Have you ever wondered what motivates someone to become a pilot or to get involved in the aviation industry? For many it’s a life-long passion, something kindled through an activity such as joining the Air Cadets. Through this program, every cadet has a chance to participate in flight activities, and some top senior cadets may even earn a scholarship to obtain their private pilot’s licence.
The Cadet program focuses on social development, decision-making and leadership. Most importantly, the program aids in developing knowledge of Canadian history and democracy.
The Annual Ceremonial Review is the most important event of the Air Cadet training year. This event is the opportunity for the cadets to display what they have learned over the past training year to their families and assembled guests. It is also the opportunity for the Squadron to honour deserving cadets by presenting them with various awards.
Again this year, the Nanaimo Airport in conjunction with the Nanaimo Flying Club (NFC) are pleased to host the Annual Review for the 205 Collishaw Nanaimo Squadron. “We moved the Annual Review to the Nanaimo Airport last year, and it was a huge boost to the event,” shares Ken Welte, The NFC Nanaimo Air Cadet Liaison. “As the program is Air Cadets, it’s great to have the opportunity to host this important event where aviation takes place.”
The Annual Review, which took place May 26, involved a formal parade and showcased many of the activities the cadets were involved in this year. Exhibits ranged from first-aid, aviation ground school, band, to field craft and marksmanship.
While on parade the cadets stood polished and proud as the reviewing officer, Major Dhrur Jagat, inspects their uniforms and skills. The cadets also receive honours and awards for their performance and contributions to the local community.