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Australia To Replace Passports With Facial Recognition Technology

A radical overhaul of security at Australia’s international airports is the first step towards the government’s goal of automating 90% of air traveller processing by 2020. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will start moving towards a “contactless” system for arrivals this year, Fairfax reported on Sunday – the most ambitious stage of the Seamless...

Qantas eyes non-stop Perth-to-UK flight

THE longest non-stop commercial airline passenger route in the world between Perth in Western Australia and London in the UK is reportedly expected to be cleared for take off next week. Flights could start by Christmas 2017 once Qantas takes delivery of its first long-range Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The 14,466-kilometre flight from Perth to London would take 17 and a half hours, making it the...

Australia’s hypersonic plane for a new space race

On 28 October 1971, the bullet-shaped Black Arrow rocket blasted into the clear sky over the desert plain at Woomera in southern Australia. This launch of the British Prospero satellite into orbit was the culmination of more than 10 years of rocket development. The mission could have marked the beginning of a new era for Woomera as a major global space port, perhaps making it as famous as Nasa&...

Qantas Unveils Next Generation Cabins For 787 Dreamliner

Qantas has unveiled what customers onboard its flagship 787-9 Dreamliner can expect when the aircraft arrives in a year’s time. The Qantas Dreamliner will seat 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins in a layout that has been designed to maximise comfort for the longer distances the 787-9 is expected to fly. The Business Suite is the next generation of the ve...

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...