“Soaring High” As the Fighter Combat Instructor Course conducts air to air refueling during Exercise Aces North 2011.
Mid caption: Australia’s elite fighter pilots are battling it out in the skies over the Top End for Exercise Aces North as part of No. 31 Fighter Combat Instructor course. Aces North represents the culmination of the challenging ‘top gun’ course, which sees advanced fighter combat tactics and scenarios played out during the three-week exercise between 30 May until 23 June.
The post-graduate course is conducted every two years and provides experienced F/A-18 Hornet Pilots with extensive training in all air combat related roles.
For the first time Aces North will bear witness to the integration of new air battle management capabilities provided by the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and take advantage of the F/A-18F Super Hornet’s air superiority. The integration of these new platforms provides Air Force with a greatly enhanced network centric war fighting capability.
The Fighter Combat Controller and Fighter Intelligence Instructor courses run parallel to the Fighter Combat Instructor course, combining elite tactics development from a wide spectrum of capabilities. The Fighter Combat Controllers are presented with challenging scenarios that aim to test the aircrews’ understanding and execution of fighter tactics, and the ability of the Air Battle Managers to deliver those tactics.
Fighter Combat Instructors form an elite fraternity of the most advanced and experienced fighter pilots. The Fighter Combat Instructor’s role is to provide leadership in the development of fighter tactics and determine how those tactics can be used to enhance the Australian Defence Force’s joint war fighting capability.
The Fighter Combat courses put members through some of the most challenging and intensive situations to ensure we can produce our next generation of elite tactical leaders. Their expertise, skill and experience af