The Roulettes are the Royal Australian Air Force’s aerobatic display team. They were established in 1970 following the success of the Air Force’s earlier aerobatics teams, the Red Sales and the Telstars.
The Roulettes first public display was at RAAF Base Point Cook in December 1970. At that time, the team was flying the Macchi MB-326 aircraft. In 1989, the Roulettes switched to the Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft which replaced the Macchi as the Air Force’s pilot training aircraft.
The Roulettes have operated continuously since their inception and have expanded to become the six aircraft, seven member team we have today.
Roulette displays consist of a number of manoeuvres flown in various formations at low level. They are an extension of the skills of formation, aerobatics, low level flying and airmanship that all Air Force pilots are taught on pilots’ course and develop throughout their career.
With the team flying as close as three metres apart, the pilots are able to showcase the expertise in visual judgement and hand-eye coordination that pilots across Air Force achieve.
The Roulettes fly as low as 250 feet (80 m) at speeds of up to 250 knots (460 Km/h). Throughout the display the pilots can experience up to 6 ‘G’, or 6 times the force of gravity.
There are two display seasons per year of six months each, with displays flown all around Australia.
Roulette pilots are Qualified Flying Instructors on staff at the Central Flying School. Between displays they teach other Air Force pilots to become instructors. The team is based at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.
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SQUADRON LEADER ADAM ROBINSON
Squadron Leader Adam Robinson, 43, grew up windsurfing and fishing off the Adelaide coast prior to joining the RAAF in 1999 as a direct entrant. After graduating from 185 Pilots’ Course he was posted to 292 Squadron and 10 Squadron to fly the AP-3C Orion and to 92 Wing as an Operations Officer. Middle East Region tours and other local and international exercises and operations formed the basis of Adam’s initial maritime flying.
In 2007 Adam completed Flying Instructor Course on the PC-9/A and was posted to No. 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Pearce, then to Central Flying School at RAAF East Sale. Adam joined the Roulettes in 2009 and flew as Roulette 3, 6 and 5 before being posted to 292 Squadron as an AP-3C Orion instructor in 2012.
Promoted in 2012, Adam performed a 92 Wing Orion and Heron aviation safety role. In 2016 Adam returned to CFS as A Flight Commander, moving to B Flight and Roulette Leader in 2017.
Outside work Adam enjoys raising his family and all things maritime.
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT JONATHAN MORGAN
Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan, 39, grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, graduating from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Technology in 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 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 on promotion to Squadron Leader took up the role of the A Flight Commander, managing and instructing future ADF flying instructors on both the CT4B 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 5000 hours flying experience including over 2000 hours flying the PC-9/A. This is his sixth season with the Roulettes.
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT DES HALES
Flight Lieutenant Des Hales, 37, grew up in the South West of Western Australia and started flying at a young age. Des joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 2003 as a direct entry pilot and graduated from No. 200 Pilots Course. On graduation he was posted to 37 Squadron in 2005 and flew the C130J Hercules. Whilst at 37 Squadron he was involved in operations in East Timor and the Middle East Region.
In 2010 he completed Flying Instructors Course and was posted to the Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth. After 18 months he had the privilege to participate in an instructor exchange to New Zealand for 2 and a half years. Whilst on exchange, Des instructed on the B200 King Air based in Ohakea. On return from New Zealand he was posted to the Central Flying School where he now instructs on the CT4B and PC-9/A.
Outside of work Flight Lieutenant Hales enjoys anything cycling especially mountain biking. Des has accumulated over 4000 military and civilian flying hours and this is his second season flying with the Roulettes.
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ALLISTER BERRYMAN
Flight LieutenantAllister Berryman, 36, was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and began flying at the age of 16. He joined the Air Force in 2002 and completed 196 Pilots Course in 2004. Following pilot training, Allister was posted to No. 33 Squadron to fly the Boeing 707 air-to-air refuelling aircraft. During this time at 33 Squadron he had the opportunity to travel extensively, and conducted many humanitarian aid missions, including Tsunami assist in 2005. Allister was fortunate enough to operate the B707 until it was retired from RAAF service in 2008, amassing over 1,300 hours on the aircraft.
Flight LieutenantBerryman completed Flying Instructors Course in 2011 and was posted to Basic Flying Training School at Tamworth, flying the CT4B. After 2 years at BFTS Allister was posted to Central Flying School at RAAF East Sale, Victoria, where he has the opportunity to fly both the CT4B and PC-9/A, training Defence Force pilots to be flying instructors.
Allister has over 3,500 flying hours and has previously performed the role of Roulette 7. This is his second season as Roulette 4.
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ANDREW ROBINSON
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Robinson, 33, grew up in Hobart, Tasmania and joined the RAAF in 2003 completing a Bachelor of Technology in Aviation 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 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 10 Squadron, Andrew was posted to Flying Instructors Course and then to instruct at No. 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) in Western Australia. 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 has over 4,000 hours military flying experience. This is his fifth season on the team, and first as Roulette Five and Deputy Leader. In addition to aviation, Andrew’s interests include travel, fitness training and coffee.
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT CHARLES MANNING
Flight Lieutenant Charles Manning, 40, grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He joined the RAAF in 1994 and completed a Bachelor of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy before graduating on No. 175 Pilots Course in 1998. Following Pilots Course he was posted to 37 Squadron to fly the C130 Hercules in Richmond NSW. In the following years, Charles completed a number of postings on various models of the Hercules giving him the opportunity to travel throughout Asia, the Pacific, Europe, North America and the Middle East.
In 2007 Charles completed Flying Instructors Course and was posted to 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Pearce to instruct student pilots on the PC-9/A. Following this he was posted to 285 Squadron for further instructional duties on the C130J Hercules before returning to the PC-9/A at Air Training Wing and subsequently Central Flying School. Charles has 4800 hours flying experience and this is his fourth season with the Roulettes.
Outside of work you can find Charles in his garage, making sawdust out of good timber, or getting stung by his bees as he tries to steal their honey.
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ASHLEY KISSOCK
Flight Lieutenant Ashley Kissock, 29, was born in Adelaide and grew up in the Southern suburbs of Sydney. He started flying training at 14 years old. He joined the RAAF in 2007 completing a Bachelor of Technology in Aviation at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
In 2010 Ashley graduated from No. 221 Pilots Course at 2 Flying Training School in Perth. On graduating he was posted to No. 36 Squadron to fly the C-17/A Globemaster at RAAF Base Amberley in Brisbane. During his time at 36 Squadron Ashley achieved Combat Ready Captain and was involved in world wide operations including assistance to the MH17 disaster, humanitarian assistance in the Asia Pacific region and multiple operational missions in the Middle East region.
In 2016 Ashley was posted to Central Flying School as Roulette 7. In this position Ashley is responsible for flying the spare aircraft, providing display commentary and assists with the organisation and planning for each display.
Ashley has over 1,800 flying hours and this is his second season with the Roulettes.
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