This year, cadets from around LASER completed the highly competitive and challenging Qualified Aerospace Instructor Course – or QAIC as it is more commonly known. Each year, students from around the country come together to complete this advanced aerospace training, learning about a range of disciplines including air traffic control and operation of flight simulators. The course is run at two centres, RAF Linton-on-Ouse and RAF Boscombe Down. Amongst those earning their coveted blue lanyard at RAF Boscombe Down were seven LASER cadets.
Successful LASER QAIC graduates
|London||241 (Wanstead & Woodford)||Cpl Ali Bachar||RANDALL|
|Kent||2513 (Romney Marsh)||FS Jack Lewis||WHEELS|
|Surrey||1349 (Woking)||FS Blane Miller||EEYORE|
|Sussex||172 (Haywards Heath)||FS Oliver Trehearne||MISFIRE|
|Middlesex||1159 (Edmonton)||FS Jari Morganti||MARIO|
|London||31 (Tower Hamlets)||FS Darrell Kovac||SOAP|
|Surrey||229 (Farham)||Sgt Katie Smith||NUTCRACKER|
What is the course about?
The culture of the course is extremely important and an adult environment is encouraged where the students are trusted to pace their own work to achieve the required standards and deadlines. In order to establish a strong course identity, all students are issued with course badges, T-shirts and name badges and all wear flying suits throughout the course. In common with RAF, the students adopt “callsigns” or nicknames that stay with them through the course and are shown on their flying suit name badges. QAIC students pride themselves on excellence in everything they do, how to apply themselves to their studies, how they dress, how they behave and how they treat each other.
Each course starts in early September with a selection weekend. This is followed by six training weekends culminating in a graduation week just before Easter.
A student’s perspective
FS Darrell “Soap” Kovac from 31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron in London Wing gives his insight in to what he got out of the course, and why he’d recommend it to other cadets in LASER.
Why did you want to do the course?
What was the most useful thing you learned during it?
What was the best bit of the course?
What was the hardest part?
What do you hope to do with your qualification now you’ve earned it?
What would you say to someone thinking of doing the course?
How to apply
Applications for QAIC10 are now open. See your squadron staff for more details or apply on moodle.qaic.org
Closing date for applications is 17 July 17