Forest Lake Squadron of the Australian Air League is still parading… from their own homes!!! The Squadron has had fun setting up video conferencing for the cadets to continue with their education workbooks.
This week they had General Proficiency (GP) 6, 5 and 4 lessons, drumming and started on Fieldcraft 4. All the cadets have been working really hard and if the smiles and laughing during the social session was anything to go by they were also having fun. One question that wasn’t answered however…who was organising snacks???
The annual International Womens’ Day Women in Aviation – Evening in the Hangar, on the 11th of March, 2020 was, as always, enjoyable and informative.
This year we were joined by guest speakers Ms. Kylie Milne, Senior Supply Manager – Air Combat Electronic Attack Sustainment Program – Boeing Defence Australia Ltd., who shared her knowledge and experience from a career that started in 1995 and included both the military and civilian aviation industry. She talked about how aviation can take you anywhere in the world and the wonderful experiences that brings with it.
We were also joined by Ms. Colleen Kitson, Acting ATS Specialist Team Leader Airservices Australia. Currently she is working at Brisbane Air Traffic Control Centre as Shift Manager but, what interested us all the most, was that Ms. Kitson was not only a member of the Australian Air League and Sergeant, but she was also Cadet of the Year in 1987!
The cadets also enjoyed hearing from Ms. Amy Lafferty who is a current Avionics Student at Aviation Australia. Amy shared her journey in aviation, starting from working with her mother who was a Licensed Avionics Maintenance Engineer in New Zealand, through to her experiences working in aircraft maintenance hangars prior to securing her apprenticeship. Amy’s story was an inspiration to many of our cadets especially those that are looking to have a career in aircraft maintenance.
Mr. David Toll, an instructor with Aviation Australia spoke with us about learning at Aviation Australia and the types of courses that are available. Forest Lake Squadron currently has one cadet studying there and he is enjoying it.
It was a wonderful evening, with a very hotly contested Giant Bag of Snakes as the first prize for the Pink Paper Plane competition. Congratulations to Cadet Rabenhorst for her winning design and longest flight. Thank you to Air Services for providing shirts for the winners of each round of the paper plane competition…don’t be surprised if you see some of our cadets in one of those!!
Thank you also to Aviation Australia for providing the Door Prize of a 60 Minute Flight Simulator Experience at Aviation Australia.
Regardless of whether you are a girl or a boy, aviation is an exciting industry to be involved in, and we are so proud that our cadets have the opportunity to meet and hear from such inspirational women. Thank you for your support of our Squadron.
On Wednesday 18th March, Chief Commissioner James Dixon MSA advised that the Australian Air League was pausing all face to face activities from the 23 March 2020 due to the continuing COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation, with a review on 20 April 2020.
However, this does not mean an end to all Air League activities.
We are currently preparing a program that will allow our cadets to continue their studies at home, and will have information available in the coming days.
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It has become apparent in recent days that to continue face to face operations under current Government restrictions, particularly around social distancing, has become increasingly difficult.
A decision has been made to pause face to face activities in the Australian Air League from 0001 hrs, 23 March 2020 in light of the continuing COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation, to be reviewed on 20 April 2020.
Details about the shutdown can be found in Federal Standing Order 02/2020 found below together with a letter from Chief.Comr. James Dixon MSA.