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Australian Women Pilots’ Association to honour founder Nancy-Bird Walton

The NSW branch of the Australian Women’s Pilots’ Association (AWPA) is celebrating the career of Nancy-Bird Walton on what would have been the pioneer aviatrix’ 100th birthday. The dinner is being held at Dolton House in Sydney on Friday October 16, a hundred years to the day from Walton’s birth in 1915. Walton, who was the youngest Australian women to gain a pilot&rs...

Brisbane Airport awarded capital city airport of the year

Brisbane Airport has taken out the capital city airport of the year award at the Australian Airports Association (AAA) national conference for a second straight year. The AAA recognised Brisbane Airport for its digital departure card initiative, as well as the upgrades to the international terminal and how it managed the aircraft movements for the G20 conference in November 2014....

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce calls for investment in airports

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says investing in Australia’s airports will help boost tourism and bring improved returns for the nation’s airport operators. However, Joyce stresses that investment should come from either government or the airport owners and operators rather than from the airlines that use the facilities. “Our airports show that there are some eye-waterin...

Adelaide to receive Australia’s first A350 services with Qatar

Qatar Airways has chosen Adelaide as its fourth Australian destination, with daily flights to begin in May with Airbus A350-900s. The Doha-based carrier, which currently flies daily to Perth and Melbourne and will add Sydney to its network from March 2016, is the first airline to announce A350 services to Australia. The daily flights will operate as an evening departure from Doha, arriv...

Qantas Plans Non-Stop Flight from Perth to London on New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Aircraft

Qantas plans to offer a 19 hour non-stop flight between Perth and London within two years, to become the longest commercial flight in the world. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline had plans to fly the 14,000 kilometre route between Australia and the UK by 2017 using its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. "The 787-9 has the range to operate such a route," Joyce told A...

Australian CASA proposes new safety standards for passenger flights

Updated and improved safety regulations for most passenger aeroplane flights are being proposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Under the proposed new rules there will no longer be different safety standards for charter flights, with a single safety standard for charter and regular public transport. This means there will be improved safety standards in some areas of operations f...

CASA issues warning on drones in bushfire areas

Operators of remotely piloted aircraft have been warned to stay away from bushfire areas or they could face fines of up to $9,000 and potentially even criminal prosecution, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says. The warning comes fire fighters prepare for the upcoming bushfire season and as the nation approaches another hot summer. CASA says there are “countless...

Flying a drone near a bushfire risks $9,000 fine, aviation safety body warns

As bushfire season gets under way, with houses lost in Victoria and a man charged with arson in NSW, Casa aims to keep skies clear for firefighting Anyone who flies a drone near a bushfire could face a $9,000 fine, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa) has warned. As part of its “Don’t go there” campaign, the authority reminded people that unmanned aerial vehicles risk...

Air New Zealand Teams with United Airlines to Help Fend Off Qantas Challenge

Air New Zealand and United Airlines have launched a pre-emptive strike against the Qantas and American Airlines trans-Pacific alliance, with United announcing it will begin flying Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Auckland to San Francisco from July. Qantas has been pressuring its Kiwi rival with the launch of Jetstar regional domestic flights in New Zealand, and by announcing this week new...

Qantas eyes expansion of partnership with Emirates

Australian carrier Qantas is looking at ways it can expand its partnership with Emirates, such as on new routes into Australia, its chief executive told Reuters on Thursday. “We would like to see Emirates flying into more Australian destinations, which they’re keen on,” Alan Joyce said on the sidelines of the Capa World Aviation Summit in Helsinki. “We think it’...

Fatigue contributed to RJ85 low-altitude incident: ATSB

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has highlighted the impact of fatigue on pilots’ decision making, following an incident where a Cobham Aviation Services Australia British Aerospace Avro RJ85 descended below minimum altitude. The incident occurred on 23 June, and involved the aircraft registered VH-NJW. There were five crew and 67 passengers on board, says the ATSB in its rep...

Jetgo headed to Melbourne Avalon

Regional carrier Jetgo has confirmed it will be able to begin flights between Dubbo and Melbourne on October 27 after securing access to Avalon Airport. Jetgo had planned to fly to Melbourne Tullamarine but said recently it was unable to get terminal space. Moves to operate into nearby Essendon Airport then hit a roadblock because of a lack of passenger screening facilities and regulatory...