From dirt bikes to afterburners
A member of the Narrabri Dirt Bike Club while growing up, Brody Peate developed an interest in challenging mechanical performance activities, leading eventually to a career in aviation maintenance.
Advice from his father led Corporal Peate to investigate a career in the ADF, where he now works as an aircraft technician at RAAF Base Tindal, working on the F/A-18A/B Hornet.
“I had worked in various jobs in hospitality and the agricultural sector around Narrabri before dad suggested I try a Defence career, and I really enjoy the variety,” Corporal Peate said.
“I have found my decade in the Air Force has helped me be a part of a team that is utilised to assist people who are doing it tough through fires, floods and other natural disasters; and coming from a rural background, I understand how that help is appreciated.”
Corporal Peate has gained a Certificate IV in Aero Skills (Mechanical) as a result of his training and looks forward to the new technology and specialisations ahead as the ADF moves further into operating in the domain of space.
“Not only have I gained a qualification and the ability to branch out into other areas, I have had the chance to travel throughout Australia and overseas, something that would not have otherwise happened,” he said.
“The best thing about growing up and being educated in Narrabri is that I learnt that doing what you can, with what you’ve got is relevant in my current work.
“I have endless opportunities ahead of me to continue expanding my knowledge in my core aircraft maintenance role and in the wider ADF, and the ability to put that knowledge to use.
“Every day is different and not knowing what may pop up today gives me all the variety I could wish for in a career.”
With people a strong focus of the Air Force Centenary, throughout 2021 exceptional members who have contributed to the Air Force will be featured on www.airforce.gov.au/100 and Corporal Peate is a fine example of the thousands of people who make up our Air Force.
Planning is underway for the commemoration of the Royal Australian Air Force’s formation in March 1921 and further information may be obtained at www.airforce.gov.au/100.