Local cadets get inside look at airframe industry

Air cadets Adam Kilbourne-Quirk and Rowen Weber, of 561 Osprey Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Nelson, recently received hands-on experience in a B767 at the Aveos Maintenance Facility at the Vancouver Airport.

Nelson Air Cadet and  Rowen Weber uses a rivet gun to remove fasteners on a B767’s frame at the Aveos Maintenance Facility.

Nelson Air Cadet and Rowen Weber uses a rivet gun to remove fasteners on a B767’s frame at the Aveos Maintenance Facility.

VANCOUVER — Air cadets Adam Kilbourne-Quirk and Rowen Weber, of 561 Osprey Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Nelson, recently received hands-on experience in a B767 at the Aveos Maintenance Facility at the Vancouver Airport.

Kilbourne-Quirk and Weber, both 16, participated in a week-long work experience program with Aveos Canada, whose partnership with the air cadet program provides students the opportunity to fulfil their graduation transitions work experience requirement by working in their aerospace technical maintenance facility.

Currently in Grade 11, Kilbourne-Quirk plans to take some time off and research a career in graphic design after graduating from L.V. Rogers Secondary School next year.

He has been an air cadet for nearly five years with the Osprey Squadron and last year received his glider pilot license through an air cadet glider pilot scholarship.

Weber, also a Grade 11 student at LVR, hopes to attend Selkirk College and get his commercial pilot’s license, but says he is leaving his options open. He has also been an air cadet for nearly five years.

Weber’s favourite part of the work experience program was getting into the airplanes and seeing how they work.

“Actually getting to work on planes, that was pretty cool,” he says.

Both cadets spent time pulling up floor panels in a B767 to access and check wiring, and removed fasteners on the aircraft frame.

Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national youth program jointly sponsored by the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces and the Air Cadet League of Canada.

For more information on Air Cadets visit cadets.ca.

Aveos/IAM&AW Canada ranks among the top five providers of airframe mainframe maintenance services in the Americas.

For more information on Aveos, please visit aveos.com.