SQUADRON LEADER JAY TUFFLEY

Squadron Leader Jay Tuffley, 41, grew up in Geraldton, WA and began flying when he was just 16 years old. Watching the Roulettes fly when he was a child motivated him to join the RAAF in 2001 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Management. Following his graduation from Pilots’ Course in 2003, Jay flew the AP3-C Orion and was involved in various exercises and operations within Australia and abroad.

In 2009 Jay graduated as a Qualified Flying Instructor before instructing on the PC9/A at No. 2 Flying Training School in Perth. In 2012 Jay trained flying instructors at Central Flying School before joining the Roulettes where he performed for three seasons as Roulette 4 and Roulette 5.  

In 2014 Jay was posted to A Flight Commander at ADF BFTS in Tamworth and promoted to Squadron Leader. Jay thoroughly enjoyed instructing military pilot trainees on the CT4B, watching them progress from first solo to becoming accredited military aviators.  

In 2016 Jay was the first RAAF pilot converted onto the PC-21 aircraft in Switzerland. Flying over the Swiss Alps was an experience he will never forget. With almost 5000 hours flying time, Jay is a highly experienced military pilot and instructor. In his fifth season as Roulette Leader, Jay feels honored to have been the last PC9 and first PC21 display Leader.

Away from work Jay enjoys the outdoor lifestyle with his wife and newborn son; he spends time fishing, camping, snow boarding and practicing archery.