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ESO Collaborative Initiative Underway

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs statement to Parliament on 14 August 2017 stated, inter alia, ‘[that] …we best honour the diggers of the First World War by supporting the service men and women, the veterans and the families of today. It is important that all Australians understand the unique nature of service.’
The Minister went on to issue a challenge to the […]

NOTICE OF ACT DIVISION AGM 13 OCT 17

Ladies and Gents,

The ACT Division of the FAAAA wishes to advise it will hold the 2017 AGM on Friday 13th Oct 17 at the Canberra Club (previously the RUC) located at 51 Blackall St  Barton ACT, commencing at 1600.

A map of the club location is attached here.

All Association members and serving or former FAA members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Apologies for the short notice for this […]

President of the DFWA Moves On

Colonel David Jamison AM, the President of the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA), has indicated he will retire from his position.   He is to be succeeded by Kel Ryan.

David has been at the helm of the DFWA for the last ten years and, together with his executive team, has built it into a highly respected organisation that has, amongst other things, […]

Are You Receiving Our Newsletter Service?

The Fleet Air Arm Association has recently launched a new electronic Newsletter service. 
It is automatically sent to anyone on our database who has an email address.  You do not need to be a financial member of the Association to receive it, as we see this is a good way to keep the wider FAA community informed. 
If you are not receiving […]

Retirement of Squirrel and Seahawk S70B-2 Helicopters

 On Friday 01 Dec this year the FAA will farewell two stalwarts in the form of the S-70B-2 Seahawk Bravo and the Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel helicopters from service with the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force. These aircraft have served this nation well and a ‘send off’ fitting their place in history will take place at HMAS Albatross so save the date.
 
The […]

Bristol Sycamore Models for Sale

Hobbywest, a company in WA, has advised they have accurate models of the Bristol Sycamore for sale, in RAN markings.  They are in 1:72 scale and are made of plastic.  The proprietor of the company has indicated he is happy to post them anywhere. 

The price is $36.00 plus postage.  This transaction is between you and the retailer and the FAAA has […]

Helicopter Weathers Trial Period

Published on 20 June 2017 Department of Defence (Author)

Topic(s): Training, MRH-90 Taipan, 808 Squadron, HMAS Anzac (F150)

Multi-role helicopter support to the Royal Australian Navy Fleet has been enhanced by trials recently completed off the east coast of Australia.

In a joint activity conducted during the months of May and June HMAS Anzac embarked an MRH90 flight from 808 Squadron for a trial designed […]

FAAAA Member Awarded The OAM

Mr Matt Jacobs from the Tasmanian Division has been awarded the OAM in the Queens Birthday Honours List of 12th June 2017, for his service to the Tamar Volunteer Marine Rescue Unit. 

The Association extends its warmest congratulations to Matt, for an honour well deserved. 

Imagery of this event will be added when available. 

Webmaster […]

Memorial to RNAS Anthorn (HMS Nuthatch) to be erected

The FAAAA recently (June 17) received the following email from LCDR Harry Parker, RN, regarding HMS Nuthatch.

You may well know of the following notable Test/Ferry pilots who served at RNAS Anthorn:

“Hoagy” Carmichael DSO (Cdr RN), “Pug” Mather, (Capt RN), “Spiv” Leahy CBE DSC (Capt RN), “Pancho” Brandt MBE DFC (Cdr RNR), Guy Beange DSC (Cdr RAN, one time FAAOAA president), If […]

COMFAA Address at Centenary Dinner

COMFAA,  Commodore Chris Smallhorn,  made a memorable address at the Centenary of Naval Aviation Dinner at the FAA Museum on 20 May 2017.   It can be heard here.   The link to hear the Chief of Navy, VADM Tim Barrett, can be found on that same page, in which he talks about the recent problem with LHD propulsion systems as well as the Centenary […]