Three local cadets complete glider training

Among 45 cadets from across the province attending summer program in Comox

Flight sergeant Natasha Cummings of Abbotsford is shown with her civilian instructor Connor Ball.

Flight sergeant Natasha Cummings of Abbotsford is shown with her civilian instructor Connor Ball.

Three teens from the 861 Silverfox air cadet squadron in Abbotsford participated this summer in the six-week Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS) program at Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre.

Flight sergeants Natasha Cummings, Arman Gill and Daniel Unger were among 45 cadets in the program, which began June 29.

Participants spent more than 100 hours studying all aspects of navigation, theory of flight, meteorology, air law, glider handling and more, while learning how to fly a Schweizer 2-33A,  an intermediate training glider.

“I love to fly and was super excited when I found out I was accepted to take the GPS course. I couldn’t be happier than when I’m up in the air,” said Cummings, 16.

Gill said he took the course to begin a path towards becoming a pilot.

“In the process, I had hoped to make some friends and learn from the experiences and opportunities the instructors have,” he said.

More than 3,400 sea, army and air cadets are participating in training activities across B.C. this summer.

For more information, visit cadets.ca.

(Photos below: Flight Sergeant Daniel Unger with his instructor Officer Cadet Stefano De Piere and Flight Sergeant Arman Gill with civilian instructor Anne George.)