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Dr David Warren – Winner of Edward Warner Award

Dr David Warren – Winner of Edward Warner Award

Today, 20th March, would have been the birthday of David Warren – the Aussie who invented the “black box” or Flight Data Recorder. I have told many of David’s stories and to celebrate today, I will tell a more recent achievement of this amazing man. In September 2016, David Warren was post-humously awarded the International Civil…

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Reflection on 2017

In 2014, after my first year of high school, I published my “Looking back at Year 7” blog and unknowingly started a yearly tradition for myself. I have come to appreciate this little tradition because now I can go back and read them to remember the things that excited me and the challenges I faced…

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Video: Find Out What New York Times Journalist Thinks Really Happened to MH370

In October my favourite aviation journalist and one of my good friends, Christine Negroni, did a fascinating speech on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 and her new book “The Crash Detectives” at Sydney’s world-renowned Powerhouse Museum. I received the exciting honour of introducing Christine to the crowd of keen aviation fanatics! In her book,…

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My Reflection on 2016

Happy 2017! The fireworks over Sydney Harbour last night were great. 2016 has drawn to a close, so with this in mind, I have taken the time again (as I blogged in 2014 and again in 2015) to look back on some highlights of my past year. My school St Vincent’s College has a yearly production,…

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Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Award – My Poem: It Was A Gift

This week I had the honor of winning 1st place in the poetry section for the 2016 Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Awards. It was a great night at the University of NSW. The award was given to me by Cr Tony Bowen (son of Deputy Australian Prime Minister Lionel Bowen) and Bill Conn (who nearly…

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Video: The World’s First Missing Plane – 83 years before MH370

The tragic 2014 flight, MH370 is a flight full of mystery. It was an airliner to take off and never land. Have you ever wondered which was the first plane to take off and never be found again? Well before MH370 captured the world’s attention and produced an unending number of conspiracy theories, there was…

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Stavroula Mavrogeorgis, my Yiayia

5th November 1939 – 31st March 2016 Age 76 https://www.flickr.com/photos/evecogan/albums/72157667169060585/with/26368291271/ Ruby’s speech Yiayia’s life story by Eve Cogan Stavroula Mavrogeorgis was my grandmother and she inspires me still, every day. She is the kindest person I’ve known and what is even more amazing is she has had one on the hardest lives I’ve known. Today…

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Video: Interview with Alicia Fejer (Lish) and Eve Cogan on Canberra Radio ABC 666

Lish from 666 ABC Canberra asked me to tell my story. It has been a while since I have been on radio, so you can just imagine my excitement when I got an email from Sunday Brunch radio host in Canberra, Lish Fejer! List told me she was running a segment on the topic “black” and…

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Video: My story so far… Do you want to name our new Western Sydney Airport “David Warren”?

Change is in the air again! It has been 3 years since I started my petition to rename Canberra Airport in honour of David Warren, the inventor of the Black Box and air safety pioneer. It has been 3 years since the spark of inspiration burst into a flame when and I and almost 4,000 people…

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Australia: Let’s Figure Out what is going Wrong on our Roads

I want to reduce the number of car deaths on our roads. I have been thinking about this important idea for some time – mandatory Black Boxes in all new cars. How many times do you notice people honk other people at lights once they have turned green? Why can’t the driver see the green light…