A Message From Wing Commander Malcolm Tutty, MEng, CPEng, FIE(Aust), FRAeS, Director Trials and Range Management, Air Force Headquarters
“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and the man who leads that gains the victory.” Col. George S. Patton Jr, 1933
Pretty soon you will be making some very hard decisions about what you want to do with your life and a career to support that. As a country boy, I never envisioned that something I had visualized, designed, constructed and bench tested such that it worked would ever be suitable for flight testing, let alone put into production and used by the Australian Defence Force and US Air Force in combat operations. Well the first one was over 800 aerospace systems ago!
I have been truly lucky enough to be involved in some great teams that have done such systems from aircraft such as the F-111C/D/E/F/G, F-15A/B/C/D/E Eagle and Strike Eagle, F/A-18 Hornet (including the AIM-132 ASRAAM and AIM-120C missile, fuel tanks and armament systems carried above!), S-70 Blackhawk or A-10 Warthog to name a few. And, more recently, to then be asked to be the Chief Engineer for Tenix Aerospace’s upgrade of the RAAF’s AP-3C Orion worth over a billion dollars was an amazing opportunity.
You too can imagine, design, construct and see work the next generation of cool things that will seriously challenge the minds of your parents and friends! Hopefully our C2C Genesis Uninhabited Air Vehicle Challenge will help you feel that you can do so in a career in aerospace and to also understand how education can help make that happen.
About the Air Force
Who we are...
The Royal Australian Air Force is the second-oldest independent and permanent air force in the world (after Britain's Royal Air Force). Our origins can be found in the Australian Flying Corps of World War I, but the Air Force was not established as a separate organisation until 1921. During World War II, the RAAF peaked at over 182,000 personnel and 6,200 aircraft in 61 squadrons - meaning that in 1945 Australia vied with Canada in having the fourth-largest Allied air force in the world (after the USA, USSR and UK). We have since served with distinction in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. We are also very proud of our role in peace-keeping and humanitarian missions throughout the world, including Bougainville, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Somalia.
Air Force Headquarters is located in Canberra. Air Force employs about 13,500 men and women, supported by 2,800 Air Force Reservists and 900 civilian public servants, at 11 major bases and a host of offices across Australia. Air Force works closely with the Navy, Army and allied forces.
What we do...
The Royal Australian Air Force provides air and space power for Australia's security. It is the youngest of the three armed Services in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the uniformed part of the Australian Government Department of Defence. If you visit one of the following websites, you too can have a go yourself ….
- Supreme Air Combat - http://games.defencejobs.gov.au/#/games/airCombat
- Air Force Technology - http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/airforce/technology/
Closer to home, the following image includes aircraft and units operating from the RAAF Base Edinburgh and at Woomera Test Range/Facility.
Involvement with C2C Program
The RAAF strongly supports the Tenix inspired C2C Genesis Uninhabited Air Vehicle Challenge Program and has been an active “Industry Partner” within the C2C Program, having been involved with Tours of the RAAF Base in some form or another since the start. The RAAF is strongly supporting initiatives of the various governments and bodies such as the Institution of Engineers to promote interest in science and technology.
Our involvement in the C2C Program has included student visits to the RAAF Base Edinburgh and is demonstrated through the “RAAF Uninhabited Air Vehicle (UAV) Day” conducted on the RAAF Base, providing technical advice in assisting students with their problem-based learning projects together with our strong involvement in the NAMIG Reference Group activities.
Tenix Aerospace (since acquired by BAE Systems) were pleased to initiate and sponsor the Genesis Uninhabited Air Vehicle Challenge. This C2C program was run very successfully in 2007 & 2008 and BAE Systems agreed to be involved with the supervision and direction of an aerospace related student project once again in 2009. The proposed student project is a Challenge that is designed to promote aircraft trades, engineering and science through project-based learning.
The project was designed by Tenix Aerospace to be scalable from a single school to multiple schools that can be easily involved in a competition to see which team produces the “best” Uninhabited Air Vehicles based on commercially available radio control aircraft and systems.
Message to students
If you think you may be, or already are, passionate about seeing cool aerospace systems fly, then a career in aerospace science, engineering or one of the many technical roles could be your path to achieving that. The C2C Genesis UAV Challenge will give you some feeling for all the jobs needed to undertake aviation – there is something for everyone. If your school is not engaged with the C2C Genesis UAV Challenge, the C2C organisers would be pleased to help fix that.
You can visit us on line at http://www.airforce.gov.au/
For general aircraft and air armament info one of the best websites is http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/index.html
And for Woomera:
Acknowledgements: NAMIG for C2C EXPO 2007 Imagery; RAAF 92 Wing Photographic