First Officer

A story of a boy who is taught to fly a light aircraft.

The Peninsula Aero Club and the Story of First Officer

All flying is carried out from the Peninsula Aero Club’s airfield at Tyabb on Melbourne’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

The airfield is home to the Peninsula Aero Club’s flying school and to a unique collection of privately owned historic and warbird aircraft.

Tyabb’s airfield is the only airport on the Mornington Peninsula, a factor which drives the airport management to place the airport at the disposal of the aerial ambulance, police, fire-fighting services, emergency rescue and the military.   It is a community asset.

As a fund-raiser for worthwhile community projects, the Peninsula Aero Club stages an airshow every two years, a special day each year to benefit the families of sick children and has been prominent in fund-raising for breast cancer awareness.

It is an aero club which engenders a huge amount of pride from both its membership and the community.

The Melbourne Region with Port Phillip and Western Port Bays

The small town of Tyabb lies to the south-east, close to the shore of Western Port Bay.

Unlike Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay where most of Melbourne’s residential and industrial development is spread around its shoreline, Western Port Bay is very different.  The greater part of it is undeveloped.   Agriculture, rural towns and unspoiled shoreline are the norm.  The development that does exist tends to be concentrated close to the town of Hastings.   The small town of Tyabb is close by.

First Officer and Australia’s future

According the International Air Transport Association, their twenty year forecast indicates that passenger numbers will double by 2037. 

The biggest driver of this growth will be China, with India, Indonesia, Thailand and the nations of the east Asia region close behind.    The Boeing Aircraft Corporation foresees a demand for more than 800,000 new commercial pilots throughout this period.

Australia has stood at the forefront of aviation since the days of the Wright Brothers.  It has been an aviation pioneer.  Flight training standards are well-practiced and enforced.   Many neighboring countries rely on Australian flying colleges to provide the initial flight training to their future airline pilots.

And it all begins in the cockpits of light aircraft.

First Officer’s story is for young people, both male and female.  An extremely bright aviation future lies ahead for them, but success will require that they succeed in the science based courses at schools and universities.  

The next twenty years will be a challenging period for Australia.   Success and prosperity are beckoning,  but they need to be earned.  Application and hard work are the keys to success.

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