With the Australian Air League not able to attend and participate in state and local ANZAC Day services, revised criteria have been established for those who take part in the Dawn Service at home. Details can be found in the Federal Field Circular below.
As you know, the Australian Air League had to suspend face to face activities as of 23 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation. Details were advised in Federal Standing Order 02/2020, dated 17 March 2020. In this Standing Order, you were also advised that the suspension would be reviewed on 20 April.
A review has now been undertaken and as Government restrictions have not been eased, the suspension of face to face activities will continue. The situation will be reviewed again on 31 May 2020, unless the situation improves markedly before this date. On undertaking any future review, the Federal staff will take into account that restrictions may be eased differently in individual states.
Units were also advised in Federal Standing Order 02/2020 that they should investigate ways to continue meeting virtually. It is pleasing to see that many squadrons with the support of their Groups have taken up this challenge and are continuing to stay in contact with each by holding virtual squadrons.
All units are encouraged to continue meeting virtually, and to explore ways that their members can stay engaged with the Air League. It is only through continued contact that we as organisation will remain strong and see out this current situation.
On the 13th of March 2020, the doors opened on the first ever Squadron night for the brand-new Edmondson Park Squadron of the Australian Air League.
With the support and guidance from Gp Comr. Brendan Fox, the officers of the Squadron looked forward to the night. The officers where quite surprised with the number of potential members and parents rocking up.
The Australian Air League would like to recognise and pay tribute to Mrs Senja Robey BEM, who passed away yesterday (14th April 2020) aged 93.
Senja was an Australian aviation pioneer, having begun her flying training in 1949 on DH82 Tiger Moths at the Royal Aero Club of NSW. In that year Senja was also invited by Nancy Bird-Walton to attend a meeting of women pilots as Mascot and she became a founding member of the Australian Women Pilots Association (AWPA) twelve months later.
Senja qualified for her Commercial Pilot Licence in 1953 and the following year she married Mr Keith Robey, a fellow pilot. Keith was the son of Australian Air League founder George Robey and was also the very first cadet, enrolled in the Air League in 1934.
In 1962 Senja obtained her instructor rating and began instructing at the Illawarra Flying School at Bankstown where her husband was the Chief Flying Instructor. She later started her own charter and aerial photography company and was also a partner, flying instructor and charter pilot at Robey Air and instructor with Phoenix Aero Club located at Camden, NSW.
During her many years of flying Senja mentored thousands of pilots and accrued almost 14,000 flight hours. She was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 1976, was inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014 and last year was awarded the Col Pay Award for a Lifetime of Service to General Aviation.