Qantas Training Tour

Members of Doncaster Squadron in Victoria recently had the privilege of a tour of the QANTAS flight crew training facility in Airport West, Melbourne.

The day started with a brief outline to the Cadets, Officers and parents of the training involved for the various levels of flight crew and pilots. 

Following this they were taken on a tour of the facilities that even included a pool, used to train for water rescue, ditching procedures and raft handling. The raft used in the pool is for the Boeing 787 and can hold 78 people! The cadets also got to see a Boeing 747 emergency slide as well as emergency slides from various other aircraft.

The tour group then had a look at the cabin door training units, used for training as well as annual requalification. They saw doors from both Airbus and Boeing aircraft and no two doors worked the same way. A completely decked out aircraft cabin is used for training in safety demonstrations as well as courses for people who have a fear of flying.

Final stop was a look at the simulator area, unfortunately these were all in operation on the day but the members were able to watch from the mezzanine level.

Our thanks go to staff of the QANTAS flight crew training facility for taking the time to show our Squadron the facilities. 

Gliding at Mangrove Mountain

A fantastic day was recently held at the Central Coast Soaring Club, Mangrove Mountain when the Ilma Nicholson Wing of the Australian Air League held a Gliding Day.

19 Cadets and Officers from Doyalson, Gosford and Toukley Squadrons had flights for their Air Activities – Gliding 3 and 2 badges as well as their Air Experience badges.

Special thanks go to the hard working members of the Club for making the day a tremendous success with 24 flights during the day.

Geelong Squadron Opens

Thursday evening saw the opening of the Australian Air League’s newest Squadron at Geelong, Victoria with the Squadron holding its first meeting night at the Geelong Football Umpires League club rooms at Kardinia Park, Geelong.

A number of prospective cadets came along and all were very keen to join. They were joined by cadets and parents from the nearby Point Cook Squadron who helped out on the night, speaking to parents and cadets about the Air League.

The Air League has a long history in the Geelong area, the first Squadron there opened in October 1939 with gliding camps held on the Belmont Commons and we are pleased to be back and serving the local community.

If you would like to learn more about the Australian Air League, contact;

Malcolm Angus (Geelong Sqn)
m. 0448 229 900
Greg O’Brien (Victoria Group)

Cadet attends Edinburgh Tattoo in Australia

The Australian Air League’s very own Corporal Blake Tickner from Southern Highlands Squadron had a great honour on Saturday the 19th of October. He was selected to perform in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at ANZ Stadium. Corporal Tickner is also a member of the Highlands Pipes and Drums, their Drum Major Karen Tabram asked if Blake would like to join them in the opening parade on Saturday night. A big achievement for a 14-year-old!

Blake has been drumming since the age of 10 and he has always had a natural talent for rhythm which he must have inherited from his Mother and Grandfather who are also Drummers.

After his performance, Blake joined his family in the crowd to enjoy the rest of the show. A highlight was definitely the Lochiel Marching Drill Team. We could learn a lot from these ladies and their marching techniques, they were phenomenal.

The Tattoo comprised of bands and performers of 14 nations from around the world, consisting of 1,521 performers, the largest number of performers in the Tattoo’s 69-year history. Celebrating Australia’s place in history and its links with allies. Including, for the first time ever, acts from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu. It was a great night for all involved and something Blake will remember forever.

Geelong Squadron Opening

The Australian Air League is pleased to announce there will be a new Squadron in opening in Geelong, Victoria. The first meeting night is Thursday 7th November (6pm) and the Squadron will meet at the Geelong Football Umpires League club rooms at Kardinia Park, Geelong.

Kardinia Park

If you would like to learn more about the Australian Air League, contact;

Malcolm Angus (Geelong Sqn)
m. 0448 229 900
Greg O’Brien (Victoria Group)

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