Canning Vale College maverick one of 14 to attend RAAF’s Flight Camp for Young Women


Cairenn Jayne Dawson.
Cairenn Jayne Dawson.

A CANNING Vale College student was one of only 14 selected to attend last month’s Flight Camp for Young Women.

Sixteen-year-old Cairenn Jayne Dawson was one of a select few to take part in the Royal Australian Air Force camp at Base Pearce, where she and the other attendees were able to experience military aviation roles first hand and learn the routines of an Air Force base.

Cairenn said it was an experience she would never forget.

“I enjoyed the (flight) simulator because I got to sit inside a realistic aircraft cockpit with realistic controls and pilot the aircraft while speaking to an instructor through a headset,” she said.

“The cockpit was completely surrounded by a screen that showed a realistic view of Perth – it was very cool.”

Diversity and Inclusion officer in charge squadron leader Jacqueline Killain said the participants were also able to enjoy mentoring sessions with pilot trainees and aviation officers, as well as team building and public speaking activities and military fitness training.

She said camp participants were selected on the strength of their application, leadership qualities and interest in future pilot and officer aviation roles.

Visit www.airforce.gov.au/our-people/our-culture/woman-air-force/air-force-camps-young-women for more information.

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