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Nelson air cadets learn the basics of rocket design

By Contributor
May 1st, 2022

The Nelson air cadets recently spent time launching model rockets.

The rockets, launched at the West Kootenay Model Aircraft Club’s airfield near the Kootenay Canal, reached heights of 500 feet. 

The rockets were previously assembled during the cadets regular in-person meeting. 

This was an opportunity for the cadets to learn about the basics of rocket design and see their rockets fly. 

The Nelson air cadets are once again meeting in-person and have several activities planned for the rest of the training year. Over the summer, cadets will be participating in summer training locally and at Cadet Training Centres located across Canada. 

Air cadets meet every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Nelson Eagles Hall. More information can be found at, on the squadrons Facebook page at or by calling Major DeBiasio at 250-231-0710

The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18.

Recruits can start their application at

Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome. 

Quick Facts 

  • The Cadet Program is open to all Canadian youth from the ages of 12 to 18 regardless of income, race, religion, culture or other socio-economic factors. The program embraces Canada’s multiculturalism and offers young Canadian’s opportunities to interact with youth from other cultures. 
  • Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada. 
  • Cadets can receive High School credits for completing their training. 

Photo Caption: Flight Sergeant Justin Ward, Cadet Adrian Ander and CI David Labute prepare to launch a rocket at the West Kootenay Model Aircraft Club’s airfield near the Kootenay Canal. — Submitted photo

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