Queensland-based Cadets get unique aviation tour

Australian Air Force Cadets from 205SQN Lockyer Valley, 209SQN Oakey and 210SQN Toowoomba, and Navy Cadets from TS Toowoomba visited numerous aviation organisations at the Toowoomba and Wellcamp Airports on the weekend of 28-30 July.

CAPTION: Leading Cadet Georgia McLeod at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport. Words and photos supplied by Public Affairs Communication Officer – LAC (AAFC) Michael Williams.

Activity highlights included the Easterwell Kingair fleet where cadets were able to interact with pilots John Pratt and Tim Berry and learn what it was like to fly for one of Australia’s leading integrated energy and mining services providers.

Words and photos supplied by Public Affairs Communication Officer – LAC (AAFC) Michael Williams.
Words and photos supplied by Public Affairs Communication Officer – LAC (AAFC) Michael Williams.

A tour of the Aerotec Warbird collection and the Darling Downs Aero Club also provided some contrasting aircraft types for the cadets to sit in and learn about.

Cadets had the opportunity to speak to a Royal Flying Doctor Service pilot and a base manager, and learned about the lifesaving and patient transport tasks this team is involved in.

Keeping with the rescue theme, the training group then toured the Lifeflight Rescue Helicopter Base where a great demonstration was provided by pilots, doctors and flight paramedics.

On Sunday, Cadets visited Australia’s newest airport, the Brisbane West Wellcamp airport and had a full behind-the-scenes tour, which involved seeing an Airnorth E170 jet up close, baggage-handling facilities, security screening and the freight terminal.

The weekend finished off with a visit to the Oakey Army Aviation Museum.

Cadets had the ability to learn about the many different roles in Australia’s aviation industry, in their own back yard.

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