Recently we completed our second online Photography Competition, where members were invited to submit photos around the theme “Transport”. We had some amazing pictures from members of our Shutter Bugs Photography Group but in the end, there can only be one winner per category, and they were;
- 8-15 years Cadet Jack Coulthard – Port Adelaide Squadron
- 16+ years Trainee Officer Lachlan Hyde – Moorebank Squadron
What age did you join Air League and what inspired you to join?
Jack: I joined the Australian Air League at the age of 11 and I was inspired to join the Air League as I am an aviation enthusiast and photographer and would like to go on to be a pilot.
Lachlan: I joined in April 2009, exactly one month after my 8th birthday. For my whole life I was always surrounded by aviation and the League with my grandfather being Mr Bell, and my dad being a cadet in his youth, so it was always an inevitable that I’d join but I’ve stuck around for over 10 years so far and don’t intend on leaving any time soon
What is your favourite part of your air league squadron?
Jack: My favourite part of my Squadron would be the air league classes I do.
Lachlan: I enjoy all parts of squadron life but getting out and about in the community at events is without a doubt my favourite part, it’s just such a great feeling. Representing the League and speaking with people from all walks of life, and it’s incredible who you end up running into and the connections so many have with our organisation.
What is the fondest memory of your time in the Air League?
Jack: My favourite memory was being able to speak to the Astronauts on the International Space Station this year.
Lachlan: In all honesty I’ve loved every minute of my time in the Australian Air League, from the people I’ve met and friendships made across the state and the country to the incredible experiences I’ve had. Marching behind the Governor of NSW as an 8 year old on ANZAC Day to running down the runway of Australia’s busiest airport, supporting our veterans at commemoration services and our seniors at gala concerts, to bringing joy to the young and young at heart during Christmas leading Santa through Liverpool. Traveling to faraway towns and villages where every man and his dog has come out to cheer you on, that’s what makes it incredible. Experiences money truly can’t buy, memories collected to look back on over a lifetime.
Would you like to take up flying as a career?
Jack: I absolutely would love to become a commercial pilot
Lachlan: Not flying per se but I would definitely enjoy working in the aviation industry in some capacity or another, perhaps in managerial positions for an airline. Who knows what the future has in store for me.
How many pets do you have and what are their names?
Jack: I have one dog which lives at my mum’s house and is called Angel, she is a Beagle. My other dog which lives with my dad is called Coco and is a German Shepard.
Lachlan: I’ve got two dogs, Shadow is our 10yr old Malamute-Husky cross and Whiskey is our 1.5yr old Husky.
Don’t forget to check out our next photo competition here.