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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 […]

A sarcastic and opinionated look at air space reform

A sarcastic and opinionated look at air space reform

With no certainty at this stage as to which miserably mean spirited and visionless conservative party will win the August 21 election, it might be reasonable to tidy up a critical element in the radar and air space controversy that Dick Smith recently ignited. The central issue is that of dragging Australia into world’s best […]

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 […]

Minister intervenes and orders full radar separation of passenger jets using Launceston Airport

Minister intervenes and orders full radar separation of passenger jets using Launceston Airport

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, has ordered the use of radar and multilateration technology to separate all airliner movements into Tasmanian Airports. It is understood the order also requires the prompt application of modern air traffic control procedures at nine other regional airports in Australia. Yesterday the Minister made this comment to […]

ATSB defends its report on the Launceston incident

ATSB defends its report on the Launceston incident

The chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Martin Dolan, has explained and defended its report into the air proximity incident near Launceston Airport involving a Virgin Blue 737 and a Jetstar Airbus A320 on May 1, 2008. He has done this in his replies to the questions asked of him for Crikey and […]

Avoiding the truth about the Launceston incident

Avoiding the truth about the Launceston incident

Although none of the questions asked by Crikey and Plane Talking about the close encounter between a Jetstar A320 and a Virgin Blue Boeing 737 near Launceston have been answered, some shabby spinning by the two airlines is underway. On the ABC a spokesperson for Jetstar, Simon Westaway, says it is “completely satisfied with safety […]