The Australian Air League also provides several programs on aviation and other related subjects which gives cadets the necessary foundation they need to pursue a successful career in aviation. Many of our members are aviation enthusiasts who are interested in having a career in aviation, our educational programs and training in related subjects prepare them for this whether they choose it as a hobby or career.
As a member of the Australian Air League, there are various training and educational programs available and some even come with certification awards. The highest education award available to members is the Diploma, and it is available in three categories;
Members complete 15 subject badges, plus one optional subject badge, in 3 stages. Badges are both theory and practical subjects. Badge work can be completed through the Squadron or home study. On completion of the Diploma, the member received a Certificate of Attainment and the Gold General Aviation badge.
Members complete 15 subject badges, plus one optional subject badge, in 3 stages. Badges are aviation theory subjects. Badge work can be completed through the Squadron or home study. On completion of the Diploma the member received a Certificate of Attainment and the Silver Aviation Diploma Badge.
Members must have attained both the General and Aviation diploma. They are then required to complete the Advanced Aviation Knowledge Badge, and the Gold Diploma is awarded. Badge work can be completed through the Squadron or home study. On completion of the Diploma the member received a Certificate of Attainment and the Gold Diploma badge.
Our annual programs include visits to museums and other venues of aeronautical interest to enhance and give relevance to the badge subjects being taught. Squadron members also attend air shows. Every year, the Australian Air League nominates an aviation subject for a major education display by Squadrons at the annual Reviews. Padstow Squadron has entered these competitions regularly including winning displays on The Wright Brothers, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.
A graded workbook/badge system enables a Cadet to start at a basic level, increasing knowledge and interest by progressing through the courses to the equivalent of Private Pilot’s standard (which include some subjects to a commercial standard).
Technical subjects give Cadets a sound knowledge in engineering principles and practice, such as Aircraft Construction and Aero Engines. Class time seeks to generate interest and enthusiasm, progressive knowledge, imagination and interest in the subjects taught. Engenders teamwork, as well as patience and confidence in achievement.
When an education display is completed, Cadets participate in the research, construction and finishing of the display to Museum standard. This includes a large number of craft skills, design work and fabrication, painting and finishing.
Training resources are available for educators, and members can also use these resources to improve their understanding of aviation and every aspect of it.