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Airservices Australia King Air 350 in flight. (Paul Sadler)

From the archives: Airservices Australia and the calibration of a nation

November 17, 2019 1 comment

This story from the Australian Aviation archives is from December 2009, when Paul Sadler wrote about the Airservices Australia flight inspection service. The blue and white King Air making a high speed “clean” approach and then performing a go-around from 50ft AGL is a common site at Australian airports. And for good reason – it’s

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Australia's first Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs arrived at Bankstown Airport. (Facebook/Nautilus Aviation)

Australia’s first Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs land

December 6, 2017 0 comment

Nautilus Aviation’s two Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs arrived at Hawker Pacific’s Bankstown Airport facility on December 4 and become the first of type in Australia. The red coloured 505s, soon be registered VH-VSB and VH-VTB, will be used by Nautilus for industry training on the type, commercial charter and tourism operations. “We see the

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Canberra Airport-based VH-VCC is one of 28 EC120Bs on the Australian civil register. (Paul Sadler)

Airbus Helicopters confirms H120 production has ended

December 4, 2017 1 comment

Airbus Helicopters has confirmed production of its five-seat H120 Colibri (nee EC120B) light-single helicopter has ceased after orders for the type stagnated, contributed largely by cheaper North American single turbine offerings now available in the category. Airbus said its 22-year production of the H120 officially ended in September with the delivery of its final H120

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A Babcock Australasia Airbus Helicopters H175 being unloaded at Darwin Airport. (Babcock Australasia)

Australia’s first Airbus H175s arrive

November 28, 2017 1 comment

Babcock Australasia has taken delivery of two Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft, the first of their kind to arrive in Australia. The two helicopters, to be registered VH-NYJ and VH-NYI, arrived in Darwin on November 27 on board an Antonov An-124. The pair of H175s will be operated on contract from Dili, Timor-Leste, by Babcock Offshore

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An MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter from 816 Squadron lands on HMAS Hobart's flight deck during a flight deck trial alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (Defence)

Romeo flight trials with new Air Warfare Destroyer

November 27, 2017 5 comment

The Royal Austalian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance And Flight Trials Unit has conducted preliminary deck handling trials between a 816 Squadron Romeo Flight 6 MH-60R Seahawk landing on board the new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, in Sydney Harbour. In the planning since May, the first-of-class trial began on 7 November alongside Fleet

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ATSB investigating Hobart Airport helicopter crash

November 13, 2017 2 comment

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the fatal helicopter accident at Hobart Airport on November 7 which tragically claimed the life of prominent Australian helicopter industry veteran Roger Corbin. Corbin, a highly experienced pilot and managing director of Hobart-based RotorLift Aviation, and 33-year-old student pilot John Osborne were conducting a training sortie in

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