12-year-old Jack Anderson joined Air Cadets in September and within 3 weeks was already given an opportunity to experience the joy of flight through the Air Cadet gliding program.
“I felt more excited waking up today than I ever have on Christmas morning!” said Cadet Anderson, on how he felt as he prepared for his first time gliding.
The aim of the glider familiarization program is to provide each Air Cadet with at least one familiarization flight per year. The glider familiarization programs are conducted on weekends from March to June and from September to November at over 60 locations across Canada, ranging from Transport Canada airports to approved grass operating areas.
Two planes are involved in gliding, the powered tow plane, and the engine-less glider.
Cadet Anderson described his experience as one of the most exciting things he’s ever done. “I have to admit, I was nervous as we prepared to release from the tow plane, but once we cut loose it was so quiet and peaceful and the feeling of gliding through the air was so awe-inspiring.”
The Air Cadet program is open to all Canadian youth aged 12 to 18. Air Cadets take part in fun activities at a Cadet Squadron within their local community that are designed to: help youth become more self-confident, develop leadership skills, improve their physical fitness and communication skills, and teach self-discipline through challenging training.
There are more than 25,000 Air Cadets that are members of 453 Squadrons across Canada.
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Story by Sonya Anderson. Photo of Air Cadet glider by Sonya Anderson.