Holsworthy Aviation Unit

Edmondson Park and Southern Highlands Squadron had the fantastic opportunity to visit the 6th Aviation Regiment at the Holsworthy Aviation Unit yesterday, which is part of the 16th Aviation Brigade – Australian Army.

The Cadets learned about the Army’s Aviation History, their helicopters, and the careers of the Pilot and Mechanic that showed us around. The Squadrons also got an amazing surprise when they were allowed to get into the MRH-90 Taipan, which had initially not been part of the visit.

A big thank you to the parents for being so patient when both of the sessions ran over.

And another huge thank you to the 16th Aviation Regiment for allowing us to come and visit the Unit and giving us an overview of what you do, and a fantastic experience.

Qantas Engineering Academy

Do you have an interest in engineering? Qantas recently announced that its engineering academy will have training centres in both Brisbane and Melbourne. 

Apprentice engineer works on an aircraft engine  component

The Flying Kangaroo says the program, which aims to train up to 300 people each year from 2025, will be run in partnership with Aviation Australia. It also follows concerns that major airlines and the government haven’t been doing enough to address a developing lack of engineers, which has already seen Rex cut back services.

To learn more – check out the news on Australian Aviation.

Calling All Budding Engineers

The Jetstar Engineering team is proud to kick off recruitment for their 2024 Engineering Apprenticeship Program.

They are seeking new starters to commence in 2024 to hit the ground running in an intensive four-year development program that will lead to a fantastic career as a Jetstar Aircraft Engineer.

If you know anyone looking to launch their aviation career, then now is the perfect time to join.

Take a look at their website to apply or to find out more about their current advertisements (closing on 21 July 2023).

Here’s what two of our current apprentices say about their journey in this experience:

“The apprentice program is really amazing because you learn so much and it’s not just about your skills on the tools, it’s also your skills with people. Everyday you’re learning from respected and skilled LAMEs and AMEs – it’s like a family.” – Yana Mabutinsecond-year apprentice. 

“I didn’t know this is what I wanted to do, but now I’ve ended up here, I’m absolutely loving it. I do anything from filter changes to engine changes. We get to do a really broad range of things. Anyone can do it; you just have to have a good work ethic and be willing to learn.” – Bradley Cooper, second-year apprentice. 

Women in Aviation 2023 – Forest Lake Sqn

On a stormy Wednesday evening in March, Forest Lake Squadron of the Australian Air League held its annual Women in Aviation Night, which has proven to be a big hit with cadets and adults alike and a regular feature on the Squadron calendar. 

Each year the Squadron is privileged to hear from women in various aviation and aerospace roles, from international airline and domestic pilots, Flight Test Systems Specialists to Loadmasters and Engineers and this year was no different. 

The evening got off to a rocky start with a large microburst passing over the airfield and the Officers trying to reconfigure the hangar and aircraft now parked outside. Luckily it cleared within 15 minutes, providing a picturesque backdrop for our invited guests and speakers. 

The first speaker was Erin Douglas, who is a flying instructor at the nearby Redcliffe Airport. Erin was initially fearful of flying; however, she was determined to beat her fear, and after a trial flight, she has never looked back! From that start, today she is now a flying instructor and is teaching student pilots the art of learning to fly aircraft. 

Erin had the cadets enthralled with amazing tales of the many aircraft she has flown in and the multiple jobs she has held across the aviation industry so far; she inspired the cadets to pursue an aviation career, which may not even be the traditional pilot role. 

Erin will also soon appear in an upcoming documentary called “Touch the Sky”, which follows eight Australian women overcoming barriers and getting to where they want to be – flying. 

These women include mothers, daughters, influencers, and refugees who together share what it takes to overcome internal expectations and external pressures to take to the skies. Some are just beginning their aviation journey while others are further along, but all want to encourage more female participation in an industry they have come to love.

To learn more about this documentary, visit the website at https://www.touchthesky.au.

With the cadets still buzzing from Erin’s presentation, the cadets were then joined by SGT Jaci, who is an Air Movements member with the Royal Australian Air Force.

Jaci explained to the cadets some of the many tasks that are involved with her job as an Air Movements member, such as how cargo and passengers are prepared and briefed before a flight, how pallets of cargo are built and weighed, then loaded onto aircraft and communicated to the flight crew who then enter the weights into the aircraft computer and make sure it is all reflected accurately. Jaci also explained how she is responsible for refuelling aircraft, including the C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster.

Some of the more interesting experiences she shared included moving a Role 2 Medical Hospital from Vietnam to South Sudan and loading Australian Army helicopters into the back of a C-17 Globemaster transport to be flown quickly to where they are needed.

The night was rounded off by a presentation by Dr Carmel, who is an Aviation Medical Officer within the Royal Australian Air Force. 

Dr Carmel discussed the pathway to medicine in the Air Force from her time at school, through her medical training, to practising winching operations off a rescue helicopter and flying with the Roulettes as their Doctor and deploying on operations worldwide.

As with previous years, the night was a great success. The cadets and parents of Forest Lake Squadron wish to thank all the inspirational speakers that generously donated their time to come along to talk to the cadets about their experiences.

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