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Nominations open for 2016 Airspace awards

Nominations are open for the 2016 Aviation/Aerospace Australia leadership and excellence awards. There are six categories in the annual Airspace awards, comprising distinguished leadership, excellence in innovation, outstanding leadership in training, outstanding strategy for diversity, outstanding contribution to the aviation and aerospace sectors by a female and outstanding next generation pr...

Cobham grows unpaved operations

Cobham Aviation Services president Peter Nottage says the ability to serve remote mining centres with unpaved runways using jet aircraft provides its mining clients with a faster and more efficient service. The fly-in/fly-out and charter operator has five jet aircraft – three BAe 146s and two Avro RJ85s – that are dedicated to operating on unpaved airstrips, having been fitted with...

Jetstar expands Avalon network with new Adelaide and Hobart flights

Jetstar will add flights from Avalon to Hobart and Adelaide from March 2016 as part of its commitment to increase flying from Melbourne’s second airport. The low-cost carrier will fly four times a week to Hobart and three times a week to Adelaide from Avalon, Jetstar said on Tuesday. Starting new routes from Avalon, located to Melbourne’s west near Geelong, was a condition of the...

Rex signs contract for Esperance, Albany service

Regional Express (Rex) says it has signed contracts with the West Australian government to operate the Perth-Esperance and Perth-Albany routes. The airline, which was named as the prefered tenderer for the two government-regulated routes in November, will replace Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) on the two services. ”Rex has today entered into a Deed with the WA Departmen...

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...