664 COLD LAKE
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADET SQUADRON

780.815.1664

Art Smith Aviation Academy, 4 Wing  Cold Lake, AB

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Advanced courses

The advanced courses provide cadets with the knowledge required to become instructors of their speciality. 

Advanced Aviation Course increases cadets' knowledge and skills of the field of aviation and provides incentive to pursue specialist training in this area. 

Drill And Ceremonial Instructor Course develops cadets to become a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for drill and ceremonial activities.

Survival Instructor Course develops cadets to become a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aircrew survival activities within the Air Cadet Program.

Fitness Sports Instructor Course develops cadets to become a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to perform the role of a fitness and sports instructor and team leader for fitness and sports activities conducted at the squadron, during regionally directed activities and/or as a Staff Cadet at a CSTC.

Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course provides cadets with the opportunity to develop coaching and marksmanship skills necessary to support the squadron marksmanship program and biathlon programs. It also introduces cadets to advanced marksmanship skills.

Intermediate and Advanced musician courses increases cadets' musical skills and advances them to the next level of musical qualification, with some instructional techniques relating to music.

National courses

There are seven national courses in the air cadet summer training program.

The Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS) is a six-week course with an intensive program of ground school and in-flight glider pilot training cadets who successfully complete their flight and Transport Canada written exam will qualify for a glider pilot licence and be awarded Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings.

The Power Pilot Scholarship is a seven-week course that allows cadets to get their private pilot license and their Air Cadet Power Pilot Wings.

The Oshkosh Trip is a two-week trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, home to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. 

​The International Air Cadet Exchange is a three-week exchange that allow cadets to visit air bases, centres of industry, world landmarks, universities, cultural centres and museums, and experience private hospitality with families in their own homes. It is intended for outstanding senior cadets who will represent Canada with distinction.

​Other national courses include Advanced Aerospace, Advanced Aviation Technology Courses - Airport Operations and Advanced Aviation Technology Courses - Aircraft Maintenance.

After successfully completing a summer course, cadets are presented with a qualification badge to display on their uniform.

Familiarization courses

The only familiarization course is the two-week long General Training course. It provides cadets with an introduction to camp life and outlines the various fields of interest in the Air Cadet Program.

BASIC COURSES
​Basic courses deliver training directed more specifically towards certain specialties. All of these courses are three weeks long, and are available to cadets who are level two or above.

​The Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course course prepares cadets to fill the role of a peer leader while building on their knowledge and skills in leadership, drill and ceremonial. 

The Basic Survival Course introduces cadets to elementary survival skills and encourages them to pursue specialist training in this area of interest. 

Basic Aviation introduces cadets to the fundamentals of aviation and provides incentive to pursue specialist training in this area. 

Basic Fitness and Sports course prepares cadets to serve as an assistant sports instructor while developing personal habits to maintain a good fitness and healthy living. 

The Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace course introduces cadets to the fundamentals of the aerospace industry, of airfield operations and the construction and maintenance of aircraft. 

​The Basic Musician course develops a cadets' competence in music and prepares them to support their local military or pipe band.

SUMMER TRAINING


Don't know what to do this summer? Apply to go to a cadet summer camp and get paid! Cadets who attend summer camps get paid to learn and take back their new knowledge to help develop their squadron.

Courses offered at Air Cadet summer camps include training in leadership, flying, fitness and sports, survival, military band, pipe band, aerospace, aviation technology, and marksmanship. The courses offered include familiarization, basic, advanced, and national summer training courses
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