Home' Navy News : October 25th 2012 Contents Are you
ready to stand
out from the
Now you're thinking
For more information visit
or freecall 1800 818 865
Photo courtesy of the Australian Defence Force
Upgrade your qualifications with UNE
At the University of New England, we offer flexible
learning methods to suit your needs. We recognise
the training, experience and workplace qualifications
you receive in the Defence Force.
So if you're thinking of upgrading your qualifications,
furthering your career or just studying something of
personal interest, consider UNE.
Defence Education Assistance Subsidies
close 1st November, 2012
October 25, 2012
AS THE end of year draws closer,
planning for New Year's Eve has offi-
cially kicked off.
HMAS Kuttabul will again pro-
vide access to Garden Island for
defence members and their families
on December 31 to view the annual
Food and drinks stalls will be located
around the event area. There will be a
live band and a jumping castle for kids.
Tickets are $15 each with children
under four free.
Those wanting to purchase tickets
need to read GIDP SADFO directive
05/12 at http://intranet.defence.gov.
Reserve your seat for NYE
NOT many people realise Navy has
its own flight test organisation at
Known as the NASA of Nowra,
it is home to internationally trained
test pilots, aerosystems specialists,
flight test engineers, design engi-
neers and maintenance sailors.
The Aircraft Maintenance and
Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU) is
not only a global leader in ship-hel-
icopter first-of-class flight trials, it
also has a research and development
capability that would be the envy of
any aerospace organisation.
AMAFTU plays a crucial role
in Navy capability by conducting
flight tests to determine limits for
embarked operations. This ensures
Navy operates at sea in a safe and
CO AMAFTU CMDR David
Frost said his unit ensured a helicop-
ter remained a pivotal component in
a ship's operational capability.
"Without this work there would
be no way to certify the safe opera-
tion of aircraft at sea," he said.
"Developing the operating limits
for helicopters in the maritime envi-
ronment is an inherently hazardous
task, but with the results defining the
ongoing operational ship/helicopter
operating limits, the stakes are high."
CMDR Frost said testing was
performed day and night, and ships
were often required to find rough
and unpleasant conditions in which
to conduct the trial.
"The flying is challenging for
both the aircrew and the ship's team,
with all being pushed to get the test-
ing done as safely and efficiently as
possible," he said.
AMAFTU has been busy in
recent years not only supporting
in-service helicopters such as the
Seahawk and Squirrel but also play-
ing a critical role in the introduction
of the MRH-90.
CMDR Frost said under the man-
agement of the unit, the MRH-90 had
completed first of class flight trials in
HMA Ships Tobruk and Choules.
"Looking to the future, the unit
has its focus on supporting the
MH-60R Romeo, with a test team
embedded within the project," he said.
"The embarked trials may be a
couple of years down the track but
planning is already under way to
develop the instrumentation systems
essential for the task."
AMAFTU is testing new sen-
sor and weapon systems for the
Seahawk, while also conducting
contractor acceptance testing for the
newly contracted Bells.
CMDR Frost said true to its name
NASA of Nowra was also testing
navigation systems for Navy's future
fleet and introducing unmanned air-
craft to the maritime domain.
"Probably one of the biggest chal-
lenges AMAFTU will face in the
coming years will be the first-of-class
flight trials for the LHDs," he said.
"This task will require AMAFTU
to test multiple spots with multiple
aircraft, and will require significant
planning and engineering effort."
AMAFTU is the longest continu-
ous serving unit at Albatross starting
skies safe ON THE JOB: An AMAFTU maintainer working on AS350BA Flight Test
Instrumentation at HMAS Albatross.
SLOW AND STEADY: An MRH-90 undergoing a low-speed assessment at
as at 18 October
To the members of the Defence
Organisation who have donated blood.
As at 18 October 2012 there have been
1,214 donations made in the Defence
Army -- 465
Airforce -- 303
Civilians -- 224
Navy -- 222
That's 3,642 lives saved.
On behalf of recipients across Australia,
Don't forget to sign up to Club Red online
to make your donations count before Friday
30 November 2012.
We look forward to seeing how many more
lives you can save.
Call 13 14 95 or visit
Links Archive October 11th 2012 November 8th 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page