First to 4,000: Boeing aviator breaks Australian Chinook record
June 19, 2018
Boeing Defence Australia Aircrewman Technician and Instructor Greg Maiden has made Australian aviation history, becoming the first to achieve 4,000 hours flight time on an Australian Army CH-47 Chinook.
In recognition of his unique accomplishment, Maiden was presented with a Boeing CH-47 Flight Achievement Certificate and a gold-plated 4,000 hour pin during a ceremony at the Australian Army Base in Townsville, Australia.
“This is humbling,” said Maiden of the celebration, “I’m a modest person but I am very proud of what I have achieved and I cannot thank the Australian Army and Boeing enough for the opportunity to work with the Chinook for all these years.”
The CH-47F Chinook is the largest helicopter in the Australian Army and is one of the most versatile. Boeing Defence Australia provides support services from the Chinook operating base in Townsville including engineering, logistics, training and technical support.
Maiden first encountered the Chinook platform in 1994, training as an avionics technician with the Australian Army. His operational flying career began in 1999, undertaking multiple international and Australian deployments.
An integral part of the School of Army Aviation with Boeing Defence Australia’s Army Aviation Training and Training Support program, Maiden looks likely to retain his record saying, “I plan to remain flying until I’m forced to retire”.