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Qantas’s Joyce named airline CEO of the year

Aviation consulting house CAPA – Centre For Aviation has recognised Qantas and its chief executive Alan Joyce for the airline’s recent revival. Qantas received the airline turnaround of the year award, while Joyce was named airline chief executive of the year, at the World Aviation Summit held in Helsinki. CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison described Qantas’s retur...

Airservices to look at space-based ADS-B with Aireon

Airservices is the latest air navigation services provider to look at a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) from US-based Aireon. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Airservices and Aireon was announced on Tuesday and allows the pair to “collaborate to examine the value of space-based ADS-B”, Aireon vice president Cyriel Kronenburg said in a statemen...

Crash Delays Auckland Airport Traffic

A three-car crash is causing delays for motorists heading to Auckland Airport. A police spokesman said the crash on State Highway 20B between Puhinui Rd and Hape Dr happened about 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Police received reports of the crash from people at the airport. Emergency services were on their way to the scene. New Zealand Transport Agency warned motorists to avoid the area if po...

Lockheed Martin targets further MH-60R sales, building on Australian success

Lockheed Martin has hailed progress on the Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ project, with 14 of the 24 naval combat helicopters being acquired so far delivered ahead of schedule. Of those, 13 aircraft are already here in Australia, and one is in the US for the purposes of testing. Three more of the anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare multi-mission helicop...

Cathay begins second 777-300ER service to Sydney

Cathay Pacific has commenced a second Boeing 777-300ER rotation to Sydney. Flight CX101 from Hong Kong, operated by B-KQR, arrived at Sydney a little after 1030 local time on Friday. The reciprocal CX100 took off from the NSW capital just past 1600. Upgauging a second of four daily Cathay flights between Hong Kong and Sydney from the Airbus A330-300 to the 777-300ER represents an eight pe...

NSW Rural Fire Service demonstrates air attack capabilities

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has demonstrated a range of its fixed wing and helicopter firefighting capabilities at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, including an impressive display by the recently arrived McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT). October 1 marked the official start of a two-year $9.8 million trial to allow the NSW RFS...

Jetgo delays launch of Dubbo-Melbourne service

Jetgo has delayed the launch of its new Dubbo-Melbourne service after the regional carrier was unable to secure terminal space at Tullamarine and prevented from operating to Essendon Airport due to a lack of passenger screening facilities. The new three times a week offering was due to begin in late October and run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with 36-seat Embraer ERJ-135 region...

MH-60R Romeo’s Hellfire missile accepted into Navy service

The Navy has accepted the Lockheed Martin AGM-114N Hellfire air-to-ground missile into service with the weapon to equip the Fleet Air Arm’s MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters. Navy says the first live firing of the Hellfire N in Australia in is planned to occur early next year. “Although the Australian Navy now has experience firing the weapon in the US...

Virgin chooses Amadeus system to manage aircraft load control processes

Virgin Australia will manage its aircraft load control processes using a flight management system from airline IT company Amadeus as part of a new partnership between the pair. While Virgin will maintain its use of Sabre for its passenger service system (PSS), the airline has chosen the Amadeus Altea Departure Control Flight Management (Altea DC-FM) system as a standalone product for its a...

Global project investigating aviation safety data collection

A global project is investigating how airlines, regulators and other aviation groups collect, analyse and share safety data. The project began in 2012, when Flight Safety Foundation signed a memorandum of cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to look at ways of enhancing aviation safety through the exchange of safety information. And while initial observations...

Queenstown Airport CEO Scott Patterson dies after short battle with cancer

Queenstown Airport (QAC) chief executive Scott Patterson has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 57. The airport confirmed the sad news in a media statement on Wednesday. Scott Patterson. (Queenstown Airport) Queenstown Airport chairman John Gilks said Patterson was a highly respected colleague and manager and would be “sorely missed by us all”. “On beha...

First Gold Coast-China Direct Commercial Flight Touches Down at Coolangatta

The first direct commercial flight from China to the Gold Coast has landed at Coolangatta airport. The flight touched down about 8:00 a.m. (AEST) today. The airport's chief operating officer, David Collins, said the 300 passengers were given a warm welcome. "We are very excited, our first flight from Wuhan has arrived this morning in all its glory, to be greeted by water can...