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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
28 February 2019
AUSTRALIAN Air Force Cadets will benefit from arrival of eight Diamond DA40 NG light aircraft to help them with their flight training.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester made the announcement today at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon.
Mr Chester said the fleet of Diamond aircraft introduced a modern aircraft for training and would inspire young Australians to pursue a career in aviation.
“I am pleased to announce the leasing of eight aircraft for exclusive use by Australian Air Force Cadets,” Mr Chester said.
“Over the next ten years these aircraft will provide a standardised flight training platform for aspiring young airmen and women, particularly those in regional areas.
“Defence has signed a 10-year contract with Airflite Pty Ltd, which includes the provision of maintenance services. Airflite has been the principal maintenance contractor for the Royal Australian Air Force PC-9/A aircraft and has provided outstanding support for the past 30 years.”
The Diamond DA40 NG aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Amberley in Southern Queensland, RAAF Base Richmond in NSW and RAAF Base Point Cook in Victoria. The aircraft will be regularly deployed to regional areas on weekends and during school holiday periods.