Ashdale Secondary College – Updates and Photo Gallery

If you have missed any updates from Ashdale Secondary College, they are here for you to view at your leisure.

MAY 2021

The Ashdale students have been working very hard on the fuselage and it is coming along nicely.  Extended build hours have been granted for the rest of term 2.    We have had a helping hand with a few members from Chapter 24 (Jandakot) who teamed up a couple of Saturday’s ago to give a helping hand to the Fuselage build.  They spent the whole day building (and had a great time doing it!).  Here is how far they moved the build forward.  It looks great.  A  big thank you to Peter Austin, John Browne, Richard Ewing, Glen Fuller, Andy George, Bill Keehner, Chris McGough and Malcolm Vivian.

MARCH 2021

We have returned to a new set of students who are all eager to be a part of the plane build.  Our progress was interrupted by a COVID-19 lockdown.   Although they are raw beginners; they are showing great promise in terms of enthusiasm. Worked hours is limited at the moment with extended hours proposed for later in March.


The Ashdale Aviators are continuing to make progress on the fuselage.  We are very close to getting the Centre Bulk head and baggage floor together and the fuselage will start taking shape.  The students have just finished exams and we are finishing the term with some extended build sessions.  We are hoping to do some building in the holidays once everyone has had a well earned rest. Ashdale have been awarded the WA Governor STEM award for 2020 – Congratulations to you all.


Update received from Malcolm Vivian – Regional Project Manager

Since the fuselage kit was received,  the inventory checks commenced with the aid of students.  Work has continued on test pieces during this period with mentor assistance.  Along with the test pieces we have continued with General Information Section.  The students have been broken into four groups and they will stay in these groups for the time being.   Four work packs developed for student groups to start work on, a mentor was assigned to each group. Work has commenced on the Fuselage Centre Section and Mid-Section.


Today (6th August) Ashdale Secondary College received their fuselage. There was great excitement around the school. SAAA National President, Tony White and Treasurer Andy George picked up the kit and delivered it to the school. SAAA Secretary John Smith joined us and it was fantastic to have the Executive Team meet the Principal Kylie Bottcher and her senior team, the teachers and students. It has been a great day. We will now unpack and take the inventory in order that we can get started next week.


JULY 2020

We think the fuselage will fit!

Recently, Malcolm Vivian (Project Manager), mentors John Bullock and Glen Fuller attended the school.  They handed over the tools that had been kindly donated by our members.  It was our first day of preparation in the classroom and it was great to meet the students.