[Webinar - Replacing Live + In-Person] Flight Test in the RAN

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LIVE+IN-PERSON: Naval Flight Test - an insight into Ship Helicopter Operating Limits. Streamed live with a members-only social gathering

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**Event Postponed until Further notice**

With great regret we wish to advise that due to late changes in personnel availability, the presentation on Naval Flight Test will be postponed until further notice.

We will send out an update as soon we are able to confirm the date.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to 'see' you at our next event soon.

** Note: This In-Person event has now been changed into a Webinar starting at 1830hrs **

The Melbourne Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society is pleased to announce our next online event with LCDR Ben Hammond & LEUT Dave Vaughan of the Royal Australian Navy

Presentation Overview

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN), through the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU) has been conducting maritime flight test since 1964. Join Qualified Test Pilot Lieutenant Commander Ben Hammond and Flight Test Engineer Dave Vaughan as they discuss maritime flight test in the RAN. The presenters will outline the variety of work conducted at AMAFTU, their experiences of the training at the world-renowned Empire Test Pilots School before shifting the focus to the conduct of First of Class Flight Trials.

First of Class Flight Trials are an important sub-section of the flight test conducted at AMAFTU which focus on ship helicopter integration. The key flying element of First of Class Flight Trials are the development of the Ship Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL) that defines the relative wind and ship motion for specific aircraft and ship configurations. The presenters will provide the background on what a SHOL is and how they are developed including weight management and pilot effort rating scales.

About the Speakers

LCDR Ben Hammond grew up in Western Australia and joined the Royal Australian Navy in Jul 2002 as a direct entry pilot candidate, after a long held fascination with aviation (that some would describe as an unhealthy obsession). After completing Officer training at HMAS Creswell, he underwent pilot training, graduating from No 199 Advanced Pilots course in Sep 2004 flying Pilatus PC9/A and Rotary course in Dec 2005 flying AS350BA (Airbus H125) Squirrel. After two years as a pilot at 723 Sqn flying Squirrels to support aircrew training, he posted to 816 Sqn in Jan 2008, completing Seahawk pilot operational conversion in Mar 2009. Embarkations on HMAS Sydney and Darwin for exercises were followed by a posting to HMAS Warramunga based in Western Australia in Sep 2009 for a North Asia deployment and the RIMPAC 2010 exercise off Hawaii. After a period working in HQ-FAA as Staff Officer Aviation Warfare and Tactics, he attended the UK Empire Test Pilot School for test pilot training in 2012. His subsequent four years at the Aircraft Maintenance And Flight Trials Unit as a Naval Test Pilot were busy and varied, where Ben performed the roles of AS350BA, S-70B-2 Seahawk and MH-60R Seahawk test pilot, including First of Class Flight Trials for MH-60R on FFH, FFG, DDG and LHD. Using his involvement in Acquisition projects as a Test Pilot, the newly promoted LCDR Hammond posted to the role of Staff Officer for Maritime Helicopters at Navy Headquarters, representing the Capability Sponsor for the MH-60R and MRH90 capability life cycle. Returning to operational flying in 2019, he joined HMAS Ballarat as the Flight Commander in the Middle East for Operation MANITOU Rotation 67. After returning from the Middle East, he posted to HMAS Arunta, as the Flight Commander for the Regional Presence Deployment 2020 and Exercise RIMPAC 2020. He is currently the Deputy Fleet Aviation Officer in Surface Forces Command responsible for management of the airworthiness of Ship Aviation Facilities and aviation training for ships embarking RAN helicopters. He will post to the Australian Command and Staff College in Jan 2022.

LEUT Dave Vaughan left the seaside town of Tannum Sands in Central Queensland and joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 2011. He completed a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering through the University of New South Wales Canberra Campus whilst at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2015. LEUT Vaughan was a posted to the Naval Aviation Systems Project Office as a design engineer in 2017 before posting to Empire Test Pilots School for the 2019 Rotary Course. LEUT Vaughan remained in the UK until March 2020, to conduct further study at Cranfield University. LEUT Vaughan has recently completed his thesis marking the completion of a Masters in Flight Test and Flight Dynamics. LEUT Vaughan has been posted to AMAFTU where he has been involved with MH-60R, MRH90, ScanEagle and Schiebel S100 flight trials.

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