Dick Smith delivers special trophy to Camden Air League Squadron cadet

Aviation memory: Dick Smith and Paulette McIver (pictured) joined the Camden Air League Squadron recently to present the inaugural Laurie McIver Memorial Trophy.

Aviation memory: Dick Smith and Paulette McIver (pictured) joined the Camden Air League Squadron recently to present the inaugural Laurie McIver Memorial Trophy.

Renowned Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith flew his helicopter  to Camden Airport to visit members of the Camden Air League Squadron and present the inaugural Laurie McIver Memorial Trophy.

Laurie McIver ran a pilot training school at the old Hoxton Park airport and taught Dick Smith how to fly, they became friends and went on numerous adventures.

Laurie died in 1995.

Mr Smith while accompanied by Paulette McIver, widow of Mr McIver, presented the inaugural trophy to Sergeant Lachlan Abernethy who best demonstrated and upheld the values of the Australian Boys Air League. 

“It’s a real thrill to receive an award from such a great Australian”, Lachlan, 15, said.

Lachlan is a trainee pilot from Camden Squadron and is learning to fly the Air League’s Cessna and Piper Cherokee aircraft out of Camden Airport.  

He has received numerous awards throughout his time in the Air League, including three nominations for NSW Cadet of Year. 

Lachlan Abernethy with Dick Smith

Lachlan Abernethy with Dick Smith

McIver Engineering owner Jeff Bell said Mr McIver was both a wonderful man and a world class aviator and it was “fitting that his memory live on through the awarding of this perpetual trophy."

Mr Smith inspired the Air League cadets and their families with tales of his aviation adventures including record breaking around the world flights before having lunch, detailing the features of his helicopter and eventually flying back home

The Camden Squadron meet Friday nights at 7pm at Camden Airport. Friday nights typically include sessions on drill and education. Junior cadets start at the age of eight. For more details call Ron Roberts on 0499 377 399.

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