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AIR FORCE November 26, 2009
By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott
IF YOU ask any AP-3C flight
engineer (FLTENG), they will
tell you they have the best job
in the Air Force -- and it's easy
to see why. Travelling the world,
combined with competency-based
promotions and high salaries is
something which Air Force aircraft
and avionic technicians should con-
sider as part of their career plan.
And now they can. The call is open
to all aircraft and avionic technicians
to become an AP-3C FLTENG. 92WG
has embarked on a massive recruit-
ment drive to select the next genera-
tion of the mustering.
10SQN FLTENG WOFF Peter
Robjent said the rewards were really
attractive. "It's such a good job to be
in," he said.
Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh,
FLTENGs are involved in interna-
tional exercises with the AP-3C, and
have regular opportunities to deploy
on Operation Slipper to the Middle
East Area of Operations (MEAO) and
Operation Resolute, located out of
11SQN FLTENG WOFF Kevin
Schibrowski said he had also been to
the US, Hawaii, a number of Pacific
Islands, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.
Experience as an aircraft techni-
cian or avionic technician is essential
as FLTENGs operate and monitor the
aircraft systems in flight.
The promotion system for
During training you will
receive Flying Disability
On graduation Pay Grade 6
SGT increment 0 ($84,225
Pay Grade 7 SGT after 6-12
months when category C is
Pay grade 8 when category B
SGT on graduation.
FSGT after four years
minimum and category B is
WOFF after 3 years mini-
mum and completing a mini-
mum of 2 years in a develop-
FLTENGs is a drawcard for those who
want to push their Air Force career
to the top. An LAC or CPL would be
promoted to SGT upon completion of
the course, then just four years later
and with a category B under their
belt, would become a FSGT. WOFF
rank would then be within reach after
another three years.
Of course, this is provided all the
competencies are met.
FLTENG WOFF Neil Scott-
Jackson from 92WG said:
"You will pretty much become
a WOFF within eight years of
remuster to FLTENG."
The hands-on course runs
for nine months and includes
three months of training in
the Orion simulator. The final
stage of the course is spent
CO 11SQN and the
Mustering Sponsor, WGCDR
Phil Champion, said the future
was even more exciting for
FLTENGs as the AP-3C moves
"In a brand new initiative,
new FLTENG members will
be guaranteed the option of
commissioning to engineering
officer via the Airman Access
to the Academy Scheme with
no further testing required,"
WGCDR Champion said.
"Members become eligible four
years post FLTENG basic graduation,
and may commission at this time or
transfer the option to a later date."
So just how do you become a
FLTENG? Technicians need to fill
out a standard application form to
apply for a remuster; they will then be
required to sit a specialist interview
and aptitude testing. Finally, they will
be required to sit a selection board.
It's not rocket science, according
to 292SQN instructor and FLTENG
WOFF Andrew West.
HIGH REWARDS: FLTENG
FSGT Joshua Rooney and pilot
FLTLT Ben Atherton conduct pre-
flight checks onboard an AP-3C.
Photos: LACW Shannon Urie
"It's just a matter of applying your-
self and spending the time to study; a
big component of it is memory reten-
tion," he said.
An Expression of Interest (EOI)
for AP-3C FLTENG will go out in
February next year. However, applica-
tions can be received any time.
For more information, contact 92WG
Standards FLTENG, WOFF Neil Scott-
Jackson, on (08) 839 33897; 292SQN
Senior FLTENG Instructor, WOFF
Roderick Hamilton, on (08) 839
34239; or HQSRG Airman Aircrew
Manager WOFF Anthony Keogh on
(08) 839 34143.
'You will pretty much
become a WOFF
within eight years of
remuster to FLTENG.
-- FLTENG WOFF Neil Scott-Jackson
DAY AT THE OFFICE: Above, FLTENG WOFF Neil Scott-Jackson
does external pre-flight checks on an AP-3C, while left, FLTENG
FSGT Mark Gerritsen checks paperwork in the cockpit.
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