Sgt. Mercedes Fraser

Sgt. Mercedes Fraser

Cadets on course for future

Vernon air cadets check out aviation trade possibilities at Okanagan College

Vernon’s air cadets have been checking out the aviation trade possibilities available to them right here in the Okanagan Valley.

Okanagan College hosted members of 223 Red Lion Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron at both the Kelowna and Vernon campus.

Cadets spent time exploring both licensing programs the college offers – Aircraft Maintenance Engineering category ‘S’ (Structures) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering category ‘M’ (Maintenance).

“It’s really important for the cadets and teens to see the opportunities that are available to them so they can best prepare for their last two years of high-school,” said Captain Victoria Schrauwen, Commanding Officer of the squadron. “The Training Officer, Second Lieutenant Miller has ensured that all the cadets have had great exposure to the Aviation Trade Industry.”

The squadron also visited Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd. and had a complete tour of their facility. The cadets were able to walk around a Boeing 727, a Boeing 737, a Convair 5800, look inside a DND Twin-Otter and Buffalo aircraft and see what happens inside of a large, full service, aircraft maintenance facility.

The Air Cadet Program also offers various aviation related summer training camps such as, Basic Aviation Technology, Advanced Aerospace, Advanced Aviation Technology Aircraft Maintenance and Advanced Aviation Technology Airport Operations.  In addition, each Air Cadet has the opportunity to achieve a Flying Scholarship and earn their Glider and/or Power Pilot wings.

For more information on 223 Red Lion Squadron Air Cadets call 250-309-9490 or visit