Local cadets receive scholarships

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MILFORD: Local Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 652 Milford &Dist. Lions was proud to announce that two of their cadets received flying scholarships from the Air Cadet League of Canada in conjunction with the Department of National Defence.

Flight Sergeant Kyle Dixon and Flight Corporal Reece Zandbergen will be undertaking intensive training this summer while they learn how to navigate, operate and fly solo in their aircrafts.

Kyle and Reece are excited for their opportunity to become glider pilots. The experience they will gain will benefit not only them but the other cadets of 652 who are interested in aviation. Although it is an academically and physically intense course both are confident they will be successful.

These cadets were chosen based on merit through an extensive evaluation process where they are graded against all the other applicants in Nova Scotia.

After participating in ground school for the training year, these cadets took the Transport Canada exam to qualify for the rest of the application process which includes a panel interview, a narrative expressing their desire to participate in the scholarship and also having their volunteer activities and school grades assessed.

“This is what we do – we make dreams come true for the youth of Canada. They have an opportunity to step up and show us their dedication to achieving this goal, and we have the resources to make that happen for them,” said Air Cadet League of Canada Governor, Jerry Elias.

After successfully receiving their licence, cadets are encouraged to come back and participate in flying familiarization with other cadets in their squadron by taking them up for a flight. These pilots will also aid with the Ground School training and aviation related training such as meteorology and principles of flight at their local squadrons.

The Air Cadet flying scholarship program has graduated some very notable Canadians such as astronaut Col Chris Hadfield, CBC Meteorologist Nick Czernkovich and several members of the military performance flying team, the Snowbirds.

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada has been training youth in Canada for over 75 years. The Cadets are the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 52,860 cadets across Canada, the Air Cadets comprising over 26,254 of that total in 460 Squadrons.

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. There are no fees or costs to join Air Cadets and uniforms are supplied free of charge.

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. Cadets are also encouraged to learn more about opportunities within Canada’s aviation industry.