Air Force Roulettes

Roulettes Team Season 2 2014


Roulettes Maintenance Team 2014

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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Season 2 2013 Roulettes Team


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ROULETTE Leader

Squadron Leader Glenn Canfield

 

Squadron Leader Glenn Canfield, 38, grew up in Central Victoria and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1994. After attaining a Bachelor of Science in Physics at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Glenn went on to complete flying training on the PC-9/A and Squirrel helicopter.

He then flew the HS-748 for the RAN, conducting operations throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia in the Electronic Warfare role. Subsequently, he also then went on to fly HS-748’s in the Navigator Training role with No. 32 Squadron, RAAF East Sale, VIC. In 2002, Glenn completed Flying Instructor’s Course and was posted to teach at the ADF Basic Flying Training School on the CT-4B. From late 2004, he then undertook a short tour on the Super Seasprite Helicopter with 805 Squadron, prior to transferring to the RAAF in Jan 2006. Glenn enjoyed six years at Central Flying School, including seven seasons with the Roulettes.

Glenn has just experienced two and half years working for Air Force Headquarters on Project AIR 5428 (New Pilot Training System) Transition Office, having the opportunity to travel and fly the future training aircraft. Glenn was awarded an Officer Aviation Specialist Scheme contract in Jul 2014, and is honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the Roulettes for the Jul – Dec 2014 Season.

Glenn’s interests include fishing, photography and camping with his family. Glenn has over 5200 military flying hours, with over 2000 hours instruction. This is his eighth season with the Roulettes, and fifth as the Roulette Leader.


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ROULETTE Two

Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan

 

Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan, 37, grew up in Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, graduating from Swinburne University with a BTec – Aviation. Following a few years of employment as a flying instructor, he joined the RAAF in 2001 on No. 192 Pilots’ Course, graduating in 2002 having trained on the CT-4B at the Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth and the PC-9/A at No. 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) at RAAF Pearce.

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 Operation Relex and Resolute assisting to secure Australia's Northern approaches, and on Operation Solania throughout the Pacific.

In 2009 after completing Flying Instructors Course Jonathan was posted to 2 FTS at RAAF Pearce instructing on the PC9/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 CT-4 and PC9/A. In 2014 he was awarded an Officer Aviation Specialist Scheme contract and selected to join the Roulettes.

In his time away from work Jonathan’s interested include mountain bike riding and he is a volunteer fire fighter with the local Country Fire Authority. Jonathan has over 4000 hours military flying, this is his first season with the Roulettes.


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ROULETTE Three

Flight Lieutenant Lachie Hazeldine

 

Flight Lieutenant Lachie Hazeldine, 32, 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 where he trained on the CT-4B at the Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth followed by the PC-9/A at No. 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) at RAAF Pearce. Upon graduation in 2004 Lachie was posted to No. 292 Squadron (292 SQN) and then No. 11 Squadron (11 SQN) to fly the AP-3C Orion. Whilst at 11 SQN he was involved in Operation Relex and Resolute to help secure Australia's Northern Borders.
 
On completion of his tour at 11 SQN, Lachie 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 twelve months teaching Flying Instructors Course he was selected to join the Roulettes.
 
Lachie’s interests include motorsport, camping and running. Lachie has over 3500 hours military flying experience and this is his second season as Roulette Three.


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ROULETTE Four

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.  

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 PC-9/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 3100 hours military flying experience, with a little over 1100 hours instruction. This is his third season with the team.


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ROULETTE Five

Flight Lieutenant Daniel Kehoe

 

Flight Lieutenant Dan Kehoe, 34, from Maryborough, QLD has over 18 years flying experience. 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 posted to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond flying the C-130H Hercules for seven years as a Tactical Captain. Throughout this time he was involved with operations in East Timor, Solomon Islands, Tsunami Assist.

Dan completed Flying Instructors Course in 2009 before being posted to No. 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) in Perth as a Qualified Flying Instructor on the PC-9/A.

In 2011, Dan instructed on the Hercules at No. 285 Squadron. Following the retirement of the C-130H in 2012, Dan was posted to Central Flying School where he now develops and assesses RAAF instructors on the PC-9/A, CT-4B, C-130J, and the C-17A.

Away from work, Dan competes in ultra-marathons, swims, rides, paddle boards, and is a bagpipe tutor for the local Sale pipe band. Dan has over 4600 hours and over 1200 on the PC-9/A. This is his third season with the Roulettes and his first as deputy leader and leader of the synchro display pair.


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ROULETTE Six

Flight Lieutenant Andrew Lynch

 

Flight Lieutenant Andrew Lynch, 33, joined the RAAF in 1999 on No 188 Pilots’ Course where he trained on the CT-4B 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 CL-604 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.
 
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 4500 hours military flying experience. This is his fifth season with the Roulettes and second as Roulette Six.


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ROULETTE Seven

Flight Lieutenant Clay Esler

 

Flying Officer Clay Esler, 29, was born in Melbourne and joined the RAAF in 2006 as a reserve General Hand whilst completing a Commerce Degree at Deakin University.

Clay then transferred to the permanent Air Force and commissioned prior to completing flying training on the CT-4B and PC-9/A aircraft, graduating from 221 Pilots Course. Upon graduation Clay was posted to No 32 Squadron at RAAF Base East Sale to fly the KA-350 King Air aircraft. This has seen Clay flying all around Australia and also to Noumea and New Zealand. Whilst at No. 32 Squadron Clay also completed several trips to Dallas, USA for simulator training.

Clays interests include waterskiing, snow skiing and dirtbike riding. Clay has over 1200 Military flying hours and this is his second season with the Roulettes.