RAAF Base East Sale in the Gippsland region of Victoria is Air Force’s premier aviation training base and home to 30 Squadron, Headquarters Air Training Wing, Central Flying School, 32 Squadron, Officer Training School, School of Air Traffic Control and the School of Air Warfare.
RAAF Base East Sale was established in 1943 and has been an integral part of the Sale and Wellington communities and a major source of local employment. Air Force is currently investing $185 million to upgrade the Base including an extension to the School of Air Warfare, new Base and commercial facilities including a chapel, physical training facility, fuel farm, 25m small arms firing range, boundary fencing and upgrades to other building and services. Additionally a new Air Traffic Control facility and live-in accommodation blocks for the School of Air Traffic Control and School of Air Warfare are part of the project due for completion in late 2015.
Central Flying School based at East Sale is one of the oldest military aviation units in Australia. Its primary role is to maintain high flying standards in the Australian Defence Force through training flying instructors, conducting flying refresher and instructor refresher courses, examining instructors and conducting instrument rating exams.
The RAAF’s elite formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes, are part of Central Flying School. When the Roulettes are not demonstrating their flying skills performing aerobatic displays, they teach qualified RAAF pilots to become flying instructors for the Basic Flying Training School at Tamworth (New South Wales) and for Number 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Pearce near Perth (Western Australia).
RAAF East Sale Front (Main) Gate