About US

FYE was established to mentor secondary school aged students across Australia, giving students a chance to participate in a project that involves building and flying a plane under the guidance and supervision of mentors from many different sectors of the aviation industry. In turn, this shows the students possible futures in the aviation industry and possibly into careers they may not yet have considered.

Students participating in a FYE project will gain, through hands on practical experiences, a deeper understanding of concepts in engineering, aircraft management and theory of flight. This project also gives them opportunities for self-growth, setting challenges and goals for themselves along the way.

To achieve this FYE will continue to establish, maintain and use an extensive network of industry experienced mentors and educators who share this vision.

OUR VISION

FYE has been established  to mentor secondary school aged students across Australia, giving students a chance to participate in a project that involves building and flying a plane under the guidance and supervision of mentors from many different sectors of the aviation industry.  It is hoped that, in turn, this will also show the students possible futures in the aviation industry and into careers they may not yet have considered. 

To provide students with a unique, inspiring and empowering STEM educational experience; the beginning-to-end construction of a modern FAA certified Light Sport aircraft (Van’s Aircraft RV-12) https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-12is/  with full glass instrumentation, 2-axis auto-pilot, and all the latest safety features and the opportunity to learn to fly in their student built plane.

That students participating in a FYE project will gain, through hands on practical experiences, a deeper understanding of concepts in engineering, aircraft management and theory of flight.  This project also yields them opportunities for self growth, setting challenges and goals for themselves along the way.

To achieve this FYE will continue to establish, maintain and utilise an extensive network of industry experienced mentors and educators who share this vision.

Remembering that  “Mentors build the student… students build the Aircraft”  Glen Salmon,

OUR TEAM

Paul Reddish BSc (Aviation)

FYE Role – Director

Paul has been involved to the aviation industry for 30 years, however has been in and around it since early childhood in which he spent most of it dreaming about his next chance to take to the air.

Currently, Paul is a pilot on Boeing 737’s with a commercial airline and believes he is lucky to be in that seat.  Through the Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools project he has been a mentor and guest speaker in secondary schools for the past 4 years with the goal of encouraging students to take up careers in the aviation industry.

He has also worked as a volunteer flight instructor for the Australian Airforce cadets helping them into careers in both the Military and commercial aviation. 

As a qualified flight instructor he enjoys passing on his knowledge to the next generation of pilots and engineers, and continues to actively conduct flight training on his days off. 

Early in his career he worked to establish a junior flight squadron on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, that encouraged school aged children to learn fly, many who now have careers in commercial aviation.

Starting his career as a helicopter search and rescue crewman and then taking up flying training, he has a breadth of flight experience in both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters in a variety of roles.   These roles included Search and Rescue, firefighting, low level operations, all weather, day and night, freight, airlines and flight instruction.  This gives him broad understanding of the career avenues in aviation available to students.

Ashley Miller

FYE Role – Director / Aircraft Chief builder

Ashley Miller is an Instrument Rated Private Pilot who learnt to fly in a Vans Aircraft RV-10 that he and his wife built over a period of 2 years. Since that time he has built and assisted many aircraft builders in the construction of their plans built aircraft. As a member of the SAAA ( Sports Aircraft Association of Australia ) he is involved with many aircraft construction projects. Ashley’s past experience has seen him own and operate a Multi Store Snap-On Tools Franchise for seventeen years in Mackay Nth Queenslands. He now resides in Brighton and works at Redcliffe Aerodrome providing builder assistance to the many RV builders that come his way. When he is not building aircraft, he is supporting his wife by flying her to many parts of the Australian Outback with her role as a Counseller with https://www.outbackfutures.org.au/ ,an amazing organisation that has a real heart for the Outback families. His passion for youth has seen him involved in many youth group activities and has a keen heart to see that young Men and Women reach there potential. He is married with four daughters and four grand children.

Michael Allen B.Juris LLB

FYE Role:  Director – Legal

Michael is an accomplished private pilot, and with his wife Beverley completed a Vans RV10 aircraft 2 years ago which they plan to fly around Australia.

Michael Allen specialises in major property projects and developments with an emphasis on mixed use, commercial, infrastructure, tourism, industrial and urban development projects. He is a leading authority on airspace (stratum title) projects, planned communities, strata and cluster titles, community titles and strata leasehold titles.

For over 35 years, Michael has acted for major developers, institutional, finance and government clients on the formation of land laws and the title, subdivision and management structuring of major real estate projects. He has helped develop innovative legal and management solutions for many of Australia’s iconic developments.

Michael has been nominated numerous times as a leading real estate lawyer in Chambers Global Guides and is recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. In 2009, the Chambers Global Guide described him as “one of the best titling experts in the country”.

For 20 years Michael was a partner in the Sydney real estate team of Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ (now King & Wood Mallesons) which was described in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as “quite simply the best”.

In 2014, Fife Capital appointed Michael as a non-executive director of the Australian Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust. He is Chairman of the Fife Capital Compliance Committee.

For 14 years Michael was the author of the loose-leaf report “NSW Strata and Community Titles Law”. He is a former associate lecturer in law at the University of Technology, Sydney and currently an occasional lecturer in law, University of NSW, Sydney. He publishes papers regularly (both in Australia and overseas) and addresses many industry-based seminars each year in Australia and overseas.

Nicola Bucknell BSc Grad Dip. Ed B.Ed.

FYE Role – Administration

With a background in and passion for STEM education, Nicola is a former secondary school teacher, who has also worked in small business and book-keeping.  She continues to work with teenagers, volunteering as a Scout Leader in her local community.  As a mother to two children, currently teenagers, 14 y.o and 16 y.o, she understands the importance of youth having opportunities to shine outside of the traditional academic settings.   

Brenton Reddish

FYE – IT consultant / Website Management

Brenton is currently studying his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Information Technology at QUT majoring in Aeronautical and Electrical Engineering.

He also has his recreational pilot licence and is working towards his private pilot licence.

He has also helped build this website

As a former student of Mueller College, he is very passionate about his part in this project.

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