Flight Lieutenant Des Hales, 39, grew up in Boyupbrook, WA 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 in 2005.  On graduation he was posted to 37 Squadron to fly the C130J Hercules. During his time at 37 Squadron Des was involved in operations in East Timor and in the Middle East Region. 

In 2010 he completed Flying Instructors Course and was posted to the Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth. Following his time training ab-initio military pilots Des participated in an instructor exchange with the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Ohakea, instructing on the B200 King Air. On return from New Zealand Des was posted to Central Flying School where he now instructs on the CT4B and PC9/A. 

Des has over 4000 military and civilian flying hours and this is his fourth season flying with the Roulettes, and his first as Roulette 5. Outside of work Des enjoys cruising the hills on his mountain bike.