I completed the HSC at James Ruse in 2001, and moved to Canberra to undertake a Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. This degree was composed of two years academic study at the Academy, followed by two years of pilot training. Upon finishing the academic side, I moved to Tamworth and was posted to the Australian Defence Force’s Basic Flying Training School flying the CT4; a basic training aircraft, for 8 months. Upon successful completion of basic flying training, I was posted to Number 2 Flying Training School in Perth, where I completed the RAAF Advanced Pilot Training course in November of this year, flying the Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft. Successful completion of this course meant that I had earnt my “wings”, my degree, and a commission in the Royal Australian Air Force as a “Pilot Officer”. Three days after graduation I was posted to 79 Squadron, also in Perth, to begin Lead In Fighter conversion to the British Aerospace Hawk, where I am presently. Future career prospects will most likely result in me living in either Newcastle or Brisbane, flying the F/A-18 or F-111 aircraft respectively.
Chris Baker (2001)