Cadet gets his wings

Cadet Jake Schuszter of Campbell River takes a time out in a glider during the Air Cadet Glider Pilot Scholarship course. - Photo submitted
Cadet Jake Schuszter of Campbell River takes a time out in a glider during the Air Cadet Glider Pilot Scholarship course.
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Cadet Jake Schuszter of Campbell River is spending part of his summer at the regional gliding school on the Air Cadet Glider Pilot Scholarship Course.

Schuszter is one of 44 Air Cadets selected from across B.C. for the opportunity to pursue their Transport Canada glider pilot license. He is flying the Schweizer 2-33A gliders, which are owned by the BC Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada.

“Glider is a great place to meet friends and a great start to begin my career as a pilot,” says Schuszter.

Being accepted to the program at CFB Comox is no easy task either.

“These young men and women have worked very hard to get here on scholarship, and will continue to work even harder throughout the course,” said commanding officer Lt.-Col Tony Appels.

Cadet Schuszter is a member of 363 Brian Barker Squadron in Campbell River. He studied all aspects of aviation in order to pass an entrance exam, prior to sitting before a review board. His school marks, cadet service, leadership and physical fitness are also evaluated as part of the selection process.

At the conclusion of the intense six-week training period, the successful students will receive their coveted Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings on graduation day, Aug. 15.

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

In British Columbia there are approximately 3,700 Air Cadets enrolled in 57 Squadrons. The BC Ministry of Education, Skills and Training recognizes the cadet program as a “ministry- accepted External Course” for which students may receive graduation credit.

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