The League seeks your assistance to check and improve its child protection practices.
The Council of the League (COL), in 2018 placed the prioritisation of child safety above all other matters, in the operations of the League, so I am pleased to announce the launch, in conjunction with “Bravehearts”, of the 2021 AAL Child Protection Initiative.
Bravehearts is an organisation known Australia wide and is engaged by entities like the AAL for their extensive expertise in the area of Child Safety Protection.
This initiative comprises a number of steps which will lead to a full audit of the League’s current child protection policies, perceptions and actions, and a plan to update any aspects of the organisation which will (under our obligations going forward) need improvement and enhancement.
Other outcomes include an online course for all members, first contemplated in 2018, (on which they will need to initially complete and refresh on a regular basis) and an online course for Officers Commanding Units which is now considered by the AAL to be mandatory.
Part of the preliminary work will involve an effort to map the opinions of members (on the way they perceive things happen in the League) against the perceptions of the COL and the agreed requirements for this type of organisation. All members can, and are strongly encouraged to, have direct input into this process.
I therefore invite you to participate in this effort by responding to the survey which you will receive on Thursday 28 January. The results will go directly to Bravehearts and any identifying data for responses will be removed.
There will only be a couple of weeks for you to respond and Bravehearts advise that the higher the response rate (target 80%), the better the outcome, so the efficacy of the survey is mission critical to the AAL.
So, I strongly urge you to participate with sincere responses at your very earliest convenience. In this way you will be making your contribution to the betterment of the League, especially in the area of child safety.
Any queries on this initiative may be directed to me, your Group Executive Commissioner or the Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I thank you in anticipation of your action to assist in making the League even safer for our Cadets.
Acting Chief Commissioner
24th January 2021
We would like to congratulate Sqn. Capt. Pam Price DSA MSA of Doyalson Girls Sqn. who was recently announced as the Central Coast Volunteer of the Year.
Pam has been serving as a volunteer in the Air League for over 30 years at Doyalson and in roles for the NSW Girls Groups.
Well done on a fantastic achievement!
The CASA Wings Awards were launched in 2014 and recognise the efforts of those who dedicate their lives to general aviation – either through individual effort or as part of a flying school or aeroclub.
The 2020 Award winners were recently announced and two of the winners have a connection with the Australian Air League!
Flying Training Organisation of the Year – Tristar Aviation
Tristar Aviation have taken out this category for the second year in a row, and are active advocates in GA, with substantial involvement in Women in Aviation, Moorabbin Airport Consultative Group, Moorabbin Airport Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Air League. Adrianne Fleming has been a long time member of the Australian Air League and until recently was also the Group Executive Commissioner for Victoria Group.
Young Achiever of the Year – Nathan Parker
A former cadet of Parafield Squadron in South Australia, Nathan Parker dreamed of a career as a professional aviator. Selected for the RAAF, he lost his left hand in a military bus accident which ruled him out from a defence career but didn’t stop him flying. He has since gone on to gain a CPL and aerobatics endorsement, as well as qualifying as an RAAus instructor!
Congratulations to all the winners – you can learn more in Australian Flying here.
Are you looking for some fun holiday activities to try at home? The CSIRO DoubleHelix magazine has some great activities to try here. Here’s a few that look really interesting!
Make a paper aeroplane, from a looping master to a super-fast dart with a twist!
Do you like paper planes? Here’s a different glider to try, made from cups. You might be surprised at the path it takes when it flies!
Get ready to build your own paper model of the International Space Station (ISS).
Have you ever wanted to experiment with the orbits of moons and planets? Time to make a gravity simulator!