More than130 air cadets arrived at Canadore College Residences to begin a six-week course in either Airport Operations or Aircraft Maintenance earlier this week.
The Advanced Aviation Technology Course (AATC) Canadore exists as a partnership between Canadore College and the Department of National Defence (DND) to train and stimulate the best and brightest youth in advanced aviation topics.
“Through the execution of Aircraft Maintenance and Airport Operations training programs, our Canadore cadets will develop important specialized and life-skills including leadership, teamwork, and good citizenship,” Major Luc Laverrière, Officer Commanding AATC.
With Reservist officers of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to lead and supervise them, the cadets will spend the next six week essentially going to school and learning hands-on skills unique to this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I am hoping to work on interesting aircraft and expand my knowledge while I’m here,” stated Cadet Kaeden Seiter, Aircraft Maintenance Course.
“I’ve always loved airplanes from a young age, and I want to be able to take what I learn back home to my home squadron and inspire younger cadets.”
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.
AATC Canadore has operated since 2008 and is a centre of excellence for training in advanced aviation topics.