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February 2, 2012
ON PAGE 14 of the November
24 edition last year, the story
'Piece of Aviation History'
featured a photo (pictured
right) of retired CDRE John
Goble, RAN, presenting CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown with a
model of the Fairey IIID float-
plane. The caption incorrectly
named the model as the
Britannia Trophy, which was
awarded to CDRE Goble's
father AVM Stanley Goble
on the first circumnaviga-
tion and aerial survey of the
Australian coastline in 1924.
The model was actually a
trophy presented to the then
WGCDR Goble by the Fairey
Aviation Company to com-
memorate the 1924 flight.
Eamon Hamilton and
CPL Natasha D'Arcy
A NEW generation of crew attendants (CRE-
WATTs) has graduated at RAAF Base Amberley.
The 10 newly minted CREWATTs are the
first to be trained at the base with 33SQN.
All previous CREWATTs were trained
at RAAF Base Richmond and Defence
In a parade at Amberley on December 1,
the new CREWATTs received their brevets
before a crowd of friends and family.
Eight graduates will join A-Flight at
33SQN, which has been busily prepar-
ing for the multiple roles on Air Force's
brand new KC-30A, and two graduates
have been posted to 34SQN to conduct VIP
CREWATT conversion training.
As the largest aircraft to be flown by Air
Force, each KC-30A will carry up to 270 pas-
CREWATTs are essential to the safe carriage
of large numbers of personnel on the KC-30A,
dramatically increasing Air Force's strategic
The latest group of CREWATTs started
their course in January 2011. The course
comprised seven remusters and three
direct entrants, making them the largest
CREWATT course to be put through the
To graduate, the students were required to
complete the Airman Aircrew Initial Course
(four weeks with 285SQN at Richmond),
along with the three-week aircrew course
at the Combat Survival Training School at
RAAF Base Townsville.
CREWATT qualifications for the KC-30A
were achieved through a series of basic
courses at Amberley, along with training with
Qantas at Mascot in Sydney.
One of the graduates, LAC Joshua
Edmunds, said he was proud to be working
"I am looking forward to travelling around
Australia and overseas to serve on this fantas-
tic world-first aircraft that the Air Force has,"
LAC Edmunds said.
Another graduate, LACW Katherine
Langmaid, previously worked in the hospital-
ity and customer service industry before com-
ing to Air Force.
"I thought a CREWATT career offered
everything that would complement my
strengths," LACW Langmaid said.
a big job
Left, the graduates
on the stairs of
the KC-30A in the
Clockwise from top
left: LACW Katherine
Morris, LACW Peita-
Michelle Toms, LACW
LACW Tamie Olufson,
LACW Adele Taylor,
Blair, LACW Amy
White, LACW Emma
Ramsdale and LAC
CO 33SQN WGCDR
Geoffrey Fox, and the
graduates in parade
Photos: LAC Dan Pinhorn
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