Welcome to 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron, Air Training Corps.
We are a military unit that is part of the Royal Air Force. Our cadets are aged 13 to 20 and are given the chance by my team of staff and volunteers to learn to fly, develop skills to lead expeditions, tour foreign countries, become target shooting marksmen and learn about aviation and aerospace. This is only a small list of the many activities and opportunities available all whilst making new friends.
The squadron is continually searching for high calibre like minded volunteers to keep it at the top of its game as one of the top youth organisations in the United Kingdom.
I first joined the cadets in 1973 and have been connected to the Air Training Corps and the Royal Air Force ever since. Looking to the future my aspiration is to make 348 squadron the best in the corps and provide every cadet with the opportunity for flight in both a glider and a Tutor aircraft, experience our adventurous activities, achieve a
bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award and earn a BTEC diploma in an aviation related subject.
We hope you enjoy your time with us and that the training we give will be of use to you in whatever career you choose to do in the future.
Flight Lieutenant Ralph Bateman,
GCGI, MInstLM AMIRSE RAFVR(T)