FLTLT Ben Ness from the Roulettes of Central Flying School, team of 2022.
Flight Lieutenant Ben Ness grew up in Canberra and began flying at the age of 18. Following graduation from Air Force flying training in 2004 as part of 197 Pilot Course, he was posted to No. 36 Squadron (36SQN) to fly the C-130H Hercules. Shortly after, in 2007 Ben conducted pilot training overseas with the United States Air Force and was one of the first pilots involved in the introduction of the C-17/A Globemaster into Air Force service.
Ben graduated as a Qualified Flying Instructor in 2010 and went on to teach students at No.2 Flying Training School in Perth on the Pilatus PC-9/A. He then returned to 36SQN in 2013 where he taught C-17/A pilot training and during this time was involved in many exercises and operations around the world.
In 2020, Ben was posted to Central Flying School where he has taught flying instructor training on the Pilatus PC-21. He has over 4,000 military flying hours and this will be his first season in the Roulette team.
Outside of work Ben enjoys fishing, diving, and spending time with his wife and young daughter.