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CASA chairman proposes new funding model

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) chairman Jeff Boyd has suggested a new funding model that includes international operators would be a more equitable way of funding the organisation. Currently, CASA receives the bulk of its funding from a fuel excise on domestic flights. International flights are not subject to the fuel excise. With the downturn in the mining industry affecting demand...

RUAG appoints new Managing Director for RUAG Australia

The targeted positioning and strengthening of RUAG Aviation within the Australian and Asia-Pacific aviation markets continues with the appointment of John Teager as Managing Director of RUAGAustralia, effective 1 January 2016. Teager, a decorated RAF and RAAF officer and seasoned aviation industry professional, joined RUAG Australia in 2013 as Vice Pres...

Airservices undertakes business diagnostic and efficiency review

Airservices acting chief executive Jason Harfield says a review of the air traffic management provider’s processes will help put the organisation on the right path to meet the future aviation needs of the country. Harfield says a “business diagnostic and efficiency review”, which started in mid-November, would “look at everything we do, and how we do it”. &...

American University of Sharjah professor wins Airbus diversity award

Dr Fadi Aloul has been awarded the 2015 Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Airbus Diversity Award for his work in developing a course that introduces first-year students to engineering. Airbus engineering executive vice president and patron of the diversity award Charles Champion presented Dr Aloul with his award in Adelaide on Wednesday. Dr Aloul is a professor of computer science and...

International passenger numbers up in October, Australian market subdued

While demand for air travel shows little sign of slowing at the end of a bumper year where lower fares have resulted in more passengers flying, domestic markets such as Brazil and Australia are feeling the effects of a sluggish local economy, new figures show. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says total revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) rose 7.5 per cent in October. And wi...

Virgin Galactic to Hurl Rockets to Space from Boeing 747 Jet

Richard Branson is finding a new use for an old Virgin Atlantic jumbo jetliner: to fling rockets to orbit. Virgin Galactic, the commercial space company founded by the billionaire, plans to send small rockets inflight from the Boeing 747-400 nicknamed "Cosmic Girl" that it purchased from Branson's airline. Branson is among the entrepreneurs vying to shake up the US$6 billion co...

PAL touches down in Cairns

Overcast conditions have greeted the arrival of Philippines Airlines’s inaugural flight to Cairns. Flight PR218 from Manila, operated by Airbus A320 RP-C8613, landed a little after 0700 local time on Thursday. The aircraft was on the ground in Cairns for about two hours before heading across the Tasman to Auckland, which is Philippine Airlines’ first destination in New Zeala...

Australian Says New Analysis Backs Search Area for Flight 370

Australian authorities said Thursday that new analysis confirms they've likely been searching in the right place for a missing Malaysian airliner. Searchers have been combing a 120,000-square-kilometer (46,000-square-mile) part of the Indian Ocean since last year but have yet to turn up any trace of Flight 370. A wing flap was found in July washed up on remote Reunion Island. The new ana...

Essendon planning for security screening in first quarter of 2016 for Jetgo flights

Essendon Airport is hopeful of having the appropriate security screening facilities in place for Jetgo to begin flights from Dubbo in the first quarter of 2016. Jetgo had planned to fly from Dubbo to Melbourne Tullamarine starting in late October but was unable to secure terminal space at the airport. Moves to operate into nearby Essendon Airport then hit a roadblock because of a lack of passen...

Airports plan big lift in IT spending

Airports are responding to changing passenger expectations with greater investment in IT systems such as back-end improvements to speed up checkin and border processing, beacon technology to provide real-time notifications and greater accessibility to wifi. A survey of airport executives from technology provider SITA and Airports Council International (ACI) found airports around the world spent...

Final C-17 departs Long Beach

Boeing has marked the completion of  C-17 Globemaster final assembly at its Long Beach, California plant. The last of 279 C-17s to be built at Long Beach flew over the assembly facility there on Sunday (US time) before heading to the company’s San Antonio site for short-term storage ahead of delivery to Qatar early next year. “This is truly the end of an era. It&rs...

Rex in strong position to withstand weak economy

Regional Express (Rex) deputy chairman John Sharp says the airline is in a strong position to withstand the current weakness in the national economy. However, other regional operators may not be so fortunate. “The Australian economy, reflecting the worldwide one, continues to be weak and this will prolong the crisis affecting regional aviation,” Sharp told shareholders at Rex&rsq...