Cadets back in action

The Kelowna Air Cadets hope to reach new heights this year when the 243 Ogopogo Squadron holds its first training night at the East Kelowna Community Hall on Sept. 4.

Commanding Officer Capt. Aidan Ketchum expects to see about 60 cadets on parade, including between 20 and 30 new faces in the crowd.

"The more cadets we have, the more activities we can plan," Ketchum commented.

“We have survival training exercises, a band program, a citizenship trip, glider flying, and first aid training on the roster this year, just to name a few of the activities that can be expected. It is going to be an exciting and rewarding year.”

The Flight Familiarization Program is one of the main attractions to the air cadet program and that will only be improved by the addition of a “Dreamflyer” flight simulator, which will allow cadets to take their training beyond the tarmac.

All uniforms, equipment, travel and expenses are provided at no cost to cadets, who also get the opportunity to attend summer camps across Canada.

“The air cadet program is about preparing young adults to advance in life,” says Ketchum.

“We teach life and work skills through leadership, teamwork and community involvement. It is very fulfilling and I think that youth can benefit immensely, whether they have career aspiration in the aerospace industry and military, or if they are simply looking for a fun activity to be part of during the school year.”

Close of 3,600 youth are involved with Air Cadets in 52 squadrons around British Columbia and in addition to leadership and citizenship training, other core programs and curriculum include physical fitness, aircraft recognition, introduction to aero mechanics, navigation, radio communications, survival skills, map reading and orienteering.

Anyone interested in more information can drop by the East Kelowna Community Hall on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. You can also email [email protected] or call 250-681-1247

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It should also be noted that the 909 Peregrine Air Cadet squadron has been temporarily displaced by the fire at the Westbank Lions Community Centre. Their first meeting back will be on Sept. 9 at the gym of George Pringle Elementary School at 6 p.m. For more info, email [email protected] or call 250-317-1380.

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