Air Force Roulettes

Roulettes 2015

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 2014 Roulettes Team


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ROULETTE Leader

Squadron Leader Paul Henry

 

SQNLDR Paul Henry, 39, grew up in Traralgon, VIC.  He joined the RAAF in 1995 and graduated from No 173 Pilots’ Course in 1997. Following Pilot’s Course he was posted to fly the C130H Hercules in Richmond NSW and participated in various operations and exercises throughout the world including in the Middle East, South East Asia, USA and Canada.

In 2004 Paul completed Flying Instructor Course and instructed on the CT4B at Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) in Tamworth. He was then posted back to Richmond flying the C130H Hercules with 285SQN where he instructed for a further 2 years.

In 2007 Paul was posted to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale as an instructor. After spending 18 months instructing on Flying Instructors Course, Paul joined the RAAF Roulettes in 2009 and completed 2 years as Roulette Two. Paul then instructed at 32SQN on the King Air 350 for 18 months prior to posting back to CFS to begin his tour as Roulette Leader.

Paul’s interests outside of the cockpit include camping with his family, 4WDing, fishing and travelling this great nation.
Paul has over 4800 military flying hours and this is his fifth season with the Roulettes.


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ROULETTE Two

Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan

 

Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan, 37, grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, graduating from Swinburne University with a BTec – 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 securing Australia's Northern approaches, and on Operations throughout the Pacific. Jonathan also deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations supporting the Australian Army over Iraq and Afghanistan and the Australian Navy in the Northern Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

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 became an Officer Aviation Specialist and joined 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 4700 hours flying experience and this is his second season with the Roulettes.

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ROULETTE Three

Flight Lieutenant Andrew Robinson



Flight Lieutenant Andrew Robinson, 31, 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 (10 SQN) to fly the AP3C Orion. Whilst at 10 SQN he was involved in Operations to help secure Australia's Northern Borders. He was also deployed to the Middle East area supporting the Australian Army over Iraq and Afghanistan.  Additionally he flew in support of the Australian Navy in the Northern Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman on anti-piracy missions.
 
On completion of his tour at 10 SQN, Andrew 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. After twelve months teaching Flying Instructors Course he was selected to join the Roulettes.
 
Andrew’s interests include travel, fitness training and good coffee. Andrew has over 3500 hours military flying experience and this is his first season as Roulette Three.


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ROULETTE Four

Flight Lieutenant Andreas Jacobs



Flight Lieutenant Andreas ‘Jakes’ Jacobs, 53, joined the RAAF in 1985 after four and a half years in the RAN and gradated from No 135 pilots course in April 1986.  He flew AS350 Squirrel and UH-1H Iroquois helicopters at 5 Squadron (Canberra) and 35 Squadron (Townsville), and at SAR Flight RAAF Darwin.  This was followed by tours at 32 Squadron (East Sale) flying the HS748, then as a QFI at 2FTS (Pearce) flying PC9/A aircraft.  Jakes left the RAAF in 1996 to fly PC9 aircraft under contract in Saudi Arabia.  He returned to the RAAF in May 2003 to continue instructing at 2FTS.  This was followed by a long tour at the ADF Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth where he flew CT4B and CAP10 aircraft.  Jakes was posted to the Central Flying School in 2012. He has previously completed one season with the Roulettes as R2, and rejoins the team as R4.

Flight Lieutenant Jacobs is married with three boys.  His interests other than flying include music (plays the guitar and tries to make R5 sound good) and motorbikes.  He has accumulated over 10,000 hours on military aircraft including over 3,600 of flying instruction.


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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 C130H Hercules for seven years as a Tactical Captain. Throughout this time he was involved with operations in East Timor, Solomon Islands, Tsunami Assist, and four tours of the Middle East.

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 PC9/A. During this tour Dan was redeployed to Afghanistan as the Senior ISAF 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 instructed on the Hercules at 285SQN. Following the retirement of the C130H in 2012, Dan was posted to Central Flying School where he now develops and assesses ADF flying instructors on the PC9/A, CT4B, C130J, KC-30A and the C17A.

Away from work, Dan competes in ultramarathons, paddle boards, is a bagpipe tutor for the local Sale pipe band and is currently learning the Scottish fiddle. Dan has over 4800 hours and over 1400 on the PC9/A. This is his forth season with the Roulettes and his second as leader of the synchro display pair.


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ROULETTE Six

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. Upon graduation in 2004 Lachie was posted to No. 292 Squadron (292 SQN) and then No. 11 Squadron (11 SQN) to fly the AP3C Orion. Whilst at 11 SQN he was involved in operations 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 4000 hours military flying experience and this is his third season with the Roulettes and first season as Roulette 6.


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ROULETTE Seven

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Sawade



Flight Lieutenant Thomas Sawade, 26, 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 PC9/A aircraft at No. 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) RAAF Pearce, graduating from 221 Pilots Course. Upon graduation, Tom was posted to No 38 Squadron at RAAF Base Townsville to fly the KA350 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 (CFS) as Roulette 7.

Outside of work, Tom’s interests include music, AFL and computers. Tom has over 1500 Military flying hours and this is his first season with the Roulettes.