Important visits to two of Western Australia’s leading aviation organisations today with the Governor heading to Jandakot for briefings at both the Royal Flying Doctor Service of WA (RFDSWA) HQ and the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia (RACWA)
The Governor is Patron of both organisations and began his visit meeting with members of the Aero Club and learning more about a major celebration being planned for later this year around the 100th anniversary of the first airmail and commercial air service in Australia, launched as WA Airways in 1921 by the Club’s inaugural President Sir Norman Brearley.
The Governor also met with some of the flight instructors and students working towards their commercial airline pilots license, as well as stopping to congratulate Toni Weston who has just become the first woman at the club to achieve a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer qualification.
Business update from the Royal Flying Doctor Service
The Governor then travelled to the Royal Flying Doctor Service HQ to meet with RFDSWA CEO Rebecca Tomkinson and General Manager Aviation Anthony Green.
There he received an update on some exciting new developments taking place including the pending arrival of two new custom built helicopters that will significantly add to the RFDS’s life-saving capabilities around WA later this year.
He was also briefed on the RFDS’s work in helping transport COVID vaccines across WA, with special equipment and trained medical staff being used to ensure necessary vaccines are kept at correct temperature for distribution statewide.