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Field Aviation delivers fourth missionized Challenger to Cobham Aviation Services

Field Aviation has delivered the fourth missionized Challenger aircraft to Cobham Aviation Services. This fourth delivery comes just three months after delivery of the third aircraft. Field Aviation’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the Challenger aircraft gives the company a logistical advantage for minimizing the turn-around time on these programs. These aircraft are to provide enhanced se...

SATCOM DIRECT ACQUIRES AIRCRAFTLOGS, A PROVIDER OF AVIATION DATA MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

Global aeronautical communications provider, Satcom Direct (SD), announced it has acquired AircraftLogs (“Stewart-Ratliff Aviation Services, Inc”), a company based in Columbus, OH, that offers the latest technology in aircraft flight scheduling software and tax reporting tools for corporate and private flight departments. With the purchase of AircraftLogs, SD adds scheduling and t...

Virgin Australia - Melbourne – Los Angeles And Perth – Abu Dhabi Flights

Virgin Australia will launch services from Melbourne to Los Angeles and Perth to Abu Dhabi in 2017, increasing competition and choice for Australian travellers. On 4 April 2017, Virgin Australia will introduce five services each week between Melbourne and Los Angeles using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.* On 9 June 2017, Virgin Australia will introduce three services each week between Perth and Abu...

Australian government auditor slams Tiger attack helicopter

The Australia National Audit Office (ANAO) has issued a report that is highly critical of the army’s fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). The 64-page report details a range of issues. It identifies 76 “capability deficiencies,” of which the Department of Defence (DoD) deems 60 to be “critical.” “The Tiger helicopter f...

Australian teen becomes youngest person to fly single-engine plane around the world

Queensland pilot Lachlan Smart became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine plane Saturday after touching down at Sunshine Coast Airport in Marcoola just north of Brisbane. "I'm on an absolute high at the moment," Smart told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation after landing his plane. "To actually be here, having flown around the world, f...

Rejuvenated Qantas Eyes More Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Qantas Airways Ltd. could potentially more than quadruple its fleet of Boeing Co. Dreamliners as long as the first few aircraft generate a profit, Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said. Australia’s largest carrier is due to receive the first of its eight Dreamliners at the end of 2017, and hasoptions and purchase rightso buy another 45 of the long-range, fuel-efficient aircraft....

Qantas talks up operational benefits of onboard wifi

Qantas says passengers won’t be the only ones set to benefit from the installation of internet wifi across its domestic fleet, with its pilots, engineers and ground staff looking forward to using the new technology as part of their day-to-day duties. The airline announced in February plans to equip its domestic fleet of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330s with internet wifi, with connectivit...

Qantas buys new 787-9 flight simulator

Qantas says it will install a new Boeing 787-9 flight simulator at its Sydney Mascot base as the airline gears up for the arrival of the next generation aircraft in 2017. The $23 million investment in the new flight simulator, which will be used for new and recurrent training, and other training equipment was part of a new strategic partnership with the NSW government to “support efforts...

Jetstar flight makes emergency landing

A Jetstar flight carrying 309 people bound for the Gold Coast has been forced to land on the Pacific island of Guam due to safety concerns. Flight JQ12 from Narita, Japan, was diverted to Guam on Sunday after the aircraft displayed an indicator message relating to oil pressure, Jetstar said in a statement. The pilot turned off one engine after seeing the oil pressure message. Boeing 787s...

Vector Aerospace signs exclusive PT6A service agreements with multiple Australian operators

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it has entered into exclusive Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A engine service agreements with four leading agricultural aviation and aerial firefighting operators in Australia. The four affiliated operators entrusting Vector with their PT6A support a...

Victoria to spend $11.1m to secure extra firefighting aircraft

The Victorian Government will spend $11.1 million to secure four extra aircraft for the coming bushfire season. Two of the world's biggest firefighting air tankers will again be added to the state's fleet this summer, as well as an extra helicopter and support plane. The Government said the large air tankers were critical in stopping the spread of fires at Wye River, Scotsburn and Ba...

Qantas, Destination NSW renew partnership

Qantas has signed a fresh three-year agreement with Destination NSW worth $28 million to jointly promote travel to the state. The new three-year deal extends a relationship that kicked off in 2013, when the pair agreed to spend $30 million on joint activities in what at the time was the largest tourism and major events marketing partnership in the state’s history. The focus on the new...