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Oakey students soar to new heights

Five Oakey Aerospace students have recently returned from witnessing Australia’s biennial International Aerospace and Defence Expo held at Geelong. The opportunity to visit the expo was made possible by generous sponsorship from Airbus Group Australia Pacific who ensured that the boys, their teacher Mr Nathan Maag, and two chaperones were well looked after over two days of the show. 
Last week Mr Marc Ware, Director of Oakey Ops for Airbus Group Australia Pacific, and Mr Noel Gorton visited Oakey High for assembly.  Aerospace teacher Mr Nathan Maag and his students took the opportunity to publicly thank Airbus representatives for the opportunity they gave Oakey Aerospace students.  
On the morning of the first day of the airshow a student conference was held, and it was during that time that young people witnessed presentations about possible pathways into the aviation industry. After the conference  Oakey students  received a guided tour by a young woman who will soon relocate to Germany to work for Airbus on their International Space Station.
Over two days the Oakey boys witnessed the latest military heavy metal, and state-of-the-art flying machines, and giant heavy lift leviathans from home and overseas. World War II aircraft soared skyward amongst aerobatic and precision flying displays by jet fighters, bombers and attack helicopters.
 Six Airbus helicopters from Oakey were also on show. Numerous displays of the latest products and inventions from the world’s leading aviation, aerospace and defence companies gave the airshow visitors plenty to see.

“From the Airbus Chalet, we could see the full runway and hear the jets’ thunderous roar as they flew low over our heads ,” Riley Ireland recalled.
Whilst the Oakey group were very impressed by the exhibits and flying demonstrations by day, the evening show was spectacular.
“The night program started with a drone covered in fluoro pink and green lights which was soon joined by a second glider with similar lighting. A pair of C-130 Hercules planes released mega fireworks which lit up the sky like it was day,” Jordan Totenhofer reflected.
“If any of us weren’t thinking about a career in aerospace before our excursion, after talking to everyone at the show we were definitely convinced it was the way to go by the time we returned to Oakey. Thank you Airbus,” Jordan added.
 No trip to Victoria would be complete without a visit to several iconic destinations in Melbourne. The Oakey visitors enjoyed a privately guided walking tour through Melbourne,  exploring  the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground and associated sporting museums,  Rod Laver Arena, Captain Cook Cottage, Victoria’s Parliamentary buildings, a cheese cellar, trams, and more.