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As Air Force continues to celebrate
the arrival of the first Super Hornets,
1SQN ramps up for the next wave,
writes FLTLT Skye Smith.
THREE years of hard work
and planning paid off when
the first five Super Hornets
arrived at RAAF Base Am-
berley on March 26. But, the
work (and fun) for 1SQN has only just
With the new jets safely home,
1SQN personnel have little time to
rest as they not only start operating the
aircraft, but also training more crews
for the next wave of aircraft that are
expected in July.
CO 1SQN WGCDR Glen Braz said
the training tempo must remain high
to ensure the squadron has sufficient
numbers of qualified personnel for
each wave, while maintaining progress
toward achieving initial operational
capability (IOC) in Australia.
"Our aim is to achieve IOC by
December 31 this year.
"This means the Air Force will have
12 Super Hornets on Australian soil
with at least 12 qualified flying crews
and full in-country logistic support,"
WGCDR Braz said.
The squadron will also maintain
a six-turn-four rate of effort, with the
ability to deploy within Australia and
the near region and operate in all roles
by the end of the year.
To achieve this, 1SQN will continue
training both air and ground crews
throughout the year.
The next ferry phase for 1SQN
aircrew is scheduled for the June/July
timeframe, which includes up to 96
hours of test and evaluation flying and
two weeks of Electronic Warfare flight
trials at Naval Air Station Lemoore,
During this intense period, each
aircraft will undergo comprehensive
maintenance and air test flights before
it is accepted into service.
Aircrew will undertake both day and
night air-to-air refuelling qualification
sorties and currency flights before
embarking on the long journey home to
Amberley with the next set of jets.
Former Classic Hornet pilots can
convert on to the Super Hornet in as
few as five flights. 1SQN aircrews
comprise a good balance of former F-
111 and Classic Hornet crews, with
air combat officers (weapon systems
officer) straight from the School of Air
Warfare expected later this year.
The technical workforce must
also complete trade qualifications
and become authorised on the Super
Super Hornet maintenance teams
three through nine will be trained by
278SQN Technical Training Flight
(TTF) -- Amberley. The TTF will
have their work cut out for them with
a student training throughput of 120
personnel per year, plus additional non-
technical and managerial courses.
However, the two new integrated
visual enhanced maintenance trainers
(IVEMT) are due to be ready for
training in September this year and will
greatly enhance both student learning
Technical training will include
theory consolidation, test and trouble
shoot activities and performance
assessments across all trades.
6SQN also has a challenging time
ahead with the F-111 withdrawal from
service in December and then the
transition to become the second Super
Hornet squadron next year.
There are five scheduled waves to
bring home the 24 aircraft by the end
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING
NEW: Three Super Hornets are
escorted in by an F-111 on the flight
to Amberley. Photo: ACW Kylie Gibson
BIG HUG: Above inset, SQNLDR
Cameron Cornell is welcomed home
by his family after the long flight from
Lemoore. Photo: LACW Jessica Smith
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