of information being delivered to them a great challenge.

However, following his second weekend, Sgt Hudson was awarded his RCO “ticket” and he has busy ever since taken cadets on the range at 487 Sqn so that they can take part in the Collins trophy shoot.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “We all know how hard Sgt Hudson works both in his day to day job and as an instructor at 487 Sqn. Not only has Andy now got his RCO ticket, he’s also a qualified Mountain Leader and it’s of great credit to himself that he passed the RCO course with relative ease. All the cadets and staff at the Sqn very much appreciate how much work he has put into this course in his private time. The Sqn won the Collins trophy in 2009 and now that we can spend even more time on the range, we look forward to competing for the trophy again in 2010”.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
www.487sqn.gov.uk

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-05-27 14:21:55
Radio Skills Learnt on the Badger!




On Saturday 22nd May, Cdt Borhara and Sgt Cotton (ATC) from 487 Sqn attended the Khaki Badger Clansman Radio conversion course at 1289 (Stratford) Sqn, for a lesson in how to use the VHF Provisional and Full skills in a practical setting, using Clansman 350, 351 and 352 radios.
The day started off with an introduction to the course by Sgt Caine, with a brief for what was going to happen on the day. With the sun blazing and the mood high, we got to work with the radios.
First lesson was a hands on introduction to the 350 Clansman radio, learning about its component parts and how to set up the radio to function correctly in the field. This day was a large learning curve for some of the staff in attendance, so the introduction was eye opening to say the least.
Once familiar with the set-up of a 350 Clansman we moved onto the 351 parts and functionality, including the contents of an ancillary bag, how to use each part and how they were connected to the main radio.
Once familiar with the first two radios, we quickly learnt that a 351 and 352 radio are very similar, so looked at how to set up the radio for each configuration.
After a brief lunch, we headed out into the scorching sunshine to carry out some practical exercises with the radios in our groups. Each group headed out to their own spot (in the shade!) and proceeded to set up the radios in the assigned configuration, erect a GSA antenna and carry out a radio check between all call signs.
After some hands on experience with trouble shooting on the radio, we carried out some communication exercises using the VHF Provisional skills the cadets already had.
The day wrapped up with a demonstration of how to erect an elevated GSA antenna which was 25ft tall and took 6 cadets to put up.
Cdt Borhara enjoyed the day and found it interesting to see the difference between achieving his full VHF license and putting it into practice with real radios out in the field. Sgt Cotton, having never seen a Clansman radio before, learnt valuable radio skills which she is sure will be put to good use on the next Khaki Badger exercise later on in the year.
Thanks go to the Khaki Badger staff team for making the day both interesting and enjoyable.
Sgt Sarah Cotton
487 (Kingstanding & Perry Barr) Sqn

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-05-26 17:15:10
487 Sqn Running and Jumping to Success!








Sunday 9th May saw 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn compete at the annual wing athletics championships, and it turned out to be another successful day for the Sqn’s cadets.

A total of 28 cadets attended the event, this the largest attendance from the Sqn in a number of years and the cadets were soon starting the first rounds of their individual events.

The Sqn managed to win a total of 15 medals on the day, the individual event winners are listed below:

Cdt Jennings Long Jump

Cadet Davison 800m and Long Jump Female

Cpl Whiting 100m and 200m Female

At the end of the day, the overall team scores were announced, they were:

Boys Youth Team 3rd

Junior Women 2nd

Overall Girls 2nd

After the event had finished it was announced that the following cadets had been selected to represent the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing at the Regional Championships on 23rd May:

Cpl Whiting, Cdts Jarrett, Jennings, Davison, Conway

The regional championships were held at the Leicester stadium and another good day was had by all. In particular, Cdt Conway won gold in the 4x100m relay and he has been selected to represent the Central and East Region at the National Finals to be held at RAF Cosford.

Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “Yet again we have proved that by taking a large group of cadets to events of this nature the Sqn can excel. This was a good overall performance from all the cadets and to have five cadets selected to represent the wing is a great effort. The wing finished fifth overall at the regional championships, but it was a very close run competition, and again, all the 487 Sqn cadets performed extremely well”.


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC



Simon Jennings
Published 2010-05-26 16:49:05
487 Sqn Battle through to the Quarter Finals!




Sunday 16th May saw the annual five-a-side football tournament at the Stockland Green School take place and 487 Sqn were represented by both senior and junior teams.

