283 Air Squadron proudly serves and parades out of the community of Woodbridge, Ontario.
283 Squadron is comprised of approximately 130 cadets who parade every Wednesday night between September and June. The program is staffed by part-time Canadian Forces Officers within the Cadet Instructor Cadre, Civilian Instructors and Air Cadet League volunteers. Our squadron supports plenty of extra-curricular activities such as: Drill Team, Band, Marksmanship and Flying.
Each Wednesday night commences with an Opening parade, followed by 3 periods of classes. Classes cover a variety of topics, ranging from aviation, military and personal development. There are 5 levels of classes a cadet must complete before becoming eligible to be an instructor. There is a brief break between the second and third period in which cadets can purchase a small snack from our canteen. The night in finalized by a closing parade which can include an inspection, and always, tons of announcements for various upcoming activities.
Cadets meet on Friday nights throughout the training year for all the various extra-curricular activities mentioned above. The occasional weekend is spent away for practical training at CFB Borden for such things as survival and gliding, as well as competitions in various events.
Original Crest 1943 to 1960 Toronto Crest 1960 to 1998
283 Squadron was formed on 23 June 1943 as “K” (Parkdale) Squadron. In 1960, the Squadron was re-designated 283 (Toronto) Squadron, until it stood down at Moss Park Armouries in January 1998. The Squadron was reformed in September 1999 in Woodbridge, under the sponsorship of McKenzie Branch 414, Royal Canadian Legion. It now serves the entire City of Vaughan and adjacent areas of York Region.
Current Crest 1998
In 2012, 283 officially adopted the Merlin Falcon as its squadron mascot. The bird represents both the community and the aviation/aerospace community. The blue feather of the bird represents both the Italian and Ukrainian communities that have help build 283 over the past 70 years. The Merlin embodies the motto of “Supra Et Ultra – Above and Beyond” as not only being a bird but also the name used for the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine used in aircrafts of the Royal Air Force since October 1933 to present day.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is one of three elements in the Canadian Cadet Movement, a national youth program for ages 12-18.
- To develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership
- Promote physical fitness
- Stimulate an interest in the Royal Canadian Air Force
The Canadian Armed Forces provides funding and training for the Canadian Cadet Movement in cooperation with the civilian agency, the Air Cadet League of Canada. Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces and there is no requirement for military service.
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