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March 29, 2012
Air Force events
April 1: Warrnambool Airshow.
April 5: Campervan and
Motorhome Club of Australia 26th Anniversary
April 12: Richmond 3WG cadet
Air Force Balloon
April 1: Hawker Primary School
Air Force Band
March 29: Air Force's 91st
anniversary celebrations, RAAF
March 29: Air Power Brass concert and work-
shop, Canberra Grammar School.
March 30: Air Force's 91st anniversary ser-
vice, RAAF Memorial Grove, Canberra.
March 30: Air Force Week reception, Sydney.
Ph: 07 5495 8259
Fax: 07 5499 1231
Noel &Sheralyn Vellnagel
P.O. Box 1258 , Morayfield Qld 4506
•History Plaques & Boxes
•Sculptures Now stocking
•Desk Name Plates
•Canes & Stands
SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
DCAF AVM Leo Davies has reminded members of
the need to follow correct processes for the disposal
of Air Force equipment to protect Air Force's reputa-
tion and to ensure the safety of those receiving the
DCAF said that Air Force was frequently
approached by enthusiasts from within the warbird
community who were seeking the loan, release or gift-
ing of items of Commonwealth equipment, particu-
larly training aids, which may appear to be surplus to
Air Force requirements.
"I'm delighted by the enthusiasm from the
Australian warbird community for preserving and
operating aircraft which represent our proud heritage,"
AVM Davies said. "These private organisations, often
through the work of dedicated volunteers, provide a
huge supplement to what we are already doing in Air
"In some cases, Air Force has formal agreements
with the operators of flying assets, such as the RAAF
Museum Sabre jet fighter, which is flown and main-
tained by the Temora Aviation Museum. These formal
agreements ensure the aircraft are flown in a safe and
"Without a formal agreement and the author-
ised disposal process, Commonwealth equipment
may prove dangerous for the receiver and can place
Defence in a position of not having exercised its duty
of care. It is also unfair to other competing heritage
organisations, no matter how worthy one individual
project might seem to be."
While some sympathy towards the enthusiasm and
dedication of restoration teams was understandable,
it was wrong for Air Force to release Commonwealth
equipment through anything "other than the author-
The only way surplus equipment can be disposed
of is through the Defence Disposal Agency. The agen-
cy ensures that all transactions are fair and open, and
also that Defence meets its obligations in managing
hazardous materials, managing airworthiness aspects
of aircraft components, and ensuring all disposal deci-
sions are in accordance with approved delegations.
Enquiries from organisations or individuals seeking
Commonwealth equipment should be referred to the
Defence Disposals Agency on (02) 9393 2914 or at dispos-
email@example.com and you should report the conversation
or correspondence to your chain of command. More informa-
tion on Air Force Heritage projects is available from GPCAPT
Dave Richardson on (02) 6266 8352 or david.richardson3@
AIR Force is calling for attendees to its
biennial Air Power conference, which
will be held at the National Convention
Centre in Canberra from May 10-11.
The theme of the conference is Air
Power and Coercive Diplomacy and
will cover global security environment
and its strategic implications to the
operational implications of employing
modern air power today.
Attendance should be considered
as an important part of an individual's
professional development, and to
encourage participation, registration
fees have been waived.
A registration form and further infor-
mation can be downloaded from the
conference website: www.airforce.gov.
Air power and
WANTED LIST: Macchi airframes used as
training aids at RAAF Base Wagga would be
sought after items in the warbird community.
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