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If you are interested in applying for a National Course, and you have not yet advised CV Farid, please email him at HFarid@2vandenbos.org by Friday, November 21st.  Provide your name, rank and the national course(s) that you would like to apply for.

For all that have advised CV Farid, on Friday, November 21st check the list of applicants for National Courses to ensure you are noted for the course you are interested in and pick up the forms that you will need to complete and a checklist of the documents that are required for your application.  All documents are required to be returned to CV Farid on Thursday, November 27th.  Note:  You should request  the transcript of your marks from your school as soon as possible and write your narrative.  For guidance, refer to the 2015 National Courses Handbook.

There are 6 National Courses:

  • International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) – must have completed level 4 now
  • Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS) – must complete level 4 by end of current year

For these 4 courses, you must complete level 3 by the end of current training year:

  • Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS)
  • Advanced Aviation Technology Course:   Airport Operations (AATO-AO) and Aircraft Maintenance (AATO-AM)
  • Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC)

See previous post for additional course requirements.

 

Squadron Sponsoring Committee Newsletter November 17

What a busy month November has been so far! On top of the regular training nights, band practices, and other activities, 2 VandenBos cadets have served their community with pride.   We were honoured to be a part of the Wounded Warriors “Park of Reflection” unveiling and equally proud that we support the poppy campaigns of 2 Legions (Branch 112 – Whitby & Branch 152 – Brooklin).

With the holidays fast approaching, we are now actively collecting toys and food to support the DRPS. Please consider donating this year.  Bring your new unwrapped toy and/or non perishable food items on any training night.  Thank You.

We have some info to share with you regarding upcoming activities. Please also take a moment and read all of the important messages that were recently added to the website, especially the notice on National Camps.

Cadet Dinner (Saturday December 13)
As you know, we moved the annual banquet to May 2015.  At this time, we will have a CADET ONLY dinner on December 13th. To reserve a spot, cadets must bring $5.00 which we will return to them at the dinner.

The deadline to do this is December 4th. We won’t be accepting anyone after that date.

Please also advise us of any dietary restrictions at that time.

OPC Lottery Books
Most cadets have picked up their lottery books.  For those who haven’t, you MUST come see us this Friday to get your book.  Cheques are made payable to:  2 Whitby RC Air Cadet SSC

Winter RECRUIT Course
Parent Info Night is Friday November 21st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar.  Cadets and families: please tell your friends and help spread the word!  The cadet who brings in the most recruits will get a prize.  The prize will be given at the cadet dinner (for both the fall and winter course winner).

Power Familiarization Update
We will let everyone know as soon as we have been cleared to fly cadets!   Thank you for your patience.

                           Note: SSC will once again have a table this week. Come see us!!

 

Tri-Service Tickets

Do you have your ticket for the Tri-Service dance yet?

This event is on Friday, December 5th at Lviv Hall in Oshawa

If you want to go to the Tri-Service dinner and dance, you will need to bring your $20 this Friday to Training Night.  Sign up and bring payment for your ticket to Sgt. Beaulieu.  Friday is the last night for signing up to ensure you get your ticket before the dance.

 

Activities: Week of Nov 17th

All upcoming activities are posted below for easy reference. Please check the listing now and ensure you check back periodically as further details may be added.

Effective Speaking
Monday, Nov 17th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Rifle Team
Monday, Nov 17th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Shooting at this time is by invitation only and is NOT open to the general population of cadets.  Those who simply show up uninvited will be turned away.

Band Practice
Tuesday, Nov 18th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Ground School
Wednesday, Nov 19th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Note:  Tonight is the Squadron exam which will help determine Glider and Power Scholarship applicants.

Drill Team
Wednesday, Nov 19th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Supply Night
Wednesday, Nov 19th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night
Friday, Nov 21st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is Full Dress.

Parent / Youth Information Night
Friday, Nov 21st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Pickering Mayor’s Gala
Saturday, Nov 22nd at Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Road
We are guests of Wounded Warriors Canada
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dress is Full Dress
Sign up for this activity with W02 MacAlinden.

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New Recruit Information Night

Thank you for your interest in 2 VandenBos Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron!

Our program is open to all youths aged 12-18.  While most Cadets begin at age 12, those who join later have the option of being accelerated to train with their peer group.

At present, 2 VandenBos parades on Friday evenings, from 6:45pm until 9:30pm, at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School, located at 681 Rossland Rd W in Whitby.  On occasion, we are required to move our training location or training night to Thursdays at Enterprise Airlines Hangar, located at 1190 Keith Ross Dr in Oshawa, as a result of School Board Schedules and public holidays.  These changes are announced well in advance.

If your child is interested in joining our program, we will be holding a Recruit Information Session, on Friday, November 21st,  beginning at 7:00 pm at Enterprise Airlines Hangar, where all of your questions will be answered.  We will continue to accept new recruits throughout November and December.

Additional information on 2 VandenBos squadron can be found at www.2vandenbos.org.  If you consult the ‘Join Us!’ page, you will find a list of all the required documentation to join.  Please keep an eye on the website for any other updates, and be sure to follow up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/2WhitbyAirCadets.