The senior team were first up, and they played a hard fought match against 479 Sqn, unfortunately, they lost 3-1. The juniors then started their tournament with a game against a weakened 489 Sqn team, with 487 Sqn winning 7-0.

The junior team went into the second round with a game against 121 Sqn from Nuneaton. This proved to be a lot tougher game that the first round, but 487 came out on top again winning 3-1.

The junior team were now through to the quarter finals of the competition and they came up against 1459 Sqn. Again, it was a hard fought game and 487 soon found themselves 3-0 down. The juniors played well in the second half and managed to get a goal back, but by the final whistle, the Sqn had lost the game 3-1.

It was a great effort by both the teams, particularly the junior’s. The Sqn is now looking to build on this experience and with lots of training they hope to produce a good effort in the eleven a side competition later in the year.

Fg Off Simon Jennings
Sqn Media and Communications Officer
487 Sqn
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-05-25 11:33:23
487 Sqn Help start the 70th Anniversary celebrations!








On Saturday 15th May, 39 cadets and 4 staff from the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing travelled to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford to help celebrate the opening of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s 2010 season. 13 of the cadets were from 487 Sqn.

2010 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and air cadets from across the UK joined members of the public at the Duxford museum.

Although there was no flying display as such on the day, there were plenty of aircraft in the air practising for the spring air show which was held on 16th May. The memorial flights Spitfire and Hurricane flew into the airfield, but strong cross winds meant that the Lancaster could only do fly pasts on the day.

There were lots of events on the ground as well and the cadets and staff were very impressed with the Queens Colour Squadron display and the music played by the RAF Cranwell band.

Wg Cdr Ladwa, OC Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, and Flt Lt Broom, OC 497 Sqn, were also in attendance on the day, they were both helping to man the new air cadet mobile activity centre. This is a fabulous piece of equipment which was in constant use by the cadets during the day. The cadets were able to fly Tutor simulators, along with a Viking simulator on the day.

The day ended with a sunset ceremony at which the RAF Cranwell Band and the QCS again performed, and the day was finished off with a fly past of the Spitfire and Hurricane from the memorial flight.


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-05-19 18:02:02
Sgt Jack Kirby Plays at the Very Top!








Saturday 8th May 2010 was a red letter day for 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn’s Sgt Jack Kirby as he formed part of the Air Training Corps Rugby Union Team.

The ATC team, which was drawn from all regions across the UK, were playing a team from Shrewsbury Rugby Club. The game was re-organised after the original game planned for January had to be cancelled at the last minute.

Sgt Kirby has represented both the wing and region many times and this was a great way to cap those “blues” by winning a Corps blue.

In what turned out to be a hard fought game, the ATC eventually lost to the more practised and drilled Shrewsbury team. The ATC team had only come together the night before the game and they played extremely well especially in the second half of the game.

Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “I watched this game along with cadets from 487 Sqn and I was very impressed with Sgt Kirby’s personal performance, and also that of the whole team. He is a great credit to both himself, but also our Sqn, we all feel very proud that he represented the whole Corps at Rugby”.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-05-11 17:41:03
487 Sqn Get Wet but not lost in Snowdonia!








On 30th April 2010, 20 cadets from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC and 487 Sqn detached flight (487 D/F) travelled to Snowdonia in North Wales to take part in a weekend of Adventure training.

The cadets and staff were accommodated at the Capel Curig Army Training Centre for the weekend and once again, a fantastic weekend was had by all.

Following Breakfast on Saturday morning, the cadets were transported to the local town of Betws-Y-Coed to take part in an orienteering exercise. Following a long and steep walk, the cadets were soon in the vicinity of Llyn Elsi reservoir and all started on the various courses that are set out around the area.

Whilst the weather in the morning was good, once we stopped for lunch, the rain came down and everybody was soon putting on the waterproofs! The orienteering in the afternoon was a lot tougher than the morning, all the cadets were walking on bearings in order to try and find the orienteering posts.

On the Sunday a long walk was planned and the weather stayed good all day. The cadets were transported to Capel Curig and a long circular route which took in the lake at Llyn Crafnant and the reservoir at Llyn Cowlyd. This is a challenging route and the mud on route was a particular to challenge to Fg Off Simon Jennings who thought he had walked into a quick sand area when he became stuck in thick mud!

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “This was yet another fantastic weekend at Capel Curig. This is the first time we have taken the cadets orienteering and it proved to be a challenge for both the cadets and staff! All the cadets have learnt a great deal during the weekend, particularly in relation to map and compass work.”

