Category Archives: CAF Familiarization

Future Pilots – Watch This: A Conversation with Captain Matthew Kutryk, CF-18 Pilot

I thought this would be interesting for anyone who plans on becoming a pilot.

Captain Kutryk was a cadet at 551 Whitehorse Lions Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and 341 Mundare Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Mundare, Alberta. He spent three years as a Civilian Instructor, gliding at the Villeneuve Cadet Flying Site in support of the familiarization flying program before joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 2006.

This session was coordinated by the Regional Cadet Support Unit Northwest Air Operations section as an online training opportunity for cadets this summer.

Commander Farewell

On the eve of their retirements, both Brigadier-General Cochrane and Chief Warrant Officer Crawford have messages to share with Cadets,JCRs, and all the staff, and volunteers that support that support these programs

Here’s the link to the change of command parade, to be held tomorrow (September 21) at 1300, along with the messages.

OCdt Couroux

Change of Command:

Brigadier-General Chochrane’s message to cadets:

Chief Warrant Officer Crawford’s message to cadets:

RCAF – Virtual Battle of Britain Parade

Hi Everyone,

The Royal Canadian Air Force is conducting a virtual Battle of Britain ceremony coming up on Sunday September 20, 2020 at 10:30am EDT. The ceremony will be hosted at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa and, weather permitting, will feature a  fly past of Second World War aircraft. 

For those of you that are interested in viewing the ceremony, Details can be found at the RCAF Facebook page under upcoming events.

Below is a short video introduction from Defence Team News and the RCAF. 

I encourage everyone to have a look as the Battle of Britain is a key part of RCAF history.

OCdt Couroux, DG
809 Newark RCACS


COVID-19 Response

As I’m sure you’re already aware, there have been a number of precautionary measures put in place to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread uncontrollably through the population.

The cadet program, being mindful of the well-being of our cadets, is taking similar measures. At present, this means that we are still conducting our mandatory and optional training nights, but most other activities have been suspended.

For the moment, this means that senior cadets who have been participating in C7 familiarization should NOT attend the SAT session at the Lake Street Armoury. This has been postponed to a later date to be determined.

We’re expecting to receive further clarification on local activities tomorrow. Once we have that, we’ll put together an update on how that affects our upcoming training nights.

Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or phone.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Winter Warfare Basic – Part 2 – Friday, 31JAN20 – Sunday, 02FEB20

We’ve now completed part 2 of the Winter Warfare Basic course offered by the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Soldiers from the Regiment, Cadets and Officers assembled at the Regiment headquarters at the Lake Street Armoury on Friday evening where we prepped for the FTX portion of the course. The trucks were packed and we headed out to our new home for the weekend…..the Winona Rifle Range in Grimsby. We arrived at about 2100hrs and pitched our tents, set up our stoves and lit our lanterns. We then began our evening routine and settled in. For those doing fire picket duty throughout the night, the 0600hrs reveille came early.

At 0600, we struck our tents, packed our gear, ate breakfast and got ready for the day. Practical lessons in pitching/striking tents, over land navigation, pacing, and improvised shelters were conducted. All of this done along side of the troops from the Regiment. The cadets tried IMP’s, the CF version of the infamous MRE. The consensus was that the MRE’s should be ditched for the more preferred IMP

Night time meant sleeping in our lean-to shelters (in the out doors w/ with the occasional snow flake hitting you in the face as you slept). Cadets took turns conducting fire picket. Each group stoked the 8′ long fire and kept the rest of the troops warm. Thanks to those brave souls.

Sunday morning meant tearing down the camp, and putting out fires. We towed the sleds down to the waterfront for a signal fire demonstration. Following this, we headed to the butts of the range, where we went over winter defenses. There was a mouse on hand that showed us just how well they worked. We then raced down to the side of the range (with the sled in tow) where we raced against the Regiment to set up camp, boil water and present Capt Christensen with a hot beverage. The good Captain then instructed us to strike camp & proceed to the entrance of the range where we had to compete again a second time.

After the competition was completed, we put on the snow shoes for one more turn around the range. We then packed up the sleds, had lunch, cleaned up and got on the busses for the return trip to the Armoury. Kit was returned and final comments were made. We all went home tired, but grateful for the experience.

Congratulations to WO2 Gowans and FSgt Abt for completing the course. Hope you had a great time. A big thanks goes out to Capt Christensen and the Regiment for having us out. We’re looking forward to the next outing with the Lincs.