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training as a military pilot. Instructors are looking for
a demonstrated rate of learning; ability to respond
to instruction; personal application; motivation and
The ADF website describes the progression of pilot
training, with associated combat survival training, as
“As an Air Force trainee pilot you will complete
an Aviation Medicine (AVMED) course covering
the physiological aspects of military aviation. You
will receive your initial AVMED training at Tamworth
before commencing flying. At the completion of
ADF-Basic Flying Training School (ADFBFTS), and
before starting the Advanced Flying Training phase
at No 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) at RAAF
Base Pearce (near Perth) in WA, you will undergo
further AVMED training, including hypoxia training
in a hyperbaric chamber, at the Institute of Aviation
Medicine at RAAF Base Edinburgh (in Adelaide) SA.
“On completion of the initial part of the AVMED
course candidates will commence with Basic Training
at ADFBFTS. The course duration is 25 weeks
and consists of two phases (Basic and Advanced)
totalling 62.8 hours of flying. All flying is done on
the CT-4B aircraft. The syllabus will include training
in General Flying (GF), Instrument Flying (IF), Night
Flying (NF), and Navigation (NAV).
“Phase 1- Instruction in GF includes manoeuvres
such as basic aerobatics, spinning and emergency
handling. IF instruction covers instrument interpretation
skills with an emphasis on Non Directional Beacon
(NDB) orientation and approaches. During IF, NF
is conducted. The NAV component of the course
introduces medium level cross-country navigation
and the student is progressed to a safe solo standard.
“Phase 2 - This phase involves consolidation of
basic GF, instruction in advanced aerobatics and
further development of emergency handling skills.
“Ground training will also be conducted in
Aerodynamics, Aircraft Systems, Airmanship, Air
Power, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Medicine, Cockpit
Systems, Meteorology, Morse Code, and Navigation.
“Upon completion of the Pilot Basic course,
candidates proceed to 2FTS for Advanced Training.
Flying at 2FTS is done on the PC9/A. The course is
approximately 37 weeks duration with 119 hours of
flying. The curriculum is similar to that of BFTS with
an emphasis on transferring basic flying skills, as
obtained at ADFBFTS, onto a higher performance
aircraft. 2FTS also introduces more advanced military
flying skills including low-level navigation to a time-
on-target and formation flying. Ultimately, these are
combined into mission-oriented profiles that demand
a high degree of flexibility and adaptability in both
flying skills and mental processes.”
Following on from Advanced Training pilots transfer
either to squadrons for fixed wing pilots or in future
HATS for helicopter pilots.
Currently Army rotary wing pilots train on aged
Bell 206 Kiowas at Oakey, while Navy pilots move to
Nowra to train on Eurocopter AS 350 Squirrels.
On completion of basic helicopter pilot training
these pilots move to squadrons for conversion and
follow-on training within their squadrons.
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Defence have written in the Defence Capability
Plan (DCP) that: “The project will introduce new
basic and advanced training systems to increase the
efficiency and effectiveness of the ADF’s fixed wing
Pilot Training System (PTS). The system will enable
an increase in graduation numbers; generate pilot
skills consistent with advanced 4th/5th generation
aircraft; enable the withdrawal of current training
media; and provide solutions for the integration of
synthetic training systems.”
Further they indicate that: “The system will provide
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Boeing Receives US$1.6B
Contract for P-8A Poseidon
Low-Rate Initial Production
Boeing has announced that on January 21 the company received a
US$1.6 billion contract from the U.S. Navy for low-rate initial production
(LRIP) of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The LRIP 1 contract is for six P-8A
aircraft, spares, logistics and training devices.
The Navy plans to purchase 117 of the Boeing 737-based P-8A
anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet. Initial operational
capability is planned for 2013.
“Providing these production aircraft to the Navy fleet on schedule is
our No. 1 goal,” said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8
program manager. “This is an exciting day for Boeing and the Navy and
a testament to the P-8 team’s hard work and determination.
“This first production contract represents a significant commitment
by the U.S. Navy to recapitalize its force of long-range maritime patrol
and reconnaissance aircraft,” said Capt. Leon Bacon, P-8A deputy
program manager for the Navy. “Ensuring that this capability arrives on
schedule and within budget remains our primary objective.”
Boeing will begin final assembly of the first LRIP aircraft at its
Renton, Washington, facility this summer. The Poseidon team is using
a first-in-industry in-line production process that draws on Boeing’s
Next-Generation 737 production system. All P-8A-unique aircraft
modifications will be made in sequence during fabrication and assembly.
“The in-line approach we’ve incorporated on this military derivative
aircraft is already paying the dividends we expected by helping us improve
efficiency and reduce costs,” said John Pricco, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes P-8 program manager.
As part of the U.S. Navy System Development and Demonstration
contract awarded to Boeing in 2004, the team is building and testing six
flight-test and two ground-test aircraft. The first three flight-test planes,
T1, T2 and T3, are completing testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River,
Maryland. The program’s static test plane, S1, recently completed its test
program, which began in May 2009; S2, the fatigue test plane, will begin
testing later this year.
A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the Poseidon is built by
a Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop
Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE
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