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AIR FORCE March 18, 2010
is on course
FIRST PILOTS: FLTLT David Whyte (left) and PLTOFF Stephen
Maunder, who are due to graduate next month, in the C-17A Weapons
Systems Trainer at RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: ACW Sandra Midson
By FLTLT Eamon Hamilton
THE FIRST locally-trained C-17A
pilots are on course at RAAF Base
FLTLT David Whyte and PLTOFF
Stephen Maunder started their C-17A
Pilot Initial Qualification (PIQ) with
36SQN on February 1.
Due to graduate in mid-April, they
are the first pilots to be trained on the
C-17A outside of the United States.
While Boeing has sold the C-17A
to seven international customers,
Australia is the only non-US operator
with its own pilot training facility.
FLTLT Whyte comes to 36SQN
from 34SQN, while PLTOFF Maunder
completed 2 Flying Training School
(2FTS) last year.
Two more pilots, PLTOFF
Brett Hopewell and FLGOFF Luke
Ridgway, started their PIQ training in
A highlight of the PIQ course is
the C-17A Weapons Systems Trainer
(WST), which is a realistic, full-motion
simulator used for pilot training.
Until now, 36SQN C-17A pilots
undertook their conversion to the type
at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
The Amberley-based training sys-
tem frees people and aircraft to serve
SQNLDR Brent Taylor, 36SQN
Training Flight Commander, said
there were strategic opportunities pre-
sented by a locally based training sys-
tem, including providing increased
capability through reduced aircraft
training hours, and making way for
Deputy Training Flight
Commander FLTLT Trent Davidson
said the C-17A PIQ course is a replica
of the USAF course.
"We are still going through the
same curriculum as the guys at Altus
-- some of the documents have been
slightly Australian-ised, but as far as
the way the course is run, it's an off-
the-shelf buy," FLTLT Davidson said.
"Previously we would send pilots
across to the United States twice a
year to do their currency training.
What we're doing now is accessing
our simulator four times a year.
"As the pilots are now access-
ing the simulator four times a year,
once every three months they will fly
through their currencies."
As well as freeing up real aircraft
for real missions, access to a local
simulator allows more time to practise
missions such as air-to-air refuelling.
Pilots coming to the C-17A from
their Wings course at 2FTS are also
experiencing a jump in pilot training.
"As far as the C-17A Weapons
Systems Trainer is concerned, that's a
quantum leap from anything they've
done in the past," FLTLT Davidson said.
"It's about three months into the
course before they go in to the real air-
craft. They come out of the simulator
phase of their training and are almost
qualified on flying the real aircraft."
Construction of a new Heavy Air
Lift precinct at Amberley -- which
includes facilities for a new Air
Movements Terminal and for 33SQN
-- has allowed for a dedicated 36SQN
The C-17A PIQ course is con-
tracted to Boeing Defence Australia,
and uses a number of computer-based
Boeing instructors provide 350
hours of programmed training over
100 days for each student. That
includes 85 hours of computer-based
training and 120 simulated flight
hours with the C-17 Globemaster III
Aircrew Training System.
Along with five flights at the con-
trols of a real C-17, the new 36SQN
pilots are then ready to join the line.
As well as conversion training, the
WST is being used to provide contin-
uation and upgrade pilot training for
' Previously we would send pilots across to the US
twice a year to do their currency training. What
we're doing now is accessing our simulator four
times a year.
-- FLTLT Trent Davidson
A 76SQN Hawk was among
the Air Force air assets
involved in the Navy Fleet
Concentration Period train-
ing activity held along the
Jets join the Navy
East Coast from February 8 to March 12.
The annual air warfare exercise stretched from
southern NSW to Queensland, including the waters
off Jervis Bay, Newcastle and Eden to Shoalwater Bay
An F-111 and an AP-3C also provided air sup-
port to the Australian and New Zealand Navy ships
involved. The Air Force jets practised attacking the ships as part of
the huge training event, which involved a variety of activities including
anti-surface warfare serials, surface gunnery, naval gunfire support
against shore batteries and anti-air warfare manoeuvres.
EYES ON THE PRIZE:
A 76SQN Hawk in
flight during the Navy
exercise. Photo: AB
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