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Qantas pilot graduation

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-- 1100GO 5.00 p.m. - FRIDAY, MARCH 29th.


The top Qantas cadet pi1.t for 1967 has been called up for

national service in the Army. He is Graham K. Beaumont, 20, son of

a Barcaldine, Queensland, pastoral contractor.

He was awarded the Lester J. Brain trophy at a graduation ceremony

in Sydney today by the Minister for Civil Aviation (Mr. Swartz).

Beaumont topped the course in flying assessment and theory.

He matriculated from Brisbane Church of England Grammar in 1963

and joined Qantas after completing his training as a teacher in Brisbane.

Mr. Swartz said 63 had graduated from the 74 who had commenced the

three training courses to date. A further 53 cadets were now studying

on the next three courses.

Mr. Swartz praised Qantas for the unequalled opportunity it was

giving young Australians to reach the highest efficiency under expert

teaching conditions.

The dux of the first course, Mr. Massey Green, of Sydney, was now

doing final training with Qantas and the dux if the second course,

Mr. Logan Ritchie, also of Sydney and a nephew of the General Manager of

Qantas, Captain Bert Ritchie, is doing post-graduation training with

Bush Pilots Airways Limited, Cairns.