Podcast: AIPA chief reveals how Qantas pilots are coping

written by Adam Thorn | August 26, 2020
VH-OQA rotates from Melbourne Airport Qantas A380
A Qantas A380 departs from Melbourne Airport (Dave Soda)

In amongst the border closures, groundings and rows, it can be easy to forget the impact of COVID-19 on airline pilots themselves, who have found their industry has effectively shut down.

In this special episode of the Australian Aviation podcast, hosts Phil Tarrant and Christian “Boo” Boucousis speak to Mark Sedgwick, the executive director of Australian and International Pilots Association, about how pilots are adapting to the new normal.

He discusses why states should sign up to a national framework on border closures, how many of his members have found work elsewhere and why he has worked hard to build a good relationship with the Qantas Group.

He also tells long-time friend Boo what advice he would give to governments trying to protect the profession for the next generation.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Australian Aviation team

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  • Bill


    It was mentiond earlier in this piece by, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, that the FA-18 Hornet replaced the Mirage fighters. I thought the F-111 ‘Ardvark’ replaced the Mirage jets around 1967 till 1999 such as the Raaf 6th squadron. If my memory serves me correct the aircraft served our country well until they were superseded by the Hornets, which by the way are an exceptional fighter also.

  • Pete


    Qantas will probably put a 789 on the Cooma route, just to make sure Rex never comes back.

  • Steve Wilson


    Bill, you are incorrect here, and AM Hupfield statement is spot on. The F/A-18 replaced the Mirage III in service as front line fighters, whilst the F-111 replaced the Canberra in the Strike/Bomber, and later in Recce, roles.

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