Flying Information

Flying Information

RAF Cosford Airfield Flying Information

RAF Cosford will not be accepting civilian aircraft during December 2016 due to operational commitments and Christmas/New Year closure. We will recommence accepting civilian aircraft from 09/01/2017.

Flying into RAF Cosford Airfield is strictly by prior permission. To obtain permission to fly into Cosford please follow the link to the Aircraft Handling Form and complete all fields. Please note RAF Cosford Airfield is closed to civil traffic at weekends.

The airfield at Cosford is home to many flying activities. The principal user is the university of Birmingham Air Squadron (UBAS).

University of Birmingham Air Squadron

UBAS Badge Equipped with Tutor aircraft its primary aim is to provide flying and personal development for university students in the West Midlands.

The Squadron badge depicts the double-headed lion rampant, representing Birmingham University but coloured blue for the RAF, with the motto "Scientia Dabit Alas" meaning "Knowledge will give us wings".

Today UBAS provides flying opportunities for up to 70 students selected from the universities of Aston, Birmingham, Coventry, Keele, Staffordshire, UCE, Warwick and Wolverhampton.

633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS)

633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron Badge

633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS), formerly Volunteer Gliding School, has been based at RAF Cosford since its formation in 1948. During this time it has had five Commanding Officers and seen four different types of aircraft in service. The school currently has five Grob 109B Vigilant T.Mk.1 motor-gliders that are used to train cadets from the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF), and for staff training.

On the ATC side, the school undertakes Gliding Induction Courses (GIC), Gliding Scholarships (GS) and Advanced Glider Training (AGT) for Air Cadets. A select few of these cadets continue on to train as G2, G1 or even C Category instructors.

The Squadron also undertakes GIC and GS training for CCF cadets. The Gliding Scholarships are usually carried out during residential week-long courses, which take place three times a year. CCF cadets from all over the UK attend these courses, and many fly solo, or fly a 'ghost solo' (with an instructor present in the aircraft who only observes), towards the end of the week.

Wrekin Gliding Club

Wrekin Gliding Club We are a RAF Gliding & Soaring Association Club and we welcome all serving, ex-service and MOD personnel as well as civilians whether or not you have flying experience.

We operate from the airfield at RAF Cosford which is just south of junction 3 on the M54, next to the village of Albrighton.

If you want to learn to fly, or just experience the thrill of gliding, or give one of our Trial Lesson Vouchers as a gift, get in touch today.

The Royal Air Force Gliding and Soaring Association (RAFGSA)

Royal Air Force Gliding Badge

The Royal Air Force Gliding and Soaring Association (RAFGSA) offers all servicemen and women the chance to experience the ultimate in free flying.

Catering for everyone from novice to experienced pilot there are center's all over the UK - the Clubs page will give you the details to help you take the first step to the flight of your life.

Royal Air Force Cosford Flying Club

RAF Cosford Flying Club operates from the airfield, by Hangar 1 at RAF Cosford,

RAF Cosford Flying Club Badge Established in 2002, the club is thriving and now boasts a membership of over 200 Service and civilian members. The club has three Piper PA-28 aircraft (2 Warriors & 1 Archer).

As a non-profit making Club, it can offer training at discounted instructional rates for both Service and Ex-Service personnel. Really competitive rates are available for a limited number of civilians. Aircraft are also available for individual hire to members who have a current private pilots licence.

Reduced membership and a number of subsidised scholarships are available for Cosford – based trainees below the rank of SAC, making gaining a private pilots licence a realistic target for anyone who has recently joined the RAF. We are very keen to introduce new members of the three services to powered flying and a warm welcome will be given.

Anyone with ambitions of gaining a PPL from scratch should expect to take around 45 hours. If pure enjoyment is the aim, perhaps as a birthday treat or for a raffle prize, the club can arrange trial lessons to take in the sights of Ironbridge, Bridgnorth and the Wrekin. Yet again discounted trial flying lessons are available for Service and Ex-Service personnel. For further details of trial flying lessons, see the web site.

The Club operates on a self-help basis and anyone is welcome to join as either a flying or social member, bringing to the Club useful skills – or enthusiasm – you don’t have to be an expert. Various events are also organised and the Club has a lively social calendar.

If you would like to find out more contact the club via the web site Cosford Flying Club or phone 01902 373361 and pay us a visit one Sunday. If possible you might just manage to get a back seat ride in a PA 28 on your first visit!

The West Midlands Air Ambulance

County Air Ambulance Badge The West Midlands Air Ambulance, based at RAF Cosford, is one of a number of Air Ambulances offering rapid medical response throughout the country.






Low Flying

Low flying is an essential skill for military aircrew. UK forces have deployed repeatedly to potential trouble spots around the world usually with little or no warning. They have to undertake a variety of roles including reconnaissance, fast-jet or helicopter operations, search and rescue, transporting troops or the delivery of humanitarian aid to remote locations. Whatever the mission aircrew must be able to fulfil the task as effectively as possible, often without time for "work-up" training. Current operations require fast jet, multi-engined and helicopter aircrew to fly at low level. They are only able to do this through specialist training gained through the use of the UK Low Flying System. The UK is split into a number of Low Flying Areas, or LFA.

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