Putting a Sting into the Air Training Corps
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