Cadet makes his dream come true

Chase’s Shael Huska has achieved a dream of earning his wings.

  • Aug. 30, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Air cadet Shael Huska receives his glider pilot’s wing from Capt. Wayne Appels at the Regional Gliding School (Pacific) in Comox.

Air cadet Shael Huska receives his glider pilot’s wing from Capt. Wayne Appels at the Regional Gliding School (Pacific) in Comox.

Chase’s Shael Huska has achieved a dream of earning his wings.

Huska spent his summer at the Regional Gliding School (Pacific) and was one of 44 air cadets selected from across British Columbia who had the opportunity to pursue their Transport Canada Glider Pilot License.

Huska flew the Schweizer 2-33A gliders, which are owned by the BC Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada.

When asked what receiving the Glider Pilot Scholarship meant to him, Huska said, “completing the glider pilot scholarship means I finally achieved something I have always dreamed of.”

Cadet Huska is a member of 222 Shuswap Squadron in Salmon Arm.

Huska studied all aspects of aviation in order to pass an entrance exam, prior to sitting before a review board. His school marks, cadet service, leadership and physical fitness are also evaluated as part of the selection process.

At the conclusion of the intense six week training period, the successful students received their coveted air cadet glider pilot wings, from Lt.-Col. Tony Appels on graduation day, August 15.

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national coeducational youth organization sponsored by the Canadian Forces in partnership with the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada. In British Columbia there are approximately 3,700 Air Cadets enrolled in 57 Squadrons. The B.C. Ministry of Education recognizes the cadet program as a “ministry- accepted External Course” for which students may receive graduation credit.