Aerospace Skills

Joining 321 Squadron opens up a world of opportunities. One of the most sought after and enjoyable is the chance to fly in one of our gliders or powered light aircraft. It’s our aim to get you airborne as often as possible with flying days taking place every few months. Some cadets can be lucky enough to experience a flight on-board RAAF aircraft such as the C130 Hercules or C17 Spartan.

To encourage cadets to become more involved in aviation, the Chief of Air Force awards a number of flying and gliding scholarships annually.


Providing most cadets' first taste of airborne action, the Deutsche Flugzeugbau DG1001C glider is a modern, high performance two-seat glider. It's perfectly suited to seat you and your instructor.

The DG001C has no engine and the main method of getting airborne is via aerotow, where a powered aircraft tows the glider into the air. After the glider is at the right height a cable is released and, the glider flies on its own. In warmer months the pilot can use thermals (warm rising air) to stay aloft for long periods of time - circling to gain height.

Most AAFC gliding in 3 Wing (New South Wales) is conducted at our specialist aviation centre at Bathurst.


The AAFC has recently taken delivery of a new powered aircraft for training and air experience flying. The Diamond DA40 NG is an Austrian designed four-seat, single-engine, light aircraft constructed from composite materials.

The DA40 NG features the latest in avionics technology and a turbocharged jetfuel piston engine, giving cadets the opportunity to learn on an aerodynamically advanced aircraft with contemporary navigation and flight control systems. In 3 Wing, they will be based at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales, and will regularly travel to regional airfields across the state.


Aeromodelling is a very popular activity within the AAFC. In NSW, 341 Flight is the specialist aeromodelling unit, and conducts courses in most school holidays, mainly at HMAS Albatross in Nowra. Cadets can choose to participate in a number of different aeromodelling disciplines, including:

  • Radio-controlled modelling;
  • Balsa modelling;
  • Plastic modelling; and,
  • Model rocketry.
  • STEM

    The AAFC has recently partnered with a commercial provider in developing a modern STEM program for its mainstream curriculum. The program aims to inspire cadets in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a modern interactive training system has that includes drone technology as part of the practical hands-on hardware experience. The system has been tailored to integrate into the AAFC training program.