May 29, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Air Currency Enhancement Society.
A review of our humble beginnings:
The idea for ACES originated with the staff of the Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) shortly after the move to Debert in 1985. The Ad Astra Mess had just opened and its flying members frequently discussed pooling their resources and bar profits to purchase a tail-dragger and possibly a high performance glider. The thought was to provide inexpensive flying for the instructors with a view of having everyone qualified as tow pilots and to enhance soaring skills.
From this grew the idea of a flying society that would be open not only to Air Cadet pilots, but to anyone with an interest in flight. The name was chosen because it incorporates one of the most important aspects of aviation and our main goal of staying current. The name was chosen to reflect the fact that the society would have access to and be using C-F ACE, one of two original RGS(A) gliders.
It is fairly arguable that currency is a more precious commodity than experience. A pilot with in excess of 2000 hours who has not flown in five years is probably not as safe or proficient as a newly licensed pilot who has been actively flying on a daily basis.
This, coupled with the exchange of ideas and fraternity among its memberes is ACES’ mission.