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Australian Aviation January-February 2018

For over 40 years readers have been enjoying Australian Aviation magazine's unique blend of insight, opinion and great photography from Australia's best aviation writers and photographers, 11 times a year.

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JANUARY 6-7 Great Eastern Fly In, Evans Head, NSW. TBCLast Virgin Australia E190 withdrawn from service. FEBRUARY 2-3 Red Bull Air Race, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 6-11 Singapore Airshow, Singapore. MARCH 11 Tyabb Air Show, Vic. 16-18 AAAA Fly In, Echuca, Vic. 24 Inaugural Qantas Perth-London nonstop flight. 20-21 RAAF Air Power Conference, Canberra. 30-April 1 Warbirds over Wanaka, NZ. APRIL 18 A/AA A18 Airspace Awards, Melbourne. 21-22 RBAR Cannes, France. 25-29 ILA2018 Berlin Airshow, Germany. MAY 5-6 Wings Over Illawarra, Albion Park, NSW. 24-26 Rotortech 2018, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 25-26 RBAR Europe, location TBA. 29-June 1 AAAA Convention, Surfers Paradise, Qld. JUNE 3-5 International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting, Sydney. 23-24 RBAR Budapest, Hungary. JULY 13-15 Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, UK. 15-22 Farnborough International Airshow, UK. 23-29 EAA Air Venture, Oshkosh, USA. TBCFirst Air NZ A320neo delivery. AUGUST 4-5 RBAR Asia, location TBA. 23 Qantas annual results announced. 24-25 RBAR Kazan, Russia. SEPTEMBER 4-5 Land Forces 2018, Adelaide. TBCFirst Air NZ…

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to the future

Change is the new normal and after 40 incredible years as the most acclaimed and widely read aviation magazine Australian Aviation is about to embark on a generational change program. What excites me most about this journey is the fact we have been able to retain the heart and soul of this incredible publication, from managing editor Gerard Frawley to every journalist and contributor that form the foundation of this magazine, we are moving into a new era, much like the aviation sector we’ve been covering over the years. In addition to the existing team I’d like to welcome Mark Jessop, Kirsty Ferguson, Steve Vissher, Solange Cunin and Andrew McLaughlin to the team to enhance our engagement through visual media, radio, engagement of millennials, space and aviation in the rapidly evolving defence…

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AIRLINES Fiji Airways is expanding its route network in North Asia with three times a week nonstop flights between Nadi and Tokyo Narita with Airbus A330-200/300s due to start in July 2018. It will be the first time since 2009 Fiji Airways will fly to Japan. Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines plan to boost capacity between Auckland and Singapore with the addition of a third daily flight starting in October 2018 and running until March 30 2019. Their joint-venture schedule then reduces to 19 flights a week from March 31 to October 26 2019. Still on Air New Zealand, the Star Alliance member has opened its new premium passenger lounge at Perth Airport, the latest example of its investment in the Australian market as it seeks to attract more travellers from this…

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good kit

IWC PILOT MARK XVIII “LE PETIT PRINCE” From $ $5,079.00 www.bodying.com.au The classic IWC aviator watch is simple, refined and suits everyday wear in addition to use in the cockpit. Like its predecessors the Mark XVIII’s face is still reminiscent of an old school altimeter and for the “old timers” who have worked long and hard to afford one of these watches, its minimalist design ensures legibility no matter what the flying conditions. BREITLING NAVITIMER From $9,975.00 www.watchdirect.com.au Breitling is synonymous with aviation and the latest iteration of its flagship Navitimer retains its “wrist instrument” status with the circular slide rule keeping pilots safe when needing to divert with low fuel during a total electrics failure in the cockpit. The face is now larger, reinforcing the age-old pilot belief that no aviation watch is too big. This…

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to the future

The RAAF has commenced the formal transition process of its units and personnel from the Boeing F/A-18A/B ‘classic’ Hornet to the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, with the Williamtownbased 3 Squadron completing classic Hornet operations on December 8 2016. The end of flying operations was followed on December 14 by the disbandment of 3SQN as a Hornet operating unit under the command of WGCDR John ‘Johnny H’ Haly. The ‘new’ 3SQN was then re-established as an F-35 unit at Luke AFB in Arizona with newly qualified F-35 pilot, WGCDR Darren ‘Clarey’ Clare in command. “I took command from ‘Johnny H’ on the Thursday at Williamtown, on Friday I flew back to Phoenix, and then on Saturday we stood up No 3 Squadron F-35 with a small function there,” WGCDR Clare told Australian…

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speed chaser

While the tyranny of distance has not dulled Australians’ love of air travel, many approach the 24-hour trek to Europe or the US east coast with dread. Whether in a lie-flat seat or one that offers only a few precious degrees of recline, the journey often leaves one feeling less than their best upon disembarkation, as the excitement of (finally!) being on the other side of the world is far outweighed by a lack of sleep, jetlag and the prospect of a stern inquisition from a grumpy immigration officer. The Concorde, with its supersonic speed, was meant to change all that. However, the iconic aircraft failed to take off largely because it was too expensive to operate. Now, a Denver-based start-up is hoping to revive the concept of supersonic passenger flight, with Australia…