Our squadron attends two mandatory gliding days each year and occasionally has extra flying experiences throughout the year. Gliding days give cadets the opportunity to see our local gliding center in person and to take a ride in a glider with a qualified local pilot. In addition to this, our trained cadets pass on their aviation knowledge to the younger cadets on a weekly basis.
At the age of 14, interested cadets are able to attend our Flight School optional training. This training prepares our cadets for the admissions exam to the Royal Canadian Air Cadet glider and power scholarship courses that run throughout the summers. Cadets must be 16 years of age (glider) or 17 years of age (power), have competitive school grades, be recommended from staff members, and compete in a country wide selection process to qualify for these free pilot certification programs.
We are extremely proud of our cadets accomplishments in this field of the program.
- Power Pilot WOII Barr
- Glider Pilot WOII Forchuk
- Glider Pilot FSgt Barr
- Glider Pilot FSgt Warchol
- Glider Pilot FSgt Gouda
Drill and Ceremony
Each week cadets practice their drill skills during opening and closing parade, which are used as a time to communicate the upcoming classes and events to the cadets. Throughout the year, our cadets improve on their skills until it's time to show it off at our Annual Ceremonial Review.
Cadets who have an increased interest in the drill portion of our program have the opportunity to try out for our competitive drill team that competes annually with other squadrons. This is an extra curricular team that sets a high standard of excellence for the entire squadron.
Interested cadets can also apply for the Drill and Ceremonial summer training course which will equip them with the resources and skills to teach younger cadets how to be drill experts.
With two Field Training Exercises each year, our cadets learn hands on with both class room style and scenario based learning. The program is dedicated to supplying young Canadians with the knowledge and resources to survive alone in the wilderness.
A typical day at a Black Knights Field Training Exercise includes three full meals, survival instruction from our skilled leaders, thought provoking group activities engaging teamwork, and a fun but challenging staff vs cadets activity. Cadets can expect to learn new skills and interact with their team members to make the weekend a success.
Fitness and Biathlon
The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program strives to encourage healthy lifestyles to Canadian youth. Throughout the training year, our squadron holds multiple sport days. These days range from typical sport style games to high adventure style events such as mountain biking through the river valley. The events chosen are different each year, so there are many active adventures to be had throughout a cadets career.
In addition to these sports days, interested cadets can apply for 3 week or 6 week training over the summer months specializing in fitness and sports. These courses help shape them into strong and knowledgeable fitness instructors so they can help lead the sports days throughout the training year.
Cadets who enjoy this aspect of our program can try out for the Black Knights biathlon team where they will practice their cardio and daisy air riffle shooting, ultimetly competing against other squadrons in biatholon competitions.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program is designed to help guide youth throughout their leadership development. Direction is passed down to the senior cadets from the adult staff, then the senior cadets implement the scheduled activities.
As cadets grow and advance through the levels of our program, they are given more responsibility under the guidance of a skilled level officer. Their level officer will coach them and encourage them to explore different leadership styles and strategies. This element of our program helps prepare our cadets for the work force and shape them into the leaders of tomorrow.
The cadet program is unique because youth teach the youth. Adult staff are present for supervision, guidance, and to teach occasional classes, but the primary instructors are senior cadets.
These cadets will have received education throughout their cadet career on instruction techniques with many opportunities to practice their skills. There are also multiple summer training opportunities to further train these youth on the art of instruction.
This system allows for our younger members to have positive role models who are within their same age bracket to form attainable goals for their own futures.
We estimate that we’ve affected the lives of over 1400 young people in the 44 years that our Squadron has been in existence. Many of our cadets have graduated the program with their power pilot and/or glider pilot licenses, which can be achieved at the young age of 16, at no cost to their family. Canadian cadets are often described as committed, responsible, and outgoing individuals that go on to be highly productive members of our society. Our squadron has produced countless teachers, community leaders, effective speakers, and Canadian Forces personnel that we are extremely proud of.
Because of the amazing opportunities we are able to offer our cadets, we feel it is very important to give back to the community when possible. Community involvement is a mandatory part of our program.
Some of the ways our members have given back to the Leduc community in the passed are participating in highway clean up, collecting food for our food bank, packaging food hampers during the Christmas season, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, and selling poppies for the Royal Canadian Legion.