Friday August 29, 2014

CAE links RAAF C-130J sim and crew trainer

CAE links RAAF C-130J sim and crew trainer

CAE has demonstrated its ability to network RAAF C-130J Hercules training systems by linking the C-130J full-flight and mission simulator with a C-130J tactical airlift crew trainer. “The networked training devices demonstrated how the entire mission... [Continue reading]

First RNZAF T-6Cs touch down

First RNZAF T-6Cs touch down

The first two Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers for the Royal New Zealand Air Force touched down at Whenuapai, RNZAF Base Auckland this week at the end of their 20 stop delivery flight from Wichita, Kansas. The two aircraft will be formally handed over... [Continue reading]

Army Black Hawks farewell Townsville

Army Black Hawks farewell Townsville

The Army has marked the end of S-70A-9 Black Hawk operations from Townsville with a flyover of the northern Queensland city they have called home for the last 25 years. Six Black Hawks and three examples of the helicopter it is being replaced by, the... [Continue reading]

Contracts covering first RAAF P-8s signed

Contracts covering first RAAF P-8s signed

A US$296 million contract for the procurement of long-lead items for a dozen Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft including the first four aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force has been signed. “We are extremely excited about this... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black participants in unique photo shoot

Pitch Black participants in unique photo shoot

Exercise Pitch Black 14 participants have taken part in a unique air-to-air photo shoot over Darwin and its surrounds. These images by RAAF photographer CPL David Gibbs show differing combinations of representatives of the fast jet participants in the... [Continue reading]

Defence Minister flags additional KC-30s, C-17s

Defence Minister flags additional KC-30s, C-17s

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has flagged the acquisition of further Airbus KC-30 tanker-transports and Boeing C-17 airlifters for the RAAF. Speaking to News Limited’s Ian McPhederan last week, Minister Johnston suggested the next Defence... [Continue reading]

Shipbuilder Forgacs buys aerospace engineering firm Broens

Shipbuilder Forgacs buys aerospace engineering firm Broens

Forgacs, Australia’s largest shipbuilder, is spreading its wings into the aerospace sector through the takeover of a company that makes parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project. Newcastle-based Forgacs said this week it has acquired Broens,... [Continue reading]

BAE Systems hails Hawk support performance

BAE Systems hails Hawk support performance

BAE Systems has marked the first year of its latest Hawk 127 support contract, stating that it has achieved “solid” performance in aircraft availability and fleet management. “One of the hallmarks of the [Lead-In Fighter] Phase 3 project is its... [Continue reading]

Hercules flypast to commemorate 50 years since Vietnam War deployment

Hercules flypast to commemorate 50 years since Vietnam War deployment

A C-130J Hercules flypast will be a highlight of a reunion being held in Coffs Harbour this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the first RAAF personnel to the Vietnam war with the establishment of the RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam. The... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black in pictures

Pitch Black in pictures

Flying in the three-week long Exercise Pitch Black 14 began on Monday. The biennial exercise is the RAAF’s largest, and this year sees participation from 110 aircraft and 2,300 personnel from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand,... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black 14 gets underway

Pitch Black 14 gets underway

Some 110 aircraft and 2,300 personnel from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and France are due to take part in Exerise Pitch Black 14, which began on Friday. The three-week long exercise will see participants... [Continue reading]

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