News & Events
05 January 2016
Flying OfficerJohnson Benjamin of 645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron at RAF Topcliffe secured himself a high flying job with a successful airline.
The 28-year-old has successful completed his initial training on the mighty four engine RJ 85 and RJ100 with CityJet and will soon be swapping the skies of North Yorkshire for popular locations thoughout Europe.
As an ex-cadet of 1869 (Middlesbrough) Squadron, Johnson’s love for aviation really took off and he rose to the rank of Sergeant before joining the Volunteer Gliding Squadron as a staff cadet where he eventually progressed to an instructor.
His training so far has taken around 13 months and has secured this very sort after post with CityJet He is one of many instructors to progress to become a commercial pilot with airlines.
The RAF Air Cadet VGS’s provide free flying training to cadets aged between 12 and 20, and for can assist adult volunteers earn their instructor wings.
Previously our Instructors have gone on to fly for Easyjet, Jet2 and now CityJet which shows demonstrates the high level of training provided and the high quality of flying our instructors our instructors deliver.
Flying Officer Johnson Benjamin said: "It is without doubt that the flying training I have received in the Air Cadets both as a cadet and as an instructor has enabled me to meet the high standard of flying needed to become a commercial pilot.
“I recommend Air Cadets to anyone who is thinking of taking up a career in aviation"
Johnson will remain as an instructor with 645 VGS at RAF Topcliffe.