|Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron|
|Active||15 Mar 1969 – present|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Officer Training, Ab-Initio Flying Training|
|Part of||No. 6 Flying Training School|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Universitate sublimis|
(All Raised on High)
|Equipment||Grob Tutor T1|
|YUAS Badge:In front of a Rose Argent barbed and seeded slipped and leaved all proper an open Book Azure/Or/Argent|
The Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron (more commonly known as YUAS) is a Royal Air Force flying training unit that currently operates out of RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire, England. One of fourteen University Air Squadrons, the unit traditionally recruits students from universities across the Yorkshire and Humber region and provides bursaries for those who wish to pursue a career in the Royal Air Force.
YUAS was formed in 1969 when the University Air Squadron (UAS) from Hull and the UAS from Leeds, were combined to make YUAS. Leeds UAS was formed in January 1941 and had been allocated to airfields at Sherburn-in-Elmet and RAF Yeadon. Whilst at Yeadon, the squadron represented the final RAF presence when the airfield had gone over to a commercial operation as (what is now) Leeds Bradford Airport. Hull UAS was formed at RAF Driffield, but flew out of Leconfield and Brough. With the amalgamation of the two squadrons in 1969, flying was retained at RAF Leconfield for students from Hull University. As a formed squadron, YUAS first flew from RAF Church Fenton between 1969 and 1975. When Church Fenton was placed under a care and maintenance programme as a Relief Landing Ground (RLG) for RAF Linton-on-Ouse, the squadron moved to RAF Finningley in 1975. It returned to a resurgent Church Fenton in 1995 when RAF Finningley was closed.
YUAS is one of fourteen University Air Squadrons that are spread out across Great Britain and it recruits from the universities at Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York, with about 30 new intakes every year. Alongside the original universities that were listed for YUAS, students from Sheffield Hallam, Leeds College of Music, Leeds Metropolitan University and York St John University, can also apply to join YUAS. Students who join YUAS are enlisted as Officer Cadets in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and receive 30 hours of flying training annually.
In 1998, a contract was signed to replace the Bulldog trainer aircraft with the Grob G115 (Tutor). A private company, Vosper Thorneycroft, were contracted to supply maintenance on the aircraft through a through a private contract. The Tutor aircraft was delivered to the University Air Squadrons from July 1999 onwards.
In 2013, it was announced that RAF Church Fenton would be closing down and that all units would need to be transferred elsewhere. In the case of YUAS and No. 9 Air Experience Flight RAF, this would mean a transfer to RAF Linton-on-Ouse, some 7 miles (12 km) north-west of York. In 2014, a year after moving to Linton-on-Ouse, YUAS won the best University Air Squadron beating 13 other University Air Squadrons across Great Britain.
- March 1969 – August 1975: RAF Church Fenton
- August 1975 – October 1995: RAF Finningley
- October 1995 – August 2013: RAF Church Fenton
- August 2013 – present: RAF Linton-on-Ouse
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