South Australia Wing are pleased to announce they have been awarded a grant for 2017 from The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund to help them further develop the interest in aviation of its cadets. Read More
- Written by Wg.Capt. Mike Diamond
In February, IMAX Melbourne gave the cadets of Victoria Group a special invitation to the free preview screening of their latest movie Living in the Age of Airplanes.
In perfect late afternoon weather, nearly 60 cadets and officers from 9 squadrons descended upon the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne.
As the sun slowly set, the members gathered for some promotional photos with some representatives from QANTAS before putting on their own little show – a full parade which was livestreamed through both the IMAX Melbourne and AAL websites.
After rolls were read and names all checked, the members marched into the building, down the escalator and into the cinema itself. The long line of boys and girls in blue uniforms certainly caught the attention of a number of other invited guests who later enquired about the League and our activities.
On a screen 23 metres high, members were entertained and enlightened about how aviation has changed all of our lives. Whilst the movie made comparisons between a 19th century king’s treasure and your local shopping centre, I like to remember that our nation’s First Fleet took 252 days to travel from England to our home – today the same trip takes just 1! (though the bit about ‘travelling in cramped quarters’ hasn’t changed much in that time! )
And of course the whole experience wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory (and complimentary) choc-top ice cream that was made available to all of our participants!
Following the movie, the evening ended with a handout of movie posters and the grateful thanks from IMAX for attending – and more questions about the AAL from inquisitive movie goers.
The Australian Air League Victoria Group would like the sincerely thank IMAX Melbourne for their gracious invitation, wonderful hosting of this event and efforts in raising the awareness of our amazing organisation.
More photos of the event can be seen online here with thanks from Lisa Frieling of Imax Melbourne.
- Written by Administrator
Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week is a global outreach initiative that takes place annually during the week of March 8, to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to girls of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation.
The Queensland Group of the Australian Air League travelled to the Sunshine Coast Airport to take part in this event with the local Sunshine Coast Aero Club. The Air League is planning to open a new Squadron on the Sunshine Coast in 2017 and this was a perfect time to meet the local Aeroclub and community.
On the day the Aeroclub flew 57 girls and women, sparking their interest in aviation with many now keen to pursue it either as an interest or as a career - a great result and a worthy cause.
The event was covered by Channel 7 and the local radio station which should give some great press to the Air League. There was a good deal of interest on the day, and coupled with other interest received will have more than enough potential members to look at starting up a Squadron on the Sunshine Coast, with the first step being to organise a public meeting in the near future.
Our cadets members received a great deal of praise and compliments on their turnout and behaviour from the Aeroclub Members and the general public, including the representative of the 'Sunnykids' organisation, which assists at risk youth on the Sunshine Coast, who went out of her way to compliment our cadets. All were great ambassadors for The League and we are justifiably proud of them and the credit they have brought to the League and Queensland Group.
Many thanks go to the Officers and cadets of Forest Lake and Strathpine Squadron for their attendance and support for the proposed new Squadron, and a special thanks for the Officers and cadets from Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Squadrons who travelled over 7 hours to support and participate in the event.
The Aeroclub were magnificent hosts and couldn't do enough to make us feel included and welcome. Special thanks go to Francine and Adrian who were especially welcoming, attentive and helpful. Francine also did a fantastic job of coordinating the flights.
- Written by Administrator
The annual swimming carnival is on again. If your squadron has not attended the swimming carnival in recent years, you are more than welcome to attend – we look forward to seeing you, your members and parents there! You don’t need a large team to compete! This is a fun carnival – a great opportunity to have some fun and socialise with other members of the Group.
The Swimming Carnival will be held at the Max Parker Leisure & Aquatic Centre, Marco Ave Revesby starting at 5:30pm. Detail can be found pdf here (551 KB) .
- Written by Wing Capt. Mike Diamond
The 2017 Menzies Community Australia Day Awards recognised many fine people from the local community who have given their time and effort to make our Australia a wonderful place to be.
- Written by Administrator
The NSW Boys Group will again be attending the Cowra Festival of International Understanding. As many members as possible are requested to attend. In particular, bandsmen and members to be bearers for the international flags for the parade are required. Details can be found in pdf NSWBG Field Circular 01/2017 - Cowra Festival (190 KB)