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LEUT Campbell Spencer
AN OPPORTUNISTIC flight on a
Caribou in 2005 led NCOCDT Josh
Rumis to consider becoming a flight
engineer (FLTENG). Six years later
he's on his way to his new career.
"The Caribou had broken down
while I was on deployment at Tindal,
[during which time] I got to know the
FLTENG and he invited me to go for
a flight with them," NCOCDT Rumis
"When I saw first-hand what the
FLTENG did, the challenges of the
job and the condi-
tions he was operat-
ing under, it got me
really interested and I
decided that was what
I wanted to do."
The former Air
Lift Group aircraft
technician is a stu-
dent on the current
sion course at RAAF
who joined the Air
Force in 2003, real-
ised that as a junior LAC he needed
more experience before applying to
become a FLTENG.
"I had worked on Hornets initial-
ly. Then, after my time in Tindal, an
opportunity came up to join 36SQN
and work with the C-17As.
"It was a great place to work and
I wanted to spend at least three years
there progressing through the job, so
in 2010 when I saw the call for appli-
cations for the FLTENG conversion
course, the timing was perfect.
"I applied to remuster, sat the apti-
tude tests and made it through the
selection process at my first crack at
it." FLTENG conversion course 48 is
broken into three phases: a ground
phase, a simulator phase and a prac-
tical flying phase. The course runs
for about nine months and successful
members will post into a squadron in
FLTENGs are an integral part of
the team that operates the AP-3C air-
craft, and as the technical experts on
board they are responsible for moni-
toring and operating the aircraft's sys-
There are many appealing factors
for aircraft and avionic technicians
to remuster to FLTENG; notably the
chance to travel the world, combined
with time/competency-based promo-
tions and higher salaries.
At the end of the course, an LAC
will be promoted to SGT, with a pro-
motion to FSGT after four years.
Promotion to WOFF is likely to occur
within another three years.
Senior FLTENG instructor WOFF
Matt Kay said it was one of the quick-
est ways to get promoted to WOFF in
the Air Force.
He said that the course was for
anyone with an aircraft technical
background, and was taught from an
assumed low level of knowledge of
the AP-3C aircraft.
Applications close at the end of
May for the next FLTENG conversion
Successful applicants will be
posted to 292SQN in September 2011
for initial prerequisites training, with
FLTENG conversion training starting
in January 2012.
For more information, contact WOFF
Matthew Kay on (08) 7383 4239
or WOFF Wayne Tetley on (08) 738
On the path
to flight eng
CAREER CHANGE: NCOCDT Josh
Rumis on the AP-3C flight simulator
and, right, looking at an AP-3C
T56 Engine cutaway as part of his
292SQN FLTENG conversion course.
Photos: LACW Shannon McCarthy
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