Air Training Corps cadets learn more than just aviation; the long-established group is all about building self-confidence and having fun

Future leaders take flight

by Andy Bryenton

Dargaville’s Air Training Corps has been teaching more than just the basics of flight for decades, part of the 78-year legacy of the cadet corps in New Zealand, now they’re seeking new members, with an open evening on August 26.

Unit Commander Gordon Gilligan explains that although the corps was established at the height of the second world war, with the Battle of Britain recently won and our nation’s air defences in need of up and coming pilots, the modern ATC is not all about pursuing a career in the air force. While that’s an option, the skills taught here, such as wilderness and bushcraft, confidence, teamwork, problem-solving and of course, the practice and theory of flight transfer to valuable skills in all walks of life.

“We really concentrate on aspects like leadership,” he says.

“Everyone gets a chance at leading, solving problems and learning that they can work together to achieve a goal.”

The open evening will invite new members to join in the fun and camaraderie experienced by the existing members of 57 Squadron.

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 20 can join, and take part in a safe, educational and character-building group with a proud history and a lot to offer.