Cadets enjoy Airport Day

Members of 893 Beaufort Squadron of Air Cadets front and centre at Qualicum Beach Airport Day

Roger Yorke gives pre-flight briefing to WO1 Eric Hiltz and Lt. John Archer

Roger Yorke gives pre-flight briefing to WO1 Eric Hiltz and Lt. John Archer

Members of 893 Beaufort Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron were well represented at Qualicum Beach Airport Appreciation Day. 

The squadron’s booth drew lots of attention including past cadets from as far back as 1985, who leafed through photo albums and found pictures of themselves. 

Other displays featured the various activities and training in which the cadets participated over the past year, trophies, and model aircraft.  The Sponsoring Committee organized a concession stand which the cadets enthusiastically manned.

The day had a big impact on the cadets.

“I believe that Airport Day is a valuable community experience,” said cadet WO1 Eric Hiltz. “It demonstrates to the citizens of Qualicum Beach where and how their tax dollars are spent, and is an excellent opportunity for the flying community to showcase their many skills and contributions to the community. 

Hiltz was given the opportunity of a lifetime by Roger Yorke to ride backseat in one of the most powerful air force trainers ever built, the T-28 Trojan.  

“For me, this amazing experience truly encompassed the spirit of Airport Day,” Hiltz said. “It was a valuable life lesson on what the aviation community is all about.”

Flight sergeant Christopher Eckert agreed.

“Saturday was a great day for cadets in 893 Beaufort Squadron,” he said. “We set up a flight simulator for people to try and we had a stand where we were selling beverages and other refreshments to raise money for the Squadron. 

We saw a number of phenomenal aircraft and some of the cadets even got a flight. Overall it was a very fun day for all of the cadets and we look forward to being there next time.”

The cadets were accompanied in the opening ceremonies by 296 Esquimalt Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Band under the direction of Training Officer Lt(N) Carson Stoney.

Youths 12 to 18 years of age may enrol in cadets. Registration for the 2011-2012 training year will be in early September.  For further information contact Capt. Elizabeth Reid at 250-752-5382 or

— Submitted by Brian Kirby


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