Air League to Descend on Canberra in October

AAL Review - Canberra

This October will see cadets from all around Australia descend on Canberra as they take part in the Australian Air League’s 80th Anniversary Review.

Beginning on Saturday 4th October, the cadets will converge on the new Gungahlin Oval on Crinigan Circle and Warwick Street, Gungahlin where they will take part in a day of competition in a spirit of fun, goodwill and comradeship. Cadets have been preparing all year and will be keenly competing to find which units, or “Squadrons” from around Australia are the champions in areas such as precision marching, physical activities, marching bands and education displays.

The day will conclude with a March Past where cadets from around Australia will parade before the Reviewing Officer, The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd), Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia followed by presentation of awards from the days competitions.

 

Australian War Memorial
Following this, the Australian Air League will take part in Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday morning, 5th October at the Australian War Memorial. Cadets will form up in the Commemorative Area of the Memorial alongside the Eternal Flame, whilst the 2014 Australian Cadets of the Year will lay a wreath in the Hall of Memory at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

At the conclusion of this moving Ceremony the Cadets will have the opportunity to inspect the various displays in the Memorial – the Aircraft Hall and displays in the ANZAC Hall sure to be popular with the aviation enthusiasts amongst them.

About the Australian Air League (www.airleague.com.au)
The Australian Air League is for boys and girls aged 8 years and older who have an interest in aviation either as a career or as a hobby. In the Air League they learn about aviation in all its forms through classes in theory of flight, navigation, aircraft engines and a variety of interesting subjects.

With Squadrons in most States of Australia, the Air League has been serving the community in Australia since 1934. It is entirely self-funding and is staffed by volunteers who give their time to achieve its goals.

Australian Air League Goes Out Of This World

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (NASA)

On Friday evening 21st February 2014 at 7pm (CST Adelaide), 12 lucky cadets from the South Australia Wing of the Australian Air League will have the opportunity of a lifetime, to speak with Astronauts on board the International Space Station.

The hook up has been organised with the assistance of NASA following a detailed application process by the members and parents of Parafield Squadron and the cadets were very fortunate to be chosen. Only a handful of events such as this have taken place in Australia and this is a first for the Australian Air League. It will take place at the South Australia Aviation Museum, home of Port Adelaide Squadron.

The cadets will be speaking with Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, a veteran of 4 NASA Space Shuttle missions who has spent nearly 5 months in space with a space flight career of nearly two decades. Originally an engineer for Japan Airlines, Wakata will shortly be the first Japanese commander of the ISS.

During the selection process the cadets in South Australia were asked to each come up with three questions that they would like to ask the astronauts. Following this 12 cadets were chosen and on Friday each will have the opportunity to ask their questions with Wakata. 12 year old Leading Cadet Michael Rowcroft won the competition and will be the first cadet to ask his question

While the cadets are speaking to him, the ISS will be overhead Hawaii at a height of around 400 km and travelling at 27,000 km/hr – a remarkable feat!

“In the South Australia Wing we’ve been following the astronauts on the ISS for over 18 months now,” said Squadron Captain Martin Ball, Wing Education Officer for South Australia.

“NASA provides excellent videos on the International Space Station.”

“We’ve been keeping up to date with the happenings on board with events such as new astronauts arriving and re-supply missions as well as the experiments they run in space. The whole process has been excellent.”

The Australian Air League is a youth organisation for boys and girls aged from 8 to 18 years, which encourages an interest in aviation as a career or as a hobby for the youth of Australia.

The Air League has three Squadrons in Adelaide located at Gawler, Port Adelaide and Parafield and has well over 100 members. Cadets will be attending from all three squadrons on Friday. As well as South Australia, there are Air League Squadrons in most states of Australia.

This year is also the 80th Anniversary of the formation of the Australian Air League.

“We are thrilled to speak to Koichi Wakata on board the International Space Station in our 80th year.”

A live NASA feed from the ISS can be found here

 UPDATE: Streaming Audio for tonight’s hookup can be found at

https://sites.google.com/site/arissaudio/

About the Australian Air League (www.airleague.com.au)

The Australian Air League is for boys and girls aged 8 years and older who have an interest in aviation either as a career or as a hobby. In the Air League they learn about aviation in all its forms through classes in theory of flight, navigation, aircraft engines and a variety of interesting subjects.

