NIUAS is the youngest of the 15 UAS’s, having been formed in November 2015, some 20 years after the Queen’s University Air Squadron was disbanded. We are still growing our staff and student numbers and once we get to a steady state, we anticipate recruiting around 25 students each year to achieve a full Sqn size of 60 students. The current staff size will grow from 4 to 7, and will be further expanded by contractors to support the operational side of the Squadron. The Squadron operates fully from Aldergrove Flying Station, Crumlin, Co Antrim beside Belfast International Airport.
Weekly training days take place during term time at Aldergrove Flying Station on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. The training programme consists of a range of military training, military lectures, briefs, discussions, command tasks, force development activities, sports and physical training and adventurous training.
Flying camps are organised at Aldergrove several times a year with aircraft visiting from around the UAS, until such times aircraft are permanently based here. Students also attend sports competitions and leadership and military training camps in Great Britain, and get the opportunity to travel abroad for staff rides and adventurous training.