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18 October 2012 | last updated at 12:16AM
Air Scouts get Airborne Wings

By AHMAD ISMAIL | 0 comments

TWENTY members of the Air Scouts were honoured with the Airborne Wings badge after they completed the required 1,000-metre static jump at Gagak Club Airport in Jalan Genuang, here, recently.

Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam pinning the Airborne Wings badge on the Air Scouts. Pic by Ahmad Ismail
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SEGAMAT: The event was officiated by Malacca Scout Association president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who is also the Malacca chief minister.

He said the programme was part of a basic parachuting course for Air Scouts. He said Segamat was chosen because there was less air traffic in the area.

"Parachuting activities should be a catalyst to empower their sense of self. It will help them to be less afraid of challenges and heights, and be more resilient," he said.

"These good traits are useful in daily life. Air Scouts need to learn the techniques from the instructors and be focused in what they do."

Johor Scout deputy commissioner Bardin Uteh said the Air Scouts team, which was established a few decades ago, was becoming more active.

"The two-day course was taught by three professionals from Kuala Lumpur using a Cessna aircraft.
"I hope this encourages more Air Scouts to get their Airborne Wings," said Bardin.

He said the participants, aged 20 to 40, included college students, teachers, and public and private sector employees from Malacca, Johor and Selangor.