Liverpool University Air Squadron

RAF Volunteer Reserve unit which provides flying training, adventurous training and personal development skills to students studying at the University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, Edge Hill University, Bangor University and Liverpool John Moores University.

Crest for Liverpool University Air Squadron


LUAS is one of 2 University Air Squadrons operating in the North West of England with approximately 50 students and six staff.  Around 20 students are recruited each year from University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, Edge Hill University, Bangor University and Liverpool John Moores University. The Squadron's Headquarters is at RAF Woodvale, near Southport in Lancashire.

Weekly training

LUAS recruits new members at the start of the academic year. Following Attestation new officer cadets, as they are now known, are kitted with new uniform and receive Basic Military Induction Training. During term weekly training nights take place at the Squadron's Headquarters at RAF Woodvale near Southport.  The Squadron runs a week long camp at Easter and over the summer; activities include adventurous training, physical training, team sports, drill, field craft, combat survival and classroom based training and presentations. Throughout the year flying training is provided Sunday to Thursday. Training broadly follows the RAF’s Elementary Flying Syllabus and covers disciplines ranging from low level flying, aerobatics, and formation flying.  Additionally, there is plenty of opportunity for Air Experience Flying for those whose interests lay away from flying.


1941 - Liverpool UAS was formed on 12 January and attached to RAF Speke.

1946 - Disbanded on 30 June.

1950 - Reformed on 1 December at RAF Hooton Park and moved to RAF Woodvale on 13 July 1951.

1941 - The De Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth flown until 1952.

1952-1975 - De Havilland Chipmunk flown until the Scottish Aviation Bulldog was received.

1999 - The present Grob 115 Tutor was delivered, and this type still equips the squadron.

Associated Universities

Contact details

Liverpool University Air Squadron, RAF Woodvale, Formby, L37 7AD


Phone: 01704 872287 Ext.7268

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