Friday July 25, 2014

Sydney Airport T1 road works commence

Road works designed to improve the access to Sydney Airport’s International T1 terminal commenced on July 22. The road works are designed to improve the traffic flow around the terminal and will comprise a new carpark entry and exit, and a larger passenger pick up and drop off area. To this end, a new centre […]

Air New Zealand to mark 75th anniversary with Te Papa exhibition

Air New Zealand will commemorate its 75th anniversary with an exhibition at the country’s national museum Te Papa in Wellington. The airline will celebrate 75 years of operations during 2015, and is working with Te Papa to launch a six month retrospective exhibition that will open on December 20 2014. “Our airline has been an […]

Hawaiian to replace Airbus A350-800 order with A330-800neo

Hawaiian Airlines has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus to buy six A330-800neos from 2019, and has taken purchase rights on an additional six aircraft. The order replaces Hawaiian’s current order for six A350-800s which had been due for delivery from 2017, and will supplement the airline’s current fleet of […]

Virgin Australia to cease LA – Melbourne flights, LA – Brisbane to go daily

Virgin Australia has announced it will end its direct services between Los Angeles and Melbourne, and will increase its four services a week between LAX and Brisbane to a daily service. The airline will cease its Melbourne services on October 25, and will start the daily Brisbane flight the next day. “The changes announced today are […]

Airbus A350 conducts RTO tests

Airbus’A350 XWB MSN001 prototype has successfully conducted its Maximum Energy Rejected Take-Off (MERTO) tests. Conducted at the French government’s Istres test facility near Marseille on July 19, the MERTO tests were a follow-on from the previous ‘High Energy Rejected Take-Off’ (HERTO) tests conducted in May, and are a mandatory element of the aircraft’s certification process. […]

Airservices appoints Barton as Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

Airservices has announced the appointment of Ms Mairi Barton as Executive General Manager, Corporate and Industry Affairs. An Airservices statement says Ms Barton has more than 20 years of communications and public affairs experience which spans state and federal government as well as the agricultural and financial services sectors, with her most recent position being […]

Alenia/ATK MC-27J gunship development progresses

Development of the Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi MC-27J ‘Praetorian’ gunship under the lead of ATK is progressing, with the prototype recently completing a first phase of ground and light tests at Eglin AFB in Florida. The MC-27J utilises a roll on-roll off palletised gun and mission control package for gunship missions, and retains an integral L-3 Wescam […]

Queensland Govt Air engages Pilot Recruitment

Queensland Government Air has contracted Pilot Recruitment to provide recruitment services for the new organisation. Pilot Recruitment is a new joint-venture company comprised of Pinstripe Solutions and SimJET Training Systems. Queensland Government Air has tasked the new entity to find pilots for helicopters and fixed-wing roles in emergency, police, search & rescue, and counter disaster […]

Defence releases draft F-35A Environment Impact Statement

Defence has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the flying operations of the new F-35A Lightning II fighter which is due to enter service in Australia from 2018. The extensive draft EIS is available here, and Defence is inviting members of the community to comment. The EIS covers extensive noise mapping for flying operations […]

Navy Romeos fire first Mk 54 torpedoes

Crews from Navy’s NUSQN 725 have successfully fired Mk 54 Lightweight Torpedos from the squadron’s MH-60R Seahawk during recent trials at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC), on Andros Island, Bahamas. A total of three anti-submarine Mk 54s were fired at targets provided by the US Navy staff at the AUTEC range, with […]

MH17 shoot down “changes everything”

Emirates Airline chairman and CEO, Sir Tim Clark has told the Wall Street Journal that the apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 over the Ukraine on July 17 with the loss of all 298 on board “changes everything” in regards to the safe conduct of international air travel. “We will no longer rest […]

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