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Australia’s oldest Cessna flies on

Australia’s oldest Cessna flies on

The first Cessna to fly in Australia, and now one of the rarest light aircraft in the world, a Cessna C34 Airmaster, is to be flown-very carefully and on special occasions– from its new home on the Sunshine Coast. The aircraft has been bought by Steve Padgett, the managing director of Aeromil Pacific, Australia’s Cessna […]

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 reality check from Paul Keating and Peter Morris on Sydney’s 2nd airport

A reality check from Paul Keating and Peter Morris on Sydney’s 2nd airport

The Aviation White Paper has brought Sydney to a critical cross road. It can go without adequate airport access and wither as a centre for commerce, or it can build a relevant second airport. This is the text of a statement by former PM Paul Keating and former Hawke government transport minister Peter Morris published […]

Not just ‘another’ A320 takes off in Tianjin

Not just ‘another’ A320 takes off in Tianjin

The flight of the first Airbus A320 assembled in China yesterday slots another section of Beijing’s aerospace strategy into place. Some commentary has labelled the event ‘ceremonial’ in that it was the final assembly of components largely imported from Europe. But China has around 700 Airbuses on order, most of them single aisle jets from […]

How well Rooted are jet biofuels?

How well Rooted are jet biofuels?

Colleague Jane Nethercote has linked in Crikey blog Rooted to an assessment of jet biofuels in Wired’s ‘Autopia’ blog. It’s a good read, but quotes Jeff Gazzard of a UK based aviation action group who seems to be rooted in the past. His comments were loosing relevancy even a year ago. Since then the shameless […]