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Royal Flying Doctor Service converting its PC-12 fleet to Hartzell five-blade composite propellers

The Royal Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia is improving the flying performance of its Pilatus single-engine PC-12  turboprop aircraft by transitioning its fleet to Hartzell's 105-inch diameter five-blade composite propellers from Hartzell four-blade aluminum propellers.  RFDS Western Operations uses its aircraft for medical emergencies and patient transfers bet...

Airbus selected for Communications and Mission System upgrade on the Royal Australian Air Force MRTT fleet

Airbus has been selected by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) to develop a Communications and Mission System modernization upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet. The scope of work, which will meet the Air Force interoperability needs under their new operational requirements, will mainly cover a retrofit package, which includes new and...

Austrian Airlines calls for comprehensive COVID-19 testing to replace general landing and entry bans

Last Friday the Austrian Federal Government allowed landing bans for flights from 18 countries to expire. These bans did not apply in other EU member states. Nevertheless, the many different travel regulations in the European Union make it more difficult for people to travel freely and for airlines to reliably plan flight schedules. At a press conference, Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroe...

Airbus Helicopters five bladed H145 to join forces with WA Police Force

The Western Australian Police Force has ordered one H145 helicopter to enhance police operations in Western Australia, making it the first Australian customer to operate the five bladed H145. Purchased to replace its BK117 helicopter, and to operate alongside the AS365 N3+, this state-of-the-art H145 offers a full range of capabilities for the WA Police Force, including single-pilot and instr...

Airbus forms Team Nightjar to deliver Australian industry capability

Airbus Helicopters has joined hands with over 20 Australian partners to form Team Nightjar, as the consortium launches its solution to Project LAND 2097 Phase 4. Under this Project, the Commonwealth of Australia is seeking a fleet of helicopters to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations. Bringing together Australia’s best industry capabilities and academia, the Te...

Final 747 Jumbo Jet farewell fit for a queen - Qantas

Qantas has announced a program of events to farewell its last remaining Boeing 747 and provide Australians the opportunity to say goodbye to the much loved “Queen of the Skies” ahead of its retirement from the national carrier’s fleet. The airline will operate three one-hour “farewell jumbo joy flights” departing from Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, in response to r...

ATR and REX signed an MoU on fleet modernisation

ATR and Australia Regional Express have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in studying optimised solutions for the replacement and modernisation of its fleet. The agreement has the potential to see REX complement and expand its existing broad domestic route network with a mix of ATR 42 and 72-600 aircraft. The airline and airframer will also seek to work together to ex...

Qantas and Jetstar increase their domestic and regional flying

As travel restrictions start to ease across the country, Qantas and Jetstar will increase their domestic and regional flying for June and July. The additional services will see capacity increase from 5 per cent of pre-Coronavirus levels, to 15 per cent by the end of June. This equates to more than 300 more return flights per week. Additional flights will likely operate during July depending...

AIRSHOW 2021 - new dates announced

Last week, AMDA Foundation Limited announced that, due to the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AIRSHOW 2021) would be deferred from its original February dates to November 2021. The new dates for AVALON 2021 have now been determined.  TRADE VISITORS ONLY: Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 November unt...

Touchless airport check-in: first in Australia at Avalon Airport

Elenium Automation announced it has expanded its relationship with Avalon Airport, signing a deal that will make Avalon the first airport in Australia to implement touchless self-service, ensuring world-class passenger safety and experience when the airport recommences flights. Avalon Airport will become the first airport in Australia to implement this technology as an addition to Elenium&rsquo...

Qantas Group - increasing resilience for long-term recovery

The Qantas Group has continued to strengthen its ability to deal with the short and likely long-term impacts of the coronavirus crisis. It has also extended flight cancellations from end-May through to the end of July, which were still at pre-coronavirus levels – but some capacity can be added back in if domestic and Trans-Tasman restrictions ease in coming weeks. Given the consequence...

Flight Training Adelaide Chooses Diamond Aircraft

Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. and Flight Training Adelaide Pty recently announced their continued partnership by formalizing a 24 aircraft fleet sale to support FTA’s growing pilot programs in Australia. A total of twenty Diamond DA40 XLT single engine aircraft and four Diamond DA42-L360 twin engine aircraft will be supporting the new Qantas Group Pilot Academy, operated by...