Saturday November 01, 2014

RAAF Heron lease extended to bridge to Triton

RAAF Heron lease extended to bridge to Triton

A six-year, $120 million lease extension that will see two IAI Heron surveillance UAVs remain in RAAF service until the introduction of the MQ-4C Triton from late this decade will ensure unmanned aircraft skills and corporate knowledge are maintained,... [Continue reading]

RAAF Orion drawdown begins

RAAF Orion drawdown begins

A Royal Australian Air Force Orion has been scrapped and two more are scheduled for disposal by the end of 2014, Defence has confirmed. The first aircraft, A9-663, which was the only aircraft in the RAAF’s 19-strong Orion fleet not upgraded under... [Continue reading]

BAE’s 250,000 flight hour milestone for Tamworth

BAE’s 250,000 flight hour milestone for Tamworth

  BAE Systems Australia’s Flight Training Tamworth centre has marked providing a quarter of a million flying hours. Over the past 22 years, BAE Systems Australia says more than 5,000 students have been trained on the CT-4B Airtrainer aircraft... [Continue reading]

Boeing Australia formally announced as AIR 9000 Phase 7 HATS winner

Boeing Australia formally announced as AIR 9000 Phase 7 HATS winner

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has formally declared the team comprising Boeing Defence Australia and Thales Australia as the winning tenderer of the Project AIR 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training Systems requirement. The announcement comes... [Continue reading]

B-24 Liberator site secured

B-24 Liberator site secured

The Victorian government has announced that it has secured the future of the B-24 Liberator Memorial on the corner of Princes Highway and Farm Road in Werribee in Melbourne’s west. The signing of a land transfer agreement between the state government,... [Continue reading]

Datalink upgrade for Army Tiger ARHs

Datalink upgrade for Army Tiger ARHs

The acquisition of an interim Tactical Data Link for the Australian Army’s ARH Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters has been approved by Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston. A total of 21 helicopters are set to be upgraded. The project, which... [Continue reading]

Aviation and medical student takes out AWPA-RAAF scholarship

Aviation and medical student takes out AWPA-RAAF scholarship

An aviation and medical student has won the Australia Women Pilot’s Association’s (AWPA) navigation component scholarship, sponsored by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Jasmine Morris of Healesville in Victoria was awarded the RAAF scholarship... [Continue reading]

First RAN Romeo helicopter arrives in Australia

First RAN Romeo helicopter arrives in Australia

The first of the Royal Australian Navy’s 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ combat helicopters arrived at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, earlier this week. The first Romeo and a non-flying MH-60R ‘Bromeo’ maintenance training aid airframe,... [Continue reading]

1,000 flight hour milestone for RAN Romeos

1,000 flight hour milestone for RAN Romeos

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ combat helicopter crews have marked the achievement of a significant milestone, having flown 1,000 hours during training in the US. “The NUSQN 725 team clicked over the achievement without fanfare... [Continue reading]

Pilatus marks training aircraft flying hours milestone

Pilatus marks training aircraft flying hours milestone

Pilatus has announced that its fleet of military training aircraft recently achieved a major milestone by racking up more than three million flying hours, as the company seeks to secure Australia’s pilot training system competition. “Whether it is... [Continue reading]

RAAF conducts first Iraq airstrikes

RAAF conducts first Iraq airstrikes

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Air Task Group that is operating in the Middle East has attacked its first target during a mission in Iraq. In a brief initial statement released on Thursday, Defence confirmed that an F/A-18F Super Hornet strike... [Continue reading]

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