28th July 2016 - Air Corps Officers to Receive Commissions.

Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D, accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellet, will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of new officers at the Air Corps Headquarters in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on Friday, 29th July at 3pm.
The occasion will mark a very important and proud day for the members of the 32nd Air Corps Cadet Class. It represents the successful completion of over two and a half years of intensive military and flying training and on Friday, the Cadets will be awarded their Military Pilots Wings and Presidential Commissions.

There will be a short aerobatics display by the Instructors of the Flight Training School at 1pm prior to the Commissioning Ceremony, there will be some excellent opportunities to photograph the PC-9s as they are mid-flight and of the cadet class along side the aircraft.

On the 23rd Sept 2013 the members of the 32nd Air Corps Cadet Class joined the 90th Army Cadet Class in the Curragh where they completed basic military and leadership training. On completion of this module, the class moved to Casement Aerodrome and attended pilot ground school, undergoing over 750 hours of instruction on 15 diverse aviation related subjects ranging from Principles of Flight to Human Performance and Limitations.

The class have completed over 180 hours of flying training, including advanced aerobatics, aerial tactics and close formation flying. The successful completion of this training has prepared them to take up appointments as junior leaders and pilots in the Air Corps. In receiving this Presidential Commission the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”.

Press Release Date: Thursday 28th July 2016

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