Category Archives: Gliding

Gliding Today

For those cadets who signed up for gliding today at the Niagara District Airport , we begin at 1300 (1:00pm) and so you should arrive at 1245h (12:45pm) and meet OCdt Nicolescu at the main terminal. Dress: civilian appropriate for weather. (This means that you should wear sunscreen and a hat.) We’ll be finished around 1600 (4:00pm).

J. Lemoine
Captain
CO 809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

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
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

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
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

809 Gets in a Great Day of Gliding

WOW!  Couldn’t ask for a better day for gliding.  10 cadets from 809 Sqn, along with cadets from 79 Sqn in Port Colborne, journeyed up to the Central Niagara Airport for a morning of flying.  When not flying, cadets participated as members of the ground crew.  As an added bonus, we watched skydivers throughout the morning and also had a visit by a Piper Cub in USAF D-Day colours.  What a great way to end off a busy weekend.

Gliding on Sunday

For those cadets who signed up for gliding this Sunday at the Niagara Central Airport in Welland, we begin at 0900h (9:00am) and so you should arrive at 0845h (8:00am) and meet OCdt Couroux at the 87 Eagle Squadron hangar. Dress: civilian appropriate for weather. (This means that you should wear sunscreen and a hat.) We’ll be finished around noon.

The forecast says that we’ll have a sunny day on Sunday, so fingers are crossed that we’ll have great weather for gliding!

J. Lemoine
Captain
CO 809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

We’re Go for Gliding!

Today’s gliding has NOT been cancelled and we’re good to go for 9am at Welland Airport. See previous posts for dress and recommended bring-along items. The gliding centre has indicated that cadets showing up with light jackets will NOT be permitted on the airfield, so bundle up! See you there!

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Gliding Forecast

Good evening.

I received a message from Maj Norio at the Gliding Centre indicating that the chances of cancellation for gliding tomorrow are 50/50. They’re going to do a final evaluation no later than 0745h (7:45am) and will make a decision then. I will ensure that a final go/no-go notice is posted no later than 0800h (8:00am) tomorrow morning, so keep an eye out for it. Fingers are crossed!

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Gliding Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, weather permitting, we’ll be gliding at Niagara Central Airport in Welland. Priority goes to level two cadets, and to those who have yet to have a flight.

The forecast for tomorrow is cold (6ºC) weather with a 30% chance of snow/rain. It’s very possible that we’ll have to cancel early in the morning, so check the web site before you leave.

Dress is civilian, but bring your cadet parka, liner, gloves, toque, a warm sweater, jeans, and running shoes. To prevent boredom while waiting, a backpack with water/drink, snacks, music and a book is advised, too.

Meet at the Terminal building. DO NOT attempt to cross over into the airfield alone. The SOGC staff will come collect you from the terminal.

If you have transportation trouble and need to carpool, please contact me at (905) 468-7584 to make arrangements.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Gliding Update

It’s looking like the weather is good, the winds are calm, and it’s a good day for gliding! There’s still a forecast for rain and possible thunderstorms, so I’ll keep everyone in the loop if this changes, but we’re still good to go right now.

I had initially thought we had 20 spots for gliding, but we’re sharing the afternoon with 128 Squadron and may have fewer. I’ve submitted the 16 cadets who have signed up with the Gliding Centre and haven’t heard anything back from them, so we should still be good.

It’s going to be a hot day today, so definitely remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and a book or something similar to occupy you while you’re waiting for your flight.

See you there!

J. Lemoine
Captain
CO 809 Newark RCACS