Australian Army Aviation Corps
The Australian Army Aviation Corps is a key element in providing the Army with its mobility and dedicated reconnaissance.
The Australian Army Aviation Corps (AA Avn) provides aviation reconnaissance, firepower support, air mobility, battlefield support and surveillance, in a combined, joint or interagency environment.
Australian Army aviation has traditional links with the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). From the formation of Army's modern aviation element in the late 1950s and early 1960s, aircrew were drawn from combat arms and services across the Army, supplemented by the Air Force in key positions.
Throughout the 1960s, Army personnel gradually replaced the Air Force members until all operational positions were filled by Army. In 1968, the Australian Army Aviation Corps was formed, providing a coherent career path for aircrew and, eventually, ground-support personnel.
AAAvn operates various types of aircraft including the Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk, Boeing CH-47D Chinook, Bell 206B-1 Kiowa, Eurocopter Tiger armed reconnaisance helicopter, NHIndustries MRH-90 Taipan multi-role helicopter and civil helicopter training aircraft.
Within the Australian Army Aviation Corps the following is the accepted order of precedence:
- 1st Aviation Regiment
- 5th Aviation Regiment
- 6th Aviation Regiment
Each of the aviation regiments are currently attached to 16th Aviation Brigade.
The Corps motto is 'Vigilance'.