SUPPORTING FLYING EXPERIENCES with the Australian Air Force Cadets
As a pilot, aviation instructor or staff member you can play a vital role in the provision of our flying training program – to give Cadets exposure to, and inspire their interest in, the aerospace industry through education in theoretical and practical skills of aircraft handling, aircraft engineering and flight operations.
Our pilot trainees develop excellent energy management skills that assist in flying a wide range of aircraft.
Many Australian Defence Force and commercial aviators began their flying careers by learning to fly with the AAFC.
There are two streams of aviation training available to Cadets – gliding and powered flying – supported by our Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) and Gliding Training School (GTS) which are subordinate units of the AAFC’s Aviation Operations Wing (AOW).
All experiences and training are offered to Cadets at no cost. Cadets as young as 15 years – the minimum legal age – may have the opportunity to fly their first solo flight in a VH-registered powered aircraft or glider.
Download the Pilots, Aviation Instructors and Staff brochure here.
Headquarters AOW offers opportunities for qualified staff to support operations in the fields of aviation governance, aviation safety, workplace health & safety, administration, personnel management and finance.
The Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) has the mission of delivering flying pathways to Cadets through powered flying experiences and training. EFTS conducts powered flying programs through its three hubs – Amberley Flight (Queensland), Richmond Flight (NSW) and Point Cook Flight (Victoria).
Find out more about the powered flying experiences offered to Cadets here
Download the AAFC Powered Flying brochure here.
The Gliding Training School (GTS) has the mission of delivering flying pathways to Cadets through glider flying experiences and training. GTS conducts glider flying training through its three ‘Centres of Excellence’ – Balaklava Glider Training Flight (SA), Bathurst Glider Training Flight (NSW) and Warwick Glider Training Flight (Queensland).
- Find out more about the gliding experiences offered to Cadets here
- Download the AAFC Glider Flying brochure here.
The environment we work in is challenging and evolving: we are a part-time organisation operating a civil flying program within a Defence, CASA and GFA system of laws and oversight – a complex task which requires adaptable, intelligent and resilient staff.
Within the individual flights of EFTS and GTS, there are many opportunities for qualified staff to support operations.
Aviation Operations Wing is always looking for qualified and motivated pilots, instructors and staff to join the team – with excellent people skills and a passion for youth training, aviation and an appreciation of the military lifestyle.
Previous military experience is beneficial but not essential – volunteering to work with the AAFC is a great opportunity for all adult civilians who want to work with youth and help develop their potential.
If you want to give back to your community, we want to hear from you.
Flying Instructors, Cadet Aviation Experience Pilots (powered) and Air Experience Instructors (gliding) are needed to allow the AAFC to continue teaching the aerospace industry’s next generation.
Powered pilots with military and/or civil experience may become Air Experience Instructors (gliding) through an accelerated program.
There are also opportunities for AAFC staff to undergo flying training to ensure we have adult staff with aviation experience are available to progress to hold leadership roles such as Flight Commander.
Ground staff play a vital role in the conduct and management of training activities and formal courses of 7, 10 or 14 days’ duration.
There are numerous opportunities for qualified staff to support operations in the fields of aviation governance, aviation safety and workplace health & safety. You can play a key role in helping us continuously improve safety processes and practices, by ensuring a generative safety culture is integrated with our business.
Within the flights, there are opportunities for staff to support operations in the fields of operations, planning, personnel management, administration and finance. You can play a key role in helping us continuously improve our business processes and practices, and developing our planning and enabling functions.
Qualified adults who wish to volunteer as a Flying Instructor, Cadet Aviation Experience Pilot (powered) or Air Experience Instructor (gliding) should choose ‘Aviation Operations Wing’ when you select your unit.
If you have qualifications or interest in the fields of aviation governance, aviation safety, workplace health & safety, operations, planning, personnel management, administration and finance, you should choose ‘Aviation Operations Wing’ when you select your unit.
For more information please contact the Executive Officer of Aviation Operations Wing: firstname.lastname@example.org