Breaking the fast jet ceiling

Flying Officer Brooke Chivers and Pilot Officer Aroha Fifield (pictured) became the RAAF’s first female fast jet aircrew, qualifying as F-111 navigators in 2000. (Defence)

Welcome to our latest "Throwback Thursday" feature article from a past edition of Australian Aviation. Here, this June 2017 issue story from Max Blenkin looked at why Australia had yet to have a female fighter pilot. Since this story was published, two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) female fighter pilots … [Read more...]

Lockheed Martin Australia opens new Canberra office

Lockheed Martin Australia’s new head office has been officially opened in a newly outfitted building in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle, close to its main customer, the federal government and Defence. The official opening was performed by Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne who said Lockheed … [Read more...]

RAN’s first Air Warfare Destroyer commissioned

The first of three new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, was officially commissioned into Royal Australian Navy service on Saturday, a proud occasion when the white ensign flew from the ship for the first time and she officially became Navy property. The commissioning ceremony, at … [Read more...]

Lockheed Martin’s Melbourne research lab takes flight

Australia spends around $1 billion a year surveying powerlines by helicopter, a job that could be done for a faction of that price by new autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) able to top up their batteries from the powerlines themselves. Engineering students from Melbourne University, backed by … [Read more...]

Insitu marks one million hours

Unmanned aircraft systems company Insitu has notched up one million operational flight hours – 114 years – by its ScanEagle, Blackjack and Integrator platforms. Insitu chief executive Ryan Hartman said the first operational mission, which started the clock, was for the US Marine Corps, and so too was the … [Read more...]