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“You can’t expect people to feel nor-
mal doing these things because this is
an abnormal activity around an abnor-
mal event”, is how CoMAuSFLT
RADM Tim Barrett described the chal-
lenges of helicopter underwater escape
Physically demanding and person-
ally challenging, HuET is essential
for all ADF personnel who carry out
helicopter operations over water.
The training provides the skills
required to escape an aircraft in the
event of an emergency sea landing.
HuET qualifications must be
renewed every two years and RADM
Barrett said regular retraining was
“Even though I have been doing
HuET regularly since I first began fly-
ing in 1985, I appreciate the opportu-
nity requalification provides to practise
and correct my technique and to ensure
I’m getting it right,” he said.
“Even with all my previous train-
ing, I still needed to get ‘dunked’ an
extra couple of times today to sort out
an error in my procedure.”
RADM Barrett said his first HuET
experience was memorable.
“I was very fortunate. I’d done a
bit of diving so being underwater and
upside down didn’t worry me and it
was just a matter of getting the proce-
dures right,” he said.
“If you don’t know what to expect,
if you don’t like getting water up your
nose and if you’re not that confident
underwater then it is a challenge, but
the beauty of the HMAS Albatross
training facility is there’s someone
who can sort you out underwater or
above water within seconds if you have
any issues. This largely removes the
fear factor and then it’s just a matter of
getting as comfortable as you can.”
When asked what advice he would
give someone about to undertake their
first HuET, RADM Barrett said, “It’s
easy to say relax, it’s easy to say just
feel confident, but you’ve then got to
experience it first hand and realise it
can be done.”
“When you understand that if you
use all the right methods it will be
a safe evolution, then you get more
relaxed, more confident and it becomes
easier,” he said.
HuET courses are conducted in a
sophisticated purpose-built complex
attached to the Albatross gymnasium.
RADM Barrett said the resources
were of a very high standard.
“The facility is extremely well run.
I was here as Co when it was intro-
duced and I know how good the sys-
tem is and I know how good the staff
are at keeping people safe,” he said.
“It has been 12 years since we put
this facility in and I always enjoy com-
ing back and being part of the training
and making sure that I’m getting it
Leading through example
IN THE DEEP END: COMAUSFLT RADM Tim Barrett prepares to be dunked in the HUET pool by LSPT Jan
Gilmour and SMN Hayley MacDonald at HMAS Albatross.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
New contract brings
NAVY aviation technician training has
set itself up for the future after a funda-
mental overhaul of the aviation training
system at the RAAF School of Technical
Training (RAAFSTT) at RAAF Base
BAE Systems Australia, in partner-
ship with the Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology university and Pennant
Pty Ltd, have formed the Defence
Aeroskills Training Academy (DATA),
which began delivering training in con-
junction with RAAFSTT on April 8.
Commander Air Force Training
Group AIRCDRE Brian Edwards said the
new arrangement would deliver excellent
technical training using modern aids and
systems, while also providing efficiencies
for the ADF.
“The training solution being delivered
by DATA will result in a reduction of up
to 30 per cent in course training time as
well as the achievement of more compe-
tencies at RAAFSTT before graduation,”
AIRCDRE Edwards said.
“The reduced training time equates
to a cash benefit to the Commonwealth
in the reduction of the under Training
Workforce. Trained students will be out
working in the Force Element Groups
sooner and with more competencies
signed-off in their journals and skills
The new contract also means
that DATA will take over some of the
Registered Training organisation role
of the ADF in issuing formal Aeroskills
competencies to graduating students.
This reduces an overhead currently
absorbed by the ADF.
The Director of Navy’s Training
Authority-Aviation, CMDR Tim
Standen, said he welcomed the innova-
tive approach to improving training com-
petencies reducing course length, while
delivering well-trained personnel to meet
Navy’s aviation needs.
“The changes in the triservice avia-
tion training environment at RAAF
Wagga look set to provide Navy AT train-
ees with a world-class learning environ-
ment,” he said.
“In particular, I am very happy that
our people will be able to progress more
quickly to their next phase of training
here at HMAS Albatross to get them on
their way to serving at sea.”
Since 1993 Navy, Army and Air Force
aircraft technicians have undergone the-
ory and practical training leading to the
Certificate IV in Aeroskills at RAAFSTT.
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