Firefighters support WorldFlight
Broadspectrum Firefighters in Nowra, New South Wales took part in WorldFlight during November to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
WorldFlight is an international fundraising event that sees teams from around the world raise money for various charities in their home country.
This year, Broadspectrum Firefighters and employees of Nowra Naval Air Station, teamed up with expert avionics technicians to build a world class A330 simulator to participate in the event. The simulator was based in the garage of Broadspectrum Firefighter, Lynton Barrett.
This year’s epic adventure commenced with a flight from Nowra to Brisbane. Another 49 flight legs later, and landing at simulated airfields such as London Heathrow and Austin Texas, the A330 returned from the ‘around the world’ flight, to land at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport, some 198 continuous flying hours later. The flights are conducted in real time over a seven day period 24 hours a day.
Teams of three, (Pilot, co-pilot & engineer) operate the cockpit controls just as the pilot of a real airbus would. Guest pilots from HMAS Albatross participated on certain legs of this year’s adventure.
During the flight, the pilots need to maintain communications with air traffic controllers around the world that operate real time air traffic centres complete with simulated radar feeds and radio links, all connected via the world wide web to the aircraft.
The Nowra team raised $6000 with the total money raised by all the Australian teams totalling $22,000.