Aero engineer Jim uses skills to help city’s air cadets

December 01 2014

FLIGHT Lieutenant Jim Brimble, from Monk Road in Bishopston, has received a rare, prestigious award for his outstanding service to the cadets.

FLIGHT Lieutenant Jim Brimble, from Monk Road in Bishopston, has received a rare, prestigious award for his outstanding service to the cadets.

Jim, who is commanding officer at Air Training Corps (ATC) cadets from 2152 Squadron in north Bristol, was awarded the Certificate for Meritorious Service from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mary Prior MBE JP.

The unit, based in Northville, also celebrated its 70th anniversary.

The presentation, which was followed by a special "dining-in night" took place at the Merchant Venturers Hall, Clifton.

Jim, an aeronautical engineer at Rolls Royce in Patchway, became a civilian instructor at the unit in 2002.

The married father of three said: “I was in a supermarket where some of the lads were doing charity bag-packing. I asked an official if they needed someone with my background in aviation to help teach the cadets – and they snapped me up."

He added: “Youngsters will respond positively if you offer them a range of experiences. In our case, that can mean anything from gliding to expeditions around D-Day sites in Normandy.”

Jim has also developed a new national ATC syllabus for airframe - the mechanical structuring of an aircraft - enabling cadets across the UK to study the latest aeronautical engineering practice.