Re: Glider program definitely not music to this reader’s ears.
While I certainly sympathize with the writer who was recovering from health issues, I don’t understand how she or Mr. Hodge can complain about the noise of the tow planes used for the air cadets.
Firstly, when choosing to live in the vicinity of an airport, you should expect to hear some noise from airplanes. I would also venture that the airport was there first so your decision in choosing to live where you are is settled.
Second, air cadets and for that matter, all members attached to the cadet movement are some of Canada’s most dedicated youths. If you doubt me, attend as a guest at one of their meetings in the regular season. I did.
I found there some of the most impressive display of national pride, of community responsibility, dedication to learning and discipline I have ever seen from young people anywhere.
These are not just kids having a good time at the expense of the taxpayer. The cadet chapters make do with a very limited budget, at least it did when I attended as a guest about 10 years ago and doubt anything has changed.
Members who qualify to attend glider training are the cream of the bunch and have displayed exceptional leadership, a mature disposition with a spotless record. They are not all heading for plum, high-paying jobs, as many join the Canadian Forces, protecting our country and defending peace in some of the most dangerous places in the world.
Most of them never become pilots of powered aircraft.
I could go on but my point is, if you are annoyed by noise from airplanes, don’t live near airports! If you do and still are, buy earplugs.