The Dispatch Issue #22, Week of Feb 16, 2014

The Dispatch Issue #22, Week of Feb 16, 2014


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The Rotary Club of Oshawa

Issue # 22

Week of Feb. 16, 2014


All Cadets !!!!

Remember that as Monday is Family Day

It will be Roller Skating

At Coachlite Gardens

1830 hrs



If you signed up for the ski trip on March 1st, please have your payment with you on Monday night.  Warrant Officer Bliss will be collecting the money.

Please remember that a cheque made payable to 151 Chadburn Squadron is the preferred method of payment.  Rates are as follows.

Lift Ticket only                                                                       $25.00 

Lift Ticket and Rental  (all equipment and helmet)                $65.00 

Lift Ticket and rental without helmet                                      $60.00

Lift ticket and Helmet rental                                                   $30.00


Squadron Valentine Dance at 420 Wing Last Friday Evening

Lots of Pizza and one swinging party.

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Air Cadets and 151 Squadron

A Stepping Stone to a Future Career

A 12 year old who joins 151 may not have any idea that his experiences as a cadet could lead to a future career in aviation. For example have a look at the following statement;

“Figures received on a regular basis from Transport Canada and the Canadian Airline Pilots Association reveal that at the present time one out of every five private pilots in Canada are former Air Cadets, and that 63 percent of the commercial airline pilots flying today also had their start as Air Cadets.” 

Currently there are two ex air cadets from 151 and one other ex-cadet who is associated with the Squadron who are currently flying as pilots with Air Canada.   Three cadets have become Air Force  F18 pilots, two new pilots are currently on Hawk jets while another is training to be a helicopter pilot. two other ex-cadets are currently employed at the Canadian Flight Academy. One is a flight instructor while another is the Chief Flying Instructor.  One of the most recent cadets  to start an aviation career is 2Lt Kelly who has joined the Canadian Forces. He is now part  of the Continuing Education Officer Training Plan (CEOTP). This method of entry for new pilot’s combines Seneca College’s Bachelor of Aviation Technology with RCAF flight training. He  started his career with the Basic Military Officer Qualification in St Jean Quebec and he is currently doing On-the-job training in CFB Trenton. Once that is completed he will go to Portage-  La Prairie  for Phase 1 flight training.




Royal Order of the Glassy Boot

Honourable Members

WO1 B. Jackson, WO2 A.Hembruff, WO2 A.Boyden, WO2 R. Bliss, WO2 C. Tan, F/Sgt D. Lloyd,  F/Sgt C.Travis, F/Sgt J.Shaw, F/Sgt K.Katzer, F/Sgt S.Sheppard, F/Sgt A.Ford Williams,

Sgt V.Singh, Sgt. E. Dellipizzi, Sgt. R. DeMille, Sgt. M. Obrien, Sgt. B. Medina, Sgt. B. McMurtry, Sgt R.Barton, Sgt. J.Ehrt ,Sgt. O.Sam, Sgt C.Brandow, F/Cpl. M. Annis, F/Cpl J.Hancock,  F/Cpl C.Abraham, F/Cpl B. Hewett , Cpl J.Hancock, Cpl F.Chandler


Thoughts from the Treadmill

As I watch some of the Olympic games and hear some of the fantastic stories of the athletes that are competing, it all comes back to the same thing.  No matter if they are competing for the first time or returning for their third games, every athlete shows a tremendous level of dedication and pride in not only their individual sport, but also in the fact that they are competing for Canada.  Although we are known as a huge melting pot of different nationalities, at times like these, it is pretty cool that we are all Canadian.

I have the pleasure of speaking to a lot of new cadets and their parents.  I like to find out the many different reasons why our youth decide to become Air Cadets.  I also have the unfortunate task of dealing with cadets who are quitting the squadron.  Although I realize that cadets is not for everyone and that at times, the discipline and restrictions that a cadet may face are less than fun, there are still times I want to pull out the little hair I have remaining when I hear that a cadet is quitting because there is nothing to do in cadets.  We are juggling as many activities as possible on a weekly basis and are always looking for more activities that we can squeeze into the program that are relevant to our training (or sometimes just fun).  Please take a deep breath and a good long look at the opportunities the Air Cadet program has to offer before you pack up your uniform and hand it in. 

I don’t often talk to a 25 year old who stayed in cadets who wishes they had quit, on the other hand we hear regret all the time from former cadets who walked away from the friendships and experiences Chadburn Squadron offers. 

Congratulations to 2nd Lieutenant Casey Kelly on his graduation from his basic course and promotion to 2LT.  It is good to see another former cadet pursuing his dream to become a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. 

That’s all for now.

Stay Safe and Have a Great Week

Major Bliss


Aviation Photos Of the Week

The Speed of Sound


Check out the video for a brief course on the physics of high speed flight.


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