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AIR FORCE December 10, 2009
LUCKY Australian Air Force
cadets (AAFC) will receive a major
boost in their goal of flying solo
following the reintroduction of Air
Force-sponsored gliding and powered
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
recently approved their reintroduc-
tion.A limited number of scholarships
are being awarded to AAFC staff
members as well, in recognition of
their significant contribution to the
In 2009, 25 cadets and six staff
members received scholarships. They
will enable the winners to fly solo in
the minimum possible time.
The scholarships will also enhance
the focus of aviation across the
Many Air Force pilots started their
flying careers flying gliders, includ-
ing the current DCAF, AVM Geoff
Brown. AVM Brown is an accom-
plished helicopter, fighter and strike
pilot who started flying in gliders as
a cadet with No. 210SQN (AAFC) at
He still maintains that interest
Recently, he opened a new AAFC
hangar at Warwick named in hon-
our of the original chief instructor
for the cadets, Gus Mauch, and the
long-serving past CO of the gliding
flight, Don Scott. Both men attended
"Gliding is still in my blood and it
brings me back to what I enjoy about
flying," AVM Brown said.
"You have a high-tech airframe
Cadets take flight
CO of 229
in and on the
air at Pearce
that is equipped to provide you with a
real hands-on flying experience.
"I still get a buzz from the absolute
pleasure and fun that gliding offers."
In December 1968, 2WG AAFC
was instrumental in introducing glid-
ing to the cadet syllabus when nine
cadets began a glider course at the
Southern Downs Soaring Club at
It was officially endorsed by the
then Air Force Support Command as
an official cadet activity.
Gliding introduces aspiring pilots
to the basics and in many ways it
provides the feel of flight, unencum-
bered by modern technologies, while
offering a pure stick and rudder
approach to flying.
In addition to the gliding schol-
arships, the AAFC gliding program
provides the opportunity for both
cadets and staff to experience a trial
instructional flight in a glider on an
annual basis and also undertake train-
ing to obtain their formal Gliding
Federation of Australia qualifica-
For example, during 2009,
No. 3WG AAFC completed more
than 800 gliding trial instructional
flights and more than 1500 train-
ing flights with more than 200
The significance of the AAFC
gliding program will continue
to grow. It not only provides an
excellent base for progressing in
flying, it also instils a sense of
total teamwork while enabling
the cadets to practise their class-
By MAJ John McPherson
WEST Australians knew there
was something in the air on October
25 when a Thunderbird formation of
27 PC-9s conducted a fly-past over
Perth as part of the 217 Pilots' Course
But not only was RAAF Base
Pearce 'abuzz' with the graduation
preparations, it was also hosting two
well-known media identities in public
broadcasts from the base.
Perth's ABC radio morning talk-
back host Eoin Cameron brought his
team on to the base to conduct an out-
side broadcast on the morning of the
"We absolutely love coming to
places like RAAF Base Pearce," Mr
"It provides us with such a diverse
range of things to talk about. It's not
just about fast planes and flying but
also about all of the administration and
logistics behind the scenes that go into
making a base like this tick," he said.
Following the broadcast came the
graduation parade where the 10 new
pilots were presented with their 'wings'
after successfully completing the inten-
sive 37-week course.
And to top the day off nicely,
Channel 9 News, Perth, did a live cross
to their weather presenter, Angela Tsun,
at Pearce to bring West Australians
their nightly update on the weather for
the rest of the week.
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