Trail cadets take to the skies
Last week, two cadets from 531 City of Trail Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets went flying over the city and the local area. This marks the start of the spring flying program that will see all the cadets from the squadron experience the thrill of flight.
The cadets flew in the Trail Flying Club’s Cessna 172. They left Trail in early evening and flew over the city of Trail, over Rossland and Red Mountain, then off to Castlegar and Nelson and back to the Trail Airport.
The cadets that were flying were Kayden Saviskoff and Tyrall Hogg, who both are in Grade 7 at Glenmerry Elementary School.
Over the next month, the cadets will also experience flying in gliders, spend a weekend in the bush learning survival and leadership skills and continue with evening flying.
Over the summer, several cadets will be going to Summer Training at locations across the province and country.
The cadets who are in high school will also be receiving the high school credits they earn while being in the cadet program.
The Trail Air Cadets meet at 6:15 pm every Wednesday in the Trail Armories at 1990 7th Ave.
The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18.
Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome.
· The Cadet Program is open to all Canadian youth from the ages of 12 to 18 regardless of income, race, religion, culture or other socio-economic factors. The program embraces Canada’s multiculturalism and offers young Canadians opportunities to interact with youth from other cultures.
· Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada and has over 53,000 cadets and is led by 7,000 adults.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence has been training youth in Canada since 1941. The cadet program, which includes Sea, Army and Air Cadets, is the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 53,000 participants across Canada. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness. While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their cadet career.