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Aviation

When I was growing up and even now I’ve admired planes and helicopters as they have flown overhead or watched them land. My Dad had loved planes since he was a boy and my grandfather had been a honoary captain in the RAF, sent over to liberated Germany to gather information and techniques of photographic development (especially to do with aerial reconesense photography) before the Russians acquired it. My brother and Dad talked a lot about planes and flew model planes and I joined in too. As a family we went to airshows and plane spotted and tried to determine what organisation a helicopter flying overhead was from. Even the sound of Australian Army Iraqioux flying over made me think of Vietnam veterans and the anxiety the thudding sound of the rotor blades evoked. But I never really contemplated studying or a career in aviation, I had other interests and career aspirations. I kept up my interest though, and I was fascinated to hear the story of a family friend whose mother was an aviatrix in the 1920’s and 1930’s in Australia. She even beat in an air race a pilot who went on to establish one of Australia’s airlines! What an inspiration! Then a few years later I got a position in admin at a calibration lab that calibrated, serviced and sold equipment to the aviation industry (multi-national aerospace companies, helicopter operators, government agencies and the Defense Department). And it was based near the local airfield with small aircraft and helicopters of all shapes and sizes taking off and landing all the time. And then for the last 6 months of my job I was the sales admin person working closely with buying and selling aviation equipment and accessories from major international companies. I found it fascinating and intriguing and I enjoyed learning the terminology, different aircraft models and industry requirements. Sometimes I miss it, but I still have that interest and I will keep that up.

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Aviation

When I was growing up and even now I’ve admired planes and helicopters as they have flown overhead or watched them land. My Dad had loved planes since he was a boy and my grandfather had been an honoary captain in the RAF, sent over to liberated Germany to gather information and techniques of photographic development (especially to do with aerial reconesense photography) before the Russians acquired it. My brother and Dad talked alot about planes and flew model planes and I joined in too. As a family we went to airshows and plane spotted and tried to determine what organisation a helicopter flying overhead was from. Even the sound of Australian Army Iraqiox flying over made me think of Vietnam veterans and the anxiety the thuding sound of the rotor blades evoked. But I never really contemplated studying or a career in aviation, I had other interests and career aspirations. I kept up my interest though, and I was fascinated to hear the story of a family friend whose mother was an aviatrix in the 1920’s and 1930’s in Australia. She even beat in a air race a pilot who went on to establish one of Australia’s airlines! What an inspiration! Then a few years later I got a positon in admin at a calibration lab that calibrated, serviced and sold equipment to the aviation industry (multi-national aerospace companies, helicopter operators, government agencies and the Defense Department). And it was based near the local airfield with small aircraft and helicopters of all shapes and sizes taking off and landing all the time. And then for the last 6 months of my job I was the sales admin person working closely with buying and selling aviation equipment and accessories from major international companies. I found it fascinating and intriguing and I enjoyed learning the terminology, different aircraft models and industry requirements. Sometimes I miss it, but I still have that interest and I will keep that up.

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Air Ambulances

Just watched a helicopter land on the heipad of the local public hospital. What great work air ambulances do! Transport a patient for urgent medical care. So graceful in their approach, hovering and landing. Oh I miss being near the local airfield and watching the Augusta Weston Emergency Management chopper landing and taking off. Helicopters are fascinating!

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