Captain Geri Stewart keeps track of time at the Comox Cadet Flying Training Center at CFB Comox, B.C. (Captain Shirley Ho photo)

Shuswap resident on the clock for air cadets

Capt. Geri Stewart official timekeeper at Comox Cadet Flying Training Center.

Captain Geri Stewart is a familiar face at Comox Cadet Flying Training Center.

Over the last 21 years, this Shuswap resident has seen thousands of gliders take off and land as she hovers over a whiteboard, a stack of paper and pen in hand, meticulously jotting down notes. Her role? Official timekeeper on the gliding field.

Time is an invaluable piece of information to both pilots and the aircraft maintenance team. Pilots need to track their hours in their logbook, while the maintenance team needs to know when to schedule maintenance on an aircraft for safety and compliance.

When asked what keeps her coming back year after year, this she replied with a smile, “It’s fun! Watching teens come in for their first flight with their instructor, to being able to fly the aircraft by themselves is a neat experience.”

Read more: Salmon Arm cadet earns VIP experience with CF-18 Hornet

Read more: Shuswap air cadet contests Department of National Defence gender policy

When the summer comes to an end, Stewart will be back in her hometown helping things run smoothly at 222 Shuswap Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. In the meantime, she’s busy keeping track of where everyone is, who’s ready to go flying, who’s about to launch and who is in the air.

The Glider Pilot Scholarship is a seven-week training program that takes a select group of air cadets, ages 16 and older, and provides them with classroom instruction and in-the-air training that allows them to earn their Glider Pilot Wings. Successful candidates graduate with their Transport Canada Glider Pilot License.

There are many summer training courses attended by approximately 20,000 Sea, Army and Air Cadets across Canada this summer.

The Cadet Program is for youth 12-18 years of age. The aim of the program is to install in youth the attributes of leadership, citizenship, physical fitness and an interest in the air, land, and sea activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Submitted


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Former Shuswap fire chief uses power of Lego to help kids

Salmon Arm Fall Fair to feature upgraded Lego building competition

Arizona skater visits home of hockey to try out for Sicamous Eagles

High-calibre camp attendees make for difficult roster selection

Clouds Sunday, sunshine and heat Monday

Weather forecast for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen looks spectacular

In photos: Residents learn to paint the scenes of Salmon Arm

The free workshop was held at Piccadilly Mall

Year-round training envisioned for Salmon Arm’s Rapattack base

Mayor hopes council’s support of Rapattack will pay off in longevity for base

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

Man shot near Coalmont airlifted to hospital

A man was shot near Coalmont B.C. Saturday afternoon. The victim was… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

In photos: Salmon Arm’s downtown farmers market

Out of the many sights and sounds from Salmon Arm’s downtown farmers… Continue reading

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Renter of torched Okanagan home a British Army veteran, new Canadian

Owen Wilson was just beginning to settle into life in Canada when the blaze occurred

Most Read