Technical sailor teamwork on show at the Australian International Airshow

Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Location(s): Avalon Airport, VIC

Topic(s): Australian International Airshow

Royal Australian Navy sailors, from left, Able Seaman Todd Snider, Able Seaman Glenn Wilson and Able Seaman Clayton Roberts showcase the MH-60R Seahawk at the Australian International Airshow held in Avalon, Victoria. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)
Royal Australian Navy sailors, from left, Able Seaman Todd Snider, Able Seaman Glenn Wilson and Able Seaman Clayton Roberts showcase the MH-60R Seahawk at the Australian International Airshow held in Avalon, Victoria.

There's been a lot of interest in the Navy technical sailors and assets in attendance at this week's 2019 Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

The event organisers expect that more than 200,000 people will have attended the Airshow by the time it concludes today.

One of Navy's key showcases this weekend is the MH-60-R Seahawk ‘Romeo’.

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Todd Snider is one of the aircraft maintainers at the show.

“It’s hot, it’s dry and we have a lot of work to get done in a short period of time,” Able Seaman Snider said.

“Without support at all levels we wouldn’t be able to get it done. Making sure we have enough time to get the aircraft ready for flying is our key priority,” he said.

Aviation Technician Avionics sailors are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the aircraft systems and components.

“It’s a very busy and fast paced environment: one minute we’re getting ready for flying and the next we’re out on the stand, answering questions about our jobs and the aircraft,” Able Seaman Snider said.

“It’s very fluid because you need to be flexible and work closely with your team.

“The sailors manning the static display will also be encouraging the general public have a go at landing a helicopter on a ship using simulators.

“They'll be talking to people about Navy’s focus of delivering a skilled, educated, flexible, resilient and diverse workforce that is ready to respond to Government directed tasks.

He said maintaining and repairing an aircraft required a lot of teamwork.

“We have two rotating rosters and maintenance can be due anytime. The best part about being an ATA is we get to see the outcomes of our work everyday. You must diagnose situations and when you work things right through it’s very rewarding, especially when you get to see the aircraft flying,” Able Seaman Snider said.

Additional Australian International Airshow 2019 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery: https://images.defence.gov.au/s20190280.