Flight Drill

Flight DrillAll Squadrons may compete in Flight Drill provided they have the correct complement.

All members competing must be under the age of 19 as at 23 September 2018. Members who are 18 years old must carry the rank of Warrant Officer. Members under the age of 18 must be an NCO or cadet.

Where squadrons do not have sufficient numbers to compete in their own right, they may combine with up to two other squadrons from their Group. Squadrons who combine are not allowed to field members in any other competing Flight.

Squadrons may enter more than one flight. If a Squadron is entering more than one flight they must follow the conditions set out as follows:

Extra Conditions for Squadrons entering more than one flight:

  • No member may compete in more than one flight.
  • All flights from the squadron must present themselves at the same time to the competition marshal/s.
  • The total number of flights that a Squadron intends to enter must be placed on the Field Competitions Entry Form (Form A).

Complement Requirements for each Flight entered:

Total Number:
MAXIMUM19 (including NCO in charge)
MINIMUM13 (including NCO in charge). One point will be deducted for each member short of the full complement of 19. Flights with less than 13 members are deemed to be non-competitive.

NCO in Charge: 
Highest rank permissible is Sergeant, EXCEPT where there is a Squadron Sergeant in the squadron/s but no Sergeants in attendance, the Squadron Sergeant is permitted to take the flight. See exception for Warrant Officers.

No marker may out rank the NCO in charge. Highest permissible rank is Corporal. See exception for Warrant Officers.

Flight Members (Other than markers):
Minimum is 9, maximum is 15. No flight member may out rank the NCO in charge or the markers. A maximum of 15 Leading Cadets or Cadets may be in the remainder of the flight. See exception for Warrant Officers.

Warrant Officers:
Members aged 18 as at 23 September 2018 may compete in any position provided they are carrying the rank of Warrant Officer and in cadet/NCO uniform with Warrant Officer epaulettes. No other Warrant Officers may compete.

Flight Drill Diagram

The following describes the orders and diagram to be used for the Flight Drill Competition. This information is in line with of the Australian Air League Manual, Section 14.

Link to Printable Diagram Page: Flight Drill Diagram 8.

Fall in Orders

  1. Flight on Parade
  2. Markers Fall In
  3. Markers Cover Off
  4. Markers Stand at Ease
  5. Flight Fall In
  6. Flight Attention
  7. Flight Number
  8. Flight Right Dress
  9. No. #, Move forward/Move to the rear, Steady
  10. A Section Steady
  11. No. #, Move forward/Move to the rear, Steady
  12. B Section Steady
  13. No. #, Move forward/Move to the rear, Steady
  14. C Section Steady
  15. Flight Steady
  16. Flight Eyes Front
  17. Flight Open Order March
  18. Flight Close Order March

Diagram 8 Orders

  • A  Flight, By the Left, Quick March
  • B  Flight, Form Single Rank
  • C  Flight, To the Halt, Form Three Ranks
  • C  Flight, Change Direction Left, Left Wheel, Quick March
  • D  Flight, Change Direction Left, Left Wheel
  • E  Flight, Incline to the Left, Left Incline
  • F  Flight, Incline to the Right, Right Incline
  • G  Flight, Change Direction Left, Left Wheel
  • H  Flight, Halt

Diagram 8 Diagram

Note: Not to scale