The Australian Air Drive Cadets (AAFC), Aviation Operations Wing, not too long ago took supply of 4 new Diamond DA40 NG plane, bringing the entire fleet to 12. The latest growth within the Aviation Operations Wing is symbolic of a metamorphosis throughout the AAFC in its curriculum and ICT studying techniques, with the purpose of constructing the AAFC the very best youth improvement program in Australia. The plane are core to the Elementary Flying Coaching College (EFTS), and presently primarily based on the east coast in EFTS Flights at RAAF Bases Amberley, Richmond and Level Cook dinner. The AAFC EFTS flights cowl 70 per cent of the cadet inhabitants, with planning commenced to determine a fourth flight at RAAF Base Pearce within the subsequent two years.

The DA40 NG plane are leased below a functionality help contract with Airflite and are supplemented by different powered plane below a Powered Service Supplier program, to make sure all cadet wings have entry to the powered flying program. Along with the powered flying program, the AAFC additionally operates a fleet of 11 DG1000S gliders in QLD, NSW and SA. Outgoing Director of Aviation Operations in Cadets Department – Air Drive, Group Captain Ian Watts, stated the aviation program was designed to encourage the younger recruits after they first be a part of, and proceed to interact them to remain within the years following. Group Captain Watts stated that though COVID-19 has inhibited the complete realisation of the DA40 plane functionality, he leaves with fond recollections of what the staff has achieved and what the longer term holds.


The Australian Air Drive Cadets visiting the AAFC Elementary Flying Coaching College Flight throughout their 2 Wing (AAFC) Common Service Coaching Camp at RAAF Base Amberley. (Picture by Sergeant Michael Thomas/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

“Our purpose is to supply the very best aviation alternatives a younger Australian can get. This system goals to provide cadets a ‘Cadet Aviation Expertise’ flight within the first yr, progressing to really getting their fingers on the controls within the second yr with a ‘Pilot Expertise’ flight. When cadets attain their later years, they’ve the chance to affix a two-week powered flying coaching camp within the faculty holidays, with the purpose of going solo within the Diamond. I’ve had the chance to look at cadets go solo for the primary time and that brings again nice recollections for me. I nonetheless keep in mind each second of after I went solo in a CT4 at Level Cook dinner at 21 years of age on the Air Drive Pilots Course – you always remember it. I see cadets at 15-17 years of age step out of an plane after their first solo flight, grinning from ear to ear,” Group Captain Watts stated.

The Diamond DA40 Diamond Star is an Austrian four-seat, single-engine, mild plane constructed from composite supplies. Inbuilt each Austria and Canada, it was developed as a four-seat model of the sooner DA20 by Diamond Plane Industries. By the top of December 2020, 2,200 DA40s had been delivered, together with 500 NG fashions. The DA40 NG comes customary with a selection of trendy and hard-wearing inside supplies. For luxurious consolation and elegance, obtainable options embrace premium leather-based interiors in a number of designs and colours, adjustable pilot seatbacks and lumbar help, electrically adjustable rudder pedals, electrical air con, and way more. The DA40 totally built-in G1000 NXi flight deck, incorporating the most recent options with non-obligatory ultra-precise GFC700 Computerized Flight Management System, provides superior situational consciousness, comfort and security. Accessible tools supplies Visitors Advisories, Artificial Imaginative and prescient Know-how, Satellite tv for pc WX and Leisure, and extra.

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), Aviation Operations Wing, recently took delivery of four new Diamond DA40 NG aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 12.
The Australian Air Drive Cadets (AAFC), Aviation Operations Wing, not too long ago took supply of 4 new Diamond DA40 NG plane, bringing the entire fleet to 12. (Picture by Sergeant Michael Thomas/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)