Air Force Roulettes

Roulettes Team 2016

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.

Follow us on Facebook

 

PC-9/A Fleet Review

The Royal Australian Air Force is undertaking an engineering review of the PC-9/A fleet.

Like all Air Force aircraft, the PC-9/As are subject to regular maintenance and engineering reviews. The latest review suggested that more information about the aircraft’s fatigue was needed to ensure the aircraft meet Air Force’s strict safety standards. As a precautionary measure, each aircraft in the fleet will undergo an additional engineering review before returning to normal flying activities.

Regrettably, this will mean some appearances by the Roulettes will need to be cancelled. While this is disappointing for both event organisers and the community; the safety of our personnel and the public must take priority.

Safety is a priority for Air Force operations. Air Force aircraft are serviced and flown under a very strict and controlled airworthiness and safety system. All aircraft are under constant surveillance to ensure that they maintain the highest standards.

As the aircraft are reviewed and return to flying, Roulette displays will return to normal.

 

Application for Roulettes Display

The application form can be downloaded from here.

 

Season 1 2016 Roulettes Team

Roulettes 1

ROULETTE Leader

Squadron Leader Daniel Kehoe

 

SQNLDR Dan Kehoe, 35, grew up in Maryborough, QLD and began flying when he was just 15 years old. He joined the RAAF in 1998 completing a Bachelor of Science in both mathematics and physics. Following his graduation from Pilots Course, Dan flew the C-130H Hercules for 8 years based out of RAAF Richmond, Sydney. During this time Dan progressed to a Tactical Captain, being involved with operations ranging from Bouganville, the 2004 tsunami humanitarian assistance, East Timor and 6 deployments to the Middle East.

Since graduating as a Qualified Flying Instructor in 2009, Dan has instructed on the CT4B at the ADF Flight Screening Program in Tamworth, on the PC9/A at No 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) in Perth, and on the C-130H at No 285 Squadron at RAAF Richmond. Dan was posted to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale in 2012, and has since instructed on the Flying Instructors Course along with assessing instructional standards on the C-130J Hercules, C-17A Globemaster and the Airbus KC-30 Multi Role Tanker. During this time Dan also flew as Roulette Two and Five for 4 seasons.

Away from work Dan enjoys long distance running and cycling, along with stand-up paddle boarding. He also tutors the bagpipes to the local Sale RSL Pipe Band, is learning the Scottish fiddle and plays the borderpipes in a local Celtic folk band. Dan has over 5,000 flying hours, and returns to the Roulettes for his fifth season.


Roulettes 2

ROULETTE Two

Flight Lieutenant Charles ‘Chuck’ Manning

 

FLTLT Charles ‘Chuck’ Manning, 40, grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He joined the RAAF in 1994 and completed a BTech – Aeronautical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy before graduating on No 175 Pilots’ Course in 1998. Following Pilots" Course he was posted to No 37 Squadron to fly the C-130 Hercules in Richmond NSW. In the following years, Chuck completed a number of postings on various models of the Hercules giving him the opportunity to travel to numerous countries throughout Asia, the Pacific, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

In 2007 he completed Flying Instructors’ Course and was posted to No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Pearce to instruct student pilots on the PC-9/A. Following this Chuck was posted to No 285 Squadron for further instructional duties on the C-130J Hercules before returning to the PC-9/A at Air Training Wing and subsequently Central Flying School. Chuck has 4,500 hours flying experience and this is his second season with the Roulettes.

Outside of work you can find Chuck in his garage, making sawdust out of good timber, or stealing honey from his beloved bees.


Roulettes 3

ROULETTE Three

Flight Lieutenant Andrew Robinson



FLTLT Andrew Robinson, 32, grew up in Hobart, Tasmania and joined the RAAF in 2003 completing a degree in Aviation Technology at the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2005 he joined No 207 Pilots’ Course. Upon graduation in 2006 Andrew was posted to No 292 Squadron and then No 10 Squadron to fly the AP-3C Orion. Whilst at No 10 Squadron he was involved in operations to help secure Australia"s Northern Borders as well as deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations.

On completion of his tour at No 10 Squadron, Andrew was posted to Flying Instructors" Course and then to instruct at No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Pearce. After two years at 2FTS he was posted to Central Flying School. After twelve months teaching Flying Instructors" Course he was selected to join the Roulettes.

Andrew’s interests include travel, fitness training and coffee. Andrew has over 3,500 hours military flying experience and this is his third season as Roulette Three.


