Brookfield native takes to the skies

Published on August 2, 2014

Cadet Peter Betts, from Brookfield, N.S. gives a thumbs up after his first solo flight. He comes from a family of pilots and is spending his summer getting his own glider licence. 

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DEBERT – A Brookfield native was one of a lucky few cadets to hit the skies this summer while working towards their wings.

Peter Betts, a member of 569 Col G.N. Henderson Royal Canadian Air Cadets, was one of 42 cadets from across Canada selected to attend the Regional Gliding School in Debert for the summer. 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.

The Debert school is one of four cadet summer training centres in Atlantic Canada. The school also has three satellite locations, in Waterville, Moncton, and Gander, N.L., where cadets from across the region are learning how to fly single-engine aircraft this summer.