No dream is too big for Boeing employee Greg Maiden who’s accomplished a record 5,000 flight hours aboard the CH-47 Chinook – the first Australian to achieve the honour. Maiden – a current reservist who served with the Australian Army for 28 years before joining Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) in 2016 as a CH-47F Chinook aircrew technician and instructor – achieved the milestone on 15th March. He’s proudly worked on the CH-47 capability at 5th Aviation Regiment, RAAF Base Townsville for more than 25 years, including his Army background as an avionics technician. He now joins a unique, worldwide club of CH-47 Chinook aircrew who’ve also achieved the record flight hours.
As a specialised technician, Maiden is a qualified tradesperson who can both operate and maintain the CH-47F. He’s part of the BDA team that delivers the CH-47F Chinook Integrated Support Services (CISS) contract to the 10 aircraft operated out of the Australian Army’s C Squadron at 5th Aviation Regiment. Maiden’s record 5,000 CH-47 flight hours was honoured by the Army with a traditional water arch – a form of salute which typically involves two firefighting rigs spraying arcs of water over an arriving or departing flight as a sign of respect and honour.
“There are very few who have achieved this milestone,” Maiden said. “The 5,000 flying hours have been accrued over my flying career which started in 1999 on the CH-47D.”
During his time with the ADF, Maiden completed six tours with Rotary Wing Group (RWG) as part of Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan. “I joined the Army at 19 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made,” he said. “I love flying and fixing the aircraft. My father instilled in me a love of all things aviation – and I particularly love flying in the Chinook as it is super reliable. “I’m humbled and honoured to have achieved this momentous milestone.”
Commander 16th Aviation Brigade, Brigadier David Hafner CSC commented: “Every day, our people across the Army aviation capability pull on their uniforms, live our values and do exceptional work on behalf of our nation. Maiden’s contribution to Army and as a Defence contractor is meaningful and truly appreciated.”