Home' Air Force News : September 15th 2011 Contents HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE PROPOSED ADF PAY OFFER
The initial Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) pay offer for members of the ADF is 3% increase per annum for
each of the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and will soon be considered by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT).
DFWA's evaluation of the offer suggests that it would deliver an effective reduction in pay because it:
• would not maintain the current purchasing power of your pay as it falls short of forecast cost of living increases;
• includes no recognition of increases in MQ rent, rations & quarters charges, utilities (gas, water, electricity) and new taxes; and
• does not recognize or recompense for the productivity improvements required from ADF members through the Strategic Reform Program.
The Association acts on your behalf as an intervener to the DFRT and wishes to hear what you have to say about the WRA
offer. Your comments can be sent by email to email@example.com
Matters such as this highlight the need for more effective, independent representation for
members of the ADF and their families on a range of Conditions of Service matters
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September 15, 2011
THE Air Force's Wedgetail aircraft
continues to set world standards and
can now deploy north, with a new
high-tech Forward Operating Base
The Airborne Early Warning and
Control aircraft can now be housed
at RAAF Base Tindal, with a new
facility which can accommodate up
to three of the modified Boeing 737
at a time.
The FOB was used for the first time
this year during Exercise Talisman
Sabre 2011, where 2SQN, including
aircrew, operations and maintenance
personnel, worked out of purpose-built
bunkers positioned next to the tarmac.
The squadron liaison officer for the
project, SQNLDR David Johnstone,
said the facility was a home away from
home with its own tooling and spares
and communications equipment.
"There is office space, in-ground
power and refuelling facilities, all
designed to specifically support the
Wedgetail," he said.
The FOB includes three parking
positions for the aircraft -- an indoor
hangar, an open shelter and an open
position on the tarmac. The open
shelter features a Nose In Guidance
System, which means the Wedgetail
can be guided in with an automatic
lighting system on its own, without
ground staff assistance.
The Wedgetail's surveillance sur-
face area is 400,000 square kilome-
tres at any one time, which is more
than five times the size of Tasmania.
Over a 10-hour mission its systems
and advanced radar can cover four
million square kilometres in surveil-
lance, with its primary task being to
detect air threats and coordinate air
defence. The Wedgetail can detect air-
craft or ships beyond the range of the
OC 42WG GPCAPT Tracey
Friend said the new FOB would allow
the Wedgetail crews to conduct mis-
sions from northern Australia.
"We are currently focused on
building our operational capability
into the future and the Wedgetail will
boost the nation's defence capabili-
ties," she said.
Up to 100 personnel can operate
from the FOB at any time and there
are plans to use the facility for future
exercises such as Pitch Black 2012.
aircraft parked in
the new Forward
Tindal; below, the
Photos: LAC Terry
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