Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 07, 2012 15:00 ET

Minister Peter MacKay Officially Opens Central Region Cadet Hangar at CFD Mountain View

8 WING/CFB TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, officially opened the new Central Region Cadet Hangar at 2:00 p.m. today at CFD Mountain View. The total project cost is approximately $16 million, of which the cost of building the hangar represents approximately $8.5 million. Approximately 46 new jobs were created through the construction of this hangar.

"This new hangar is a demonstration of our government's support to Canada's youth through the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Gliding program," said Minister MacKay, who toured the new facility. "The Cadet program helps to train and educate the future leaders of tomorrow, instilling the values of leadership, discipline, teamwork, and citizenship."

The event was also attended by local community leaders, Canadian Forces (CF) members from 8 Wing, including Colonel Sean Friday, 8 Wing Commander, members of the Ontario Provincial Committee and the Air Cadet League of Canada. Local cadets from 851 Prince Edward Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron assisted in the ceremony.

The facility, which was completed earlier this year, offers close to 5,000 square metres of space, and will allow the Cadet organization to house up to 30 gliders and tow planes. It also includes 18 offices already occupied by administrative and maintenance staff. In addition, the building has two dedicated classrooms that have been used during this year's Glider Scholarship Program.

The Air Cadet Gliding Program is a youth program operated as a partnership between the CF and the Air Cadet League of Canada for the benefit of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. The program is managed by CIC officers, and is the largest producer of glider pilots in Canada. Cadets aged 16 to 18 are trained at the five summer Regional Gliding Schools, and approximately 320 cadets receive their glider pilot license each year.

The Central Region Gliding School has operated from CFD Mountain View and Picton airports since 1980.

For more information please contact Lieutenant Andréa McKinley, Public Affairs Officer at (613) 242-4728 or by email (blackberry) at: andrea.mckinley@forces.gc.ca.

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