Group Captain Arndell ‘Guy’ Adams

Director of Support Systems @ Joint Strike Fighter Division

GPCAPT Adams joined the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1991. Graduating from ADFA in 1993, GPCAPT Adams continued his studies at Sydney University graduating with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering in 1994. His first posting was a Maintenance Officer on F/A-18 aircraft at No 75 Squadron, RAAF Tindal in the Northern Territory. In 1997 GPCAPT Adams was posted to the Directorate of Personnel – Officers in Air Force Headquarters.

In 1999, then FLTLT Adams completed Flight Test Engineers course at the Empire Test Pilot School at Boscombe Down, England. He graduated with the Hawker Hunter trophy for best preview, and remained in the UK to complete a MSc in Flight Dynamics from Cranfield University. GPCAPT Adams returned to Australia in 2000 and was posted to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU).

In 2004 SQNLDR Adams was posted to Headquarters Air Combat Group at RAAF Williamtown as the Operational Test and Evaluation manager for ADF fast jet aircraft. GPCAPT Adams was involved in the introduction into service of a number significant aircraft upgrades. A subsequent posting to No 77 Squadron (F/A-18A/B) as the Operational Test and Evaluation Flight Commander followed.

In late 2007 GPCAPT Adams was promoted to WGCDR and posted to the Tactical Fighter System Program Office as the Program Engineering Manager for Hornet systems and weapons upgrades.

In 2009 GPCAPT Adams transferred to the Reserves, and undertook a commercial appointment with Nova Systems. During this time he worked as a Design Engineer and the Commonwealth Flight Test Engineer on the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, and was the Program Manager for the company’s Aerospace business unit. He was also Project Manager for the Commonwealth Counter Improvised Explosive Device capability.

In 2012 GPCAPT Adams returned to the Air Force on promotion, and was posted to Air Force Headquarters. Within Air Force Headquarters, GPCAPT Adams has been Director Flight Test Review, Director Combat Capability and Director Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Guy was posted to the Joint Strike Fighter Division as the Director of Support Systems in Jan 2017.

GPCAPT Adams’ interests include aviation, photography, water and snow skiing and good red wine. GPCAPT Adams is married to (GPCAPT) Julie (Jules) Adams, a lateral recruit from the RAF.