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WHEN six of Air Force's
finest young pilots finish
their Hornet intensive
course in December, they will join an
They will be fully fledged Hornet
The six pilots began their training at
2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU)
at RAAF Base Williamtown in July and
will graduate as qualified fighter pilots
in December after the ground attack
phase of their training, Exercise High
Sierra, in Townsville, which will call on
their many new skills.
For students to be accepted on to
the course they must have graduated
within the top quarter of the Air Force
pilot training system.
2OCU's primary role is to convert
Hawk Lead-in fighter graduates to be
Hornet fighter pilots. It is something it
has lots of practice doing with a new
six-month course every 18 months.
CO and senior instructor of 2OCU
WGCDR David Smith said the course
contained three phases.
"The first six weeks involves
converting the students on to the
aeroplane, including learning all of
its systems, how to take off, land, fly
in close formation, in bad weather
day or night, with the end result them
being awarded an instrument rating,"
WGCDR Smith said.
"The next three months they par-
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ticipate in an air-to-air phase begin-
ning with visual manoeuvring or the
art of dog-fighting, both offensively
and defensively and they then pro-
gress on to working as a wingman to
effectively achieve a kill in a visual
Students then move on to the
intercept component of the air-to-air
phase, operating in pairs employing
the Hornet's radar for the long range
use of air-to-air weapons.
"They also work as a team and
build up to the point of working in
pairs to target multiple groups of
adversaries of up to four aircraft,"
WGCDR Smith said.
"The last six weeks of the course
is dedicated to an air-to-ground phase,
teaching them the core skills of find-
ing targets, dropping bombs, during
day and night, utilising all aircraft
sensors, including the radar, targeting
pod and joint mounted helmet cueing
"During the last three weeks of
this phase we take them away in a
squadron environment to Townsville
Striving for the best
and conduct an exercise getting them
to the point where they are flying in
formations of four aircraft and carry-
ing live weapons."
During this exercise, students
for the first time will be exposed to
warlike operations and be expected
to fight their way to ground targets
they've never seen before, drop bombs
on those targets and fight their way
home back to base.
Instructors on the course are some
of the most skilled and experienced
fighter pilots serving in the Air Force.
One of them is 2OCU B Flight
Commander SQNLDR Ray Simpson.
In 1998, when he was a member of
77SQN, he was named as Air Force's
fighter pilot of the year and in 2003 he
led combat missions over Iraq as the
Fighter Combat Instructor for 75SQN.
He is one of the duty flight com-
manders that runs the flying program
and is an instructor on the course.
"For me the favourite part of
instructing is helping students who
need assistance at a remedial level,"
SQNLDR Simpson said.
to the Air
' Most students could pass
an F/A-18 course if it had
no time limit, but the rea-
son we put a time limit on
it was for students to show
they can demonstrate a
level of learning and handle
the progression through
the training and continue
to progress learning to an
operational fighter squad-
ron, providing capability to
-- SQNLDR Ray Simpson
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