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
www.487sqn.gov.uk

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-05-09 19:49:42
7 First Time Flyers Above Cosford!






A total of 9 cadets from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn and 487 Detached Flight (Erdington) travelled with Fg Off Simon Jennings to 8 Air Experience Flight (AEF) at DCAE Cosford on Sunday 11th April 2010.

The Sqn’s flying allocation for the day had been cut by three places due to a shortage of pilots at the AEF, but all the cadets, particularly the first time flyers, had a great day.

The Sqn was once again blessed with a clear blue sky at Cosford and the flying started early with initially only two pilots taking the cadets into the sky.

7 of the cadets had their first flight in a Tutor aircraft and all came back down to earth with stories of the aerobatic stunts they had completed!

Flying Officer Simon Jennings commented “I would like to thank 8 AEF for working so hard on the day to get the cadets into the air. There was a serious shortage of pilots, but I know that all the cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves”.

The picture shows all the cadets, plus two spares who attended on the day!


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
www.487sqn.gov.uk

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-04-12 19:23:16
Classified Cadets!


Tuesday 6th April was another record breaking evening for 487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn as a total of 10 cadets received their First Class certificates and badges, along with a staff cadet classification for Sgt Steven Lycett.

What made the evening more spectacular was the fact that due to the Easter Holidays, another 7 cadets didn’t receive their hard won certificates.

All 17 first class cadets are now training hard both for their leading exams and the Wing Field Training Day in June.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “To get 17 cadets through the junior cadet programme is a fantastic effort both by the cadets and the staff at 487 Sqn. I hope that all go from strength to strength in the future”.




Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
www.487sqn.gov.uk

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-04-09 19:37:03
487 Sqn Have an Outstanding Evening!






CWO Wilkes Service to 487 Sqn

FS Anthony Rigby Cadet of the Year 2009

Thursday 18th March 2010 was a milestone date in the history of 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn as it held its’ first presentation evening, and what a night it turned out to be!

The evening was held at the Royal British Legion Club in Kingstanding and over 150 cadets and guests came along to recognise the achievements of both the Sqn and its’ cadets in 2009.

Guests of honour for the evening were Wg Cdr P P Ladwa, OC Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, and Sqn Ldr Stuart Iles, Wing Staff Officer for 487 Sqn. Two former OC’s of 487 Sqn, Sqn Ldr Chris Mumford and Sqn Ldr Pat McCarroll also attended along with guests from 165 Sqn and 2030 Sqn. Mr Frank Manning, County Vice Chairman of the Royal British Legion, and Mr Steve Hall, Branch Chairman of the Kingstanding Club were also welcome guests on the evening.

A number of members of the 487 Sqn Ex Cadet Association also attended and it was great to see cadets who actually joined the Sqn in 1941 attend our first presentation evening.

The evening started with an introduction from Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn. He introduced to the audience the members of staff currently serving at the Sqn. He then went on to introduce the members of the ex cadets association to the rest of the audience and also to introduce Mrs Joan Smith, the widow of Mr Jack Smith who sadly passed away last year. At Mr Smith’s funeral, it was asked that all donations be given to 487 Sqn and the Sqn has recently received a cheque for over five hundred pounds. Flt Lt O’Neill told the audience that the Sqn was extremely grateful for this very kind donation and that they had decided to use the money replace the Sqn Standard. Flt Lt O’Neill also thanked the Civilian Committee for all that they had done in 2009, and he also detailed the changes that had happened during the year.

Flt Lt O’Neill then went on to talk about the achievements of the Sqn in 2009, particularly at the Wing Field Training Day and on the sporting field.

A total of 35 cadets attended the evening and they each marched out to receive a certificate from Sqn Ldr Stuart Iles. The Sqn’s achievements in 2009 were then recognised and the following cadets were presented with trophies by Wg Cdr Ladwa:

Collins Trophy Shooting Team CWO Adam Wilkes
FS Anthony Rigby
Sgt Joe Creamer
Cdt Tom Breakwell



Individual Aircraft Recognition Cpl Robert Andrew

Senior Boys Trophy – Swimming Cpl Kerry Whiting, Swimming Captain

Following on from the presentation of the above awards, it was now time to present the five main awards for achievement in 2009. Flying Officer Simon Jennings firstly thanked the Royal British Legion club for letting them have the hire of the room for free. The club had also made a generous donation of £120 towards the evening and it was decided by the Sqn to buy two new trophies, a sporting achievement shield and also a service to 487 Sqn cup.