With Squadrons in most states of Australia the Air League has been serving the community in Australia since 1934. It is entirely self-funding and is staffed by volunteers who give their time to achieve its goals.

About the South Australian Aviation Museum (www.saam.org.au)

The South Australian Aviation Museum was started in 1984 by a group of enthusiasts interested in aviation history and aircraft restoration. Displaying aircraft and engines with relevance to aviation in Australia ans South Australia in particular it became the official aviation museum for South Australia in 1990. The museum is located at 66 Lipson St, Port Adelaide and is open everyday except Christmas Day.

 

 

Australian Air League joins the RAAF Roulettes to welcome home Teen World Flight pilot Ryan Campbell

The cadets of the Australian Air League recently had a weekend they won’t forget with a visit from the RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team to the Illawarra Regional Airport followed by the homecoming of Teen World Flight Pilot Ryan Campbell.

Departing Wollongong on June 30, Ryan had set out to become the youngest pilot and first teenager to fly solo around the world with the goal of inspiring young people to take flight, and allow their dreams to take flight too. The Air League cadets had followed the progress online of Ryan’s little Cirrus SR22 aircraft as he circumnavigated the globe and were looking forward to seeing his return on September 7.

A few weeks before the scheduled return, the Australian Air League at Albion Park received a call from FLTLT Ross Laves of the RAAF Roulettes aerobatics team. A former Air League cadet himself, Ross explained they would be flying to Illawarra Regional Airport for Ryan’s arrival and would like to visit them the night before!

On Friday afternoon the cadets assembled at the airport and were treated to a fantastic display as the Roulettes performed a show directly above them before landing and taxying their Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft in to meet the cadets. The cadets were able to get up close and personal with the aircraft and pilots before retiring into the hanger where the Air League meets each week.

Seated in between an F-111 and Super Constellation belonging to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, the cadets were entertained by a video presentation on life in the Roulettes. It turns out a Super Constellation aircraft also makes a great impromptu projector screen!

The Roulette pilots and ground crew took turns in explaining just what it takes to be a RAAF Instructor and of course being a Roulette. Topics included physical fitness, diet, training hours, education, shows they perform at, how to handle up to 6 G’s of force and the equipment they use. The ground crew were also quizzed with questions about their roles, rank positions and what they enjoyed about being the ground support crew. The night ended with a BBQ dinner provided by Air League Officers and the cadet’s parents, a great time was had by all.

The following morning saw an early start as the Teen World Flight crew prepared for the arrival of Ryan Campbell and the Roulettes put on an aerobatic display above the airport.

Shortly after 10.00am, Ryan Campbell arrived home and landed his little Cirrus aircraft to a huge applause from the assembled crowd. Taxying to the point he’d left 10 weeks earlier, 19 year old Ryan had broken the record for the youngest person to fly a single-engine aircraft solo around the world.

After speaking to the crowd Ryan was escorted away for an interview with Charles Wooley from 60 Minutes, but not before stopping to shake hands with the cadets. They thought that was fantastic, however soon after they were also invited back to a private party with Ryan, his family and support crew! Here they had the opportunity to ask Ryan about his flight, and get a few “selfies” with him.

This was definitely a weekend that the cadets from the Australian Air League won’t forget in a hurry, and they would like to thank Ryan Campbell, his family and crew, and the RAAF Roulettes for making the occasion special.

 

About the Australian Air League (www.airleague.com.au)
The Australian Air League is for boys and girls aged 8 years and older who have an interest in aviation either as a career or as a hobby. In the Air League they learn about aviation in all its forms through classes in theory of flight, navigation, aircraft engines and a variety of interesting subjects.

With Squadrons in most states of Australia the Air League has been serving the community in Australia since 1934. It is entirely self-funding and is staffed by volunteers who give their time to achieve its goals.

About Ryan Campbell and www.teenworldflight.com
Ryan Campbell is the youngest pilot and first teenager to fly solo around the world. His aim is to inspire youth to take flight, and for their dreams to take flight too, in whatever field that may be.

 

 

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