The Department of National Defence and the Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre are advising the public that air cadets from across British Columbia will be gliding in the skies above 19 Wing, CFB Comox this summer from late June to mid-August.
This training, part of the Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre’s glider pilot course, is designed to give selected air cadets, aged 16-18, the skills to become Transport Canada-licensed glider pilots.
This summer, 45 air cadets will be attending the Glider Pilot Scholarship Course.
Gliders and tow aircraft will be flying at various altitudes in the vicinity of the airport, weather permitting, from approximately 8 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
In the event of poor weather during the week, gliding may also take place on Sundays.
While gliding activities are relatively quiet, residents near the airport should expect to hear single-engine aircraft used to tow gliders aloft, throughout the day.
Noise mitigation strategies will include varied tow aircraft routings, reduced power climb profiles, and varied use of runways when permitted by wind and weather conditions.
Working closely with 19 Wing Air Traffic Control, glider and tow plane operations will be well co-ordinated with military and civilian air traffic at 19 Wing.