Program innovation and expansion
This year has seen the expansion of the aviation program, both in student numbers and the number of courses offered. Presently, twenty-eight students are enrolled in the program and six courses are offered to cater for all the aviation desires/needs of our students. The courses now offered are:
Course 1: RA-Aus Pilot Certificate
Course 2: RA-Aus Cross-Country & Passenger Carrying Endorsement
Course 3: RePL Preliminary (CASA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Licence) Course
Course 4: RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) Aerial Photography & Videography Course
Course 5: Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)
Course 6: Introduction to Aviation Certificate Course
Another qualified pilot
Congratulations to Cameron Maclean (Year 11) who became our latest qualified pilot, having obtained his RA-Aus Pilot Certificate and his RA-Aus Cross-Country & Passenger Carrying Endorsement. Cameron has aspirations to become a commercial pilot once he leaves school.
Once again, many thanks to our CFI (Chief Flying Instructor), Martin Hughes, for his efforts with Cameron.
The new Introduction to Aviation Course
This course is designed primarily for Years 7 and 8. The main purpose of the course is to assist students to decide if aviation is of interest to them and then, if so, to decide to go down the fixed-wing aircraft path or the quadcopter drone path. The course consists of four modules:
1. The Basics,
2. How to Fly an Aeroplane,
3. How to Fly a Drone, and
4. GNSS Systems (latitude and longitude – the backbone of aviation navigation).
Although the course is scheduled to be undertaken over two terms, four students have already completed the course and are now undertaking two of the commercial courses, the RA-Aus Pilot Certificate and the RePL – drone commercial licence.
It has been great to see the number of girls who are now in the program. These girls have already displayed significant aptitude and we look forward to more girls joining the program in the near future.
Five new SMGS RePL Qualified Pilots
It is pleasing to note that five of our students have now obtained their CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) RePL (Remote Pilots Licence – quadcopter drones). This is a commercial qualification and required the students to sit a 3½ hour theory examination (pass mark 70%) and a ½ hour practical flying test (pass mark 100%). Congratulations to the following students:
Bode Townend (Year 10)
Cody Gould (Year 10)
Spencer Walker-Broose (Year 10)
Nathaniel Woodcock (Year 11)
Benjamin Wynn (Year 10)
Daniel Ternes-Dixon also successfully passed the flying test and will soon be undertaking his theory examination.
Year 11, Cameron Maclean recently obtained his RA-Aus Pilot Certificate and his RA-Aus Cross-Country & Passenger Carrying Endorsement.
Year 10 student, Bode Townend was one of five students to achieve their CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) RePL (Remote Pilots Licence – quadcopter drones). This is a commercial qualification.
In it’s first Term, the new Introduction to Aviation Course has been very popular!