HIGH flying Solihull resident Mohammed Aftab is on Cloud Nine after passing the week-long Air Training Corps’ officers’ senior course at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire – the home of the RAF.
Flying Officer Aftab, aged 32, who is the Officer In Charge of 2504 (Archbishop Grimshaw School) Squadron, said: “The course was really interesting and covered everything from personnel, budgets and health and safety to media and communications.
“It was hugely rewarding to be nominated for the course and to learn about the latest developments in the Air Training Corps. I will always remember being at RAF Cranwell – it is both the home of the Royal Air Force and the HQ of the Air Cadets.”
Course principal Squadron Leader Ray Pelcot said: “I am very proud to say that Fg Off Aftab flew through the course and is a credit to the Air Training Corps.”
Mr Aftab is a senior conductor at Birmingham New Street Railway Station, but swaps his uniform two evenings a week to become Flying Officer Aftab to help the Air Training Corps.
He currently has 25 young people aged 13 to 20 under his command in an outfit that offers a diverse range of activities – from flying and gliding to marksmanship, adventure training and expeditions as well as BTECs and first aid.
2504 (Archbishop Grimshaw School) Squadron, which has its HQ in Chelmsley Road, is currently looking for more adult volunteers.
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