Home' Air Force News : April 2010 Contents Raytheon Australia has been
awarded the Training Support
Services Contract to support
Super Hornet training sys-
tems at RAAF Base Amberley.
Minister for Defence
Personnel, Materiel and
Science Greg Combet said
the signing of the Super
Hornet Training Support
Services Contract is worth
approximately $21.5 million
over three years, and secures
about 25 jobs at Amberley
over that period.
"The contract is vital for
effective support of the Air
Force's fleet of Super Hornets
at Amberley," he said.
"Raytheon Australia will
provide maintenance, logis-
tics, and training services
to support the Super Hornet
flight simulators, visual envi-
ronment maintenance trainers
and electronic classrooms."
Raytheon to join the team
as clerks and supply personnel, have
undertaken allied familiarisation train-
This ensures 1SQN support person-
nel are aware of any dangers associated
with working around the F/A-18F.
Finally, the TTF has also provided
four firefighter aircraft familiarisation
training courses for the Amberley fire
"This provides the firefighters with
all the information they will require
to facilitate a rescue from an F/A-18F
aircraft should the need arise," FLTLT
The task of converting the USN-
based training courseware into a for-
mat that met the RAAF's maintenance
structure was a complex and lengthy
task. It took a team of four courseware
developers up to 12 months to com-
plete the challenging task of putting
together a training package for the TTF
instructors to use.
To accommodate the training, the
Amberley TTF undertook a major
refurbishment program. This included
the installation of five state-of-the-art
computer-based training systems class-
rooms and the installation of a visu-
al enhancement maintenance trainer
(VEMT) used to train avionic techni-
The VEMT will be replaced by
two integrated visual enhanced main-
tenance trainers (IVEMT) later this
year. They will provide the same level
of training functionality for the aircraft
and armament trades, as well as avion-
ics.The IVEMT trainer is the first of
its kind and has been developed by the
Air Force and Boeing USA. Once it is
completed, the USN intends procuring
the system for its training establish-
The next two years will be a peri-
od of intense training for 278SQN.
The Amberley TTF will provide F/A-
18F specialist maintenance training to
about 300 maintenance staff and man-
agement and contractor personnel.
The success of the initial conver-
sion is testament to the high calibre
of the 278SQN instructional staff in
providing a quality maintenance train-
"The professionalism of the main-
tenance staff employed on the F/A-18F
has set a firm foundation for the over-
all future success of the maintenance
to be undertaken on this new and excit-
ing platform," FLTLT Mulcahy said.
"The success of the maintenance
training project is a testament to the
professionalism of all parties involved,
including the Australian Super Hornet
Project Office, Air Combat Transition
Office, USN, Boeing and 278SQN."
CPL Jeffery Atkins
of a Super Hornet
in preparation for
a work-up flight
at Lemoore. Photo:
ACW Kylie Gibson
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Five of the RAAF's
new F/A-18F join some USN cousins on the
Lemoore flightline. Photo: ACW Kylie Gibson
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AIR FORCE April 1, 2010
By FLTLT Skye Smith
THE DELIVERY of the first five Su-
per Hornets is an exciting time for the
maintainers at 1SQN who cannot wait
to put their new skills into practice.
Thirty officers, SNCOs and airmen
from the technical trades made up the
first team to complete four months of
F/A-18F maintenance specialist train-
ing and on-the-job experience at Naval
Air Station Lemoore, California, in
March last year.
The specialist training courses dura-
tion was 12 weeks for avionics, nine
weeks for aircraft and seven weeks for
The second team started specialist
training at Lemoore last June and com-
pleted its conversion in October.
Two months of practical on-the-
job experience followed at VFA 122,
the US Navy's (USN's) F/A-18F
Operational Conversion Unit for Naval
During this time the 1SQN main-
tainers worked alongside their Navy
counterparts where they gained invalu-
able experience on the jets.
Since December 2009, the 278SQN
Technical Training Flight (TTF) at
RAAF Base Amberley has provided
three specialist courses, being one for
each mustering -- aircraft armament
technician, avionic technician and air-
1SQN presently has a maintenance
workforce of about 90 qualified techni-
cians and engineers to service the new
jets. This includes the newest addition
to 1SQN who is a student straight from
RAAF Base Wagga, with more fresh
recruits to arrive in July.
The maintenance training is going
very well, according to OIC 278SQN
TTF, FLTLT Paul Mulcahy.
"The feedback from the students
has been very positive, stating that
modern computer-based training class-
rooms and associated new training aids
set the right tone for the introduction
of a state-of-the-art modern military
aircraft," FLTLT Mulcahy said.
The TTF also provides a range of
other courses for the various elements
that will support the Super Hornets.
This includes the delivery of safety
and aircraft familiarisation training
courses, which provide the maintain-
ers with information to enable them to
work on and around the aircraft safely.
"We have also conducted a man-
ager's familiarisation course, which
provides a basic overview of all the
aircraft systems for ranks from FSGT
up to SQNLDR."
employed around the aircraft, such
1SQN trades ready to roll
MASTERS OF MAINTENANCE: Commander Air Combat Group AIRCDRE Mel Hupfeld (front centre)
congratulates CO 1SQN WGCDR Glen Braz, senior engineering officer SQNLDR Steve Hoadley and
members of 1SQN on being certified as an Authorised Maintenance Organisation.
Photo: CPL Peter Borys
CHECK THIS: 1SQN technicians
SGT Rick Kidston and CPL Daniel
Watson perform pre-flight checks
on A44-203. Photo: ACW Kylie Gibson
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