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2017 Queen's Birthday Honours

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Three members of the Association were recognised in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

Heading the list is Colonel Ross R. Harding (Retd) who is appointed a Member (AM) in the civil division of the Order of Australia "for significant service to the veteran community through preserving and documenting the history of modern Army Aviation in Australia."  For those unfamiliar with Rotary Ross's background, he is the Army's first helicopter pilot, one of the first COs of 1 Avn Regt and then Director of Army Aviation.  Ross is a foundation member of the Association and, as the extract from his citation indicates has had a long and abiding passion in preserving our history.

Brigadier Michael Prictor is also appointed to be a Member of the Order of Australia, in the military division, "for exceptional service as Director General Training, Headquarters Forces Command and Commander of the 16th Aviation Brigade.

"Lieutenant Colonel Dean Thompson has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross "for outstanding achievement as Commanding Officer of the 1st Aviation Regiment."

Also recognised for his work with Army Aviation is Lieutenant Colonel Steven Stockley, an Infantry officer, who was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross "for outstanding devotion to duty as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commandant of the Army Aviation Training Centre" at Oakey.

On behalf of the Association I offer the heartiest congratulations to all four recipients for their achievements.

Bill Mellor



Passing of 1201166 Ian Reginald Sinnott

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of 1201166 Ian Reginald Sinnott, born on 21 August 1946 in Toowoomba, Qld.  Ian was tragically killed as a result of an aircraft accident in northern NSW on 16 May 2017.Ian commenced his military training at the Officer Training Unit at Scheyville, NSW, as a member of the 1/67 course along with fellow Army Aviation pilots Peter Bysouth, Dennis Coffey, Smokey Dawson, Barry Dick, Lang Kidby and Tom Partridge.

After completing his basic training as a fixed wing pilot at RAAF Base Point Cook, Vic, Ian was posted to the 1st Aviation Regiment at RAAF Base Amberley where he gained his Army pilot’s wings and became qualified to fly the Cessna 180 and subsequently the Pilatus Porter.

Ian was posted to 161 (Indep) Recce Flt as a Second Lieutenant from 12 August 1970 until 05 August 1971.Ian’s callsign in Vietnam was Possum 13 and he flew nearly 1200 hours during his 12 months in country.  Post-Vietnam Ian was posted back to 1 Avn Regt at RAAF Base Amberley and then moved to the Army Base at Oakey where he was subsequently posted to 173 General Support Squadron where he became the Officer Commanding the Squadron.

After his discharge from the Army Ian continued his flying career and he loved to fly. Ian did a couple of years flying Dash 8’s in PNG on permanent charter to a mining company.Our thoughts and prayers are with Ian’s wife Carol and her extended family as they come to terms with the loss of Ian.A service for Ian was held at St Paul's Anglican Church, 69 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach QLD on 31 May 17 in the presence of family and friends.

Lest we forget.


Australian Army Aviation Corps 50th Birthday – 20 October 2018

Australian Army Aviation will celebrate its 50th birthday on Saturday, 20 October 2018 at the home of Army Aviation in Oakey.

Yes.  The Corps was officially formed on 01 July 1968, but due to Army being very busy over this date, it was decided to shift the date to permit maximum attendance.  Noting the date is also a Saturday will allow maximum attendance by past members of the Corps, including our other esteemed association memberships.

A lot is planned, and I am unable to elaborate more at this time – as soon as I can, I will advise!


Tim Moorman



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