Aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct a formation flypast on Friday 22 February to celebrate the end of an era of PC-9 aircraft service at Central Flying School, RAAF Base East Sale.
Up to 10 PC-9/A and five PC-21 aircraft will conduct a flypast in a formation called ‘Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride’ over the local Gippsland townships of Sale, Straford, Maffra and Longford, as well as the Avalon Airport Runway.
10:45am: The aircraft departs from RAAF Base East Sale for the Avalon Airport, Melbourne.
10:45-11:00am: The aircraft will fly over Sale, Straford, Maffra and Longford.
11:30am: The aircraft will fly over the Avalon Airport Runway to open an Avalon International Airshow media event.
The Roulettes have been operating Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft since 1989 with the aircraft providing outstanding service to the Australian Defence Force for the past 30 years, training thousands of aircrew from Army, Navy and Air Force. It will retire from service in late 2019.
The PC-9/A is in the process of being replaced by the PC-21 under the New Pilot Training System project. The PC-21 is the most advanced turboprop trainer in the world and it is ideal for basic and intermediate flying training.
The Roulettes will conduct their final public PC9/A displays at the Avalon International Airshow in March 2019. They will perform alongside the newly introduced PC-21 training aircraft, which is being flown by pilots from RAAF Base East Sale. The first display season for the Roulettes with PC-21 will commence in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The PC-21 and supporting elements will strengthen Australian Defence Force pilot training capability for decades to come.