The first award, the sporting achievement award, was presented by Mr Frank Manning, County Vice Chairman of the Royal British Legion. The second award, the service to 487 Sqn award, was presented by Mr Steve Hall, Branch Chairman of the Kingstanding Royal British Legion club. The other three awards, best cadet – drill, best flight and the best overall cadet were all presented by Wg Cdr Ladwa. The winners were:

Sporting Achievement Award Cpl Kerry Whiting
Service to 487 Sqn Award CWO Adam Wilkes
Best Cadet – Drill Cdt Tom Bell
Best Flight B Flight
Best Overall Cadet FS Anthony Rigby

Wg Cdr Ladwa gave a short speech to end the evening. He thanked all the cadets and staff of 487 Sqn for all their hard work in 2009. He further commented that he thought that the Air Training Corps was by far the best youth organisation in the UK and that its cadets provided a service to the whole of society, not just the Air Cadet Organisation.

Mrs Amanda Walden who is a member of the Civilian Committee had provided a wonderful buffet which was eagerly eaten by all the guests. The evening was concluded with a raffle which raised over £200 for the Sqn.

Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “This has been a fantastic evening. I really didn’t expect this many people to attend what is our first presentation night. I would like to thank all the staff who have made this night possible and I would like to give a special thank you to Amanda Walden for putting on such a wonderful buffet. It was great to see the ex cadets association again and we look forward to seeing them again when we have our new standard dedicated”.

Special thanks go to Sgt Sarah Cotton, who was the official photographer.






Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-03-20 16:03:41
487 Sqn To Hold Its Own Oscars!


487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC will be holding their very own Oscars on 18th March 2010. This is the first presentation evening the Sqn has organised and all the cadets and staff are looking forward to a wonderful evening.

The event is to be held at the Royal British Legion Club, Lambeth Road, Kingstanding (Warriors Club) and the evening will start at 1930.

Cadets, their parents and guests will be joined by VIP’s on the evening.

The evening will look back at the Sqn’s achievements in 2009 and a number of awards will be up for grabs.

We do hope to see as many people as possible on the night.



Fg Off Jennings
Sqn Media and Communications Officer
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-03-07 16:43:53
Cadets Get Motivated at JNCO Course!


Cdt Bell

Cdt Daniel

Cdt Rana

The first JNCO Leadership development course of 2010 took place at DCAE Cosford over the weekend of 26th-28th February 2010. Two cadets from 487 Sqn, Tom Bell and John Daniel joined cadet Rana from the 487 Sqn D/F and 35 other cadets from across the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing on what turned out to be a cold, but very successful weekend. Flying Officer Simon Jennings and Sgt Sarah Cotton also took part in the course as assessors and observers.


Following long and tortuous journeys for some, the cadets started the training programme on Friday night with a lecture on discipline in the ATC. Over the weekend the cadets were given presentations on the role of a JNCO, leadership and leadership styles, and also presentation skills. The cadets also took part in Drill, and in particular each cadet was able to lead their own syndicate through a number of manoeuvres.

On Saturday evening the syndicates were given a discussion document, and they were tasked with preparing a 10 minute presentation to be given on Sunday in front of Sqn Ldr Martin Harrison and the rest of the training team.

On the Sunday morning all the cadets also had a chance to lead their syndicate on various leadership exercises which had been prepared by the staff. The cadets put into practice their new found skills, particularly in relation to giving briefings using the SMEAC system.

Each cadet has been given a written report by the training team and these will be sent to their Sqn commanders so that feedback can be given.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings commented “All three cadets from the Sqn and D/F performed really well over the weekend. This is a very tiring, but worthwhile course and I know that as well as the cadets, both Sgt and Cotton also gained a lot from the course. We now hope that both cadets go from strength to strength.


The pictures show the cadets taking part in the initiative exercises. Pictures by kind permission of Fg Off Keith Roper.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer, 487 Sqn

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-03-01 19:09:23
Pictures from the L98A2 Course!




Simon Jennings
Published 2010-03-01 18:56:02
Success for Re-Qualified Cadets!

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 20th February 2010, cadets from across the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing travelled to 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn to receive training on the new cadet rifle, the L98A2.

The cadets received instruction on the new weapon which included stripping and re-assembling the weapon, and the new procedures associated with the weapon.

