A bird's-eye

West Kootenay air cadets fly high

Air cadet gliding program lands in Trail for the weekend.

West Kootenay air cadets were flying high on the weekend as members of Trail’s 531 Squadron, the 561 Squadron in Nelson, and Castlegar’s 581 Squadron underwent glider training over the weekend at the Trail Airport.

Major Kevin DeBiasio of Trail, Area Cadet Instructor Cadre Officer for the Kootenay Wing, says the glider training is a highlight of the year for the 60 young air cadets.

“For the kids it’s awesome,” said DeBiasio. “When you’re 13 it’s not a cool thing to do but when a 17-year-old comes back to Grade 12 and says, ‘I don’t have a driver’s licence but hey I can fly an airplane,’ all of a sudden, that’s pretty cool.”

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