The Spirit of Collaboration
Visitors to this year’s Royal Adelaide Show really couldn’t miss the AAFC marquees in the Jubilee Pavilion – with their model Pilatus PC-9/A (the Air Force’s current pilot-training aircraft, for a little while longer at least) and flight simulator, plus fieldcraft uniforms and webbing to try on, and an ejector seat to sit in.
CAPTION: Principal of Urrbrae Agricultural High School Joslyn Fox strapped in to an ejector seat, attended by Cadet Jade Curwood (left) and Leading Cadet Ainsley Carter. Image by Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig.
A total of 38 cadets and 15 staff from Headquarters 6 Wing and squadrons throughout South Australia filled multiple shifts over the 10 days of the show, to promote youth development through volunteer service in the AAFC.
As well as prospective applicants (cadets and staff), the AAFC stand was visited by a range of people, from the Principal of Urrbrae Agricultural High School to the Commissioner of St John Ambulance South Australia, Noel Hender.
Visitors who came along at the right time had the opportunity to talk aviation directly with Pilot Officer (AAFC) Dennis Medlow, 6 Wing’s Chief Flying Instructor-Gliding and recent co-recipient of the prestigious Hoinville Award for Services to Operations.
The Hoinville Award was presented by the Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) to Dennis as well as John Whittington (Chief Flying Instructor of the Adelaide Soaring Club) and Richard Geytenbeek (Level 2 Instructor with ASC).
John and Richard are also Civilian Instructor Volunteers with the AAFC, passing on their knowledge and experience to a new generation of aviators.
The AAFC stand was also the backdrop for the Commanding Officer of No 600 Aviation Training Squadron, Squadron Leader (AAFC) Nicolaas Robbertse, to formally promote Pilot Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig to the rank of Flying Officer (AAFC), which was effective from 1 September (day 1 of the show).
The Australian Army Cadets of the South Australian AAC Brigade also attended for several shifts, and brochures were handed out on behalf of the Australian Naval Cadets.
Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig, 6 Wing Public Affairs & Communication Officer, said, “The interaction between our AAFC cadets and the Army cadets overall was positive, and a big effort on the Wednesday double shift was a high note to finish the AAC involvement with our recruiting and information stand”.
Those who expressed interest in joining, as cadets or as staff, will now be invited by individual squadrons to attend information nights where they can learn more, and sign up if they wish.
No 6 (City of Adelaide) Wing looks forward to assisting in the development of this next generation of cadets.