Cadet Ian Park of Pitt Meadows is spending his summer at the Regional Gliding School (Pacific) on the Air Cadet Glider Pilot Scholarship Course.
Park is one of 44 air cadets selected from across British Columbia for the opportunity to pursue their Transport Canada Glider Pilot License.
He is flying 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, Park said, "Glider shows me that nothing is impossible."
"These young men and women have worked very hard to get here on scholarship, and will continue to work even harder throughout the course," said Lt.-Col. Tony Appels, Commanding Officer of RGS (Pacific).
Park is a member of 583 Legion Cornation Squadron in Maple Ridge.
Park 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 were to receive their coveted Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings on graduation day, Aug. 15.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national co-educational 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, Skills and Training recognizes the cadet program as a "ministry-accepted external course" for which students may receive graduation credit.
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