Welcome to the website of 440 (1st Manx) Squadron Air Training Corps.
Our aim here is to give a flavour of what the Air Training Corps has to offer air-minded
young people, as well as providing cadets, parents and staff with up to date information
about current and planned activities.
We have recently launched our new Facebook page, so keep up to date with news and
announcements by ‘Liking’ our Facebook page and please share it with anyone who might
be interested in us.
We’re also on Twitter so click here to follow @iomaircadets on Twitter.
Being on an Island that is a Crown Dependency within the British Isles, we have to
operate slightly differently from Squadrons in the UK, but we are proud to be members
of Merseyside Wing.
440 is an active squadron with a dedicated staff team and - as you will see here
- the cadets take part in many different activities, both on the island and in the
UK. It is a clear reminder that the Air Cadet Organisation is one of the largest
and, in our opinion, the best youth organisation in the UK.
In the Air Training Corps we have high standards and expect a lot from our cadets,
but we give a lot in return! For more information take a look around the website,
especially the About and Activities pages.
If you are thinking of joining us - whether as a cadet or an adult volunteer - please
do not hesitate to get in touch.
The annual awards dinner on Friday 4th February at King William’s College.
With Wing Commander Keane and visitors from Wing HQ in attendance, as well as honoured
guests from the island, this was an evening to celebrate the achievements of individuals
and the squadron as a whole during the last 12 months.
A full report of the Commanding Officer’s speech, the award winners and photographs
are online now.
Are you aged 13-17?
What do we do? Take a look!
Three 440 Squadron cadets prepare to fly. Gliding and flying are two core activities
of the Air Training Corps and we’ll aim to get you airborne at least once a year.
When can I join? The enrolment age for the ATC is 13 years and 3 months, however
cadets can join at the age of 13 and begin training as Junior cadets. When the cadet
reaches the age of 18, they are appointed to the position of staff cadet and are
subjected to the same regulations as adult members of staff. Service as a cadet ends,
at the latest, on the 20th birthday of the cadet, when they become eligible to apply
for service as a Civilian Instructor. More questions? Read on....