The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) recently celebrated 30 years of flight training at its detachment in Pearce, Australia.

The RSAF training detachment is based at RAAF Base Pearce, which is the main Air Force base in Western Australia. 

Speaking at a ceremony held at RAAF Base Pearce, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Defense, Zaqy Mohamad said, “the flying training we conduct in Australia is very important to the RSAF, because Singapore is a small country with limited airspace.”

The RSAF’s 130 Squadron in Pearce Detachment undertakes the nine-month Basic Wings Course for the service’s Pilot and Weapon Systems Officer (Fighter) trainees on Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.  

The detachment's Standards Squadron also conducts courses for the RSAF flying instructors.

In addition to this training activity, RSAF also undertakes flying training at the Air Grading Centre in Jandakot, Western Australia, and operates a Boeing CH-47 helicopter detachment at the Australian Army Aviation Centre in Oakey, Queensland.