Air Corps Cadets To Receive Presidential 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 DSM, will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of new officers at the Air Corps Headquarters in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on Friday, 6th of December.
The occasion will mark a very important and proud day for the members of the 35th Air Corps Cadet Class. It represents the successful completion of over three years of intensive military and flying training. During the ceremony, the Cadets will be awarded their Military Pilots Wings and Presidential Commissions.
There will be a short flying display by their Air Corps colleagues following the Commissioning Ceremony. There will be some excellent opportunities to photograph aircraft mid-flight and the cadet class along side the aircraft and during the ceremony.
On the 26th of September 2016 the members of the 35th Air Corps Cadet Class joined the 93rd 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 a significant period of flying training, including advanced aerobatics, aerial tactics and close formation flying. The successful completion of this training will prepare 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”.