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Flight fundraiser supports drought-stricken farmers

Aviation High School student takes flight to support drought relief. 

​​​​Aviation High School students recently embarked on an epic 20 hour journey from Brisbane to Perth in a school flight simulator — all to raise vital funds for struggling farmers.

The budding pilots in Years 7–12 planned, fundraised and trained for weeks in the lead up to the school air race, raising $2,​000 towards 20 large hay bales for farmer​s in need.

Mark Heinrich, Aviation High School's aerospace teacher, said the students had to fully plan their route across the country, from rostering their teams to fuel stops along the way.

"It was exciting to see our students work together in teams for a worthy cause and take control of a Cessna 172 for their overnight journey to Perth," Mr Heinrich said.

"Students took turns flying throughout the night and there were staff on hand to supervise and check that no team became too lost on the lengthy route," he said.

Principal David Munn said the school flight race was a worthwhile experience for students.

"Flying for extended periods is no easy feat, so we are incredibly proud of our students for their outstanding flight and fundraising efforts," Mr Munn said.

"As Australia's top aviation-focused high school, we are pleased to be offering our students fun and challenging experiences like this to help grow their aviation and aerospace aspirations and skills," he said.

Aviation High School is an independent public high school providing direct pathways for students seeking careers in aviation and aerospace industries, as well as quality education across all key learning areas.

To find out more, visit Aviation High School.

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Last updated
10 December 2018