Following the lunch break, all the cadets were tested on the weapon in the form of their weapon handling tests. The majority of cadets and staff were successful in passing their WHT’s on the day; all are now looking forward to actually firing the weapon on the range at the earliest opportunity.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings
Sqn Adj
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-03-01 18:53:59
Cadets Soar Over Cosford!




On Saturday 13th February, 8 cadets from 487 Sqn Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC, and 2 cadets from the 487 Sqn Detached Flight travelled to 633 VGS at DCAE Cosford to take part in a Gliding Induction Course (GIC).

The majority of the cadets were taking part in GIC1, their first flight in a Vigilant Glider. It was a long day at Cosford, there are a number of Gliding Scholarships being carried out at the moment, and although the VGS had 5 aircraft operating, only 1 aircraft was being used for GIC. The problems were further compounded when one of the Vigilant Aircraft went U/S.

When the cadets arrived at Cosford it was snowing, but this soon cleared and the cadets were soon in the air.

Everybody managed to get into the air and all the cadets had a great day.

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Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-02-14 21:13:54
New NCO's for 487!




On Tuesday 9th February, Flt Lt O’Neill, Commanding Officer of 487 Sqn Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC, promoted two cadets to Cpl.

Cdt’s Kerry Whiting and Greg Hodgson were given their stripes at the final parade in front of 35 other cadets on parade that evening.

Both Cpl Whiting and Cpl Hodgson have performed well over the past 12 months, and both were given very good reports following their JNCO course at DCAE Cosford.

The new Cpl’s will be kept busy during a packed programme of events in 2010.

Cpl Hodgson was also presented with his Senior Cadet badge by Flt Lt O’Neill.


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-02-14 20:57:20
487 Sqn and Detached Flight say Happy Birthday to the ATC!




Getting Ready!

On Sunday 7th February 15 cadets from 487 Sqn Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC, and 10 cadets from the 487 Sqn Detached Flight travelled to Daventry to take part in the annual ATC Anniversary parade.

The cadets were accompanied by four members of staff and also the Sqn’s civilian committee chairman. It was a very cold and grey day, but not as bad as last year when it seemed the whole of Daventry was covered in ice!

The cadets and staff marched from a local school in Daventry to the Church of the Holy Cross. The roads were closed off as the cadets marched down the high street and there were plenty of well wishers along the way.

The cadets and staff were given an entertaining address by Father Neil Bayliss who is the Sqn Padre at 489 Sqn.

After the church service was completed, the cadets and staff formed up again to march past the assembled dignitaries who included Gp Capt Brett Morrell, OC Central and East Region and also members of Daventry District Council, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire.

Once back at the school, the cadets made their way back to Casey’s bar for some well deserved food.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings commented “I would like to thank all the staff and cadets for giving up their Sunday to come with us to Daventry. This is one of the most important days in the ATC year; we estimate we had well over 200 cadets on parade on Sunday. A total of 25 cadets from the Sqn and D/F is a good number, certainly more than we had last year. Thanks again to everybody”.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-02-08 19:56:45
ATC Anniversay Parade - Compulsory for All Cadets


All cadets and staff are to note that the annual ATC Anniversary parade will take place on Sunday 7th February 2010.

This is a compulsory parade and maximum attendance is required by all cadets. Cadets need to be at the Sqn HQ for 1115 on Sunday morning. Dress is wedgewood blue shirt and tie, and jumpers. All uniform is to be clean and shoes must be to parade standard.

We should be back at the Sqn HQ for approx 1800 hrs on Sunday evening.


Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-02-05 09:34:20
487 Sqn and D/F raise record amount for the British Legion!


487 Sqn Cadets and Staff

On Monday 1st February, 28 cadets and five members of staff from 487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn, travelled the short distance to the British Legion Club in Kingstanding. The Sqn had been invited to attend the clubs annual Poppy appeal presentation evening

The Sqn had cancelled their normal parade on Tuesday night and moved it to Monday so that they could take the maximum number of cadets to the evening. The Sqn again won the youth challenge trophy and the cadet who has collected the most during the appeal normally gets the honour of being presented with the shield by the club’s chairman. However, FS Anthony Rigby, who had collected over £246 was not available on the evening, so CWO Adam Wilkes had the honour of being presented with the shield on the night.

During the collection in 2008, the Sqn and D/F had raised a record amount of £2200, however during the 2009 appeal they collected over £3500, the final amount is still to be finalised. The cadets who took part in the appeal were each handed a small certificate which showed their own total amount collected. The Sqn had collected in Birmingham City Centre over one weekend in November, along with a day spent around the Kingstanding area. The D/F had collected monies in and around the Erdington High Street area.

