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Success at the 2017 Queensland Aerospace Industry Education Awards

 
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Three Atherton State High School students journeyed to Brisbane on Tuesday last week as finalists in the 2017 Queensland Aerospace Industry Education Awards. These prestigious awards are run by the Gateway into Industry Schools Program and sponsored by many large aerospace companies such as Qantas, Boeing, Virgin Australia, the Air Force and many more. Schools across Queensland compete ardently for the twelve awards on offer.  Year 11 student Lauren Ruscoe was a finalist for the Brisbane Airport Corporation Award and the Honourable Company of Air Pilots Award. Year 11 student Daniel Dilger was a finalist for the Qantas Quest Award and the Honourable Company of Air Pilots Award. Year 12 student Rowan McNab was finalist for the Royal Aeronautical Society Award and the TAE Aerospace Young Innovators Award. The judges spoke highly of the excellent work presented by the students.  Rowan took out the Royal Aeronautical Society Award – a prize of $500 and membership to the Royal Aeronautical Society. An awesome and well deserved result!  Lauren and Daniel, whilst not winners on the day, represented Atherton State High School admirably and we are very proud of their fantastic achievements. While we were in Brisbane for the day, we took advantage of some excellent industry visits that were organised for us and, as well, the finalists from Townsville and Mackay, by the Aerospace Gateway into Industry Schools’ Project Manager, Jennifer Harrison-Hart. These visits included access to the Qantas Maintenance Facility at Hangar 3 at Brisbane Airport where they were undertaking heavy maintenance on one of their Airbus A330s. The group then had a look at the Virgin Australia Operations Centre where Virgin Australia staff control all aircraft and crews for their world-wide network. The industry tour finished with a look at the Boeing Virgin Simulator Centre. The students were lucky enough to have a brief flight in the Embraer 190 flight simulator that is used to train the airline pilots. The students (and parents!) thoroughly enjoyed these industry visits.  A sincere thank you to the students’ parents who accompanied the students to Brisbane and a huge thank you to Virgin Australia for providing free travel down to Brisbane for our three students.   Jon Collins - Aerospace Teacher
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Last reviewed 08 April 2020
Last updated 08 April 2020