Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP (r), and Air Force officer, Head of Air Force Capability, Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, sign the Certificate of Achievement at the final delivery ceremony for the new RAAF Pilatus PC-21s at RAAF Base East Sale.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP (r), and Air Force officer, Head of Air Force Capability, Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, sign the Certificate of Achievement at the final delivery ceremony for the new RAAF Pilatus PC-21s at RAAF Base East Sale.

Royal Australian Air Force Welcomes the Final PC-21 Aircraft to RAAF Base East Sale

The final aircraft from the Air Force Pilatus PC-21 fleet has been officially welcomed at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base East Sale in Victoria. The PC-21 is the world’s most advanced pilot training aircraft and is a key component of the Liberal-National Government’s $1.5 billion AIR5428 project. The PC-21 replaces the PC-9/A aircraft, which is concluding its 30 year service at the end of the year, having successfully training thousands of aircrew across all three services.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP in front of a new RAAF Pilatus PC-21 during the final delivery ceremony at RAAF Base East Sale.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP in front of a new RAAF Pilatus PC-21 during the final delivery ceremony at RAAF Base East Sale.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC congratulated Defence, Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Jet Aviation for delivering the fleet of 49 aircraft. “This Pilot Training System will ensure young pilots looking to serve in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have access to the latest facilities and training,” Minister Reynolds said. “This investment is part of our Government’s commitment to continue producing highly skilled and talented personnel across the Navy, Army and Air Force.”
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP (r), and Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, Head of Air Force Capability watch the new Pilatus PC-21 roulettes perform a display over RAAF Base East Sale.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP (r), and Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, Head of Air Force Capability watch the new Pilatus PC-21 roulettes perform a display over RAAF Base East Sale.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester joined members of the ADF, and industry leaders, to mark the milestone with an impressive display from the Air Force aerobatics team, the Roulettes. “Undergraduate pilots at RAAF Bases East Sale and Pearce will now be able to use the best equipment along with a new tailored Pilot Training System, which will meet their needs and those of future recruits,” Mr Chester said. “The new system can train more people faster and to a higher standard and will ensure undergraduate pilots develop the necessary skills before moving to more advanced military aircraft. From early 2020, the PC-21 will also be used for flight test and evaluation at RAAF Base Edinburgh and forward air control at RAAF Base Williamtown.”
Source: Australian Department of Defence
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP (r), and Air Force officer, Head of Air Force Capability, Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, sign the Certificate of Achievement at the final delivery ceremony for the new RAAF Pilatus PC-21s at RAAF Base East Sale.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP (r), and Air Force officer, Head of Air Force Capability, Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, sign the Certificate of Achievement at the final delivery ceremony for the new RAAF Pilatus PC-21s at RAAF Base East Sale.
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