RNAS CULDROSE held the Air Engineering Trainee of the Term awards on the 21st October 2016. This award ceremony recognises the training and qualification of the Air Engineering Technicians (AETs), Leading Air Engineering Technicians (LAETs) and Chief Petty Officer Air Engineering Technician (CPOAETs) of a large milestone in their careers.
The AETs achieve their Qualified to Maintain (QM)/Qualified to Sign (QS) qualification after the culmination of 12 months training which starts at HMS SULTAN where they are first introduced into the world of aeronautical engineering. Here they are taught the basic engineering principles whilst maintaining their Naval General Training. They then commence aircraft specific engineering on a Naval Air Squadron, which for some will be the first glimpse of an operational aircraft. After 23 weeks of hard work, encompassing both theory and practical elements, these AETs have earned the right to become part of their allocated squadrons trained strength and achieve an Air Engineering NVQ and hence their Apprenticeship. The Royal Aeronautical Society are proud sponsors of the AET Trainee of the Term Award which was awarded to AET Jason Metcalfe and AET Aimee Bennett. AET Metcalfe averaged over 90% in his exams and has maintained very high standards throughout his training using his maturity and confidence to help his peer group succeed. AET Bennett has shown drive, dedication and commitment throughout her training, passing every element of her professional training with ease.
AET Jason Metcalfe receiving the Sea King AET Trainee of the Term Award
AET Amie Bennett receiving the Merlin AET Trainee of the Term Award