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SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
March 17, 2011
Air Force Band
March 17: The band will perform at
the Geelong Performing Arts Centre
as part of the Morning Melodies
Series from 10.30am.
March 25: The Low Brass
Ensemble will provide musical
support to the RAAF Base Williams
cocktail party at Laverton as part
of the Air Force 90th anniversary
March 30: The Ceremonial Band
will support the 1RTU graduation
parade at RAAF Base Wagga from
March 31: The Ceremonial Band
will support the 2FTS Advanced
Pilots' Course graduation parade at
RAAF Base Pearce from 11am.
March 31: Force 10 will perform
at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook,
as part of the Air Force 90th
Anniversary Air Pilgrimage.
March 31: The Air Force Wind
Quintet will provide musical sup-
port to the RAAF 90th Anniversary
Air Pilgrimage official dinner at the
Point Cook Officers' Mess.
March 31: Air Power Brass will
support the commemorative ser-
vice at the Royal Australian Air
Force Memorial in Canberra.
Casino charity event
The Air Force for Charities group will
hold a 'Casino Royal Night' at Casino
Canberra to raise money for the
Australian Special Olympics Team
competing at Athens in 2011. The
special event, which will include a
cocktail party and corporate auction,
will be held on May 13 from 6pm in
the casino's Deja vu Room and cost
$125 a person.
Tickets are available until April 29
from LAC Ben Lewis at benjamin.
A FORMER Air Force and Army Aviation Iroquois
UH-1H (Huey) helicopter is playing a major role in
improving aviation crash rescue and fire-fighting train-
ing for the RAAF School of Fire and Security at RAAF
The school acquired Huey A02-279 on
The school's Warrant Officer Firefighter Training,
WOFF Paul Crawford, said that the school provided
training for Army and Air Force firefighters at both the
initial employment and post-graduate levels, with an
emphasis on aviation firefighting and crash rescue.
"Previously, RAAFSFS had no training aids or
firefighting simulators to represent helicopter training
scenarios," WOFF Crawford said.
"This training was covered in theory and addi-
tional training after the trainees arrived at their gain-
"Due to the time constraints and generic nature
of training at the Fire Training Flight, a new airframe
was always on the radar as a valuable tool for train-
ing, if one became available."
As part of their duties, Air Force and Army fire-
fighters are required to respond to any emergency
involving rotary-wing aircraft.
The school recognised that a rotary-wing airframe
would enhance its ability to provide realistic avia-
tion crash rescue and firefighting training, including
training in vehicle positioning, personnel rescue,
simulated firefighting and the hazards associated with
Then, in 2007, following the decommissioning of
the Army's Iroquois fleet, agencies wanting an air-
frame were invited to submit a request that included
their justification for wanting one.
The opportunity was too good to pass up and in
May that year the school submitted its application.
On July 30 last year, the school's CO,
WGCDR Simon Sauer, learned that its bid had been
The school's airframe was at Damascus Barracks;
all it had to do was complete the paperwork and take
The aircraft will not be used to fight fires nor will
it be cut or damaged during training.
"We are always looking for ways to improve the
quality of our training, and the addition of A02-279 will
give us greater flexibility and realism in rotary wing
fire-fighter training during both initial employment and
postgraduate courses," WOFF Crawford said.
FLGOFF Mark Anderson monitors NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS)
aircraft movements as Inspector Sam Crothers, an aviation officer with
the RFS, observes during RFS training at RAAF Base Richmond.
Photo: LAC David Said
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