Category Archives: Careers in Aviation

Aviation Evening @ Niagara On The Lake Youth Campus – Tuesday, 27FEB24

Good evening 809 Squadron,

Last week we hosted the Niagara On The Lake Youth Campus for an evening filled with aviation activities.   They have, in-turn, invited cadets in our unit to attend a 2nd part to that evening, this time at their home.    For cadets that are interested, you are invited to attend  their “Aviation Evening” tomorrow, from 1600-1800 (4pm-6pm).    Activities include a flight simulator, Aviation Career talks and building Ping Pong launchers.

Interested cadets can register on-line at this link (which also contains all the information you need on the activity):

Get into IT! – FlightCraft Fusion: A Night of Ping Pong Launchers & Aviation Dreams (

Please note, this is not a cadet activity, it is run by another organization that is not affiliated with Cadets Canada.  Officers will not be on-hand and uniforms are not to be worn.  However, if you do choose to go, you are still bound by the Cadet Code of Conduct and are expected to represent the unit respectfully.

Have fun and let us know what it was like.

Capt Dan Couroux
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Careers in Aviation 2019

Careers in Aviation Expo 2019

Forwarded from Mr. Robinson at WINGS Magazine:

WINGS Magazine is providing free tickets to Air Cadet Squadrons based in Southwestern Ontario for the upcoming Careers in Aviation Expo 2019 at WestJet’s 737 hangar in Mississauga, 21 Sep 2019.

 We hope you will share this opportunity with your squadron. Cadets can use the code CADET19 to sign up for free on our registration page. A parent is also welcome to attend using the code to help cadets access facility. Cadets are encouraged to wear their uniforms, but it is not required.

Highlights of the event include:

Free lunch and refreshments
More than 35 leading aviation industry exhibitors
  • Five keynote sessions with industry leaders, including
  • Charles Duncan, Chief Strategy Officer, WestJet
  • Edward Hoskin, VP of Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • NEW BREAKOUT SESSIONS to explore specific career options with a small group led by a mentor, such as pilots, AMEs, HR professionals, &c

Please note: The Breakout Sessions are currently full, but we are working to accommodate everyone on the waiting list.

Cadets can reach out to me directly with any questions.

Thank you,
Jon Robinson | Editor
Annex Business Media, Toronto, ON • 647-448-6188

Training Update



Duty Officer
Lt Russell

C2B: Sgt, FSgt, WO2, WO1
C4A: AC, LAC, Cpl, FCpl

SUPPER MARKET: for those returning cadets on the DRILL TEAM – meet at the NOTL Supper market in front of the CIBC at 630pm in your uniform (see dress orders above). You will be driven back to the Sqn at the closing of the market by Mrs Lett & OCdt Couroux.

REGULAR TRAINING NIGHT: for all new cadets and returning cadets not on the drill team, meet at our regular time & place: Royal Elite International Academy at 630pm in the small gymnasium.

NAMES UPDATED BELOW: Confirm with Capt Palumbo if you are available either by email or text msg (289)783-1942 or

Airport Security Meeting: 730pm at NOTL Airport – for the following cadets only. . You must be able to miss school next Wed for the Snowbirds performance.  You will be driven to the meeting from the cadet hall/supper market, then back to the sqn for closing parade.

DRIVING IS AVAILABLE FOR CADETS COMING FROM ST.CATHARINES to the SNOWBIRDS next Wed. Speak with Capt Palumbo tonight to arrange for a pick up.

Bottle Drive Saturday:

I have had several requests from parents with children not in the squadron asking if they can help out at the Bottle Drive for community hours for high school or just to help. Yes! We would love to have them, however two things must happen: your child must remain at the bottle sorting location at the VanNoort Greenhouse (not go out driving) and there must be a family member present to supervise them. As they are not cadets, they do not fall under the supervision requirements for our Staff. 


Snowbirds 20 Sep 17: On the day of the event, cadets in the list above will need to arrange transportation, either through the sqn, or with your parents, to get to the NOTL airport no later than 1300. Dismissal time of 1830, staff will bring you over to the sqn for our regular training night. Dinner is provided.

