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Army March 15, 2012
THE Parachute Training School
(PTS) has dropped into Corowa
in southern NSW to run a suite of
Military Free Fall courses for ADF
Up to 90 ADF personnel will be
involved in the MFF series at Corowa,
which has been running since late
January and will continue until April.
staff have also
been on board,
two CASA 212
tracted for the
OC, Capt Ashley
Corowa was the
for the training
here in search
of good weather and good airspace for
unhindered parachute training," Capt
"On top of that the town itself has
been most accommodating and wel-
coming, which has drawn us to the
"We're training our free-fall capa-
bility whereby paratroopers will exit
the aircraft at up to 12,000 feet, indi-
vidually or as part of teams, conduct
free-fall, deploy their own canopies and
then manoeuvre their canopies either
as teams or as individuals to a landing
point on the drop zone."
PTS is responsible for the conduct
of all parachute training in the ADF.
In addition to its training role, it sup-
ports ADF airborne activities around
Australia and helps to develop and test
The school maintains one of the
best safety records
in the world,
achieving close to
without a single
"We have very
ensure our training
possibly be," Capt
the council was
pleased to be hosting the ADF person-
nel at the Corowa Airport.
"Corowa has a strong affiliation
with parachuting activities and we are
thrilled to have PTS here in Corowa,"
Mr Longmire said.
"This has been excellent for our
community and of significant benefit
to our economy.
"We certainly hope that this is an
ongoing operation at the airport and
look forward to continuing to work
with the Defence Force."
Paras take the fall
School runs back-to-back free fall courses in the skies over Corowa
We have very
ensure our training
-- Capt Ashley Lenard,
OC Training Wing, PTS
Leap of faith: Parachute rigger Cpl Grant Hoffmann, of PTS, exits the aircraft over Corowa during his Military
Free Fall course. Inset, LCpl Josh Howlett comes in to land.
Photos by AB Lee-Anne Mack
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