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Air Force Avionics Technician Wins Top Aeronautical Prize

Air Force Avionics Technician Wins Top Aeronautical Prize

CPL McLeod says he is privileged to win the award and believes it is a direct reflection on the high-calibre of training he has received in the Air Force.

27 May 2015

The New Zealand Defence Force is pleased to congratulate Corporal (CPL) Aaron McLeod on winning the New Zealand Aeronautical Trust’s prestigious Gordon Watt Award. CPL McLeod is an Avionics Technician at Base Ohakea in the Manawatu.

CPL McLeod, a former Christchurch Boys High School student, joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 2006 because working with aircraft and electronics, and receiving free technical training was an attractive career option.

CPL McLeod says he is privileged to win the award and believes it is a direct reflection on the high-calibre of training he has received in the Air Force.

“Knowing that I have been recognised by the New Zealand Aeronautical Society shows the training I’ve been provided by the Air Force has given me the best technical skills I need to do my job,” says CPL McLeod.

As an Avionics Technician CPL McLeod creates new test equipment for the avionics systems on the A109 and NH90 helicopters. This involves designing, manufacturing and testing the finished products. Working in the Avionics Bay allows CPL McLeod to use all the skills he has learnt in the past nine years as well as learn new technologies.

In 2010 CPL McLeod deployed on exercise to Townsville Australia where he was part of a small team who set up all the camp wiring and he stayed on as the camp electrician for two months resolving any electrical issues.

“In the Air Force there is always something new and different for you to get involved with, anything from refuelling an aircraft to manufacturing a state-of-the-art piece of test equipment,” says CPL McLeod.

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About the Gordon Watt Award
The award is for technical innovation and excellence within the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the selection is determined by Air Staff, with endorsement from the Royal Aeronautical Society. The award consists of a silver medal, a certificate and a sum of money.

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