CADET Thomas Brown and Warrant Officer Anna Jackson, both from 1074 (Ellesmere Port) Air Training Corps, have just returned from a week away at the Joint Services Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre in Abergavenny, South Wales.

For much of the week the weather was poor, which meant they were unable to fly.

However, they enjoyed many activities other than paragliding, such as a mountain biking through the Welsh hills, a high ropes course and a visit to one of the best indoor climbing walls in the country, just up the road from the centre.

On the Tuesday, instructors decided that the weather was good enough to take flight and the day was spent practising launching the paragliders in a field near the centre before moving up into the hills for a full day of airborne activity.

Within about an hour of practising the cadets had their feet off the ground and were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Cadet Brown said: “The whole camp had to be one of the best things that I have ever done with cadets, and everybody was amazing.

“I enjoyed getting to meet people from all over the country and not just Merseyside wing. The best bit had to be the actual paragliding – the feeling you get when your feet leave the ground is amazing, and I would 100% do it again.”

WO Jackson, who was attending her fourth paragliding course as a member of supervising staff, said: “Although I don’t get the chance to paraglide with the cadets it is still great fun watching them learn to fly.

“The cadets on the course were a credit to the Air Training Corps and a good time was had by all.

“I would encourage any cadet with an adventurous streak to apply for this course – it is well worth attending.”

Air cadets frequently get opportunities to take part in camps like this, but Cdt Brown is one of the first from the Ellesmere Port Squadron to take up the offer.

If you are interested in joining the 1074 Squadron Air Training Corps, and fancy trying flying, gliding and shooting, as well as having the chance to gain up to 10 GCSEs in three different BTEC awards, phone 0151 355 7271/07711 356541, e-mail:, or check out the website