Monday, 15 August 2022

RAF technician awarded silver at WorldSkills event

AN aircraft engineer based at RAF Benson won a silver medal at the WorldSkills competition in Brazil.

AN aircraft engineer based at RAF Benson won a silver medal at the WorldSkills competition in Brazil.

Senior Aircraftman Shayne Hadland, a Puma engineer, was representing the UK at the contest in Sao Paulo and competed in the aircraft engineering category.

The 24-year-old carried the Union flag at the opening ceremony and then competed against 15 other countries across seven tasks — daily inspection, cable rigging, removal and refit of a powered flying control unit, engine boroscoping, compressor blade blending, electrical loom building and fault diagnosis and sheet metal fabrication — all against the clock. 

He was named best of nation for the UK as well as winning silver.

SAC Hadland, who has completed two operational deployments to Afghanistan, said: “The reason that it is good to compete in your trade at such a high level is because it raises the standards within the trade.

“Also, at competitions where the public can watch us competing, it inspires young people to pursue a vocational career.” Wing Commander Neil Bennett, officer commanding engineering and logistics at RAF Benson, said: “SAC Hadland is an outstanding aircraft technician with exceptional technical ability.

“His success at both the national and world level are a testimony to his commitment and dedication towards his profession and founded upon the world-leading technical training provided to Royal Air Force technicians through the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford.” Group Captain Simon Paterson, station commander of RAF Benson, added: “I was genuinely delighted when I found out that Shayne had been so successful in the WorldSkills competition.

“He has worked extremely hard to get to this position and thoroughly deserves this success.

“He is a real credit to the Royal Air Force and all of us here at Benson are very proud of him winning both a silver medal and being named as best of nation for the United Kingdom.”

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