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May 2019 - Shadow Defence Minister visits Air Affairs

Shadow Minister for Defence, Richard Marles and Labor candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips visited the Shoalhaven Aviation Technology Park on Tuesday morning.

They were shown around the Air Affairs Australia facilities by CEO Chris Sievers.

While in town Shadow Minister Marles announced the  Labor Government will appoint a local procurement officer to make sure Nowra companies can compete for, and win, local defence contracts.

"Nowra will be the third place in Australia, after Townsville and Darwin, with a local procurement officer dedicated to understanding the local economy and Australian Defence Force needs and assisting local businesses in bidding for Australian Defence Force contracts," Mr Marles said.

"This will ultimately ensure that there will be more local jobs and an even greater economic benefit for the region associated with the defence presence here."

Air Affairs Australia (AAA) is a highly capable and innovative Aviation Operations and Engineering based company. Established in 1995 and 100% Australian owned, AAA is a leader in the provision of specialised airborne and engineering services in Australia and a number of overseas countries and employees 150 staff. The company has been providing training services to the Australian Defence Force for over 30 years and operates from new purpose facilities at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park, in Nowra.


Air Affairs Phoenix Jet Target Drone

Air Affairs CEO Chris Sievers, Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles & Labor MP for Gilmore Fiona Phillips (photo John Ronan)

May 2019 - Phoenix Target Drone used for Army Firing at Woomera

April was a busy time for the Phoenix operational team who once again were deployed to Woomera in support of the Australian Army 16ALR for their annual live firing exercise.

During live firing operations the team completed multiple presentations resulting in 3 targets being successfully shot down. All surviving targets were recovered under parachute without damage.16ALR’s Commanding Officer congratulated the Phoenix team and thanked them for their efforts which resulted in the Army meeting all of their training objectives.

This deployment also included the 200th Flight of the Phoenix UAT which is a significant milestone demonstrating the excellent reliability and commitment by the ADF to continue to utilise the Air Affairs target system.

The Phoenix drone is a clean configuration target and is not fitted with deployable towed targets, hence all weapon firing exercises are ‘skin’ shots, permitting full performance of the target envelope in respect of altitude, speed and manoeuvrability.

Air Affairs Phoenix Jet Target Drone

May 2019 - Air Affairs flying at Wings Over Illawarra

Air Affairs Australia will be Flying and exhibiting at this years Wings Over Illawarra Air show. The event will be held on Saturday May 4 and Sunday March 5.

Air Affairs will have a learjet on display fitted with special mission equipment. Staff will be available to show people the aircraft and equipment as well as discuss what Air Affairs do. Our aircraft will be located on the right as you pass through the entry gate, see the map below.

The company will also have 2 Learjet aircraft taking part in the flying display on both days. These aircraft will be flying in formation and are scheduled to fly at 1.45pm. This could change depending on the program running to time and weather conditions.


Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5

For more information click here to visit the Wings over Illawarra website

Wings Over Illawarra