From AAFC solo flight to ADFA pilot entry

A year after his first solo flight with Australian Air Force Cadets, LCDT Aaron May has been accepted to study at ADFA for RAAF pilot entry.

FILE PHOTO (5 October 2019): LCDT Aaron May, No 408 Squadron, is congratulated by EFTS Head of Operations SQNLDR Gary Presneill following his first solo flight in the Diamond DA40 NG at Point Cook. Image by SQNLDR (AAFC) Scott Wiggins.

While many Cadet squadrons around Australia are now resuming their regular parade night training, some former cadets are also moving ahead with their careers – some have graduated with the latest batch of soldiers at Kapooka, while others have set their ambitions on a flying career.

Over these past few years, Aaron May has been a member of No 408 Squadron, based at Ringwood East in Victoria.

After attending a powered flying course run by the AAFC’s Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) at Point Cook, on 5 October 2019 Leading Cadet Aaron May flew his first solo flight in the new Diamond DA40 NG.

Fast forward a year, and Aaron has completed an officer selection board and has been accepted to study at the Australian Defence Force Academy for Royal Australian Air Force pilot entry.

The Aviation Operations Wing (AOW) of the AAFC delivers flying pathways through gliding and powered flying experiences and training.

The powered component is delivered by the Elementary Flying Training School, which now comprises three flights, based at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, RAAF Base Richmond in NSW and Point Cook at RAAF Base Williams in Victoria.

These elements will provide powered flying training using the Diamond DA40 NG light aircraft, leased by the Royal Australian Air Force for exclusive use by the Australian Air Force Cadets.

Through attendance at powered flying courses run by the EFTS or an approved service provider, Cadets aged 15 and above may complete their first solo flight.

Congratulations Aaron May on achieving this new milestone!

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Brian Hartigan

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