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Commanding Officer No.7 Wing


Commanding Officer No.7 Wing

Lieutenant Colonel (U) Mohd Hairy Erwandy bin Haji Raya (Hairy) joined the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in September 1998 and was later commissioned in September 1999 after completing Initial Officer Training (IOT) 179 at the Royal Air Force (RAF) College, Cranwell in UK. Upon his return, he then completed his basic flying training with the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) No 3 Sqn, Basic Flying Training School (BFTS).

He was later posted to No 5 Sqn to complete his multi-engine advanced flying training as a CN235 pilot where he served most of his flying career. To date, he is the longest serving CN235 pilot that No 5 Sqn has. His flying command post’s included being the Flight Commander Training (FCT) since 2011 (which he still currently holds) and as Officer Commanding (OC) in 2013. In 2009 he completed the Qualified Fixed-Wing Instructor’s (QFI) Course with British Aerospace and Engineering (BAe) Systems at Flight Training Tamworth, Australia and returned to instruct on the CN235. Throughout clocking over 1000 instructional flight hours in total; his flying instructional career includes being certified in 2014 by Central Flying School (CFS) RAF College Cranwell, UK as a B1 CAT QFI. Furthermore, he is certified by Sapura Defence, Malaysia as an Instructor Operating Station (IOS) Level D Full Flight Simulator Training. Additionally, he is the only pilot to have been trained and qualified as Maintenance Test Pilot (MTP) by Flight Test Center Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) in 2016. He has a total of over 3000 flying hours of which over 2800 flying hours are on the CN235 (No 5 Sqn’s most flying hours on type to date). His experiences include flying mainly Maritime Surveillance Missions, Regional Transport Missions including Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in Aceh (2005) and being the Air Mission Commander (AMC) for the Haiyan Typhoon HADR mission in Tacloban, Philippines (2013). It was for these efforts that he achieved the Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (P.I.K.B) Medal.

His Staff Training has included the RBAF Junior Staff Course (JSC) in 2008 and the Defence Academy (DA) RBAF Command and Staff College (CSC) in Joint Operations in 2015. It was at this junction that he achieved the RBAF Commendation Award and took the opportunity to complete a Master in International Security (MIntSy) with Massey University, New Zealand in 2016.

He is married to Aliza and they have 3 children; Hafiz (2002), Danish (2003) and Dania (2005). Hairy enjoys running and football in his pastime.