Topic: Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit

HMAS Canberra conducts First of Class Flight Trials

Published on by LEUT Tim Craig (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

An Army ARH Tiger helicopter (foreground) on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra as a United States Marines MV-22 Osprey aircraft approaches to land. (photo: Department of Defence)

An Army ARH Tiger helicopter (foreground) on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra as a United States Marines MV-22 Osprey aircraft approaches to land.

A team from the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU) has been hard at work embarked in HMAS Canberra over the last seven weeks conducting the First of Class Flight Trial (FOCFT) between the ARH Tiger helicopter and the LHD.

Aviation training facilities tested

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An EC-135 helicopter conducts First of Class Flight Trials (FOCFT) with MV Sycamore. (photo: Mr Wayne Dunlop)

An EC-135 helicopter conducts First of Class Flight Trials (FOCFT) with MV Sycamore.

The Navy’s newest aviation capability has been stretching her wings off the eastern seaboard, with the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit conducting first of class flight trials with the EC-135 helicopter in aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore.

Training inspection for aircrew

Published on by LCDR Jeffrey Choat (author and photographer)

723 Squadron flying instructors visited MV Sycamore at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney to inspect Defence’s new multi-role aviation training vessel (photo: Unknown)

723 Squadron flying instructors visited MV Sycamore at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney to inspect Defence’s new multi-role aviation training vessel

A team of instructors from 723 Squadron recently visited HMAS Waterhen in Sydney to inspect Defence’s new multi-role aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore.

Aerosystems challenge accepted

This article has photo gallery Published on by SQNLDR Peter Mole (author), Mr Gordon Elias (photographer)

Lieutenant Chris Broadbent receives the Humphrey Memorial Gold Medal which since 1978 has been awarded to the top overall student on course. (photo: Mr Gordon Elias)

Lieutenant Chris Broadbent receives the Humphrey Memorial Gold Medal which since 1978 has been awarded to the top overall student on course.

An Australian Navy Lieutenant has snatched the top honours at the No 48 Aerosystems Course at Royal Air Force base Cranwell, in Lincolnshire, in the United Kingdom.

Working together no trial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Benjamin King directs an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, ARH Tiger, as it takes off from HMAS Canberra's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Benjamin King directs an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, ARH Tiger, as it takes off from HMAS Canberra's flight deck.

First of class flight trials onboard HMAS Canberra have truly been a tri-service affair with Army test pilots, Navy flight test engineers and Air Force technicians all working on the task.

Canberra sees the eye of the Tiger

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Gabriella Hayllar directs a Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter onto the deck of HMAS Canberra to conduct First of Class Flight Trials. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Gabriella Hayllar directs a Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter onto the deck of HMAS Canberra to conduct First of Class Flight Trials.

HMAS Canberra has achieved another aviation milestone embarking two Army Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters for the first time.

Melbourne off to a flying start

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Robert White (author), LEUT Owen Higgins (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne has continued to gather strength in 2017 conducting FFG MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. 

Whilst off the East coast of Australia, the embarked Romeo, ‘Cobra 09’, was required to land ashore to conduct mission essential calibration of equipment following maintenance.  (photo: LEUT Owen Higgins)

HMAS Melbourne has continued to gather strength in 2017 conducting FFG MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. Whilst off the East coast of Australia, the embarked Romeo, ‘Cobra 09’, was required to land ashore to conduct mission essential calibration of equipment following maintenance.

HMAS Melbourne has continued to ‘gather strength’ in 2017 conducting MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. 

Aero-engineer skills up overseas

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Lieutenant Bill Mikhail is presented a plaque by United States Navy Commander Clark Childers during a presentation. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Bill Mikhail is presented a plaque by United States Navy Commander Clark Childers during a presentation.

In December last year, Australian Navy Lieutenant Nabil Mikhail graduated as a Flight Test Engineer from the United Kingdom’s Empire Test Pilot School in Boscombe Down.

Aviation trials on track throughout Fleet

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Officer in Charge of Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), Commander David Hutchinson, in front of a MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' at 725 Squadron. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Officer in Charge of Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), Commander David Hutchinson, in front of a MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' at 725 Squadron.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit has a busy 2017 planned, with seven first of class flight trials scheduled before September.

Bye, bye Birdie

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right)  presents the  Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right) presents the Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company.

Captain Simon Bateman was no stranger to HMAS Albatross when he assumed command in December 2013, but as he hands over command, he reflects on the changes achieved throughout his tenure.