Canadian Training's Fast Track, Now Online

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Imagine dropping off your 16- or 17-year-old at camp and picking up a licensed pilot six weeks later. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets have been doing just that for hundreds of teens every summer for the last 50 years and now parents of a few of them can watch the miracle unfold via the Internet. Harv's Air Pilot Training School in Steinbach, Manitoba, one of about 10 contractors that provides the intensive training programs for the cadets, is plotting the progress of 16 cadet students as they work their way through the training. The cadets arrived at Harv's on July 4 and by July 6 they were in the air, practicing basic flight maneuvers. The training is free for the cadets, who qualify for the program with a rigorous set of exams and interviews through the year. Despite the compressed nature of the course, the vast majority of student cadets obtain their private pilot's license at the end of the six weeks. There are also glider-license scholarships offered across the country. The training is a joint venture between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Air Cadet League of Canada.