DID YOU KNOW: where the word cadet comes from


From the linguistic point of view, aviation itself is a set of complicated technical terminology, including abbreviations. All these are actually not that easy to comprehend without, at least, a minimal background in this area. Keeping in mind that the amount of aviation terms is regularly expanding.

Notably, with cadet programmes gaining popularity, the word cadet is becoming one of the most frequently used in the modern aviation. Although it is not officially listed in any of the aviation dictionaries. So, where does it come from?

Modern English dictionaries define the word cadet as a young trainee in the armed services or police force. Meanwhile, the roots of this word go back to early 17th century. Apparently younger sons from Gascon noble families were sent to French court to serve as officers, which gave the word its military meaning (‘student at a military college’). Basically, a flight cadet is a military or civilian occupational title that is held by someone who is in training to operate an aeroplane. Nevertheless, there is one key feature attributed to its meaning in the civil aviation.

In many cases, here the word cadet is used to describe a student pilot or a newly qualified pilot who has his/her training done in cooperation with an airline or any other company. It is important to highlight that a usually a cadet pilot signs with an airline a document which secures one with a job guarantee.