International Visits and Exchanges

International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)


The International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) Program came into being in 1947 when Canada and the U.K. arranged a bi-lateral exchange of air cadets between the two countries.

Over the next few years the scheme was adopted by the USA and several European countries. It now has a membership of some 20 nations around the world including, in this region, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the Republic of Korea. The mandate of the association is to encourage international understanding, co-operation and goodwill between young people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, with a central theme of aviation.

This exchange, involving several hundred participants, takes place over 2-3 weeks in July/August each year. Many long-term friendships have been made during IACE visits which are often described as the highlight of a cadet’s career.

Exchange Countries

The AAFC has exchanged with and continues to exchange with the following countries – Canada, France, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Outbound Tours

Each year up to 35 Cadets and Instructors (Escorts) are selected to represent the AAFC on various overseas visits. The people chosen act as ambassadors for Australia and the AAFC. Once exchange members are met at the designated entry city, they are the guests of the host organisation which provide all accommodation, food and travel during the course of the program. The itinerary will give visitors the experience of places and cultural events not usually available to ordinary tourists.