Squadron Leader Lachie Hazeldine

Squadron Leader Lachie Hazeldine grew up in Korumburra, Victoria and joined the Air Force in 2001, completing a degree in Aviation Technology at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

In 2003, Squadron Leader Hazeldine joined No. 199 Pilots Course. Upon graduation in 2004, he flew the AP-3C Orion aircraft at No. 11 Squadron, and was involved in numerous operations and exercises both within Australia and overseas.

Squadron Leader Hazeldine qualified as a flying instructor in 2010 and was posted to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia to instruct at No. 2 Flying Training School, where he instructed the Air Force’s advanced pilot’s course on the Pilatus PC-9/A.

After two years instructing trainees, he was posted to Central Flying School (CFS), where he spent 12 months instructing military flying instructors. Squadron Leader Hazeldine subsequently joined the Roulettes and flew five seasons as Roulette 3, 6 and 5 on the Pilatus PC-9/A.

In 2017, Squadron Leader Hazeldine was posted to the PC-21 transition office, supporting initial introduction of the Pilatus PC-21. In 2019 he returned to Central Flying School and the Roulettes, completing another four seasons as Roulette 5 on the Pilatus PC‑21.

Squadron Leader Hazeldine recently returned to Central Flying School after a posting as the Standardisation Officer at Air Force’s Air Academy where he was involved in managing the publications, procedures and systems for the Pilatus PC-21 and other Air Academy aircraft. 

Squadron Leader Hazeldine has over 5,000 hours of military flying hours and is performing his tenth season with the Roulettes. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, camping and playing games with his family and two dogs.