BARTLETT, Keith Murray
L1005800, Squadon Leader, Royal NZ Air Force

CITATION
Distinguished Service Decoration
Squadron Leader Keith BARTLETT was posted to the Orion P-3 Systems Upgrade Project in Greenville Texas in 2008. At the time
of the posting, he had no time to qualify as an Orion Qualified Flight Instructor. His deployment was continually extended due to
unforeseen aircraft flight performance issues.  These challenges required flight testing well beyond the scope, complexity and
duration of the original flight test programme.  With no formal training and minimal preparation, he was also required to develop
and verify flight deck instrumentation and automation procedures, train the flight deck crew and manage systems engineers and
operators conducting mission systems integration testing onboard the modified P-3K2 aircraft.  These were development testing
events that a senior Qualified Flight Instructor would be unlikely to encounter during the entire span of a career. Squadron Leader
BARTLETT’s contribution was instrumental to the successful completion of the P-3K2 aircraft project.
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AWARDS
Distinguished Service Decoration
NZ Defence Service Medal
Regular

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