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3CFFTS holds wings grad celebration

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

Flight training students at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (3CFFTS) in Southport took a step forward in their careers, Friday, when they were given their wings during a graduation ceremony.

Maj.-Gen. Alain Parent, Commander 1 Canadian Air Division, and Col. Marc Bigaouette, commander of 15 Wing in Moose Jaw, gave flight training students from the advanced flying training rotary wing course 1108, and the advanced flying training multi-engine course 1202 their wings, which is a very important step forward on their flying careers.

"For these young men graduating pilot training today is one of the top moments in their life. For those who aren't married yet it's probably their first big one," said Maj.-Gen. Parent. "The selection process is tough, it requires a lot of studying, it requires a lot of hard work, and perseverance and they end up doing something that they love doing."

From here the students will go to their operational training units where they will work on a variety of different aircraft and helicopters with different functions. Some will operate large transport helicopters, while others will fly long range aircraft. On the helicopter side students will fly for Search and Rescue, provide tactical support to the army, or assist the coast guard.

For the full story see Monday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

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