Twice a year, 1 student from each URNU is given the opportunity to visit RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset for 2 weeks to complete the flying camp. The camp, which is operated by 727 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), allows students to get a taste of what it’s like to fly as a member of the Fleet Air Arm. During this two weeks, students are instructed in various aeronautical subjects, including navigation and flight planning, as well as handling the aircraft and completing simple aerobatic manouvres. Time in the air is used to put into practice what the students have learnt during their ground lessons. Along side the flying camp, opportunities arise for the students to visit the other units and squadrons at the base, including Air Experience Flights in Royal Navy Sea King and Lynx helicopters.
The annual flying camps are not the only opportunity URNU students get to fly. Students from the unit have previously been given the chance to go on Air Experience Flights with squadrons and aircraft both based at Yeovilton in Somerset, and Culdrose in Cornwall. Bristol URNU also get opportunities from our affiliated unit, 829 NAS, who fly Merlin helicopters, to have experience flights with them from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.