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...]

Final H135 helicopters for HATS accepted

The final six of 15 H135s (EC135 T2+) for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) achieved factory acceptance on November 22 at Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth facility, north of Munich, Germany, ahead of their delivery to HMAS Albatross, Nowra. HATS prime contractor … [Read more...]