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Royal Air Force News Friday, April 19, 2019 P13


       Wycombe welcome for

       new station chief Harris

       Rhiannon Morris

       CIVIC     LEADERS      joined
       personnel at RAF High Wycombe
       as Gp Capt Shaun Harris was
       formally handed command of the
       Bucks station.
         Air  Force  combat  chief  Air
       Marshal Stuart Atha and the
       mayors of Wycombe and nearby
       Princes Risborough  welcomed
       the new Station Commander
       during a ceremony.
         Gp Capt Harris takes over from
       outgoing station chief Gp Capt
       Rob Woods who has held the post  role in UK defence.
       for the last two years.         “Our people have extremely
         Speaking during the handover  close  ties  with  the  local
       Gp  Capt  Harris  said:  “It’s a  community.
       genuine privilege to take over   “I am excited about working
       command of a station that has  together to build more mutually
       a very proud history and which  beneficial relationships  over the
       continues to play an important  next couple of years”.
       prevention beat Super-Rookie nets
           News bulletin

       Cops hit crime

                                     flying debut double

                                     Student clocks

                                     up two maiden

                                     training sorties

                                     in new aircraft
       CRACKDOWN: RAF police officers
       AIR FORCE police officers have
       become the first in UK defence to  Staff Reporter
       take part in a programme to reduce   TRAINEE PILOT Jake Weeks got
       crime on military bases.      his military career off to a flying
         A group of 18 RAF police    start – making the first training
       officers at Honington completed   sorties in two of the RAF’s brand
       the Crime Prevention Academy   new fleet of training aircraft.
       qualification designed to improve   He was the first to get into the
       on-site security.             cockpit of the Prefect basic trainer
                                     at Cranwell last year – and has just
                                     become the first student to fly a
                                     training sortie in the advanced two-
                                     engined Phenom.
                                       Fg Off Weeks, pictured, said: “I
                                     feel incredibly lucky and grateful to
                                     be on the first instructional sortie
                                     for the Phenom less than a year
                                     since the first instructional sortie
                                     for the Prefect.                BRAND NEW:  The
                                       “I feel very pleased with how   Phenom, inset, the Grob
                                     things have worked for me. The   Prefect
       WELL VETTED: 616 Sqn reforms  Phenom is a fantastic aircraft and
       Vets spy fleet role           I am looking forward to the rest of   The new trainers feature
                                     my training with 45 Sqn.”
                                       The Grob Prefect and the  digital cockpits like those in
       A   SQUADRON      made    up  Phenom are part of a new  the  RAF’s  Typhoon  and  F-35
       exclusively of former Forces  generation of training aircraft  Lightning stealth fighter and could
       regulars has been revived to boost  delivered to help the RAF to speed  help slash the time taken to train  a great experience helping
       the  UK’s airborne surveillance  up the time it takes to train pilots  pilots from five to three-and-a-half  to bring a new aircraft into
       capability.                   for the frontline              years.                        service and then fly the first
         The reformed 616 (South       Other new arrivals include a new   Sqn Ldr Ian Birchall, who was  student sortie.
       Yorkshire) Sqn, which took part  Texan fast jet trainer to replace the  the aircraft captain for the sortie,   “The  Phenom is  by far
       in the Battle of Britain and the  ageing Tucano and new Juno and  said: “It was a great honour to take  the most capable advanced
       D-Day landings, will provide  Jupiter helicopters under the £1  Jake flying on his first sortie.  multi-engine trainer the RAF
       specialist support to the RAF’s  billion UK Military Flying Training   “It’s an exciting time in flying  has  ever  had,  and  it’s  a  lovely
       ISTAR fleet at Waddington.    System programme.              training right now and it has been  aircraft to fly.”
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