For members of the Australian Air League who are interested in aviation and aeroplanes, flying is the highlight of the activities that they will be involved in during their time in the Padstow Squadron. The flight activities encompass several things which include Remote Control, Air Experiences, Flight Resources, and Aero Modelling. Our flight activities are where squadron members who are interested in flying get the real experience they desire. The flight activities entail;
We offer flight experience to Cadets yearly. This can be through a visit to the Australian Air League Air Activities Centre at Camden for Air Experience flights as well as to Gliding clubs. The Air Activity Centre gives members the opportunity to gain their Pilots License up to Commercial standard at competitive rates. There are also Air Activity Badge weekends where Cadets can gain flying experience to enhance and apply knowledge gained through the Padstow Squadron aviation badge program.
At Padstow Squadron, we offer Electric model flight instruction monthly at Kelso Park North. Members have the opportunity to learn how to fly electric model aircraft owned by the Squadron. Instructors have experienced model pilots who assist the student through a remote control buddy system. Through this Model flight instruction, students can develop depth perception, motor skills, pilot patience and judgement, ability to follow instructions.
Padstow Squadron runs a comprehensive aero-modelling program where Cadets build a range of aircraft and flying models. The building is undertaken on Squadron parade nights and is conducted in concert with the Australian Air League aero-modelling workbook program.
Model making develops patience, imagination, fine motor skills, maths and science knowledge and application, competitive spirit. When the model flies, the cadet develops knowledge in streamlining and trimming the models for flight; problem-solving skills.
It is a testimony to the knowledge of our instructors and the skill of our members that Padstow Squadron has consistently gained wins or placings in these competitions for the models entered.
Model making develops patience, imagination, fine motor skills, maths and science knowledge and application, competitive spirit. When the model flies, the cadet develops knowledge in streamlining and trimming the models for flight; problem-solving skills. It also develops skills of reading and interpreting plans, using plans to build a complete model through working with various materials and tools in cutting, sanding, gluing and research; designing and painting (hand/airbrush) his models paint scheme to a high standard.
We also provide flight resources for our members to learn the rudiments of flying and understand the technical aspects of flying. Whether they are thinking of having a career in aviation or just as a hobby, they will have the necessary skills they need to excel in the aviation sector if they want to have a career in it.