Squadron News


2019 Bottle Drive

January 5th, 2019|

The 197 Annual Bottle Drive was a great success!

Thank you so much to the people of the town of Acton for donating your empty bottles and cans again this year. The proceeds of our Bottle Drive go directly to supporting your local Air Cadet squadron and are used to help pay for items, such as cadet fees, bus fees to our events (such as gliding), class materials and so forth. It is through your generosity that we can continue to bring the Air Cadet program to the youth of Acton and Rockwood.

Our sincere “Thank You” and our gratitude to all the residents who donated! A big Thank You to the cadets and their parents for all their help, you make this event!

!! Once again we managed to fill the Beer Store to the rafters with empties !!

2018 – Bells of Peace

November 11th, 2018|

On November 11, at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells.

The bells rang at Parliament Hill, city halls, places of worship, military bases, Naval vessels and at ceremonies across the country to honour Canada’s Veterans and commemorate the end of the First World War.

Your 197 Air Cadets were hounored to participate and to be a part of the candle light ceremony which followed the bells.

Griffin Helicopter – Cpt. Gallinger and Crew to the Rescue!

September 9th, 2018|

Former 197 Squadron WO2, now Captain Christopher Gallinger (Pilot) of 439 Squadron SAR, “Dropped in” to visit 197 Squadron with his Search and Rescue (SAR) team: Captain Paula Findlater (Co-Pilot) and Corporal Sebastien Durand (Flight Engineer) along with their Griffon Helicopter on Sunday 9 September, while they are transiting from a special assignment supporting the London Air Show, to their base of operations at CFB Bagotville.

Acton air cadets earn their wings

September 7th, 2018|

ACTON – Acton Air Cadets WO1 Matthew Davey and F/Sgt Krishi Kulenthiran both earned their pilot licenses this summer.

Davey gained his power pilot license at the Diamond Flight Center in London, Ont.

Kulenthiran earned her glider pilot license at Mountainview Cadet Training Center.

Flight scholarships are earned through a series of exams and interviews and represent the pinnacle of Air Cadet training.

“These cadets have been studying for many years to qualify for this opportunity,” said 197 Squadron Commanding Officer, Lt Richard Dobbs.

“Flight scholarships are earned through a highly competitive process and it is very gratifying to see them go on and successfully complete the training.”

197 squadron will be holding a recruiting night on Sept. 17 at the Acton legion from 7 to 9pm.

All interested local youth and their parents are encouraged to attend to find out more about this free program.

The 197 squadron parades at the Acton Legion on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:15pm throughout the school year.

For more information contact Lieutenant Richard Dobbs at 905-699-0469.

Submitted Photo – The Wellington Advertiser Vol 51 Issue 36

Power Pilot Graduation Day

August 24th, 2018|

Congratulations to our WO1 Matthew Davey on his successful completion and graduation of the Power Pilot Flight Scholarship course at Diamond Flight Centre in London, ON. WO1 Davey has earned his wings and now holds a Private Pilots License from Transport Canada.

Each year from approximately 8000 eligible cadets across Canada, some 250 to 300 cadets names are put forth by their squadrons and are then put through intensive tests, interviews and review boards where each facet of the cadets career, school record, interviews etc are gone thru in detail to determine a merit score and from that who in fact will earn the coveted Flight Scholarships.

For 2018 only 60 Cadets were selected for the Power Pilot Flight Scholarship from across Canada. Approximately 36 cadets from across Ontario were selected and split into 3 groups of 12 to train at 3 different flight centres. Of those 36 cadets, 2 were selected from Actons’ 197 Air Cadets: WO1 Alessio Luna and WO2 Matthew Davey. WO1 Luna was unable to accept his flight scholarship as he was selected to attend the Royal Military […]

2018 Air Cadets – Annual Ceremonial Review

June 3rd, 2018|

ACTON – 197 Air Cadets Typhoon Squadron puts on a show for their Annual Ceremonial Review.

The 197 Typhoon Squadron showcased their talents again this year, WO1 Alessio Luna the “Chief” of the cadets gave a moving speech to all of his cadets as he prepares to move on from Air Cadets to the Royal Military College for the start of his University courses and the next chapter of his life. Honoured guests, Parents and Family along with the 197 Staff were treated to some precision Drill as part of the pomp and ceremony. Five air cadets retired from the squadron at the end of the review.

Many well deserved awards were handed out:

Best 1st Year Cadet Award: sponsored by Acton Home Hardware – LAC Ashley Kolozsvari

Best Dressed Cadet: sponsored by Legion Branch 197 Ladies Auxiliary – Cpl Jackson Vallance

Top Lottery Ticket Sales: sponsored by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee – WO2 James Cargill

Initiative: sponsored by The Township of Guelph-Eramosa – WO2 Alex Pumphrey

Enthusiasm: sponsored by the Town of Halton Hills – Cpl Cameron Toth

Top Instructor: sponsored by the Optimist Club of Halton […]