Congratulations to cadets Alex Kobayashi, Alex Sanders-Agius,Jason Dam,Mazin Ahmed of Riverwood Boys Squadron for receiving Youth Achievement Awards, and Squadron OC Chris Bailey for receiving a St George Community Award at the Annual St George Community Awards, Club Central Hurstville.
As a young child, Preethika Ganiger often dreamt about flying. Her mum Archna could have told her she had her head in the clouds, but instead decided to help her realise her dreams. Today, aged 11, this Year Six student of Brighton Primary School in South Australia looks like she will soon have her dreams come true.
“I’ve always wanted to fly like a professional Aerobatic Pilot so I joined Royal Flying Doctors Service Australia and Australian Air League in 2012.”
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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is sponsoring two Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) scholarships for aspiring female pilots.
The first is a Navigation Component Scholarship worth $7,000 to cover the cost of completing the navigation component of a private or commercial powered fixed-wing pilot licence. The second scholarship helps with gaining a formation or aerobatic endorsement and is worth $2,500.
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Renowned Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith flew his helicopter to Camden Airport to visit members of the Camden Air League Squadron and present the inaugural Laurie McIver Memorial Trophy. Laurie McIver ran a pilot training school at the old Hoxton Park airport and taught Dick Smith how to fly, they became friends and went on numerous adventures. Laurie died in 1995.
Mr Smith while accompanied by Paulette McIver, widow of Mr McIver, presented the inaugural trophy to Sergeant Lachlan Abernethy who best demonstrated and upheld the values of the Australian Boys Air League.
“It’s a real thrill to receive an award from such a great Australian”, Lachlan, 15, said.
Lachlan is a trainee pilot from Camden Squadron and is learning to fly the Air League’s Cessna and Piper Cherokee aircraft out of Camden Airport.