Aerospace - Drones, Rockets, Sims

Aerospace consists of various optional activities for 3 Striker cadets. These encompass a variety of learning activities for cadets of all ages. Aerospace includes basic and advanced flight simulation skill building, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) ground school and recreational drone operation, and model rocketry. Some activities will be held at LHQ on alternating Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (dates and times may change, Drill Team practices in this time slot, so please obtain the schedule from the Instructor). Drone training, and hands on activities, will be level-based. These are optional activities, but cadets are encouraged to attend regularly so they keep up with the instruction.


#3 Striker is embarking on a new program to provide opportunities to learn the dynamics of flight. 3 Striker Cadets will get an opportunity to fly a remote-controlled drone.

Where: LHQ (West Middlesex arena - multipurpose room).

When: See our Squadron Calendar for details. Sunday 1400h-1600h

Dress: Proper civilian clothing, as per Instructors. (i.e. Sqn T-Shirt might be best)

Officer In Charge: Capt. S. Wilson

Instructor(s): CV M. Calcutt

Drones: 3 Sqn has various UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for instructional use. Cadets who have completed all required UAV ground school training may be eligible to fly a drone similar to the one pictured here.

Do’s and Don’ts for recreational drone operators

From Transport Canada:


  • Fly your drone during daylight and in good weather
  • Keep your drone where you can see it with your own eyes – not through an on-board camera, monitor, or smartphone
  • Make sure your drone is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example: Are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
  • Respect the privacy of others. Avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission


  • Fly in clouds or fog.
  • Fly closer than 9 km from any aerodrome (i.e., any airport, heliport, helipad, or seaplane base)
  • Fly higher than 90 m above the ground
  • Fly closer than 75 m from people, animals, buildings, structures, or vehicles
  • Fly in populated areas or near large groups of people, including at sporting events, concerts, festivals, or firework shows
  • Fly near moving vehicles, highways, bridges, busy streets, or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers
  • Fly within restricted and controlled airspace, including near or over military bases, prisons, or forest fires
  • Fly anywhere where you might interfere with first responders

To File a Report

Go to Transport Canada’s website at and search drone incident report form


Drone Safety

Recreational Users

(2017) Transport Canada recently amended the regulations concerning the operation of drones and UAVs, particularly in proximity to airports and aerodromes/heliports.

For smaller, non-commercial drones between 250 g and 35 kg, the following new rules apply:

  • No higher than 90 m AGL
  • If your drone weighs between 250 g and 1 kg, at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public
  • If your drone weighs between 1 kg and 35 kg, at least 75 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public
  • At least 5.5 km from all aerodromes, airports, seaplane bases, and any other areas where aircraft take-off and land
  • At least 1.8 km away from heliports and aerodromes used exclusively by helicopters outside of controlled or restricted airspace
  • At least 9 km from a disaster area or natural hazard
  • Away from interfering with police and first responders
  • Day only, not in clouds
  • Within sight at all times
  • Within 500 m of the operator
  • Must be clearly marked with operator’s name, address, and telephone number

Failure to follow the regulations for safe, legal drone operation could result in fines of up to $3,000.


Where: To Be Determined, but most likely Redfearn Ridge.

When: See our Squadron Calendar for details.

Dress: Proper civilian clothing for outdoors. Boots recommended if it has snowed or rained recently.

Officer In Charge: Capt. S. Wilson

3 Sqn Model Rocketry will follow Transport Canada regulations and a Canadian Model Rocketry Safety Code.

3 Sqn model rockets are made of lightweight materials such as paper, wood, rubber, and plastic suitable for the power used and the performance required. Our rockets do not use any metal for the nose cone, body, or fins. Rocket launches are remotely controlled. With the exception of the OIC (Officer in Charge / Range Safety Officer) all participants must be at least 5 m from launch pad prior to ignition. 3 Sqn uses only commercially-made NAR certified model rocket engines, in the manner recommended by the manufacturer. 3 Sqn may use a recovery system in each model rocket that will return it safely to the ground so it may be flown again. Any recovery system will use only flame-resistant recovery wadding if required.

3 Sqn will launch model rockets outdoors in a cleared area, free of all trees, power lines, buildings, and dry brush and grass. The launcher will have a jet deflector device to prevent the engine exhaust from hitting the ground directly. We clear the area around a launch device of brown grass, weeds, and other easy-to-burn materials. We launch only when the winds are less than 30 km/hr. The rocket will not launch if there is a nearby aircraft in flight.

The OIC will ensure that everyone in the vicinity are aware of the pending launch, and can see the model rocket's liftoff, before beginning an audible countdown. Only the OIC will approach a launcher, on a misfire, after the battery has been disconnected from the ignition system.


Sign up on Tuesday night. Contact the TrgO for more info.

The 3 Striker Flight Sim uses X-Plane 9. We can load new aircraft into the program. Cadets built the simulator, assembled the computer and loaded software as a Senior Cadet project. Flight Sim #1 shell has been donated to 741 Elgin.

Here is a slide show of the build of Simulator #2.Flight Sim completed by the Senior Air Cadets in 2014.Press Play button on image to Start slide show.16 images, 5 sec interval, a YouTube video - Enjoy.