Greg Maiden of Boeing Defence Australia has become the first Aussie to clock 5,000 flight hours on the CH-47 Chinook.
According to a release from the company, few pilots of the aircraft globally have accomplished such a feat.
The veteran of 28 years in the Australian Army still maintains his employment within the reserves, and currently works at Boeing Defence Australia as a Chinook technician and instructor, where he has worked since 2016.
Maiden has a long and distinguished career within the Australian Army, serving on Operation SLIPPPER in Afghanistan for a total of six tours. He’s also spent 25 years working out of the 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville.
Maiden explained his love for aviation and the Chinook.
“There are very few who have achieved this milestone,” he said. “The 5,000 flying hours have been accrued over my flying career which started in 1999 on the CH-47D. I joined the Army at 19 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
“I love flying and fixing the aircraft. My father instilled in me a love of all things aviation – and I particularly love flying in the Chinook as it is super reliable.
“I’m humbled and honoured to have achieved this momentous milestone.”
To mark the event, two firefighting trucks formed a water arch to celebrate Maiden’s achievement.
Brigadier David Hafner CSC, Commander 16th Aviation Brigade acknowledged that so many Australians in the ADF like Maiden go above and beyond.
“Every day, our people across the Army aviation capability pull on their uniforms, live our values and do exceptional work on behalf of our nation,” he said.
“Maiden’s contribution to Army and as a Defence contractor is meaningful and truly appreciated.”