Diamonds set cadets on course for exciting career
Victorian Air Force Cadets have enjoyed pilot experience flights from Warrnambool airfield.
The cadets from No. 413 Squadron flew in the new Diamond DA40 NG training aircraft operated by the Elementary Flying Training School at RAAF Point Cook.
No. 413 Squadron Commanding Officer Pilot Officer Jane McDonald said the cadets enjoyed a great learning experience.
The instructors were Wing Commander Dave Chaplin and Pilot Officer (AAFC) Chris Hulley, with Squadron Leader (AAFC) Scott Wiggins and Corporal (AAFC) Craig Johnstone Operations Officers for the activity.
Pilot Officer McDonald said the cadets were impressed with how accessible the pilots made themselves, answering questions and providing explanations.
The Elementary Flying Training School at RAAF Point Cook is a subordinate unit of Aviation Operations Wing, AAFC, which has the aim of delivering flying pathways through gliding and powered flying experiences and training.
The Diamond DA40 NG, leased for exclusive use by Australian Air Force Cadets, features modern avionics and a turbocharged jet-fuel piston engine, with contemporary navigation and flight control systems.
The acquisition of aerodynamically advanced aircraft supports safer, more advanced training for cadets.
Commander of the AAFC Group Captain Mark Dorward said the Diamond DA40 aircraft provided “a safe, comfortable and efficient means of positively inspiring young cadets’ interests in the aerospace and technology industries”.
The instructional pilot experience flights are designed to help lay the foundations for an aviation career. They are supervised by a qualified flying instructor, at no cost to the cadet.