Thursday 02 April 2015 - Air Corps Officers Receive Commissions.

Minister for Defence, Mr Simon Coveney T.D, accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of five new officers at the Air Corps Headquarters in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on Thursday, 02nd April 2015 at 2 p.m.

Today is a very important and proud day for the members of the 31st Air Corps Cadet Class. It represents the successful completion of over two and a half years of intensive military and flying training and today, the five Cadets will be awarded their Military Pilots Wings and Presidential Commissions.

On the 24th of Sept 2012 the members of the 31st Air Corps Cadet Class joined the 89th 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 02 April 2015

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