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May 23, 2013
AVIATION technical training has a
new name, new modern training aids
and systems and a new focus at RAAF
BAE Systems Australia, in part-
nership with the Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology University
(RMIT) and Pennant, have formed the
Defence Aeroskills Training Academy
(DATA) to deliver training in con-
junction with the RAAF School of
Technical Training (RAAFSTT).
After an open and competitive ten-
dering process, DATA was awarded
the training contract, which provides a
balance between traditional hands-on
training and the use of modern training
The contract, signed on March 8,
brings with it significant changes. In
line with current productivity and per-
formance-based contract methodology,
the new arrangement includes a pro-
ductivity improvement program with
efficiency gains that will continually
ensure value in the total cost of owner-
The contract also includes options
to extend to 20 years based on
Commander Air Force Training
Group AIRCDRE Brian Edwards said
the new arrangement would deliver
excellent technical training using mod-
ern aids and systems, while also pro-
viding efficiencies for the ADF.
SGT Dave Morley
AIR Force trainees from RAAF Base
Wagga were given a run for their
money when they took on their
Army counterparts in the annual
South Wagga Wagga Lions Club
Chariots for Charity event on April
28.Four Defence teams took part
in the event, with a team of Army
PTIs from Kapooka crossing the line
first, but only seconds in front of a
team of Army craftsmen from the
RAAF School of Technical Training
(RAAFSTT), led by WOFF Jock Joce.
No. 1 Recruit Training Unit's
team, led by FSGT Ivan Petrovic,
finished third, while a team from
the RAAF School of Administration
and Logistics Training, led by FSGT
Jason Roberts, scored fourth place.
WOFF Joce said his team of
Army aviation trainees had been
training hard for weeks.
"We were looking forward to
getting in and flying the flag for
RAAFSTT," he said.
FSGT Petrovic said he was happy
with his team's result.
"1RTU's 'Red Titans' raised more
than $350," he said. "Hopefully next
year we'll be back with even more
teams -- it's all good fun."
FSGT Roberts said he entered his
RAAFSALT team because Defence
needed to be a part of the com-
"We held a selection for our team
with a 100 metre sprint and the four
quickest guys came through to the
team," he said.
"The guys were all volunteers,
but the jockey had no choice -- she
was selected because she was the
A total of $6000 was raised by
Defence and community teams in
FSGT Roberts said RAAFSALT
had also been busy recently rais-
ing money for the Wagga Women's
Refuge through Social Club barbe-
cues, donations and raffles.
Trainees race chariots for charity
New aviation technical training contract
to increase productivity and efficiency
"The training solution being
delivered by DATA will result in
a reduction of up to 30 per cent in
course training time as well as the
achievement of more competencies
at RAAFSTT before graduation,"
AIRCDRE Edwards said.
"The reduced training time equates
to a cash benefit to the Commonwealth
in the reduction of the Under Training
Workforce -- trained students will be
out working in the Force Element
Groups sooner and with more compe-
tencies signed-off in their journals and
He said DATA's new training aids
would also do away with the require-
ment for RAAFSTT to manage and
provide logistics support for a large
quantity of ageing equipment as has
been the case until now.
"The transfer, sale and disposal of
the old RAAFSTT training aids rep-
resents a reduction in logistics support
requirements for RAAFSTT," he said.
"The new contract also means
that DATA will take over some of the
Registered Training Organisation role
of the ADF in issuing formal aeroskills
competencies to graduating students.
This reduces an overhead currently
absorbed by the ADF."
OC Ground Training Wing
GPCAPT Graeme Davies said the
modernisation of training aids, intro-
duction of blended learning tech-
niques, and increase in the number
of competencies assessed at Wagga
would result in ADF technicians better
prepared for work when they hit the
"The new arrangement with DATA
will result in significant benefits with
more autonomy and responsibility for
the contractor, more modern and effec-
tive training aids and training methods,
continual productivity improvement,
and techos getting out in the field
quicker with more competencies under
their belt," GPCAPT Davies said.
DATA began delivering training on
NEW ERA: Above, OC
GTW GPCAPT Graeme
Davies signs the new
contract for ADF aviation
technical training on the
wing of a training Macchi,
watched by John Quaife, of
TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Above,
CPL Mark Cox, left, takes LAC
Martin Cameron, of 37SQN,
through some postgraduate
training at RAAFSTT; bottom,
trainee AC Zen Le Miller-Quah
Photos: CPL Amanda Campbell
MAD FUN RUN: The 1RTU 'Red Titans' race against the RAAFSALT team in
the Wagga Chariots for Charity event.
Photo: Darryl Gibbs
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