Part of No. 204 pilots course’s graduation "thunderbird" formation flight. (LAC Allan Cooper/RAAF)

From the archives: 2FTS: Seeking the heights of pilot training

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This story from the Australian Aviation archives comes from December 2008, when Ellis Taylor wrote about 2FTS at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Pearce in Western Australia.

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A Jetstar Airbus A321 and A320 side by side at Gold Coast Airport. (Paul Sadler)

From the archives: In the family: Jetstar and the Airbus A321

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This story from the Australian Aviation archives is from November 2009, when Ellis Taylor wrote about the entry into service of the A321 at Jetstar.

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A Skippers Dash 8-300. (Paul Sadler)

From the archives: Regional workhorse: Bombardier Dash 8 in Australia

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This story from the Australian Aviation archives comes from October 2012, when Ellis Taylor wrote about the regional workhorse that is Bombardier Dash 8 in Australia.

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Virgin Blue began flying on August 31 2000. (Paul Sadler)

From the archives: Still shining bright: 10 years of Virgin Blue

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To mark the first flight of Virgin Blue on August 31 2000, this story from the Australian Aviation archives is from September 2010, when Ellis Taylor looked at the first decade of of the airline’s operations.

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A file image of a Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200LR at Los Angeles Airport. (Rob Finlayson)

From the archives: Delta Air Lines comes to Sydney

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This week’s feature from the Australian Archives comes from July 2009, when Ellis Taylor wrote about the arrival of Delta Air Lines to these shores.

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Qantas staff go through wines being served on its flights and lounges. (Qantas)

From the archives: Are you being served? Qantas’s Centre of Service Excellence

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This story from the May 2009 edition of Australian Aviation by Ellis Taylor looks at the opening of the Qantas Centre of Service Excellence.

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Boeing 747-8F during its 3hr 49min first flight. (Boeing)

From the archive – Heir to the throne of Queen of the Skies

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the start of flight tests on the Boeing 747 in February 1969, Australian Aviation is republishing Ellis Taylor’s report from the April 2010 edition of the magazine on the first flight of the latest, most recent variant of the iconic aircraft, the 747-8, in February 2010.

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TBT – Last of the 727s, Tasman Cargo Airlines farewells 727, welcomes 757

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August 31 2010 saw the end of an era as the last Australian registered Boeing 727 departed from Sydney Airport for the final time.

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TBT – Another shade of Blue

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Five years after it started, Pacific Blue had grown from a small New Zealand-based adjunct to Virgin Blue’s domestic Australian services to become a major growth vehicle for the Virgin Blue Group.

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TBT: Short skilled, aviation careers in a time of stress

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With the pilot shortage a topical issue in August 2018, today’s Throwback Thursday feature from a previous issue of Australian Aviation goes back in time a decade to revisit our August 2008 analysis of the then looming aviation skills shortage.

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Throwback Thursday – taking a closer look at the Qantas fleet

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Today’s second ‘Throwback Thursday’ feature article from a past edition of Australian Aviation is this November 2010 issue analysis of Qantas’s fleet requirements. “Getting fleet strategy right is essential to airline success, and we have always been prepared to go straight to the aviation forefront,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in a recent speech. “We […]

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