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Shepparton cadets make a flying start

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Sunday was the best day of the year for young members of the 419 Squadron Shepparton Australian Air Force Cadets, as they flew and landed a plane independently at Shepparton Airport.

For many of the cadets and leading cadets, this was their first taste of flying, providing the participants aged 13 to 16 with aviation experience for a future career.

The Commonwealth-funded program gives all participants a chance to sit in the control seat and fly around for 30minutes.

Administration support and mother-of-three 419 Squadron Shepparton AAFCs Georgina Nunn said the program offered young people a ‘‘fantastic opportunity’’.

‘‘It’s a rewarding experience as the cadets get to see the whole area from the sky,’’ she said.

‘‘Air force cadets are recognisable for their organisation skills, manners and pride that is seen in all walks of life. They are also a big part of the community.’’

Georgia von Guttner, who has two sons in the Shepparton squadron, said she enjoyed the ‘‘encouraging environment’’ for her children.

‘‘Employers and universities regard the cadets highly,’’ she said.

‘‘They make great friendships and get involved in the life of the community.’’

The 419 Squadron Shepparton Australian Air Force Cadets are currently recruiting and are always looking to support new members.

For more information, contact Georgina Nunn on 0407682782.