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"Tales from the Cockpit" - Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser

  • Victoria Barracks 83 Petrie Terrace Petrie Terrace, QLD, 4000 Australia (map)

Join the Forest Lake Squadron of the Australian Air League for our INAUGURAL

"Tales from the Cockpit"
Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser

October 20th 2018
6.45pm for 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Victoria Barracks Officers and Sergeants Mess
Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Primary Sponsor - Archerfield Airport Corporation

This promises to be a wonderful evening of friendship, camaraderie and tales from the cockpits of our entertaining guest speakers.

  • Guest Speakers

    • Mr. Nathan Coyle – Black Hawk Pilot, Australian Army

    • Mr. Nigel Fotheringham - Pilot, Angel Flight

  • Silent Auction

  • Raffle

  • Lucky Door Prizes

  • Performance by the Forest Lake Squadron Drum Corps


Tickets $65.00 pp including:

Members of the public welcome.

Speaker Profiles

Nathan Coyle

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Pilot

Nathan grew up in an Army family environment with a Father and two brothers serving. So it was inevitable that he would follow the footsteps and joined the Army in 1999 after completing a Bachelor of Computer Science degree at the University of Queensland. Although the family were all Royal Australian Engineers, Nathan had always aspired to become a helicopter pilot.

He graduated the Royal Military College Duntroon into Army Aviation Corps, and then commenced his lifelong dream to take to the skies. He now has extensive Military Aviation experience of almost 20 years including Search and Rescue, Airmobile Operations including ship deck landings and winching to small vessels, Level D Full Flight & Mission Simulators management and reference pilot, R3 deep maintenance test flying, contract management, flying instructor, check captain and electronic warfare. He has had postings to 5th Aviation Regiment, School of Army Aviation and Army Helicopter School.

During this time he spent the majority of his flying on the S-70A-9 Black Hawk and deployed to East Timor and conducted flying operations internationally to countries such as Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Nathan was recently employed as a SAR Crash Response Helicopter (CRH) Captain, Unit Maintenance Test Pilot and Level D Full Flight Simulator Reference Pilot with Boeing Defence Australia and is now currently working again with Army as the Training Device Manager for the Black Hawk Simulator and Electronic Flight Bag Manager for the Army Aviation Training Centre.

Nathan has received aviation awards for attaining over 3000 flight hours in a Sikorsky Aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft Rescue Award for skill and courage while participating in a lifesaving mission with a Sikorsky Helicopter, the National Emergency Medal and Commander Joint Operations Commendation (Gold) for outstanding performance of duty as an aircraft captain of a Black Hawk undertaking multiple helicopter rescue and evacuation operations during Operation Queensland Flood Assist.

Nigel Fotheringham

Angel Flight Pilot

Born 8th Feb 1946 in the small mining town of Selukwe (now Shurugwe) in Rhodesia, Central Africa (now Zimbabwe), I was educated at Plumtree and Guinea Fowl Senior Schools.

In Jan 1964, I joined the Royal Rhodesian Air Force (RRAF) as an aircraft instrument technician. This reinforced my passion for all things with wings. After I completed my training, I left the air force in August 1969 and joined the National Cash Register Company as a technician. This was in the early days when computers were still mechanical monsters with lots of gears, levers and springs. Huge electronic computers were just emerging at the time. After about seven years I left and became the regional manager for Macol Agencies Pty Ltd, a hydraulic and mining equipment supply company with an office in Salisbury (now Harare). During this time I was able to achieve a long held dream by gaining my Private Pilot’s Licence. The company owned a twin engine Piper Apache. This allowed me to fly to the many mines around the country on business, which at the time, was too dangerous get to by road because the country was involved in a terrorist war and the likelihood of detonating landmines or being attacked from ambushes was a very real threat.

Due to the deteriorating political climate in the country, we decided to leave the Zimbabwe, and In July 1981 my wife and I with 2 young daughters, immigrated to Brisbane, Australia. Here, I became the National Sales Manager of a company involved in the supply of thermal and acoustic insulation, and non-asbestos products to industry. In 1988 I was able to start my own business in the same line, which I ran as the CEO for 28 years based in Brisbane covering the whole of Australia and some overseas markets.

Moving to Australia was probably the best move, we as a family, have ever made. Australia has been very good to us and I am thrilled to be able to be in a position to “give back” by being involved, in my retirement, as a pilot with Angel Flight. I have been flying for Angel flight for about 12 years now. A very rewarding occupation, helping those less fortunate and very ill, get to and from hospitals and medical appointments, located huge distances from their homes, thus arriving at their destinations in better shape than they would otherwise be, if having to travel by road.

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