In Our Group with Australian Air League Bundaberg Squadron

The Australian Air League is for youth aged eight to 18 who have a passion for aviation, fun and adventure.

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Acting Officer Commanding Bundaberg Squadron Di Ballard shares details about the local association.

Tell us about the Bundaberg Squadron?

The Australian Air League, which has been serving youth since 1934, is widely considered to be a starting point for a career in the aviation industry.

We are now recruiting additional members for its Bundaberg squadron. 

The primary focus of the squadron is to provide aviation related material to those who have an interest in aviation or aircraft in general.

However, there is an additional objective of moulding our young members into highly regarded citizens and future community leaders.

Why is the group important to the Bundaberg Region?

The Australian Air League creates and encourages opportunities for youth and adult volunteers to explore aviation as a hobby or as a career.

We are planning a gliding day for early August at the Bundaberg Gliding Club, Childers Road.

More information will be available on our Facebook page as plans are finalised.

How can the community be involved?

Prospective cadets aged 8-17 years can attend three parade nights without obligation or charge to experience a squadron’s parade night activities.

Adult volunteer officers are uniformed members who supervise the cadets and coordinate the squadron’s activities – frequently with the opportunity to participate in airfield site visits, gliding, trainee flights and other exciting experiences at the same time. 

No experience is necessary as free online training is provided by the Air League.

All that is required is enthusiasm, dedication and an interest in aviation and youth development and empowerment.

If you are interested in becoming an officer with the Bundaberg Squadron you can contact the Officer Commanding Bundaberg Squadron, Group Commissioner, Di Ballard on 0466 654 541 or email to

When and where do you meet?

Parade nights are held one night each week, in school terms for two hours, where cadets participate in aviation theory classes, ceremonial drill, model aircraft building and other fun activities.

Parade nights are held at Kendalls Road, Avoca from 6.15 – 8.15 pm.

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