Nanaimo, BC – Ken Welte is helping to give young people a flying start in life. For more than 20 years, he has volunteered at the Air Cadet squadron in Nanaimo offering weekly instruction on airframes, navigation, engines, airlaw, meteorology and airmanship. He also takes students flying for free in his Cessna 172 so that they can gain practical experience. These volunteer contributions are a way for Ken to give back to the organization that fostered his own love of flying; Ken joined the Air Cadets when he was 13-years-old.
“I encourage students to take advantage of every opportunity through Air Cadets,” says Ken. “I teach the cadets the academics towards earning a scholarship so they can receive their pilot’s license for free. We meet every Friday night between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for classes. As well, we focus on current events locally, nationally and internationally making these young men and women fantastic ambassadors for Canada.”
Ken is pleased to see that many of the students he has taught over the years are currently flying for both large and small aviation companies, as well as serving in the military as pilots, non-pilot officers and non-commissioned members. “I teach them that no goal is too high to obtain. After all, Chris Hadfield started out in Air Cadets.”
Ken’s father and grandfather were pilots and his children share the family’s passion for flying. “My son Andrew Gates is a 21-year-old Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. He is studying physics and his trade in the Air force is as a pilot. My daughter Victoria Welte is 15 years old and a Flight Sergeant in the Nanaimo Collishaw Royal Canadian Air cadets. She has her glider pilot’s license.”
Pictured top: Ken Welte with his Cesna 172. Pictured right: Victoria Welte performs at a Remembrance Day ceremony.
This busy REALTOR® with Sutton Group - West Coast Realty in Nanaimo supports many other valuable projects including “Poco a Poco”, an organization that provides funding for medical education within Guatemala. In 2010, Ken was recruited to the board of directors for the Liver Foundation of BC and Yukon.
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