Putting a Sting into the Air Train­ing Corps

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Boe­ing, the Royal Air Force and the Air League have joined forces to launch the Cen­ten­nial Wings pro­gramme in which some twenty Air Cadets from North­ern Ire­land’s six­teen Air Train­ing Corps squadrons are build­ing a Sting S4 ul­tra­light. The air­craft is ex­pected to fly at next year’s Royal In­ter­na­tional Air Tat­too at RAF Fair­ford.

‘Cen­ten­nial Wings is in­tended to com­ple­ment and en­hance the ex­ist­ing RAF Air Train­ing Corps cadets’ cur­ricu­lum with hands-on prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of class­room the­ory, to help in­spire young peo­ple in the UK to study science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths (STEM) sub­jects and to take an in­ter­est in ca­reers in the mil­i­tary and aero­space,’ the ATC says. The pro­ject is sup­ported by a ded­i­cated team and vol­un­teers from the Ul­ster Avi­a­tion So­ci­ety.

The ATC cadets re­cently in­stalled the air­craft’s Ro­tax 912 en­gine and are now fo­cussing on its elec­tron­ics and in­stru­ments. The Sting S4 will be used for fly­ing train­ing once it has been cer­ti­fied by the Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion and the RAF’S No 2 Fly­ing Train­ing School.

The ATC’S Sting S4 ul­tra­light should fly at RIAT Fair­ford 2018

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