I’m Matthew Redway, a Foundation Ambassador for One Giant Leap Australia.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for aviation and military history. I spent five and a half years as an Australian Air Force Cadet at 332 Squadron City of Wagga Wagga, achieving the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer while juggling high school and employment at a local café and as a Lifeguard at the local swimming complex.
In 2019, I was fortunate to receive a One Giant Leap Australia Foundation scholarship towards a 12-day tour of the USA including site visits to Virgin Galactic, Northrop Grumman, The Spaceship Company, Disneyland, and Universal Studios, and experience six incredible days at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama. This experience has significantly shaped my life, connecting me with inspirational mentors including JPL’s Tom Nolan, and OGL founders Bob and Jackie Carpenter.
My career goal has always been to become a commercial airline pilot captain. I was keen to undertake a degree that incorporates a Commercial Pilot’s License so in 2022, I moved to Brisbane to commence a Bachelor of Aviation at the University of Southern Queensland majoring in Flight Operations. My UniSQ experience provides me with access to experienced pilots and vital industry connections and I would encourage anyone considering a career as a pilot to take the University route, especially in a post-COVID environment. I’m looking forward to achieving my commercial pilot’s licence with FTA in Toowoomba in 2024.