To be clear: the 1pm arrival time on 20 Sep is only for those cadets listed in the airport security meeting, they must attend both parts, and must be able to miss school on Wed the 20th. CHECK NOW with your parents to make sure you are available. REMAINING CADETS are encouraged to attend the event at 4pm in your uniform, then head over to the squadron afterwards for our regular training night.


My road to the CF-18 – Cpl Michael Reyda

Being an Air Cadet is only the beginning…

“You have brains in your head you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Michael Reyda wanted to fly the CF-18 after seeing one perform a high-alpha maneuver at an airshow. When he found out he needed glasses he knew that meant he couldn’t be a CF-18 pilot. So he made it his goal to work on the jet instead. Now Cpl Reyda is an Avionics Systems Tech and keeps the CF-18’s computers, radios and radar in check for exercises like Maple Flag.

809 Squadron to see the SNOWBIRDS!

Instead of our regular parade night on Wed 24th May, 809 will join 337 Fort Erie for the following event:

“On Wed 24th May, the skies over Fort Erie will be filled with the roar of 9 jet engines as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds perform their 2017 show over the waters of Lake Erie at the Niagara River.
I would like to extend an invitation to all NAG Squadrons and Cadet Flying Site Staff to attend the show.  The performance will begin at 1800 and will feature the Team’s entire 2017 show, lasting approximately 30-40 minutes.
Cadets and Staff in uniform will be invited to watch the show from the VIP viewing area, with the chance to meet Captain Paul Faulkner, Snowbird 11 and Captain Blake McNaughton, Snowbird 10, following the show.
On-site parking is limited, with the bulk of the parking on Lakeshore Road and the streets surrounding the site.  Carpooling or busing is suggested for large groups.
A google maps link to the VIP area entrance can be found here: (Parking Lot on Lakeshore Road at Beatrice Street, Fort Erie).  There will be washrooms on site, but no food or beverage vending available“.

Cadets are asked to CARPOOL as much as possible. Cadets that need a ride are to let Capt Palumbo know so that transportation can be arranged for you. We want to have ALL our cadets out to see the show. Dress will be determined closer to the date (based on weather). More details to follow on the 17th.

Air Cadet Graduate Job Opportunities



 February 16, 2017

To all OPC Members,

 Please note that this is not a Cadet activity, OPC funded nor DND supervised and is for information only.

Deveron UAS is based in Ontario and operates UAVs in rural settings across Canada using remote sensing in the agriculture sector. Deveron UAS is currently expanding and searching for suitable candidates to hire as Pilots of thier UAV systems. Successful candidates would be hired for a period of 4 months during the summer growing season. They are licenced by Transport Canada to conduct commercial activities. Deveron UAS is actively looking to fill positions in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Most of thier work in Ontario is in the SW region, but they do also have needs across the province.

Minimum requirements:

  • Available May 1 – August 31
  • Willing to work some weekends, as required
  • Willing to travel within the Province, as required
  • Private Pilots License or higher, completed within past 5 years
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Restricted Radio Operator Licence
  • Current Aviation Medical
  • Reliable form of transportation from own lodging (company pays mileage)
  • Ability to work independently, complete the Company Training program, and follow the guidelines set in the Company’s Manuals

Deveron UAS is able to also hire graduates from Glider Program however there are some minimum Ground School requirements that they would need to meet. Visit thier website to learn more about the Company and the technology they use.  Contact the undersigned directly, should you have any questions or interest in a position with Deveron for 2017.

Norm Lamothe

Head, UAS Agriculture


Twitter: @DeveronUAS


CO’s Parade, Guest Speaker, Sponsor Appreciation Night

Parents/Guardians are welcome to join us for this exciting evening. The program will begin following opening briefing and uniform inspection and continue until closing parade at 9pm.

Mr Toby Gula, former CSC of 809 Sqn & current Pilot at Air Canada, will be joining us as our Guest Speaker. We will also be having our CO’s parade – make sure those uniforms are ready! – and finishing with a celebration honouring our Sponsoring Committee members and all they do to make the Squadron the best it can be.

Duty Officer
CI Lemoine

C2: All cadets CHECK THE WEBSITE under NUMBERED ORDERS OF DRESS for photos of exactly what you should look like tonight.