Aviation training ship on track for HATS

The first HATS EC135 T2+ arriving at Nowra on March 31 from Bankstown. (Defence)

The Multirole Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore will be ready to train the first students under the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) as scheduled despite a “misalignment” of project schedules at the time of HATS contract signature, Defence has confirmed. The MATV, which is being procured … [Read more...]

HATS on track despite six month delay

The first HATS EC135 T2+ arriving at Nowra on March 31 from Bankstown. (Defence)

Boeing Defence Australia says the JP 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program remains on track to begin training new student pilots and aircrew from early 2018, despite early delays with the project. The Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2016-17 notes that the HATS project, which is … [Read more...]

Navy’s flight trial unit gears up for a busy year

An Army MRH90 (background) and CH-47F (foreground) onboard HMAS Adelaide, as part of first of class flight trials in August 2016. (Defence)

The Royal Australian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), part of Defence’s aircraft test and evaluation capabilities, is preparing to conduct no fewer than seven first of class flight trials (FoCFT) before September. In January, the Unit will embark on HMAS Melbourne to start the … [Read more...]

Navy LADS Dash 8 deploys to New Zealand

The Royal Australian Navy's only fixed-wing aircraft, its contractor-operated Dash 8 Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) platform is due to arrive in New Zealand on Thursday to survey part of the earthquake-hit South Island's coastline. Defence said in a statement on Thursday that the aircraft will conduct … [Read more...]