FLTLT(AAFC) Peter John, Chief Instructor of 2WG Gliding 229 FLT, was guest speaker at 213 SQN’s Dining In Night held at Currumbin RSL.
Peter gave an overview of gliding operations, their importance and future within the AAFC.
Peter turned his passion for aviation into a career and started flying at age 16. He has clocked up several thousand hours in powered aircraft and gliders and has flown more than 30 aircraft types. He holds instructor ratings and testing approvals in general aviation, sport aviation and gliding. In addition to owning his own high performance aircraft he is a competition aerobatic and formation pilot in powered aircraft and gliders.
An expert in Aviation Safety Management and competency based flying training, he was a senior manager with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for a period of twenty years and retired just two weeks ago.
Peter is responsible for AAFC gliding operations in QLD (2 Wing and 1 Wing) and is also the Senior Aviation Advisor to the Director General Cadets, on the acquisition and operationalising of the RAAF’s 19 new hi-performance gliders.
2 WG will operate 5 of these new gliders for the training of cadets. 213 SQN cadets have been well represented at both gliding and powered flying camps.