Brookfield teen flies first solo flight in cadets

By Lieutenant Stacey Hoffe

Published on August 13, 2014

Cadet Peter Betts from Brookfield, N.S. gives a thumbs up after his first solo flight.

Lieutenant Stacey Hoffe

Peter Betts comes from a Brookfield family of pilots and is spending his summer getting his own glider licence.

Betts is one of 42 cadets who were accepted for the Glider Pilot Scholarship at the Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) in Debert. The six-week course consists of ground and flying instruction in areas such as navigation, meteorology, air law and radio communication. By the end of the summer, successful candidates will be presented their wings and an official Transport Canada Glider Pilot Licence.

Betts is a member of 569 Col G.N. Henderson Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

The Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) in Debert is one of four Cadet Summer Training Centres in Atlantic Canada. Cadets from across Canada are at the school this summer learning how to fly gliders. The school also has three satellite locations, in Waterville, N.S., Moncton, N.B. and Gander, N.L. where cadets from across the region are learning how to fly single-engine aircraft this summer.

Through participation in the Cadet Program, young people develop valuable life skills in teamwork, citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while having fun and meeting new friends.

Lieutenant Stacey Hoffe is a unit public affairs representative.