Announcements – Week of 12MAY2024

Hello 809!

Welcome back to all that survived this weekend’s outstanding FTX.   We had a lot of fun and it was great to work with the staff and cadets of 62 Phantom Squadron.    I hope everyone had as great a time as I did.

This week we’re back to optional training on Monday.   This Wednesday will be the last of our regular classes before we start practicing and getting ready for the ACR.   Also this week, on Saturday, gliding will be the activity of the day.   One of the coolest activities you can do as an Air Cadet

Here are this week’s announcements:

1. Optional Training – Monday, 13MAY24:

Regular Monday Optional training this week @ the Squadron LHQ. The flight simulator will be open and other activities will take place. Come on out and be social.
Time: 1900-2100hrs
Where: Squadron LHQ
Dress: Appropriate Civilian Attire
Duty Officer: CI Dau

2. Gliding – Morning of 18MAY2024 – Welland Airport:

We’re excited to share with you that Gliding will be picking back up this spring. 809 Squadron is slated for this activity on Saturday, 18MAY2024 in the morning. Cadets will get the opportunity to fly in a glider, and possibly also a tow plane. They’ll be able to assist ground crew with the glider. This is one of the most sought after activities for an Air Cadet.

Here are the particulars:
• When – Saturday, 18MAY2024 – 0730 – approx 1300 (flying starts at 0800)
• Where – Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport, 435T River Rd, Fenwick, ON L0S 1CO
• Dress – Appropriate Civilian Attire
o Note: you’ll be outside in the middle of the airfield for the entire morning. You’ll also be assisting with glider ops. Make sure you wear suitable clothing for the weather, along with running shoes.
• What to bring
o Water bottle (with water)
o Snack
o Something to do while you wait for your flight
o Health card
• Duty Officers: OCdt Bell and CI Dau

Note: you have to be signed up in order to attend. You cannot just show up on the day of because you need to be registered in Fortress. We only have 15 spots available. Currently we’re at 12 signed up, with 3 open spots remaining.

There’s still time left to register. If you’d like to go, and you haven’t done so already, please let me know before the end of training on Wednesday.  If you’re unsure if you’ve signed up, please see WROs.

3. Bottle Drop Off – Saturday 25MAY2024:

Our final bottle drop-off of the year is on Saturday 25MAY2024. This is a major fundraiser for the unit and all members are required to attend. Cadets, bring your parents, siblings and friends to help out. It’s a lot of work as well, and the more people we have helping out, the easier the job will be.
We depend greatly on the funds that these bottle drop offs provide. In order to keep the program free, we need everyone, including cadets, parents, staff and SSC members, to provide some sweat equity.
More details to follow as we get closer to the date

4. End of Year Trip – Ottawa – 30MAY2024 – 02JUN2024:

The Ottawa trip is scheduled for 30MAY24 – 02JUN24. An information package, including kit list, schedule and parent authroization sheet have been sent out in a separate email. Final sign ups, along with parental authorizations sheets, are due this Wednesday evening before the end of training. This is looking to be a fun trip and I encourage everyone to attend.

5. Annual Awards Banquet – Friday 07JUN2024:

When: Friday, June 7th. 1830hrs – 2130hrs
Where: TBD
Dress: Business Formal (jacket, shirt, tie – Males, Dress outfit – Females)
Who: all cadets, staff, SSC & guests
Cadets and Staff are Free
Parents/Siblings and guests TBD (usually about $25.00 per person)

This is a chance where we get together and celebrate our training year as a unit, and also with our guests (parents, guardians, siblings, etc).

6. Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) & Squadron Change of Command (COC) Ceremony– Saturday 08JUN2024:

When: Saturday, June 8
Time: Cadets & Staff: 0800hrs
Parents & guests: Seated for 1045hrs – Parade Starts 1100hrs
Where: Squadron HQ
Dress: Cadets C1A, Officers: 1A, Other Staff & Guests: Business Formal

This is a mandatory event for all cadets, staff and SSC.

This day is a formal parade where you get the opportunity to show your guests what you’ve done this year. This is a formal military parade where awards will be presented, promotions will be made, presentations will be made to the unit and displays, such as our new Flight Simulator, will be available for viewing by your guests, and guests of the unit. It’s a celebration of our training year.

This year, we’ll be incorporating the Cadet Change of Command parade. This will be the formal handover of the unit from our current SWO to the incoming SWO for the 2024-25 training year.

7. Fish Fry:

The legion is looking for volunteers to take part in service duties for Fish Fry on Thursday nights. This is not a cadet activity, but you can earn time towards your community service hours for high school decoration. All interested parties are to reach out to Ms Kathleen Kells by email. Include your phone number, cell phone number she can text to, and any dates that you cannot help out. Ms Kell’s email is

That’s all for this week.   More details about the activities can be found on the WROs.

Capt Dan Couroux
809 Newark RCACS