Cadets take flight

Nighthawk Cadets pose with the AStar 350-BA helicopter donated by Eclipse Helicopters Ltd. prior to taking flight.

Nighthawk Cadets pose with the AStar 350-BA helicopter donated by Eclipse Helicopters Ltd. prior to taking flight.

Twenty Royal Canadian Air Cadets, members of 902 Nighthawk Squadron, participated in an aircrew survival exercise on Dec. 4 to 6.

The exercise took place at Camp Boyle, a Scouts Canada facility located near Summerland.

As part of the mandatory training program, cadets were given instruction on how to build shelters, start a fire, construct ground to air signals and many other important survival skills.

In addition to survival training, the cadets were surprised by a special guest during the exercise.  Eclipse Helicopters Ltd., based out of the Penticton Regional Airport, donated the use of an AStar 350-BA helicopter to give the cadets a briefing on helicopter use during search and rescue operations.

After a thorough safety briefing each cadet was taken flying in the AStar to survey the local terrain and spot a pre-fabricated signal fire.

Survival exercises are just one aspect of the Air Cadet training program. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national program for youth aged 12 to 18 that aims to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness, and to stimulate interest in the aviation and aerospace industries including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

Youth interested in the Air Cadet program are encouraged to see what cadets has to offer. The 902 Nighthawk Squadron parades at the Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre located at 9111 Peach Orchard Rd. in Summerland.

 

 

Just Posted

Tears and laughter celebrate Bruce Johnson’s Life

Over 1,000 people packed the conference hall of the Lakeside to celebrate the life of Bruce Johnson

For New York artist from the darkness comes light

Light has a spiritual life of its own for New York artist who opens his show March 30 in Penticton

Penticton SAR team helicopters injured climber to safety

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

‘Hauntingly gritty’ duo coming to iconic Okanagan music venue

The LYNNeS multi-award-winning Canadian folk artists are going to be in Penticton March 27

Rain on the way for the Okanagan-Shuswap

Vernon’s dust warning is ongoing

Okanagan experts share bike security tips

Geoff Prowse from the Bike Barn and Josh Shulman from Freedom the Bike Shop share their tips.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Kelowna artist featured on furniture

Shandra Smith’s work is now available on credenzas

Destructive blaze in West Kelowna fatal for cat

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

Sock Hop aims to send dancers back to another time

Writers’ Festival fundraiser in Salmon Arm springs into step for another year

Man pinned under metal tank in West Kelowna

Emergency personnel are on the scene

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read