Thank you once again for your interest and support! We look forward to meeting with you.

Who was Captain Michael VandenBos?

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November 10, 1969 to December 10, 1998

Captain VandenBos, born in Oshawa on November 10, 1969, lost his life during a training exercise south of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on December 10, 1998.

Michael was a Beaver, Cub and Boy Scout before becoming an Air Cadet.  While an Air Cadet, Michael got his Glider licence and his Power licence, both through scholarships.  He went to Sault College for two years then joined the Air Force in 1993, and after four years became a Snowbird Pilot in 1997.  Capt. Michael VandenBos flew Snowbird #2 Inner Right Wing, until an accident during a training exercise took his life.

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Learn more about Capt. Michael VandenBos by clicking on the links below:

Captain Michael VandenBos Biography
VandenBos Article – Bob Robert
VandenBos Article – Stan Taylor

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Lest We Forget.

National Course Applications

This year the Air Cadet Program has the following 6 National Courses available to cadets.  Included below are qualifications to review before you consider applying for these courses / camps.

International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)

  • One application per squadron
  • Birthday must fall between August 7, 1996 and July 21, 1998
  • Must successfully complete level 4 by the application date

Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS)

  • The squadron is allowed to put forward 4 applications, but allowed only 3 spots
  • Grade 10 completed by nomination deadline
  • Must successfully complete level 4 by the end of current training year
  • Must obtain a mark greater than 50% on the CF flying exam
  • Required to get a Category 3 Medical Certificate from Transport Canada
  • Must be minimum 17 by September 1st, 2015 and not be 19 before the end of the course, including travel time to return to their home
  • The training aircraft used for the PPS impose certain physical limitations with respect to weight and size of the pilot: The maximum weight (in cadet PT gear, no shoes/boots, socks only) for a student pilot is 111.13 kg (245 lbs).

Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS)

  • The Squadron is allowed to put forward 4 applications, but allowed only 3 spots
  • Grade 9 completed by nomination deadline
  • Level 3 successfully completed by end of current training year
  • Minimum 16 by September 1st of the year the course is taken and not be 19 before the end of the course, including travel time to return to their home
  • The Schweizer 2-33 gliders used for the GPS impose certain physical limitations with respect to weight and size of the pilot. The physical limitations for height and weight (in cadet PT gear, no shoes/boots, socks only) are: Height: minimum 152.4 cm, maximum 190.5 cm  Weight: minimum 40.82 kg, maximum 90.72kg

Advanced Aviation Technology Course:
Airport Operations (AATO-AO) and Aircraft Maintenance (AATO-AM)

  • The squadron is allowed to put forward 2 applications, but allowed only 1 spot for each course
  • Level three successfully completed by the end of the current training year
  • Not be 19 before the end of the course, including travel time to return to their home

Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC)

  • The squadron is allowed to put forward 2 applications, but allowed only 1 spot
  • Level three successfully completed by the end of the current training year
  • Not be 19 before the end of the course, including travel time to return to their home

Applying for a National Course:

  • If you are interested in applying for a National Course, and meet the qualifications, you need to advise CV Farid as soon as possible of the National Course(s) for which you would like to apply. 
  • Each of these National Camps has a requirement that all application paperwork must be in processed by squadrons and in Trenton for Dec 12, 2014.
  • To meet this date all paperwork must be in to CV Farid not later than Dec 3rd, 2014.  Paper work must then be reviewed and processed.

Paper work required for your application:

  • Application Form
  • School Transcript and Interim Report Cards (if available).  If in Grade 9, a copy of their Grade 8 final report card with a copy of their Grade 9 interim report card are required.
  • Narrative (refer to 2015 National Courses Handbook – link below)
  • Copy of Birth Certificate.  If it is a non-Canadian birth certificate, proof of legal Canadian residency
  • Copy of Transport Canada Category 3 Medical Certificate  (PPS & GPS only).  Must be provided to RCA Ops by June 1/15.  To meet this date, cadets should book an appointment for their medical no later than mid-December (require an appointment no later than March)
  • Colour passport photos  (PPS & GPS only)
  • Height / Weight Form (CATO 54-27) for PPS
  • Height/Weight Form (CATO 54-26) for GPS

Applicant Selection Process at the Squadron Level:

If there are more applicants than allowed for a course, a selection process will be arranged with the CO and SSC Chair.

  • For Glider and Power Pilot Scholarships, the applicants for the two flying scholarship courses must pass a squadron level exam that will be administered on Wednesday, Nov 19 at 7:00 pm.  The ranking, based on the exam marks, will be used to assist the SSC and CO in determining the best candidates to put forward for the squadron.
  • The other camps will be reviewed based on the number of applicants. If more want to apply than maximum applicants allowed, their applications will be reviewed by the SSC Chair and the CO to determine the best candidate(s).

More Information about Camps:

For information about all camps offered: 2015 Summer Training Information Pamphlet
For more information about National Camps:  2015 National Courses Handbook