During the COVID-19 operational pause in Cadet activities this year, the Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) of the Australian Air Force Cadets has been able to keep flying.
CAPTION: DA40 NG ‘VH-UEO’ on final approach to Essendon Airport to refuel on 10 September 2020. Photo credited to CPL(AAFC) Edward Vincent of EFTS and aircraft spotters group at Essendon Airport.
“Unfortunately it’s not the type of flying, or as much flying, as EFTS wants to be doing – which is to be inspiring the Cadets of the AAFC,” Squadron Leader (AAFC) Scott Wiggins, Staff Officer Operations for Aviation Operations Wing, AAFC, said.
“But instead, it’s the essential task of keeping our fleet of DA40 NG aircraft serviceable, and keeping certain nominated pilots and flying instructors current on the aircraft type.
“There are many restrictions on these operations, like solo flights only and the aircraft being quarantined for a period of time after each flight, along with extensive aircraft cleaning inside and out.
“This is all in order to make the return to normal operations and transition to flying with Cadets again post-COVID as smooth as possible.”
EFTS comprises three flights, which will conduct powered flying activities based out of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, RAAF Base Richmond in NSW, and Point Cook at RAAF Base Williams in Victoria.
The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation that is administered and actively supported by the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aviation Operations Wing (AOW) delivers flying pathways through gliding and powered flying experiences and training.
The aerodynamically advanced Diamond DA40 NG light aircraft have been leased by RAAF for exclusive use by the Australian Air Force Cadets.
DA40 NG was chosen to provide a safe, comfortable and efficient means of positively inspiring young Cadets’ interests in the aerospace and technology industries.