AIR LEAGUE | Bass Hill RSL donates new flag to our cadets

The local squadron of the Australian Air League held their half-yearly presentation night last month.

Bass Hill RSL president RonDuckworth and secretary GaryRoser presented the squadron with a new flag, on behalf of the RSL.

The squadron band and other marching units helped celebrate members' achievements, along with friends, family and guests, also including Western Sydney Airport general manager ScottMackillop, federal Hughes MP CraigKelly and federal Fowler MP ChrisHayes, who later said on Facebook: "These young men wear their uniform with pride and constantly strive for excellence. I commend commissioner Ray Bell and all the officers and cadets in the squadron for their hard work and dedication."

Cadets enjoyed keynote presentations, in particular the airport's Mr Mackillop who said: "I can't wait to see the cadets commanding aircraft flying into Western Sydney International!"

Commanding officer RaymondBell summed up the evening as "amazing". He said: "It was an excellent event with the cadets achievements celebrated by family and friends and even greater was the generosity of Bass Hill RSL who donated a new flag for the squadron, replacing the existing one."

Outgoing Squadron Sergeant Lachlan Hyde was promoted with three other cadets to become Trainee Officers.

He handed over the reins to Corporal NoahTran.

The Air-Mindedness Development League was formed in July in 1934, soon changed to Australian Air League.

Often referred to as "The Primary School of Aviation", the league is a youth organisation for ages 8 to 18 and encourages an interest in flying, either as a career or a hobby in the spirit of aviation.

Cadets attend weekly squadron parade nights, where they take part in activities including model-aircraft building, camp craft, physical training and aviation classes.

Many former cadets credit their league experience as giving them a head start in their careers.

Air League officers all have Working with Children checks.

Members 14 and over have an opportunity to learn to fly at the Air League's Camden Air Activities Centre with qualified volunteer instructors.

Moorebank squadron meets every Friday during school terms, from 7pm to 9pm, at Nuwarra Public School on McKay Avenue at Moorebank.

  • Details: Moorebank squadron Commanding Officer Raymond Bell, 9153 7415 or