The Air Training Corps is community-based and open to anyone aged between 13, (or 12 if you are in year 8), and 20 years. Organised into more than 900 squadrons around the country, we’re probably closer than you think - check out where we are.

Amongst the many adventurous training opportunities on offer, we are one of the largest operating authorities of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

The ATC motto is 'Venture - Adventure' and our cadets know that it's more than just words - it's an attitude that helps you stand out from the crowd.

From the Wing Commander

As Officer Commanding, Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, Air Training Corps I welcome you to our website. If this is your first visit (and you are not already involved in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets) I hope you will find something to inspire you to join us either as a cadet or as a member of staff. Please do not hesitate to contact our Wing Headquarters if you need any further information. The Wing has approximately 1,100 cadets (aged 12 to 20) attending 29 units (Squadrons and Detached Flights) located throughout Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset . We also have a Detached Flight at Colerne, Wiltshire. All units are staffed by volunteer adults who freely give their time to provide all the activities highlighted in this website and in those linked to it. I am proud to command a Wing with so many committed and dedicated adult staff who are the backbone to its success. Our cadets inspire all of us with their enthusiasm, sense of purpose and ambition. With such positive energy from staff and cadets it is a pleasure and an honour to hold the position of Wing Commander. If you are not already a member of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, I recommend it to you. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Wing Commander Dave Cox MBE FCA RAFAC
Officer Commanding

Our Aims

To promote and encourage an interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force
To provide training which is useful in either service or civilian life
To foster the spirit of adventure and to develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship


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Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing HQ
4 Highliffe Drive