As the RAAF's elite formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes perform breathtaking displays, using only hand-eye coordination to fly at speeds of up to 590 kilometres per hour. The six Roulettes may experience up to 4.5G (or 4.5 times the normal force of gravity) during a display in their PC-9/A aircraft. When the Roulettes are not showcasing their skills, they teach qualified RAAF pilots to become flying instructors at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.
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31 Aug 13 RAAF Roulettes / Balloon - ADFA Open Day, Canberra ACT
01 Sep 13 RAAF Roulettes - Pretty Pine Expo, Deniliquin NSW
07 Sep 13 RAAF Roulettes - Teen World Flight, Wollongong NSW
13 Sep 13 RAAF Roulettes - AUSFLY, Narromine NSW
13 Sep 13 Rally Australia - Coffs Harbour, NSW
28 Sep 13 Hillston Sesqicentenary Celebrations - Hillston NSW
4 - 5 Oct 13 RAN International Fleet Review - Sydney NSW
5 Oct 13 Deniliquin Ute Muster - Deniliquin NSW
6 Oct 13 Old Bar Beach Fest - Old Bar NSW
12 - 13 Oct 13 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - Bathurst NSW
17 - 20 Oct 13 2013 Australian Motorcyle Grand Prix (MotoGP) - Phillip Island, VIC
19 Oct 13 Geelong Show - Geelong VIC
27 Oct 13 Roulette Solo, Hazelwood Car and Bike show - Churchill VIC
27 Oct 13 Roulette Solo, HMAS Cerberus Open Day - Cerberus, VIC
2 Nov 13 Warbirds Downunder - Temora NSW
Squadron Leader Stephen Baker
Squadron Leader Stephen Baker, 40, has over 21 years of flying experience that began when he graduated from No. 161 Pilots’ Course in December 1992.
Stephen was posted to fly Caribou tactical transport aircraft with No. 38 Squadron, then in 1996 became quite possibly the youngest instructor in the RAAF since WWII at the tender age of 23, where he went on to instruct on the PC9/A turbo-prop trainer at No. 2 Flying Training School (2FTS).
During his tenure at 2FTS, he was selected for an exchange tour with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, where he instructed on the advanced jet Macchi 339. Whilst in New Zealand, Stephen was a member of the low-level formation aerobatic team, The Black Falcons, flying as Black 3. Stephen has some of his fondest flying memories from New Zealand which saw him fly jets through the Alps of the Southern Island.
Upon his return to Australia, Stephen instructed on the brand new Hawk 127 jet trainer, prior to displaying the aircraft. Stephen was subsequently selected to join the RAAF Roulette aerobatic team from 2004 – 2007.
In late 2007 Stephen took a sabbatical travelling the world for seven months as well as completing his diploma in photography.
Prior to returning to Central Flying School in 2010 to take over as Roulette Leader, Stephen also displayed some of the Air Force’s warbirds at the RAAF Museum.
Stephen can usually be found riding his Ducati Streetfighter, fishing (often with Roulette 5), taking photos or playing golf.
Stephen has over 5200 military flying hours. This is his ninth season with the team and his fourth as Roulette Leader.
Flight Lieutenant Daniel Kehoe
Flight Lieutenant Dan Kehoe, 33, grew up in Maryborough, QLD and had a pilots licence at 16 years of age, before he had even driven a car. In 2000 he graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics, before graduating from No. 190 Pilots’ Course in 2002. Dan was then posted to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond flying the C130H Hercules for seven years as a Tactical and Search and Rescue Captain. Throughout this time hewas involved with operations in East Timor, Solomon Islands, Tsunami Assist, and four tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2009, Dan completed Flying Instructors Course before being posted to No. 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) in Perth as a Qualified Flying Instructor on the PC9/A. During this tour Dan was deployed back to Afghanistan as the Senior Airlift Planner, in charge of twelve aircraft from eight nations which he found quite challenging but very rewarding.
On returning to Australia in 2011, Dan was posted back to the Hercules as an instructor at 285SQN. Following the retirement of the C130H in 2012, Dan was posted to Central Flying School where he now develops future RAAF instructors on the PC9/A and CT4 aircraft.
Away from work, Dan lives and trains on the mountain trails North of Sale, competing in several ultra marathons each year. He is also an accomplished bagpiper currently playing with Victoria's premier Grade 1 pipe band. Dan has over 4200 hours and over 1100 on the PC9/A. This is his first season with the Roulettes.
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Lynch
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Lynch, 33, joined the RAAF in 1999 on No 188 Pilots’ Course where he trained on the CT4B at the Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth and the PC9/A at No. 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) at RAAF Pearce. Upon graduation Andrew was posted to No. 34 Squadron (34 SQN) to fly the CL604 Challenger VIP aircraft. While at 34 SQN he transported several notable passengers including the Governor General and the Prime Minister and flew to destinations throughout South East Asia. In 2005 he was posted to No. 10 Squadron (10 SQN) to fly the AP-3C Orion where he was involved in Operation Relex and Resolute to help secure Australia's Northern Borders. He was also deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations on Operation Catalyst and Slipper supporting the Australian Army over Iraq and Afghanistan and the Australian Navy in the Northern Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
On completion of his tour at 10 SQN, he was posted to Flying Instructors Course and then to instruct at 2FTS in Western Australia. After two years at 2 FTS he was posted to Central Flying School, the Standardisation Squadron for all flying units in the Australian Defence Force. After six months teaching Flying Instructors Course he was selected to join the Roulettes.
