Return to Hawk training
11 February 2013
The Royal Australian Air Force has resumed Hawk 127 aircraft flying operations today, after a short suspension as a safety precaution.
All Air Force aircraft are serviced and flown under a robust, strict and controlled airworthiness and safety system, to ensure that they are operated to the highest standards for safety.
On Monday, 4 February 2013 a Hawk 127 was undertaking a routine training flight from RAAF Base Pearce, WA, when the pilot observed an engine warning light.
In accordance with standard procedures, the pilot carried out the required emergency checklist actions and landed the aircraft safely at a nearby airfield.
As a safety precaution, Air Force immediately placed a temporary suspension on all Hawk 127 aircraft flying operations while an investigation occurred. The suspension was lifted today and the Hawk 127 will return to normal flying operations.
The temporary suspension did not affect fast jet training.
The Hawk 127 is primarily used for initial or ‘lead-in’ fighter training to prepare aircrew for operational conversion to the F/A-18A Hornet and the F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft. The Hawk is operated at RAAF Base Williamtown NSW and RAAF Base Pearce WA.
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