Canada’s newest aviators received their pilot’s wings at a graduation parade held Aug. 14 at the Debert Arena.
The ceremonies marked the end of a summer of learning how to fly for teenaged air cadets who have been working to become Transport Canada licensed glider or private pilots through the Air Cadet Glider Pilot Scholarship and Power Pilot Scholarship programs.
“I couldn't wait for (the) parade. It's an amazing feeling to finally get our wings after six weeks of early mornings and hard work!” says Michaela Wheaton from 905 Viking Squadron (Glider Pilot Scholarship).
The parade took place outside the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Hangar at the Debert Airfield.
The Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) in Debert, N.S. 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.
“One of the aims of Air Cadets is to instill a love of aviation, which we foster in the Gliding Program. As Wilber Wright said in 1905, ‘There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings,’” says Major Mike Hargreaves, commanding officer of the Regional Gliding School (Atlantic).
• Parade included 40 cadets from the Glider Pilot Scholarship and 19 cadets from the Power Pilot Scholarship.
• Lieutenant-Colonel J. Hawthorne presided over the event.
• Top course cadets from each of the Atlantic provinces were announced.
• Award for top overall glider and power cadet presented.