Local cadet selected for elite aviation training

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NORTH BAY, Ont. — A local cadet is spending six weeks this summer learning about aviation through some elite training.

Becoming a pilot is more than just learning how to fly. It also takes hard work in learning and understanding the operations and systems within an airport. Cadet Mark Atwood from 397 Trenton Squadron is pursuing this critical knowledge as he was selected for the Advanced Aviation Technology – Airport Operations Course at Canadore Cadet Training Centre. He has been there since July 9 and finishes on August 18.

“I applied for the course and wrote a narrative explaining the kinds of things I do with cadets and why I find it interesting,” Atwood said on a phone call from North Bay.

Second Lieutenant Darius Soo Lum, Unit Public Affairs representative, AATC Canadore, praised Atwood for his application. “Seven hundred cadets applied and only 120 were selected. We were looking for a top overall cadet and (Atwood) had a good narrative and good marks.”

Advanced Aviation Technology — Airport Operations introduces cadets to the various components of operating an airport. Cadets learn about airside operations, meteorology, navigation, air traffic services, ground services and safety. They also examine some of the history and advancements in the aviation industry and explore employment opportunities.

Atwood is most looking forward to “learning about the way airports are run and making lifelong friendships with the amazing people I’m meeting.”

When he returns from the six-week long camp he will be getting ready to go back to school — Grade 11 at North Nova Education Centre. He said he is not yet sure what he wants to do when he graduates, but it certainly will be science-related.

There are approximately 60 air cadets who complete the Advanced Aviation Technology — Airport Operations Course at Canadore just like Atwood. When asked what he enjoys the most about training at Canadore he said, “I enjoy that everyone is enthusiastic about what they’re learning. I am definitely enjoying it. It’s educational and fun. The staff here are amazing, they help make my summer awesome.”

Canadore Cadet Training Centre offers two courses within the Advanced Aviation Technology spectrum — Aircraft Maintenance and Airport Operations. Canadore has provided this elite training since 2007 where hundreds of cadets have completed their training and were filled with a sense of accomplishment. They bring their new skills back to their local squadrons to share with their peers and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. If you are ready for the challenge, visit www.cadets.ca and click on “Find Us” or visit the Facebook page to see their adventures! www.facebook.com/centralregioncadets.


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