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August 1, 2013
ROYALTY, heads of government and
countless VIPs have enjoyed tours of
Air Force Hercules over the past 55
Eight-year-old Bailey Delaney,
of Timboon in Victoria's south-west,
recently joined those esteemed ranks,
recently thanks to the efforts of
Bailey was diagnosed with a soft-
tissue cancer in 2011. Make-A-Wish
Australia's mission is to grant the wish-
es of children who, like Bailey, face
life-threatening medical conditions.
Make-A-Wish Australia volunteer
Gail Jaensch requested 37SQN pro-
vide Bailey a tour of the C-130J, fol-
lowing a tip-off the Hercules would
be at Portland Airport for training.
Victoria's western coastline --
home of the Great Ocean Road and
the Twelve Apostles rock formation --
makes a spectacular environment for
37SQN crews to practice low-level
On June 20, the C-130J left
RAAF Base Richmond, and flew the
last 150km of the trip at low level,
achieving its time-on-target over
After touching down at Portland,
SQNLDR Ben Poxon, of 37SQN,
gave Bailey the VIP tour of the
Hercules, before presenting him
with a 37SQN Boomerang as a
memento of the visit.
SQNLDR Poxon said it was an
honour to fly to Portland for the visit.
"I have been fortunate to fly
all over the world in various roles,
including humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief, aero-medical
evacuations and search and rescue
operations," SQNLDR Poxon said.
"Giving Bailey this once-in-a-
lifetime experience will always be
remembered as a special moment in
my flying career.
"Reaching out to the community,
and in this case Bailey, is the least we
can do to enrich the lives of others."
Ms Jaensch said excitement was
high for Portland residents to see the
Hercules opened up for Bailey.
"I really don't think I can describe
the feeling that the visit made to not
just little Bailey and his family, but to
the entire town," Ms Jaensch said.
"This has been a memorable day
for all of us.
"For the members of the Portland
Branch and the people of the com-
munity, this experience was like
Hollywood coming to town."
THE Defence Materiel Organisation's (DMO)
Air 8000 Phase 3 Project Team is rapidly
delivering RAAF aircrew training devices
way ahead of schedule and at a reduced cost.
Over the past few months, AIR 8000
Phase 3 training devices manager Dion Jensen
has been working alongside the rest of the
training devices team to secure the C-17A
Globemaster Cargo Compartment Trainer
-- the final component of Air Force's C-17
Aircrew Training System.
When this component is approved for use,
initial and ongoing training of C-17 pilots and
loadmasters will be able to be conducted in
Australia -- something AIR 8000 project direc-
tor GPCAPT Warren Bishop said would save
Defence a significant amount of money.
"When we were getting the C-17 project
off the ground, one of our business cases dem-
onstrated the value of training our pilots and
loadmasters at home," GPCAPT Bishop said.
"We discovered that it would be more
expensive over the life of the aircraft to train
our pilots and loadmasters in the United
States rather than doing it ourselves in
"With this knowledge, we set up this
project to acquire the Cargo Compartment
Trainer in 2007."
Built by Boeing and Safety Training
Systems in the US, the Cargo Compartment
Trainer was transported to RAAF Base
Amberley in three substantial shipments dur-
ing the first three months of the year. Thirty-
seven semi-trailers were required to trans-
COMING ALONG: Personnel
from New Airlift Project Office,
Heavy Airlift System Program
Office and 36SQN with the
C-17 Cargo Compartment
Trainer, from left back:
SQNLDR Ben Hall, WOFF
Cary Thompson, WGCDR
Paul Long, WOFF Ray
Maconachie and SQNLDR
Colin East. Front: Tracey Jeitz,
Matthew Wong, WGCDR
Gary Dunne, AIRCDRE Gary
Martin, Dion Jensen and
GPCAPT Warren Bishop.
Photo: LACW Jessica de Rouw
port 26 shipping containers and 11 oversized
crates from the Brisbane Docks to RAAF
On current estimates the C-17 Cargo
Compartment Trainer is expected to be com-
pleted in December 2013 and be ready for
training in January 2014, one year ahead of
schedule, while also costing less than origi-
GPCAPT Bishop said these impressive
results were achieved through the team's
strong desire to achieve the best possible out-
comes for the Air Force.
He said the Cargo Compartment Trainer
was a full scale replication of the C-17's cargo
area and would be used to train Air Force per-
sonnel in a variety of tasks.
"Other Defence areas, like the Air
Movements Training and Development Unit
and Health Operations Conversion Unit will
also be able to use the Cargo Compartment
Trainer," he said.
From the customer's perspective,
Commander Airlift Group AIRCDRE Gary
Martin said the C-17 Cargo Compartment
Trainer was "as good as another tail on the
tarmac, as every training hour that is trans-
ferred from the aircraft to the simulator is a
flying hour that is given back to 36SQN for
The C-17 Cargo Compartment trainer will
provide training opportunities, not just for
loadmasters, but for medical staff, air move-
ments staff and others, whose training is often
rescheduled due to a lack of available aircraft
in which to train.
C-17 trainer nears completion
Making a wish come true
as a special
moment in my
-- SQNLDR Ben Poxon,
KEEPSAKE: SQNLDR Ben Poxon presents Bailey Delaney a commemorative boomerang from 37SQN in
the cockpit of the Hercules.
Photos: CPL Amanda Campbell
ROOM WITH A VIEW: SQNLDR Ben Poxon's view of the Twelve
Apostles from the flight deck.
STAR ATTRACTION: Portland school children ask FLTLT Mitchell Gow about life
as a C-130J pilot. "This was like Hollywood coming to town," said Make-A-Wish
Australia volunteer Gail Jaensch.
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