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Qatar Airways already testing live black box uploads

Qatar Airways already testing live black box uploads

Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker made an astonishing disclosure to a media conference this week about live streaming data from flight recorders, which no one seems to have picked up on for its implications for new tech high efficiency air traffic control systems.

ATC sends Jetstar head on toward storm, ATSB steps up pressure on AirServices Australia

ATC sends Jetstar head on toward storm, ATSB steps up pressure on AirServices Australia

If there is one thing the chief pilots and senior managements of Australian airlines fear most it is an air traffic control disaster in this country. The statements are all on the record in recent years, including direct criticism by the Qantas chief pilot of the risks of uncontrolled air space around Perth, and Tiger […]

Two election promises that matter

Two election promises that matter

Lost in the ‘clutter’ of the last days of the election campaign are two promises made by shadow transport minister, Warren Truss. They concern direct government action to support pilot training, and an independent expert inquiry into the best use of radar in air traffic control in Australia. This is part of the press release […]

Launceston incident…the Minister says ‘supervision’ means ‘total control’

Launceston incident…the Minister says ‘supervision’ means ‘total control’

A spokesman for the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, says the use of the word ‘supervision’ in his announcement about changes to air navigation procedures at Launceston and other regional airports really does mean ‘control’ from the top of descent right down to landing. He acknowledged that the word ‘supervision’ had a more […]

Dead tired in the cockpit

Dead tired in the cockpit

Australian research into pilot fatigue resulting from sleep deprivation features prominently in a CBC investigation into a serious of fatal regional airline crashes in Canada which premiered in that country overnight. The obvious question is, why haven’t Australian carriers, and the safety regulator CASA, yet applied that research to pilot fatigue issues in this country? […]

A ‘far miss’ in NT skies

A ‘far miss’ in NT skies

The holiday media excitement over a ‘near miss’ between a Cathay Pacific A330-300 and a Virgin Blue 737-800 south of Darwin last Tuesday was in fact a ‘far miss’. This is how it is summarised by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau under its Level 5 investigation category. An Airbus Industrie A330 was southbound at FL370 […]

Air traffic controllers endorse possible industrial action

Air traffic controllers endorse possible industrial action

Air traffic controllers have voted by 701 to 42 in favour of industrial action as may be directed by their union Civil Air over grievances concerning pay negotiations and levels of overtime. This is not a vote for an immediate strike. While it could lead to a strike controllers say overtime bans are a more […]

Your Christmas flight might even be on time

Your Christmas flight might even be on time

Civil Air, the air traffic controller union, says there will be no industrial action during the holiday season. This might not eliminate problems however, as the statement points to the chronic shortage of controllers, whether union members or not, which has caused air traffic control disruption all year. The union’s tactic is to leave the […]

Hello everybody, big jet coming through

Hello everybody, big jet coming through

Up until midnight there had been 69 declarations this month of zones in the sky over Australia where normal air traffic control was unavailable to airliners, air freighters and private aircraft capable of using the same air space. The position of the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese is that this is a consequence […]