Cranbrook Cadet takes to the skies

Cadet Charles Spencer of Cranbrook spent his summer at the Regional Gliding School on the Air Cadet Private Pilot Scholarship Course.

Cadet Charles Spencer is pictured getting his wings from the Honorable Judith Guichon

Cadet Charles Spencer is pictured getting his wings from the Honorable Judith Guichon

COMOX, B.C. – Cadet Charles Spencer of Cranbrook, B.C. spent his summer at the Regional Gliding School (Pacific) on the Air Cadet Private Pilot Scholarship Course.

Spencer, a member of 552 Key City Squadron in Cranbrook, is one of 36 Air Cadets from across B.C. selected for the opportunity to get their private pilots licence. He was trained on a Cessna 172, to Transport Canada’s Private Pilot license standards in just seven weeks.

Minimum age for this scholarship course is 17.

“Getting on to power has been the greatest opportunity of my cadet career, and I’m excited to finally have my Private Pilots License with Coastal Pacific Aviation,” Spencer said about  receiving the Private Pilot Scholarship Course.

Spencer was trained in Abbotsford at Coastal Pacific Aviation one of three locations; Victoria Flying Club, Pacific Flying Club in Boundary Bay, and Coastal Pacific Aviation.

He was trained with 11 other cadets. The successful students received their  Cadet Pilot Wings and Transport Canada Private Pilot Licences on graduation day Aug. 15, from Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Royal Canadian Air Cadets in a national co-educational youth organization sponsored in partnership by the Canadian Forces and the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada.

In British Columbia there are approximately 3,700 Air Cadets enrolled in 57 Squadrons.

The B.C. Ministry of Education, Skills and Training recognizes the cadet program as a “ministry-accepted external Course” for which students may receive graduation credit.