To apply to study at the Australian LightWing factory:
We are very passionate about our Education Program, we strongly encourage students and interns from High
Schools, University's and all aviation enthusiasts alike, to join our team for a period and learn some of the skills involved with designing, manufacturing and flying aircraft, as well as running a small business. We aim to bring enthusiastic, motivated and educated people to help
develop a positive future for the aeronautical industry by
establishing young people with a quality approach to both the Aviation industry in Australia and abroad.
We also frequently take on foreign exchange students from Europe, the Netherlands and abroad. (*Keep in mind that we have three weeks off over the Christmas break.) University, TAFE and High School Students are welcome to apply to us to complete your work experience with us.
We have are proud of our strong educational relationship and our friends from all around the globe, who hail from such courses as:
Delft University of Aerospace - The Nederlands
Ballina High School - N.S.W, Australia
Kent St High School - W.A, Australia
Please fill in the form found at the top of this page and send it to our company. This form gives us an understanding of where you are up to with your studies and how we can best utilise your skills so you are focused and prepared for the tasks ahead.
Whilst with us, students work on a wide range of the current projects underway at Hughes Engineering. From aircraft design to the aerodynamics of the Road-e Electric Car, to fuselage construction and computer analysis and design of aircraft. Please explore our websiteto find out more!
Studying with us is extremely "hands on", inventive and involves getting your hands dirty! We welcome inventive, interested and passionate minds to join our team, and work along side our dedicated crew. Check out our Instagram channel to see what's happening in the factory this week.
The Hughes Engineering Factory.
For students fifteen years old and above there is an opportunity to get involved with flying Ultralights.
Ballina High School owns their own Australian LightWing and continued on to expanding themselves and their aircraft by starting an aero club with neighbouring schools.
The first meeting of the Aero Club was held at Ballina High School on Thursday the 19th of February 2004, the object of the exercise is to teach kids to fly.
Howard Hughes made a presentation and also offered a Junior Flying Scholarship for ten hours of flying.
Ballina High School (NSW), Kent St High School W.A. and Moruya High School (NSW) have aviation studies as part of their education curriculum.
Through a comprehensive and on-going education initiative, Hughes Engineering has played its part in passing on the knowledge and skills of aircraft design, manufacture and operation to those interested students in our region, interstate and overseas.
Students who have flown on to wider skies, after their first lessons at High School in The Australian LightWing:
Joshua Ferry - Commercial Flying School
Peter McCoy - RAAF
Barry Skennar - RAAF
Andrew Colledge - RAAF
Charles Jones - RAAF
Paul Dicker - RAAF
Mathew Lewis - RAAF
David Beard - Virgin Airlines
In early August 2011 an eager group of 20 high school students and teachers from Ballina High School and Alstonville High School's aviation studies course (years 9 to 12) made an excursion to the Australian LightWing Aircraft factory on Southern Cross Drive, in North Ballina, to mark the beginning of this areas second aviation project where local high school students will build, complete and learn to fly an Australian LightWing SP-2000 low wing Aircraft.
Students at Ballina High School have previously completed their own Australian LightWing aircraft, a GR-912 as part the “School Fly” aviation program in 1992 to 1995. This course was a complete success as many of those students have now gone on to gainful employment in the aviation industry. Barry Skinner for example, now is an instructor teaching flight skills in some of the worlds most sophisticated military aircraft. This new School Fly Project will be building a much more complex aircraft, as the Australian LightWing SP2000 features a glass cockpit, a variable in flight pitch propeller, low wing, gull wing doors and many more state of the art features not present in the older GR range of LightWing aircraft.
Australian LightWing will initially be sponsoring the aircraft build which will involve students from a number of nearby high schools, giving students the opportunity to learn how to develop both their hands-on building skills and later on, their flying skills. These skills include: 2 and 3D CAD drawing, generating G codes for computer manufacture, metalwork, spray-painting, general assembly, the hands on aspects of wing design, cockpit safety and active design aspects of this, basic stress analysis, upholstery; styling, computer aided navigation and much more. Its worth pointing out that the School Fly course at Ballina High, has been running in both a flying and non a non flying mode (2 students have independently attained RAAus solo status) since 1992.
The project will take shape this coming term with completion due in 2013 giving the maximum number of students the opportunity to interact with the course over the next two years. In the final stage of the School Fly project, the high schools involved will be able to sell sponsorship in the form of advertising on the aircraft itself, use the aircraft for flight training or to sell the aircraft.
Hughes’ initial motives were to ensure an endless supply of bright-eyed additions to the aviation workforce, which was definitely not the case with the previous project as students have gone on to work in the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Virgin Blue Airline etc. The LSA category has been a breath of fresh air in the stuffy world of aircraft design and manufacture making it even more important to introduce a new breed of young and empowered aviation enthusiasts into the RA-Aus and GA fraternity.
“We have to do everything possible to encourage young people into RA-Aus membership”, says Hughes, “As we strive for an evolving and safety focused future of light sport aircraft and aviators in Australia ”.
Through the School Fly program and also thanks to forward thinking teachers like Ballina High’s Mark Willacy, Australian LightWing is actively spreading the word about the benefits that flow on from this innovative course. In the past, schools including Kent st High in WA, Moruya on the NSW south coast and others have all built LightWing aircraft and simply using the RAAus syllabus, hundreds of students have experienced some if not all of the excitement of flying in an aircraft they have helped build, Nick Hughes puts it this way “ its just one big win, win situation” and as Nick was a student at Ballina High when the first GR-912 was built, no one knows better than he does, how many skills can be learnt from the School Fly program.
1.Your university covers you for insurance equivalent to
the Workers Compensation System, please provide evidence
of this. Please advise if this covers you for flying in
light and / or ultralight aircraft.
2. We reserve the right to terminate your work experience after 1 week (you can still get fired) at our discretion and without reason and at any other time after this we will provide you with a written explanation.
3. Dress is neat and for normal office duties and also light industrial activities.
4. No visible body art or body piercing. For safety reasons, please remove nose piercings etc during your stay with out company.
5. Work is unpaid.
6. Hours are 7.30am to 4pm Monday - Thursday, 7.30am to 2pm Friday.
7. We reserve the right to refuse your application without reason.
8. While with us... please arrange your own method of sending and receiving Email, we do not permit the use of our office Email by Students under any circumstances at all.
- Freedom Flight - Tasmania. Tasmania's only full time Recreational and Ultralight Flying School. Contact: Eugene Reed.
- The Sydney Ultralight Flying Club - New South Wales. Contact: Geoff or Lyn.
The Australian LightWing OUTBACK aircraft is available to view and learn to fly at 'Airgyro' in Spanish Fork, UTAH, USA.
Ballina High School, Ballina, New South Wales
Kent Street High School, Perth, Western Australia
The Australian LightWing at Freedom Flight, Tasmania.