Category Archives: Flying

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.

2019/2020 Ground School Begins Tonight

For those of you who signed up for 23 Squadron’s Ground School tonight, I have a location update.

Classes will be held at Pine Grove Public School (690 Lake Street, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4J5) and not at 23 Squadron HQ as previously indicated.

Students should be at the school with their materials no later than 1815 (6:15pm) for an 1830 (6:30pm) start.

Good luck to each of you on this year’s studies!

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Flying Scholarship Ground School

For Glider Pilot and Power Pilot Scholarship 2020 Applicants:

809 Cadets who are eligible to participate (age 15 for GPS, age 16 for PPS), and have transportation to 23 Squadron in St. Catharines (beginning Thursday), are to contact sign up here.

We don’t know how many spots are available right now, so signing up is not a guarantee of a spot. Priority will be based primarily on whether a cadet will be applying for the GPS or PPS this training year and then on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date: Thursdays
Time: 1900-2100
Location: 23 Squadron, Lake Street Armoury, St. Catharines, ON

Required study materials to be purchased by students:

From the Ground Up Textbook
From the Ground Up Workbook
ICAO Chart Ruler
Douglas Protractor

Remember that you need to be signed into the web site in order to see the sign-up sheets.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Ground School for Summer Pilot Training Courses

FLYING SCHOLARSHIP 2018 APPLICANTS: 809 Cadets who are eligible to participate (age 15 for Glider, age 16 for Power), and have transportation to Fort Erie (beginning tomorrow), are to contact Capt Palumbo TONIGHT.

337 and 79 are joining forces to provide their gliding and flying scholarship candidates with a ground school program and we would like to extend an invitation to all NAG Squadrons.  I am aware that some squadrons may already have other arrangements, but if you don’t please fell free to join us.

We are asking that cadets who attend be eligible to apply for a gliding or flying scholarship this training year, and come prepared with sufficient note taking materials (paper, pens, etc.) and a package of cue/index/recipe cards.

  • Date: Thursdays (beginning this week)
  • Time: 1900-2100
  • Location: 337 LHQ – Fort Erie Leisureplex Lions Banquet Hall, 3 Municipal Centre Drive, Fort Erie

I am asking that you respond only if you have cadets who would be attending and let us know numbers so that we can ensure we have the proper meeting space available.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank those cadet flying site and squadron staff who were carrying the torch of the NAG ground school for the past years.  Your hard work and dedication to our cadets is appreciated.



Captain / Capitaine Nicholas Chevalier, CD

Commanding Officer 337 ‘Allan Troup’ Squadron – Fort Erie

Canadian Armed Forces

PO Box 459 Fort Erie, ON L2A 5N2

Tel: 905-871-2775 / Cel: 905-650-3278

Commandant Escadron 337 ‘Allan Troup’ Squadron – Fort Erie

Forces Armées Canadiennes

PO Box 459 Fort Erie, ON L2A 5N2

Tél: 905-871-2775 /  Tél Cell: 905-650-3278

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.


Famil Flying Tonight – NEW START TIME

WE ARE A GO! Approval has been given for our Famil Flying. Capt Mario Palumbo, CD of the St. Catharines Cadet Flying Training Site will be the Pilot for our outings.  The Sqn is paying for the flying – no cost to our cadets! Meet in the terminal building, wear comfortable clothing (no uniforms).

We have had more cadets sign-up – CHECK YOUR GROUP# below. We are starting an hour earlier to accommodate all our cadets. 

For Wed (TONIGHT!) – Group #1 meet at the NOTL Airport at 450pm. Group #2 meet at the NOTL Airport at 550pm. Group #3 meet at the NOTL Airport at 650pm. You must be LOGGED IN to view the names.

Capt Tammy Palumbo Cell: 289-783-1942

Group #1 Cadets: 

Group #2 Cadets:

Group # 3 Cadets:

Familiarization Flying – Standby!

Please standby as we wait for approval for our Famil Flying. Coincidentally, the weather was not going to cooperate for tonight anyways. Capt Mario Palumbo, CD of the St. Catharines Cadet Flying Training Site will be the Pilot for our outings.  The Sqn is paying for the flying – no cost to our cadets!

For Wed (pending approval!) – Group #1 meet at the NOTL Airport at 550pm. Group #2 meet at the NOTL Airport at 650pm. You must be LOGGED IN to view the names. If I missed your name, please text me ASAP to reserve your spot. 289-783-1942 (Capt Palumbo)

Group #1 Cadets:

Group # 2 Cadets:

Look for the website post & subsequent email to CONFIRM Famil Flying on Wednesday night. 

Spring Gliding in NOTL

Sgt Couroux receiving his pre-flight safety briefing from a WOII with the Gliding Centre, while Capt C Stevenson, CD straps into the pilot’s seat in the back.

Missed the Spring session? Remember to sign-up in October for our next scheduled day.

Monday Night Training


Drill Team: 7-8pm Wear your hoodie, parade boots and wedge

Flight Club: 8-9pm Classroom #3 – with Capt Palumbo from SOGC; Simulator & map work

Range Team: 8-9pm Same cadets as last week only – arrive early for set-up for STANDING

There will be no other training this evening and all other classrooms will be closed.