Who are the Airdrie Lynx Air Cadets?

Posted by Justin Havre on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 10:18am.

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The Airdrie Lynx Air Cadets were formed in 2000 because the Airdrie area was in need of an Air Cadet Squadron. They were given strong support from the Air Cadet League of Alberta and gained plenty of steam out of the gate.

The Cadet program is designed by Canadian Forces (DND), whine the Air Cadet League administers the program and the local Squadron Staff implements the program. The "88" Airdrie Lynx hold their meetings every Wednesday at the Ecole Airdrie Middle School from 6:15 pm to 9pm.

Cadet Activities

There are multiple activities the Cadets perform throughout the year including:

  • Ground School - This program includes a qualifying example for those looking to enter the Gliding Pilot or Power Pilot training courses. It's much like aviation school and teaches the basics of flying.
  • Gliding - This is required training for air Cadets and provides the opportunity for Cadets to get out twice a year or more.
  • Band - The Cadets have a band program with marching songs and an Annual Ceremonial Review.
  • Drill - An important part of training and includes discipline, price and cohesion.
  • Flag Party - A yearly part of the Annual Ceremonial Review, the flag party bears the flag on parade.
  • Sports - The Cadet program includes sports nights held throughout the year.

These are just a sampling of the Cadet activities. Many others are also a part of the program.

The aims of the Cadet program are to develop good leadership and citizenship in the youth, along with promoting physical fitness, stimulating interest in aviation and stimulating interest in the Canadian Forces. They value loyalty, integrity, mutual respect and professionalism.

Joining the Cadets

Those age 12 and older can register to join the cadets. They must pass a portion of the training to be considered a Cadet and fill out the necessary paperwork. For more information about the "88" Airdrie Lynx Air Cadet Squadron visit their website at, http://airdrieaircadets.ca.

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