Roulettes 4

ROULETTE Four

Flight Lieutenant Dion Courtney



FLTLT Dion Courtney joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2000 as a direct entry pilot and graduated from No 189 pilots" course. He flew Squirrel and Seahawk helicopters from a variety of Australian and Coalition Warships. This included embarked operations throughout the Middle East and South East Asia. Following his operational flying as Seahawk captain, Dion flew Super King Air 350’s with 32 SQN in support of Air Combat Officer training for Navy and Air Force. Dion then completed PC-9/A Flight Instructors Course and subsequently completed instructional tours at No 2 Flight Training School at RAAF Base Pearce and No 32 Squadron flying the Super King Air 350. In 2010, Dion joined Virgin Australia and flew the Boeing 737 NG. However in 2014 Dion returned to the ADF, transferred to the RAAF and was posted to Central Flying School where he instructs military pilots to become Qualified Flight Instructors on the CT4B and PC-9/A aircraft.

FLTLT Courtney enjoys bushwalking and is an avid Hawks supporter. He has accumulated over 7600 hours on military and civil aircraft including over 1200 hrs of flying instruction on various aircraft types. This is Dion’s second season flying with the Roulettes.


Roulettes 5

ROULETTE Five

Flight Lieutenant Lachie Hazeldine

 

FLTLT Lachie Hazeldine, 33, grew up in Korumburra, Victoria and joined the RAAF in 2001 completing a degree in Aviation Technology at the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2003 he joined No 199 Pilots’ Course. Upon graduation in 2004 Lachie was posted to No 292 Squadron and then No 11 Squadron to fly the AP-3C Orion. Whilst at No 11 SQN he was involved in operations in the Middle East and to help secure Australia"s Northern Borders.

On completion of his tour at No 11 SQN, Lachie was posted to Flying Instructors" Course and then to instruct at No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Pearce. After two years at 2FTS he was posted to Central Flying School, the Standardisation Squadron for all flying units in the Australian Defence Force. After twelve months teaching Flying Instructors Course he was selected to join the Roulettes.

Lachie’s interests include motorsport, camping and running. Lachie has over 4,300 hours military flying experience and this is his fifth season with the Roulettes and second season as Roulette 5.


Roulettes 6

ROULETTE Six

Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan



FLTLT Jonathan Morgan, 38, grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, graduating from Swinburne University with a BTech – Aviation. Following employment as a civilian flying instructor, he joined the RAAF in 2001 on No 192 Pilots’ Course, graduating in 2002.

In 2003 Jonathan was posted to No 292 Squadron at RAAF Edinburgh for conversion and then in 2004 to No 11 Squadron to fly the AP-3C Orion, where he was involved in operations across Australia"s Northern approaches, throughout the Pacific and the Middle East Area of Operations.

In 2009 after completing Flying Instructors" Course Jonathan was posted to No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Pearce instructing on the PC-9/A, and later in a flying standards role. In 2011 he was posted to Central Flying School at RAAF East Sale, and in 2012 took up the role of the A Flight Commander, managing and instructing future ADF flying instructors on both the CT-4 and PC-9/A. In 2014 he became an Officer Aviation Specialist and joined the Roulettes.

In his time away from work Jonathan’s interests include mountain bike riding and he is a volunteer fire fighter with the local Country Fire Authority. Jonathan has over 5,000 hours flying experience including over 1,800 hours flying the PC-9/A. This is his fourth season with the Roulettes and his second as one of the synchro pair.


Roulettes 7

ROULETTE Seven

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Sawade



FLTLT Thomas Sawade, 27, was born in Canberra, and grew up in various parts of Australia and the United States, before completing school in Geelong. He joined the RAAF in 2007, studying a degree in Aviation Technology at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

In 2009 he commenced flying training on the CT4B at the Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) at Tamworth, followed by the PC-9/A aircraft at No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Pearce, graduating from 221 Pilots Course. Upon graduation, Tom was posted to No 38 Squadron at RAAF Base Townsville to fly the KA-350 King Air aircraft. This saw him flying all around Australia and South East Asia, as well as Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. In 2013, Tom also completed an operational tour to the Middle East area as a tactician. In 2014, Tom was posted to Central Flying School as Roulette 7.

Outside of work, Tom’s interests include music, AFL and computers. Tom has over 1,700 Military flying hours and this is his third season with the Roulettes.