Andrew’s interests include paragliding and riding his road bike around Sale. Andrew has over 4000 hours military flying experience. This is his third season with the Roulettes.
Flight Lieutenant Ross Laves
Flight Lieutenant Ross Laves, 34, grew up in Western Sydney with an interest in aviation being sparked by his two ex-RAAF grandfathers. Ross commenced civil flying training at the age of 14 at the Concordia Gliding Club, or the Sydney Gliding Club as it is called now. In 1993, on the day after his 15th birthday Ross flew solo in a K-13 glider at Camden aerodrome.
In 1997 Ross joined the military and attended the Australian Defence Force Academy where he completed a Major in Economics. By 2004 Ross completed his flying training in the Australian Regular Army and was awarded his Army Pilot brevet. He then went on to serve with No. 1 Aviation Regiment, flying the UH-1H Iroquois and was deployed to Sumatra in 2005 where he assisted in the humanitarian effort, flying almost 100 hours delivering aid.
Upon retirement of the UH-1H Ross transitioned over to fly the S-70 Blackhawk which he did initially with the School of Army Aviation, assisting with Loadmaster Training and Search and Rescue support. Ross was briefly posted to Sydney where he flew with the 6th Aviation Regiment before beginning the process to service transfer to the RAAF.
After completing Flying Instructor Course in 2008, Ross joined the RAAF and was posted to ADF Basic Flying training School, where he instructed on the CT-4B for two years. Following this Ross took a posting to Central Flying School where he has since completed his PC9/A conversion and instructs future ADF flying instructors on both the CT-4 and PC9/A.
Ross’s interest outside flying include down hill skiing and after experiencing the 1998 Sydney to Hobart has been unable to shake a sailing bug. This is why you may find him sailing his dinghy sail boat – Moon Dog on Lake Wellington. Ross has 2800 hours military flying experience, with a little over 1000 hours instruction. This is his first season with the team.
Flight Lieutenant Jay Tuffley
Flight LieutenantJay Tuffley, 34, was born in Albany and grew up in Geraldton WA before joining the RAAF in 2001. Growing up near the beach meant that from an early age Jay developed a strong association with water sports, fishing, diving and boating. At times when the weather is perfect he is sometimes torn between whether he would prefer to be out flying or fishing. So after graduating from No. 194 Pilots’ Course in 2003, a posting to No. 10 Squadron as a Maritime pilot was quite fitting. Jay spent over five years flying the AP3-C Orion aircraft at RAAF Base Edinburgh South Australia, culminating into two years as a fully operational maritime captain. He participated in numerous local and abroad operations and exercises, including three operational tours of the Middle East.
In 2009 Jay completed Flying Instructors Course and went onto instruct Advanced Pilot training on the PC9/A at No. 2 Flying Training School, RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia. Jay thoroughly enjoyed teaching and took a lot of pride in assisting to develop his students as best he could. In mid 2011 he was posted to Central Flying School to train RAAF flying instructors.
Jay has over 3800 military flying hours, well over 1000 in the PC9/A, and has caught a large variety of trophy fish including marlin. This is his third season flying with the Roulettes and his first as Deputy Leader and Roulette Five.
Flight Lieutenant Steve English
Flight Lieutenant Steve English, 30, joined the RAAF in 2002 on No. 196 Pilots’ Course where he trained on the CT4B at the Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth and the PC9/A at No. 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) at RAAF Pearce. Upon graduation Steve was posted to No. 37 Squadron to fly the C-130J. This saw Steve flying throughout the Asia Pacific region, North America and the Middle East where Steve completed several tours in Operation Catalyst and Slipper. Being able to put all his military training into practise and being a part of a large multi national military force in both Iraq and Afghanistan was both very rewarding and a career highlight for Steve.
Steve was then posted to Central Flying School (CFS) where he was the Ground Training Officer, instructing ground based subjects on Flying Instructors Course (FIC). He then completed FIC himself and was posted to 2FTS. After a brief tour Steve was posted back to CFS where he instructed on FIC before joining the Roulettes in January 2012 as Roulette Two. After 12 months, Steve moved to the Roulette Six position, in which he flies the bottom half of the world famous Roulette Mirror along with Roulette Five.
Steve’s interests include motorcycle riding, running, and building scale model aircraft. Steve has 3000 flying hours and this is his fourth season with the Roulettes.
Flight Lieutenant Shaun Rajzbaum
Flight Lieutenant Shaun Rajzbaum, 28, was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and joined the RAAF in 2004. Shaun completed a degree in Aeronautical Technology at the Australian Defence Force Academy prior to undergoing flying training on the CT-4B and PC-9/A aircraft and graduated from No. 213 Pilots’ Course in 2008. On completion of flying training he was posted to No. 34 Squadron (34 SQN) at RAAF Base Fairbairn, Canberra, to fly the CL604 Challenger VIP aircraft. Shaun has been involved in various VIP tasking carrying the Prime Minister, Governor General and more notably Princess Mary of Denmark on her tour of the Royal Flying Doctors remote bases in Australia. Shaun’s time with 34 SQN took him to Dallas, Montreal and Amsterdam for simulator training. In the two and a half years at the Squadron Shaun carried out a wide range of VIP tasking throughout all of Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia. Shaun’s most enjoyable trips were to places like Palau, Marshall Islands and the Cocos and Christmas Islands.
Shaun’s other interests outside work includes skiing and bike riding. Shaun has over 1700 hours flying experience. This is his second season with the Roulettes as Roulette Seven.
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