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Army October 27, 2011
THE Army has lifted the precautionary
suspension of flying operations for the
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison lifted
the precautionary suspension after air-
worthiness advice from the Technical
Director General Aviation Brig Neil
Turton said all flying operations resumed
as normal once the suspension was lifted.
"Through thorough investigation and
consultation with Boeing and the US
Army, the largest operator of the CH-47D
Chinook, we established there were no
issues with the aircraft Advanced Flight
Control System (AFCS).
"The precautionary suspension was
imposed to ensure safety and is consist-
ent with Army procedures."
Chinooks return to
The suspension was put in place
on September 30 after possible issues
relating to the aircraft's AFCS in certain
flight conditions were identified.
The Army operates five Chinooks
which are based in Townsville. Two are
deployed to Afghanistan.
Back in the air: The Army's Chinook
fleet has started flying again after a
brief suspension. Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
WITH the Army leading the Defence
blood challenge at the half-way mark,
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison met with
Army representative WO2 Dennis
Ramsay to discuss the importance of
This is the third year Defence has
participated in the Australian Red Cross
Blood Challenge. While the Air Force is
looking to defend its back-to-back titles,
Army is well in front with 218 donations,
out of a total of 531 as Army went to
print, leading the other two services and
Defence civilians in both numbers and
percentage of service.
"In my first year as the Chief I'd like
to express my personal support for the
Defence blood challenge, and encourage
the whole of Army to participate in this
important blood drive", Lt-Gen Morrison
"We should never underestimate the
value of blood donations. For Dennis,
donated blood literally gave him back his
It looks like 2011 will be the year
the lead on
Army takes home first place, currently
followed by Defence Civilians, Air Force
and then Navy. The total donations to
date will help 1593 people.
"It's good to see Army is in the lead
at this stage of the challenge, but let's not
stop here. All members need to contribute
and go bigger and better than last year on
this mission for the Army group in the
Defence Blood Challenge," WO2 Ramsay
The drive, which will finish on November 30, is
being tracked online at www.donateblood.com.
THE TALLY SO FAR
Organisation Donations People helped
Air Force 95
Give generously: The face of the Army's commitment to the Defence blood challenge, WO2 Dennis
Ramsay, meets with CA Lt-Gen David Morrison at Army Headquarters.
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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