International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)

The International Air Cadet Exchange is a three-week exchange that allows cadets to visit air bases, industry centers, world landmarks, universities, cultural centers, and museums, and experience private hospitality with families in their homes. It is intended for outstanding senior cadets who will represent Canada with distinction. Outside of Canada, destinations include Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Glider Pilot Training Course

The Glider Pilot Training Course (GPTC) is a seven-week course with an intensive program of ground school and in-flight glider pilot training. For a cadet to be eligible, cadets must write the national online ground school exam, and once passed (minimum 60%), Candidates will be interviewed through the Merit Review Board (MRB) process. Candidates must be 16, but not yet 19 years of age by September 1 of the summer training year. Once selected, cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada written exam will qualify for a glider pilot license and be awarded Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings. The air cadet program is responsible for producing the largest number of glider pilots within Canada. On average, the program produces 320 glider pilots annually. Upon attaining their licences, these pilots join their local headquarters to provide other cadets with glider familiarization flying during the spring and fall seasons.

Power Pilot Training Course

The Power Pilot Training Course (PPTC) is a seven-week course that allows cadets to get their private pilot license and their Air Cadet Power Pilot Wings. A goal for many cadets within the program is to secure a private pilot license prior to the age of 19. Cadets who are aged 17–18 apply and are selected to write an exam and interview for the course. The course provides cadets with both ground school training and in-flight instruction at the various flight centers across Canada. Cadets who have been successful within the program have integrated themselves with commercial airlines, the Canadian Forces, various courier and charter companies, and have also gone on to become instructors at various flight schools. Overall, this opportunity to attain a private pilot’s license remains one of the most prestigious and attractive opportunities available within the Air Cadet program.

After successfully completing a summer course, cadets are presented with a qualification badge to display on their uniform. The badges may be seen on the website.