Q&A – Flight Testing Engineer

Join us tonight at 7pm for our next online Q&A Session.
This week our guest speaker is Jeremy Sequeira who is a Flight Test Engineer working with the RAAF.

To join us follow the link below to register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Q&A – Flight Test Engineer

Photography Competition Winners – Pets

Choosing the winners of our first Online Photography Competition was very hard, everyone entered some amazing photos.

Eventually we were able to narrow it down to two winners and they were;

  • 8-15 years Junior Cadet Grace Duffy – Bundaberg Squadron
  • 16+ years Sergeant Victor Tikhanov – Berwick Squadron

The winning photo taken by Grace was of her lovely cat Potato and we recently spoke to Grace and Victor about their enjoyment of Air League and hobbies.

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Course Workbooks Available Online

The Council of the League is pleased to advise that Australian Air League Course workbooks (Education, Field and Air Activities) are being progressively made available for purchase and download online, starting with the Class 4 workbooks.

Workbooks are available via the QM Store menu on the website or via the URL https://www.airleague.com.au/qmstore.

Proceeds from the sale of these online books will be used to support the Air League with $2.00 from each purchase going to the member’s Group, whilst the remainder will cover GST and other costs such as merchant fees.

Details on how to purchase them can be found in the circular below.

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Federal Operations Circular No1 . 2020 89.50 KB 99 downloads

Course Workbooks Available Online …

Australian Air League Education Competition 2020

The COVID-19 restrictions currently in place have made necessary a suspension of face to face meetings within the Australian Air League for an unspecified period of time as per the Federal Standing Order 02/2020.

This has also resulted in the postponement of the Australian Air League Review 2020 as per the Federal Routine Order 04/2020, however it has been decided to still hold some of the education competitions that can be handled remotely.

The three competitions will be the Essay competition, Photography competition and Modelling competition of the Group Build model, (1/72 scale Hawker Hurricane MK1).

The Education Competitions shall be held online and all entries emailed to the Federal Education Commissioner by no later than the 31st August, 2020 at education@airleague.com.au.

Full details can be found in the following circular.

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Federal Education Circular No 02/2020 726.34 KB 184 downloads

Australian Air League Education Competition 2020 Essay, Photography and Modelling…

Tamworth Cadet takes Flight

Monday 6th April saw Tamworth Leading Cadet Ji Thorley celebrate his birthday in a very unusual way. While not yet old enough at 15 to drive a car, Ji took off from Tamworth airport and possibly into the record books as the youngest person in Australia to fly solo.

Growing up under the final approach path at Tamworth Airport, Ji had been long fascinated with aviation and would enjoy watching the aircraft coming into land from his home.

At age 7 while taking part in the local ANZAC Day parade with another youth group he saw the Australian Air League and joined up as soon as he was old enough.

Through the Air League Ji started to learn about aviation and began progressing through the education syllabus, studying navigation, meteorology and the theory of flight. Each year the Squadron would undertake two flying days, in gliders and power flight, and last year when the Air League’s Piper Warrior aircraft flew up to Tamworth for a Squadron air experience day Ji got to take the controls for the first time under the supervision of the pilot.

In February this year Ji started his flying training with Airspeed Aviation, a local flying school at Tamworth, working towards his Recreational Pilot License (RPL). By April he had accumulated 10 hours of flying training in the Grob G115 aircraft and would soon be ready for his first solo.

CASA regulations state that a pilot must be at least 15 years old to go solo, and with his birthday soon approaching it was decided Ji would do his first solo on his birthday. Under perfect skies Ji did 5 circuits with his instructor who then told him he was ready to undertake his first solo.

Taxying back out to the runway; Ji opened the throttle on Grob VH-TGL and was soon airborne on his first solo flight. While he admitted to being a little nervous as he taxied out, those nerves disappeared as he took off, noting how quickly the Grop climbed without the instructor aboard. All too soon he was turning on final to touch down, ending this first flight.

Speaking to us after his first flight, Ji said his goal was to become a commercial pilot.

“I’d like to fly for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, or eventually for an airline that flies around the world”

We wish Ji all the best with his flying!

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