Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps

Infobox Organization
name = Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps


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formation = 7 April, 1971
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type = Aviation
headquarters = Kai Tak Airport
location = Kowloon, Hong Kong
membership = 4800 cadets (youth) with 800 adult members
language = Cantonese, English
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website = [http://www.aircadets.org.hk www.aircadets.org.hk]
The Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps (Chinese: 香港航空青年團) is a voluntary uniformed group (although people working at headquarters get paid) [cite web|url=http://www.aircadets.org.hk/news/english/Msg07-326.pdf|title=HONG KONG AIR CADET CORPSINTERNAL STAFF RECRUITMENT|publisher=Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps|accessdate=2007-12-06] subsidised by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong government and is registered under the Societies Ordinance as a non-profit making charitable organisation. Created in 1971 with ties to the British Armed Forces' Combined Cadet Force. It is an aviation-orientated, disciplined youth organisation, which aims to provide its members with initial aviation education, to develop their leadership capabilities and to promote their social awareness through community service. It is also an organization supported by Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragon Air for aviation training. [cite web|url=http://www.aircadets.org.hk/aaep_e.html|title=HKACC Aviation Training|publisher=Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps|accessdate=2007-11-22]

knowledge, the HKACC also organises outdoor activities such as parachuting, rifle drill, familiarization visits, hiking, night journeys, field training camp, and even a flag days. In the summer, canoe courses and other aquatic activities are organised. In addition members of the Corps are obliged to take part in community service.

They are divided into 4 wings, Hong Kong Island, New Territories, Kowloon, and No 6 Wings. Those wings are further divided into squadrons. Each squadron consists of a minimum of 35 cadets.

Qualifications

The qualifying age for joining HKACC is between 12 and 21. When you join at these ages, you are a Recruit Cadet. As you progress, you will become a Basic Cadet. After qualification for a First Class Cadet, you can qualify for Corporal, and then sergeant and so on. There are currently around 4,000 cadets and 800 adult members (officers) at over 40 different schools/buildings. HKACC's purpose is to serve the Hong Kong Community for their services. The HKACC symbol is based on a propeller and the blades are for the values: Honesty, Tolerance, and Justice. You must obey those values in order to promote to a higher rank.

Customs and Courtesies

Rules

Communication
*One must learn to obey before he may command. [cite web|url=http://www.aircadets.org.hk/download/manual/e_lead.html|title=Elementary Leadership|publisher=Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps|accessdate=2007-11-23]
*When a fault is pointed by your superior, you should not offer any explanation unless offered permission to understand.
*When receiving an unjust order from a superior, cadets should follow the order, fulfill the task, and make complaints later.
*Cadets should not criticize their fellow officers before other people.
*An officer’s order is ordinarily accepted without questions.
*HKACC members escort a lady, higher rank cadets, and officers by walking on his/her RIGHT.
*Cadets must use the Chain Of Command when trying to reach an officer

HKACC members cannot wear uniform when:
*Engaging in a paid employment not associated with HKACC.
*Engaging in political activities.
*Participating in sports events (unless authorised by HKACC).

Cadet must wear the beret/headgear at anytime, except:
*Sitting
*Eating or Drinking
*At work and on board public transport
*In a hangar

Dress Code/Uniform

The HKACC has similar dress uniform to the RAF. They are very strict with standards - every "meeting", there is an "Open-Formation" (inspection) where officers and instructors check the uniforms. If they are not satisfied, cadets (including Corporals) must do up to a maximum of 200 push-ups.

A cadet with a satisfying uniform and appearance must have the Following: [cite web|url=http://www.aircadets.org.hk/download/dress/cadetuni.html|title=Guidelines for the wearing of uniform – Cadet Members|publisher=Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps|accessdate=2007-11-23]
* Polished Boots
* Ironed Uniform
* Short Hair
* Good Standing Posture
* Attitude (Alert/Awake)

Uniform

* RAF Service working dress - grey shirt and pants
* Royal Air Force uniform blue service dress - light blue shirt, black tie, blue-grey pants
* Peaked cap, Beret or Garrison cap

Organisation

* Commanding Officer - Group Captain Leonard K P Leung MH AE
** Liaison Unit
** Commanding Officers Office
** Honorary Officers Coordination Unit
** Administration and Support Group
*** Medical Flight
*** Technical and Operations Squadron
*** Supply Flight
*** Public Affairs Flight
*** Administrative Support Flight
*** HQ Administration Flight
** Operations Group
*** IACE Unit
*** Liaison Unit - Mainland
*** Central Training Squadron
*** Task Force Flight
*** HK Island Wing
*** Kowloon Wing
*** NT Wing
*** No 6 Wing
** Training Group
*** Adult Training Squadron
**** Officer Cadet Training Flight
**** Recruit Instructor Training Flight
*** Aviation Education Squadron
**** AAEP Flight
**** Parachute Training Flight
*** General Service Training Squadron
**** Skills Dev Flight
**** Admin Support Flight
**** HKAYP Flight
*** Ceremonial Squadron
*** Firearms Training Flight

Ranks

Officers
* Air Commodore
* Group Captain
* Wing Commander
* Squadron Leader
* Flight Liutenant
* Flying Officer
* Pilot Officer
* Officer Cadet
* Officer Trainee

Instructors
* Warrant Officer
* Sergeant Instructor
* Instructor

Cadet Ranks

*Cadet Warrant Officer
*Cadet Flight Sergeant
*Cadet Sergeant
*Cadet Corporal
*Leading Cadet
*First Class Cadet
*Basic Cadet
*Recruit Cadet

AAEP Scholarship

It was first introduced in 1997 and has been offered annually ever since. The first AAEP was available only to members of the HKACC and other uniformed youth organisations. In 2000, AAEP opened its door to all Hong Kong residents and it was in that year that Cathay Pacific Airways and the General Flying Services Pty Ltd in Australia became co-organisers of the programme. Swinburne University of Technology officially joined in 2001 and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2004 as its co-organisers. [cite web|url=http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_INTL/aboutus/community/aviation|title=Cathay Pacific 'I Can Fly' Programme|publisher=Cathay Pacific|accessdate=2007-11-22]

Participants must complete the following 8 compulsory subjects divided into two modules which comprise of a total of 20 sessions:

Technical modules
*Aerodynamics (ADY)
*Aircraft general Knowledge (AGK)
*Operation, performance and planning (PERF)
*Flight rules & air laws in Australia (LAW)Navigation Modules
*Navigation (NAV)
*Meteorology (MET)
*Radio Communication (RT)
*Human Performance and Limitation (HPL)

Fleet

HKACC does not operate any aircraft, but they utilize aircraft from partners in Hong Kong and Australia.

Aircraft used for training include:

* Robinson Helicopter R44 Raven I - borrowed from Hong Kong Aviation Club
* Eurocopter AS350B2 Ecureuil - via Heli Express
* Eurocopter AS355 Ecureuil 2/Twinstar - via Heli Express

Glider training is provided by private flying schools in Australia.

ee also

*Cathay Pacific Airways
*Dragon Air
*Government Flying Service (Hong Kong)
*Hong Kong Aviation Club
* Ceremonial Squadron
*Hong Kong Sea Cadets Corps
*Hong Kong Adventure Corps

References

External links

* [http://www.aircadets.org.hk Official organization web site]
* [http://www.aircadets.org.hk/faq_e.html Air Cadet FAQ]
* [http://www.hkacc-saf.net/content3.htm HKACC Summer Camp 2007]


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