From left: Mitchell Allen, Nathaniel Ralphs, Parker Frederickson-Ponto and Liam Paradis take a flight in a Cessna 172, with Ralphs piloting as part of the 893 Beaufort Squadron air cadets’ multi-squadron event — Operation Skyhawk — on Saturday, April 14 at the Qualicum Beach Airport. — Submitted by Jalyn Sorg

Air cadet squadrons learn radio communications in Qualicum Beach

Multi-squadron event saw cadets learn about satellite communication, ham radios, search and rescue

The local air cadet group executed Operation Skyhawk on Saturday, April 14 — a multi-squadron event that saw cadets learn about radio communications in an aeronautical environment.

The event took place at Qualicum Beach Airport, where cadets from 893 Beaufort Squadron as well as 205 Collishaw Squadron went through a variety of stations to learn about radio station components and safety, as well as satellite communication, ham radio communications, search and rescue, and also 3-D printing, said 893 Beaufort’s Commanding Officer, Brenda Aumonier.

One of the activities was an emergency locator transmitter search.

“So if an airplane went down, it would be this transmitter that would help search and rescue find them,” she said.

Cadets were also able to go up in flights piloted by cadets who have earned their private pilot licence through the air cadet program.

The event was held with help from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, the local MakerSpace and other groups.

For more info on the local air cadets squadron and to look into joining, go to

— NEWS Staff,

893 Beaufort Squadron

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