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Cadets headed to UK to compete despite funding shortfalls

June 25, 2012, Strathcona County, Alta. - A team of teens from 12 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets will be making their way to the United Kingdom to join a prestigious Schools Aerospace Challenge despite fundraising shortfalls.

June 25, 2012  By Metro News

Executive Director of the Alberta Aviation Museum Tom Hinderks said
the team will still be able to go to Cranfield University and compete as
the first ever Canadian team, but will not be able to do many of the
educational events they had planned for the trip.


“It has been individuals, smaller companies — both aviation and
non-aviation — non-profit associations and the County of Strathcona that
have made this possible. They should all be as proud as we are
thankful…they made this happen. It’s agreed that this is the right team
with the right training and the right attitude to be first for Canada,”
Hinderks said.



“The Team has spent months in training for this opportunity and they
are well prepared and even though it was touch and go with major cuts
having to be made, they are going and are the first Canadian Team.”


The challenge is designed for 16- to 18-year olds to study real
solutions for the air force. This year’s team will be looking at
building, developing and flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which
are the cutting edge of aerospace technology.


The team will be challenged to build a vehicle that fly with only a
camera as a pilot, and learn to adapt to the challenge of flying with
only a camera lens.


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