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September 15, 2011
By SBLT Dave Barlow
LCDR Tony Reyne set an aviation
milestone on August 19 as he logged
his 4000th hour flying the Squirrel
As the pilot returned from a routine
instructional sortie, he taxied to the
723 Squadron flight line between an
arch of water created by two fire tank-
ers with their water cannons. He was
then wheeled from the aircraft through
a guard of honour on a throne pushed
by junior aircrew.
Commanding Officer 723
Squadron CMDR Matthew Shand
presented LCDR Reyne with the first
4000-hour RAN AS350BA Squirrel
"In flying 4000 hours, LCDR
Reyne has spent the equivalent of
almost six months of his life con-
tinually strapped to the seat of a
Squirrel," CMDR Shand said.
"In addition to this milestone,
LCDR Reyne has trained and influ-
enced countless naval aviators --
including me -- during his career."
LCDR Reyne thanked everyon
he had flown with and, in particula
the efforts of 723 Squadron mainte
"Over the years they have kept th
Squirrels at a high state of serviceab
ity and their diligence and dedicati
has been instrumental in me achievi
4000 hours without any major pro
Reyne sets Squirrel milestone
LCDR Tony Reyne joined
the RAN in January 1970
as an aircraft apprentice,
attaining the rank of petty
officer before gaining his
commission and undergo-
ing pilot training. He gradu-
ated as a member of No.
100 Pilot's Course and
received his wings in 1977.
LCDR Reyne has logged
more than 8750 hours dur-
ing 41 years of service in
the RAN on seven different
aircraft types -- five of them
helicopters. He has com-
pleted 2237 deck landings
on all RAN deck-capable
ships, including the aircraft
carrier HMAS Melbourne.
JOB WELL DONE: LCDR
Tony Reyne brings the
Squirrel back to Earth after
logging his 4000th flying hour
and, inset, CO 723 Squadron
CMDR Matthew Shand (right)
congratulates LCDR Reyne
on his achievement.
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