Congratulations to Year 10 student, George Bell, for piloting his first solo flight in TVW (‘Tango, Victor, Whiskey’); the Coonabarabran Aero Club, Piper Warrior. In the last school holidays, Catherine (George’s Ward Air Instructor) decided that he was ready to take on the Coonabarabran circuit area solo. His first solo flight was one year and one day since he started training with Ward Air. Although a little worried at first when the instructor left him to pilot the plane alone, he said he just remembered his training and went through the motions, landing safely and happily on the ground around ten minutes later. The next day, with conditions slightly more windy, George was able to complete three more complete circuits of the airport solo.
George has been participating in the school’s Flight Simulator Program that was set up by fabulously committed members of the Coonabarabran Aero Club, quite a few of whom give up their time each week to guide high school students through the rudiments of flying. The Flight Simulator was set up some years ago through the generous support of the National Australia Bank. George says that the program is what sparked his interest in flying. So, it was a very exciting day for George and the Aero Club to see their initiative to get people interested in flying and have another of their student pilots reach the next phase of their flight training.
On 17 April 2019, twelve Coonabarabran High School students participated in a 9-day tour of Vietnam where they explored historical and cultural sites across Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Students enjoyed exploring the food and culture as well as obtaining invaluable first-hand information about Vietnamese life and experiences of the Vietnam War. Of particular interest were the visits to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and Presidential Palace complex, the Hoa Loa Prison Museum (better known as the Hanoi Hilton), visiting a local school for disadvantaged and street children, exploring the Mekong Delta through a Homestay, the commemoration ceremony at Long Tan, and meeting a Vietnamese veteran from the Vietnam War. Excursion organiser Dr Michael Armstrong commended the students for their excellent attitude to experiencing and trying new things, for their respectful manner, and for making the most of the opportunities they were provided.
more photos from Vietnam trip below: