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AIR FORCE December 10, 2009
By FLTLT Eamon Hamilton
FOR THE first time in 45 years,
there's a new aircraft on the line at
The first of three ex-Army Hawker
Pacific King Air 350s were officially
handed over at RAAF Base Townsville
in a ceremony on November 20.
Flying the aircraft as a newly-chris-
tened 'Dingo Airlines', 38SQN will
receive another five new King Airs by
mid next year.
They will serve as interim light trans-
ports for 38SQN until the new tactical
transport aircraft is chosen.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin pre-
sided over the November 20 ceremony
in which the King Air joined the 38SQN
"The King Air is a far more advanced
aircraft than the 1950s-era Caribou,
being able to cruise at more than three
times the altitude, twice the speed and
twice the range," AIRMSHL Binskin
"It is ideally suited for moving peo-
ple quickly across northern Australia and
throughout the region.
"This is especially important when
we are called upon to provide assistance
to the civil community within Australia,
and on disaster relief efforts in our
As well as three King Airs, Army will
provide six pilots to assist with training
and operating the aircraft at 38SQN.
The transfer of a mature working
platform such as the King Air effective-
ly allows 38SQN to immediately begin
tasking in support of the ADF.
"The new fleet of King Airs can pro-
vide a degree of efficiency and reliability
which we have struggled to achieve with
our fleet of ageing Caribous," AIRMSHL
"At the same time, the 38SQN King
Air pilots and technicians will gain use-
ful experience working on a modern air-
craft type, allowing them to more effi-
ciently transfer to other parts of the Air
The transfer was also a significant
day for Army, marking an end to more
than 40 consecutive years of fixed-wing
"Our partnership will continue
through the withdrawal of the Caribou,
with its roles to be efficiently distributed
among Air Force's fleet of King Airs and
Hercules, as well as Army Aviation's
fleet of Black Hawks, Chinooks and
MRH90s," AIRMSHL Binksin said.
cut red tape
AIR FORCE members and their
families will only have one contact
point for removal and relocation serv-
ices on posting from July next year.
Toll Transitions has been selected
to provide Removal and Relocation
Administration Services to the ADF as
part of a five-year contract valued at
more than $1 billion.
Minister for Defence Personnel,
Materiel and Science Greg Combet made
the announcement on November 24.
"Ensuring that ADF members and
their families are moved efficiently
and effectively is very important," Mr
"This new contract combines two
previous contracts into one [and] allows
ADF members further convenience and
less red tape when they move.
"To assist ADF members and their
families throughout this process, the new
contract will provide one contact point
for both removal and relocation services.
"The contract will involve locations
all around the country, including region-
al and remote areas," he said.
Defence will sign the contract with
Toll Transitions once the contractual
issues are finalised.
THEY'RE OURS: CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin signs the King
Air handover paperwork while Commander ALG AIRCDRE John
Oddie (left) and Chief of Staff Headquarters Forces Command
BRIG Shane Caughey look on.
Photos: AC David Said
NEW LOOK: Two of the new King
Airs join a 38SQN Caribou at
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