The Sqn then gave the members of the club a short drill display which was led by CWO Wilkes and 12 members of the Sqn drill team.

To cap off a great night, the Sqn was officially recognised as being affiliated to the Kingstanding British Legion Club, a certificate was collected by Fg Off Simon Jennings.

Fg Off Simon Jennings commented “We are all staggered at the amount the Sqn and D/F have raised this year. The generosity of the public has been great and with the hard work put in by both the cadets and staff, we have managed to raise a record amount. We are also pleased to be now officially affiliated to the club and we look forward to working with them in the future”.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-02-03 21:03:52
SUBS ARE DUE TONIGHT!


A quick reminder to all 487 Sqn cadets that your subs are now due for payment. On 28th January, Mrs Jane Jennings, Chairman of the Civilian Committee will be at the Sqn to collect cash/cheques from you.

It is vitally important to the running of our Sqn that these subs are paid on time. A member of the Civilian Committee will attend the Sqn now on a regular basis to accept monies from cadets.



Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

Simon Jennings
Published 2010-01-28 06:55:25
Parade Night on 2nd February Moved to 1st February!


All 487 Sqn Cadets and staff are to note that the parade night on 2nd February has now been cancelled and moved to the previous evening, Monday 1st February.

The Sqn has been invited to the Poppy Presentation Evening at the Kingstanding British Legion Club and therefore the Sqn will be attending.

This is a very important evening in the Sqn’s year. We will learn the total amount of money collected by the Sqn’s cadets and staff during the 2009 Poppy appeal, and the cadets will also be presented with individual certificates detailing the total amount they personally collected.

Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC


Simon Jennings
Published 2010-01-24 21:31:36
487 Sqn Cadets Fly in 2010 despite the weather!


487 Sqn Cadets who flew on the day

In bright sunshine with a lovely blue sky, 8 cadets from 487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn ATC travelled to 8 Air Experience Flight (AEF) at DCAE Cosford on 17th January for the Sqn’s first allocated flying slots of 2010. The Midlands in the previous week had suffered horrendous weather conditions, but true to the Weather forecasters report, the sun shone for the first time in many weeks!

The weather was still quite cold however, and when the cadets arrived at 8 AEF, the airfield temperature was sub zero and therefore the aircraft were left in the hanger. The sun was soon shining down on the airfield though and at 10:20, the first cadets were in the air in their Grob Tutors. This was the first time the AEF had flown since before Christmas and the pilots were also extremely glad of the chance to fly.

Things have changed at 8 AEF since the Sqn’s last visit. The Tutor safety DVD has now changed, so all the experienced cadets suddenly sat up when they realised this, and they were also quizzed on the DVD’s contents by Flt Lt Dave Fowler, OC 8 AEF. The avionics have also changed in the Tutor, bringing them more up to date with modern aircraft instrument systems.

7 of the 8 cadets had flown in Tutor’s before, but it was the first flight for Cdt Andrew Nye who is aged 15. He came back down with a big smile on his face and was soon talking about the various aerobatic manoeuvres he had carried out!

Flying Officer Simon Jennings commented “I was very surprised that after the bad weather we had recently suffered that we actually got airborne at all. I visited DCAE Cosford on 14th January and the airfield was still covered in heavy snow and the whole place was shrouded in heavy mist! The cadets have all enjoyed their day at the AEF and I would like to thank them for a great day”.




Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC
www.487sqn.gov.uk

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-01-17 16:08:55
487 Cadets Finish the Year in Style!


On Thursday 17th December, 37 cadets and 7 staff from 487 Kingstanding and Perry Barr Sqn ATC, travelled to Star City in Birmingham for the annual cadet Christmas Party.

The total number of cadets was the largest that have partied in a number of years and once all had been transported to Star City, a good night was had by all.

The cadets were able to complete two games of bowling and various different types of food were consumed on the night!

Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “It’s been another great year for 487 Sqn and we’ve ended on it on a high. We now have the largest number of cadets on our books for a number of years and we are all looking forward to competing against the other Sqn’s in 2010.”

The Sqn then broke up for a well deserved break; the next parade will be on 5th January 2010.




Flying Officer Simon Jennings RAFVR(T)
Squadron Media and Communications Officer
487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn ATC

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Simon Jennings
Published 2010-01-03 16:17:01