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Army June 7, 2012
THE Pozieres Remembrance Association is raffling a
motorbike in a bid to raise funds for ongoing commem-
orations at the French village.
More than 7000 Australians were killed and 16,000
wounded in the battle for Pozieres, part of the Somme
offensive in 1916.
Annual commemoration services in the first two
weekends of July have in the past been funded entirely
by the village of Pozieres. The Pozieres Remembrance
Association now raises funds to support them.
Association president Barry Gracey said raffling the
donated Suzuki VZR 1800 Boulevard Cruiser, valued at
$19,000, would fund services at the village until the bat-
tle's 99th anniversary in 2015.
"It will be raffled off with 7000 tickets being sold --
each one in memory of a soldier who died at Pozieres,"
"If the people of Pozieres are forced by financial
reasons to stop the annual commemoration, then the
sacrifice of these men will be left in the dusty volumes
of war history."
Mr Gracey said future fundraising initiatives would
aim to increase the prominence of Pozieres.
Raffle tickets cost $5 and can be purchased online at
Ride to help
Up for grabs: This motorbike is being raffled to
raise funds for Pozieres commemorations.
and Robert King
ARMY and Navy pilots have been help-
ing the Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) fine tune prototype
symbology used for head-mounted dis-
plays on MRH 90 helicopters.
In the helicopters, flight symbology
conveys key information such as aircraft
speed and attitude to pilots through the
helmet-mounted sight display.
DSTO scientist Eleanore Tracey said
the pilots tested the prototype symbol-
ogy in a simulator at the organisation's
Melbourne labs, to create the most realis-
tic operational environment possible.
"The simulation laboratory accurately
replicates the real aircraft, including the
cockpit displays and flight controls," Ms
Another scientist on the project, Dr
Geoff Eberle, said the seven pilots flew
air-mobile scenarios during the trial, as
well as several take offs and landings on
a realistic model of a landing helicopter
Project Air 9000 will deliver 46 MRH
90 helicopters to replace the Sea Kings
and Black Hawks.
The MRH 90 includes a suite of mod-
ern systems, such as weather radar, for-
ward-looking infrared camera, a helmet-
mounted sight display and a digital map
DSTO's report on the simulation trial
results and recommendations will soon be
delivered to Air 9000 Phase 2/4/6.
Scientists work with pilots to fine tune data presentation in new choppers
Just like the real thing:
Pilots Leut Ben White
and Capt Daniel Mearns
check out the cockpit
of DSTO's MRH 90
simulator in Melbourne
while evaluating trial
symbology for use in the
aircraft (pictured inset).
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