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From Farm To Flight: Qantas To Operate World’s First US-Australia Biofuel Flight

Qantas announced it will operate the world’s first bio-fuel flight between the United States and Australia. The Los Angeles to Melbourne flight will take place early next year, in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels,  and will see Qantas’ new Dreamliner being powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed. Carinata produ...

AW139s to support Queensland Government's helicopter fleet modernization programme

Order signed for two AW139s that will enter service by December 2018  The aircraft will add to three AW139s already in service performing EMS/SAR missions  Over 1000 AW139s have been ordered by more than 250 customers in nearly 70 countries to date   Leonardo announced that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two add...

Qantas Unveils First Dreamliner, Great Southern Land

Qantas has unveiled its first Boeing Dreamliner, the game-changing aircraft that will open up new routes and new levels of comfort for travellers. The latest addition to the Qantas fleet, the 787-9 Dreamliner features next generation seating in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class, with more space and a lower passenger count than most of its competitors. Other Dreamliner features incl...

Airbus to showcase deployable hospital at AMMA Conference

Airbus is participating at the Australian Military Medicine Association Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, where the company will showcase its TransHospital deployable hospital. The system is being developed with leading global healthcare company Siemens Healthineers and advanced deployable infrastructure manufacturer Zeppelin Mobile Systeme (ZMS). Comprising a modular and scalable hard shelte...

Airbus organises New Space and Innovation session at IAC 2017

Winning Australian start-up to visit Toulouse to meet European space experts Airbus and other industry players yesterday held a New Space and Innovation competition at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2017 in Adelaide. The initiative demonstrates the commitment of Airbus and its partners to support the development of Australia’s space sector. The event was organised in co...

Australia's Chief of Air Force Completes First Flight in the AIR 5428 PC-21

In a recent ceremony that marked a significant milestone for the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System, Lockheed Martin celebrated the Chief of Air Force first flight of the in-service PC-21 aircraft. The occasion was celebrated at a media event hosted by Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, in East Sale, Australia.  Also in attendance was the Hon Darren Chester MP,...

Embraer flies first Legacy 500 assembled in Melbourne

Embraer announced the maiden flight of its first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its industrial facilities in Melbourne, Florida, just eight months after the first Legacy 450 mid-light jet assembled in Melbourne took flight. The aircraft performed as expected and all flight test procedures were successfully completed. “We are very pleased with yet another milestone for t...

Australian Army’s Tiger ARH Achieves 2,000 Flight Hours

The Australian Army has achieved a major milestone with its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) flying 2000 hours on serial number #001, the first of any Tiger in the global fleet. Under the command of LTCOL Dave Lynch CSC, a highly experienced pilot and instructor, ARH Tiger 001reached the 2000 hours on a flight from the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey to Enoggera Gallipoli Barrack...

Satcom Direct and Lufthansa Technik extend nicemedia® in-flight entertainment service to all platforms

The nicemedia® premium content service launched by SD at MEBAA 2016 for aircraft equipped with nice®HD cabin systems is now available for all IFE/CMS platforms. Together with Lufthansa Technik, SD has expanded the types of jets which can benefit from the nicemedia SmartBox system, which delivers Hollywood blockbuster movies and contemporary TV shows to the cabin. SD will be booking appoint...

Investigation launched after Qantas mid-flight incident injures 15

Fifteen passengers were hurt after a Qantas plane’s alert system warned of an imminent stall as it approached Hong Kong, Australian transport safety officials said on Thursday as they launched an investigation. Flight QF29 from Melbourne to Hong Kong was about 100 kilometres from its destination last Friday when a "stick shaker" alert occurred. The warning causes the control...

ExecuJet celebrates 10 years of operations in Melbourne

ExecuJet is celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations in Melbourne at the Australian International Air Show 2017.  ExecuJet Melbourne offers MRO, FBO and Aircraft Operations services. The MRO provides a 2,700m2 facility, workshops and stores supporting Melbourne based and visiting aircraft. In 2011, ExecuJet expanded its services to include FBO providing passengers with VIP...

Australia To Replace Passports With Facial Recognition Technology

A radical overhaul of security at Australia’s international airports is the first step towards the government’s goal of automating 90% of air traveller processing by 2020. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will start moving towards a “contactless” system for arrivals this year, Fairfax reported on Sunday – the most ambitious stage of the Seamless...