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428 Wing R.C.A.F.A.
274 King Street
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 2S2
Phone: (705)743-6052

Air Cadets


534 Raiders

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Air Cadets learn about the traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and participate in flight-related activities. Air Cadets have a chance to earn their civilian pilot licenses through the Air Cadet program.

Gliding is one of the more popular aspects of the Air Cadets and it provides a solid base for learning how to pilot more complicated aircraft. Many Air Cadets go on to enjoy civilian flying careers, while others choose to pursue flying as an enjoyable life-long hobby.

Local Training

Air Cadet Training is divided into five proficiency levels, including on-the-job training for senior cadets. Some of the courses offered to Air Cadets at the local level are:

A Schweizer SGS 2-33 (2-33A) sailplane/glider in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets paint scheme. Photo credit: Sancho McCann, 13 June 2004
  • aeronautical facilities
  • aircraft identification
  • aircrew survival
  • airframe structure
  • citizenship
  • drill
  • effective speaking
  • general cadet knowledge
  • physical fitness
  • sensible living
  • marksmanship
  • principles of flight
  • propulsion
  • radio communication
  • instructional techniques
  • leadership
  • navigation
  • meteorology

Mondays 6:30 - 9:30 at the Peterborough Armoury, 220 Murray Street Peterborough.

For all youth 12-18 for more information call 742-6164.

All uniform and training costs assumed by the Department of National Defence.

Why Join Air Cadets?

The thrill of gliding and flying provides the backbone of the Air Cadet program. Each year nearly 600 deserving Air Cadets receive flying and gliding scholarships. The remainder learns valuable life skills and important values like mutual respect, integrity and professionalism through lessons in navigation, theories of flight and aircrew survival.

Over 9000 Air Cadets take part in summer training. Some of the courses offered:

A group of cadets with their flight instructor.
  • athletic instructor
  • aerospace
  • aircrew survival
  • air studies
  • air traffic control
  • instructional techniques
  • leadership
  • music
  • physical fitness
  • rifle coach
  • technical training

International exchanges are offered with the International Air Cadet Association. Senior Air Cadets have the opportunity to travel to many countries.

Did You Know? The vast majority of glider licenses in Canada are earned through the Air Cadet Program, with a national yearly average of about 75%. In some years, this figure can jump substantially. In 1999, air cadets earned 98% of all glider licenses in Canada, along with 10% of all national power licenses!

Cadet Responsibilities

There are no direct costs to parents or cadets when joining an Air Cadet Squadron. However, there are expectations for all cadets. These include:

An Air Cadet raising the flag.
  • Attending all training nights, training activities and parades. It is important for cadets to attend all scheduled activities. Cadets who do not attend parade nights regularly will fall behind in their training and will not be as successful and may be released from the squadron. The same applies for weekend training. Attendance at special parades such as the Annual Review is critical. If your son/daughter has a legitimate reason why he/she cannot attend a squadron activity, call the Commanding Officer in advance.
  • Taking part in fund raising activities Although there is not cost to join a squadron, cadets are expected to take part in fund raising activities such as Tag Day and selling Air Cadet League Lottery Tickets. These activities raise the necessary funds to help the squadron plan and implement various training activities.
  • Taking care of the uniform Each cadet will be issued a uniform when she/he completed the intake program. It costs the Department of National Defense (DND) approximately $400 to outfit each cadet. The squadron has a fixed budget to purchase uniforms each year. It is critical that the cadet takes care of his/her uniform, keeps it cleaned and pressed and returns it to the squadron when he/she leaves the squadron or outgrows the uniform. Each cadet is given training on how to look after the uniform. This information is also included in the Level 1 Handbook. Ask your son/daughter to share this information.
  • Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork There are permission forms for weekend training, summer camp applications, information bulletins, training schedules etc. This information is sent home for you as well as the cadet. Please ensure that forms are properly completed and returned in a timely manner.

If you have any questions about each cadet's responsibilities and duties, please contact the squadron Commanding Officer.

How Can Parents Help?

You can do a great deal to help your son/daughter become successful in the Air Cadet Program. The most important thing is to show an interest in their success and training and to support them during the year. There are many other ways that you can help your son/daughter be successful. These include:

  • Helping them organize their after school time so that there will be time for Air Cadets and schoolwork
  • Reminding them to look after their uniforms (washing, drying, pressing, shining etc)
  • Including Air Cadet activities such as weekend training on the family calendar
  • Try to avoid conflicts with major activities such as Annual Reviews
  • Transporting your son/daughter (and maybe their friends) to parade nights and picking them up at the end of the night
  • Encouraging them to participate in squadron teams and activities. The more they put into the squadron, the more they will get out of the program

For more information about the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, visit
Cadets Canada or download the Parent Information Handbook.

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