BFTS marks 250,000 flying hours

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Kidd, a Qualified Flying Instructor from the Basic Flying Training School, follows a formation of sixteen Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer aircraft flying over Tamworth.

A formation flight of 16 CT-4B Airtrainers on July 12 has marked 250,000 flying hours by the type with the ADF’s Basic Flying Training School (BFTS). Based at Tamworth, BAE Systems Australia has operated BTFS under contract since 1999 to provide initial pilot training and pilot screening for all three arms … [Read more...]

First RAAF F-35 squadron CO named

Wing Commander Darren Clare (left) and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC with the F-35A during the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

Australia’s first commanding officer of an F-35A Lightning II squadron has seen the F-35 up close for the first time at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Wing Commander Darren Clare, who is currently posted to the UK to complete the Advanced Command and Staff Course, said that he is looking forward to … [Read more...]