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THE Defence Science and Technology's (DSTO)
Junior Leadership Team (JLT) at RAAF Base Edin-
burgh gained a better appreciation of the work of the
Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU)
and capabilities of Air Force equipment and assets
when it visited the unit recently.
DSTO's JLTs comprise personnel up to EL1-
equivalent level who volunteer to look at issues that
affect staff across all areas of DSTO, and improve
the flow of communication between senior and jun-
ior levels across the organisation.
Dr Tony Scoleri, from DSTO, said that the organ-
isation had a long working history with ARDU,
which was significant for the JLTs' visit.
"Due to our normal work environment, our staff-
members are often unaware of what is happening
outside their personal work space," Dr Scoleri said.
"These tours broaden our knowledge in many
areas to assist us in having a balanced view of our
own workplace, the ADF and our business reporting
model, as well as how we can better support the ser-
Dr Scoleri said the technical and research exper-
tise within the JLT comprised knowledge in weapon
design, missile guidance, communications, target
tracking, geospatial intelligence, electronic warfare
and air, land and maritime operations.
"The visit therefore provided the team with prac-
tical experience in many of these domains."
The visit started after ARDU liaison officer,
FLTLT Peter Tippner, welcomed the team and pro-
vided a briefing on ARDU's work. His presentation
covered aspects such as in-flight videos, new equip-
ment and missile-testing on various types of aircraft,
including helicopters, the AP-3C and F/A-18 aircraft.
His presentation was followed by a tour of a
Hornet, which highlighted the features of the aircraft
such as its manoeuvrability, electronic and situation
awareness systems, and attack and defensive capa-
Temporary CO ARDU SQNLDR Andrew Kerle
said it was interesting for ARDU members to learn
of recent DSTO achievements to receive a practical
education on the business-end of ADF flight-test
"The visit also allowed us to discuss some of
the test programs that ARDU has worked on recent-
ly," SQNLDR Kerle said.
"Being able to share lessons learned and under-
stand each others' challenges is essential to contin-
ued success for future engagements, and we look
forward to hosting DSTO personnel again in the
ARDU EYE-OPENER: ARDU Qualified Test Pilot FLTLT Peter Tippner explains the
cockpit of the F/A-18 to two DSTO Junior Leadership team members.
Photos: LAC David Cotton
MUTUAL BENEFIT: FLTLT Peter Tippner, front left,
and OFFCDT Matthew McCarty with the visitors.
A proposed RAAF catering reunion is planned to be
held in October 2012 at the Coolum-Peregian RSL
Sub Branch in Queensland. Former serving cater-
ing personnel are invited to register their interest
by emailing Bill Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
au or Gynith Whatmough at email@example.com
Cadets alumni call
FORMER air cadets and former staff of the ATC/
AIRTC/AAFC are asked to register their inter-
est in forming an Australian Air Cadet Alumni
Association. Current AAFC staff members (but
not current cadets) are also welcome to register
their interest. To find out more or register your
details, go to the interim website www.aafc.org.
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