Women in Aviation Assistance Scholarship

The Regional Aviation Association of Australia and Bankstown Airport Limited would like to invite applications for the Women in Aviation Assistance Scholarship. Funded by Bankstown Airport Limited in partnership with BASAIR Aviation College with a value of over $3000, this scholarship will allow five (5) young women to each undergo two (2) introductory flights with BASAIR. This will then be accompanied by two days on site with the Airport Management Team, learning about the compliance, operations, aviation safety and contractor management at the Airport.

These awards will be aimed at young women currently residing near or within the Sydney Basin area and the applicants will ideally be studying Year 11 or 12 at a school or TAFE. For further information please go here.

WW2 Navy Pilot Visits Doncaster

Doncaster Squadron in Victoria was recently visited by Mr Charles “Hank” Fargher, a former RAN pilot to discuss his military career.

When WWII began, Hank was an apprentice fitter and turner, this trade meant he was exempt from military service.

However he decided to join the RAAF in 1943 and expected to work as a fitter and turner there.

After basic training, he was told that they required Air Crew more desperately, so he began his training as an Observer. He spent his war time service in Cornwall in the UK. At wars end, he came back to Melbourne and was demobbed from the RAAF as a Flight Sergeant (Observer). Having heard that the RAN was soon to acquire an Aircraft Carrier, he walked across the road to the RAN recruitment office, still in his RAAF uniform.

Hank did his basic training followed an Officer’s course and was attached to 816 Squadron (RAN). Hank served on HMAS Vengeance (on lease from the Royal Navy) until HMAS Melbourne was commissioned.

On the Melbourne, Hank crewed Fairey Fireflys and Fairey Gannets, both Anti-Submarine aircraft. Hank also served on HMAS Sydney, the sister ship to the Melbourne. He spent 12 years in the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm, reaching the rank of Liuetenant and a further six years in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves.

The cadets found his talk very enlightening and we thank Hank for telling the cadets his story.

Regional Aviation Association of Australia – Scholarships 2018

Every year the Regional Aviation Association of Australia offers scholarships to upcoming pilots and engineers in our membership group. This year they have opened up these scholarships to the whole aviation industry. Please find attached application forms for the scholarships that are on offer for 2018. These applications are open until 31 August 2018. Scholarships range up to $7,500 and applications are now open for student Pilots, Engineering apprentices and also young women looking to enter the industry (Sydney only). These scholarships will be presented at the RAAA 2018 National Convention Gala Dinner in October.

Details of the scholarships as well as application forms can found in the attached files

Ansett Pilot Scholarship

Jeppesen Aircraft Maintenance (Avionics)

Hawker Pacific Aircraft Maintenance (Airframe Engines)

Women in Aviation Scholarship (Sydney)

Hawker Pacific Aircraft Maintenance (Avionics)

Moorabbin Flying Services Multi Crew Cooperation Scholarship

Jeppesen Pilot Scholarship

 

Port Adelaide NCO Awarded Flying Scholarship

Corporal Preethika Ganiger from the Port Adelaide Squadron of the Australian Air League  was recently awarded a flying scholarship through Recreational Aviation Australia (https://www.raa.asn.au/)

Preethika completed the application, and attached the supporting reference letters including one from South Australia Wing OC Gp.Comr. Martin Ball.

The application also required an essay of no more than 1000 words, but of this requirement Preethika said, “I mean how could you write something like wanting to achieve a childhood dream in just 1000 words? Impossible.”

After submitting the application Preethika then had to wait 4 long months.

Finally, in July she received a letter advising she was successful in beating out 81 other entrants, in obtaining the scholarship and is now well on her way in achieving her flying goals.

Reflecting on this achievement Preethika said, “As a cadet of the Australian Air league, the coaching and knowledge of Aviation and air experiences and support from the officers and educators are true key to achieve this scholarship.”

All of us here at Port Adelaide Squadron, wish her the very best in her pursuit of her flying dream.

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