Cadets familiarize with flight

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Published on May 18, 2014

Flt. Cpl. Maggie Vienneau is strapped in and radio connected for her flight in the tow plane during glider familiarization at Slemon Park. Flt. Cpl. Vienneau is part of the 580 Salisbury Air Cadet Squadron in New Brunswick.

Published on May 18, 2014

Flight Corporal Kyle MacIsaac steadies the nose of the glider that cadets will use to familiarize with flight at Slemon Park. Exiting the cockpit, is Warrant Officer 2nd Class Albert Taha, while Leading Air Cadet Nathan Scott is wing man.

Published on May 18, 2014

Flight Corporal Kyle MacIsaac signals readiness to the tow plane ahead of the glider the 580 Salisbury Air Cadets were using for flight familiarization at Slemon Park over the weekend.Wing man is Leading Air Cadet Nathan Scott, and stablizing the tail is Air Cadet Jenn LeClair.

Published on May 18, 2014

580 Salisbury Air Cadet Squadron novice Brycen Kirkpatrick got his familiarization turn in the glider, flown by Capt. Dick Lubbersen at Slemon Park over the weekend. Assisting are WO2 Albert Taha and Flight Corporal Kyle MacIsaac.

Air Cadets from Salisbury, N.B., spend weekend on P.E.I. testing their wings

SUMMERSIDE - A group of 17 members of the 580 Salisbury Air Cadet Squadron came to Slemon Park over the weekend to familiarize themselves with flying in a small aircraft and a glider.

Some of the cadets had never even been out of thier home province before, so the experience was an extra bonus, according to their commanding officer, Capt. Hélène Manuel.

The experience at Slemon Park is granted once a year for eight squadrons, four from P.E.I. and four from New Brunswick or Nova Scotia. to better utilize the tow plane that is on the Island. The plane is owned jointly by the cadet programs in the three Maritime provinces, but the majority of cadets are in New Brunswick.

The tow plane has just come from a total refurbishment, to the tune of nearly $100,000 dollars, and has been named for Warrant Officer Frank Mellish CD, an Islander who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

The glider the cadets use belongs to the Island Air Cadet squadrons.

There are about 1,300 cadets in 26 squadrons across the Maritimes. The training planes usually operate for familiarization at Slemon Park during the spring and fall, while in summer they are used for flight training at cadet summer camps.

Familiarization flights also take place at Miramichi, but Slemon Park is closer for the four squadrons based around Moncton.

More to come on this.


Organizations: Island Air Cadet

Geographic location: Slemon Park, Salisbury, New Brunswick Nova Scotia Maritime New Brunswick.The Afghanistan.The

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