RAN Handlers/General Reunion Nov 17

Glen, the ex-Postie,  has advised that the next Handlers/General FAA reunion will be held in Queensland over the period Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November, 2017.   This will be the 16th event of this type. 

Friday evening is usually a ‘meet and greet’, and the Saturday is the reunion, which will be at the Cleveland RSL.  There is no cost […]

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. 

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Vampire Rebuild

One of the few ex-RAN Vampires to survive the scrap heap is to be refurbished by a private collector. 

Mr Steven Demanuele recently contacted the FAAAA to ask if we had any photographs of A79-840, which he has purchased and intends to restore.

According to ADF Serials, this aircraft was originally purchased by the RAN for £45,000 and was delivered in September 1954. […]

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 […]

ACT Division Winery Tour July 17

The ACT Division is holding a Winery Tour on Sunday 9th July 17 to visit wineries in the Murrumbateman area for members and their partner / guest. One or two minibuses will be available to take personnel on the tour, the cost of the buses will be subsidised by the association. 

There is a $5.00 per person charge at most of the […]

Did you work on Sea Kings?

In August 2016 the FAAAA was asked to post the following advice from the Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn: 
“A recent review into the death of a serving member by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force concluded that the member’s cancer was in all likelihood caused by exposure to respirable asbestos fibres, petroleum, petroleum by-products, toxins or a combination […]



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