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Australian Aviation April 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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try before you buy?

It was really interesting to be among the small media group onboard the demonstration flight of Airbus’s A350-1000 over Sydney and surrounds in mid-February. Interesting, yes, because it was my first flight in any A350, let alone the brand new A350-1000 – the 10-year old kid in me who loves aeroplanes is never far from the surface! But fascinating too to get a small glimpse of how a manufacturer markets its aircraft to a potential airline customer, and how that potential customer evaluates that possible new purchase. It’s unlikely that any airline buys a new aircraft on the basis of a quick demonstration flight (well, except perhaps Ansett under Sir Peter Abeles!). But both Airbus and Boeing clearly see value in exposing their products to potential new customers by showing their latest and…

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AIRLINER NEWS The first A330-800neo, MSN1888, rolled out of the paintshop at Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters in early February, paving the way for test flights to begin by the middle of 2018. The aircraft, which broke cover without its Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, features the new “Sharklet” wingtips similar to what is on the A350, zero-splice nacelles and titanium pylons. However, the A330-800neo program was dealt a significant blow in early March when its only customer Hawaiian Airlines dropped plans to operate the type and instead signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to order 10 787-9s, as well as purchase rights for a further 10 aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by General Electric GEnx engines, with deliveries to begin in 2021. The Boeing 737 MAX 10, the largest member of the MAX…

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just the pilot

Being a race pilot in the Red Bull Air Race (RBAR) is a lot more than just flying the plane around the circuit. It’s being the owner of the race team, being the team ‘principal’ and ultimately being responsible for everything that needs to occur within the team to make it functional. More or less, you’re a CEO who also races a plane. It sounds like a great gig, and it is. Except there is a reality that maintaining the non-flying side of the job and the flying job in equal proportions is not viable. This year marks my seventh season as a CEO/competitive pilot in the RBAR, and in that time I have learned that I can’t do it all. During a race week I need to be a pilot and…

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young enough?

Recently, a budding pilot asked me if 50 was too old to start a flying career. Sounds like a simple question, I mulled it over for a while and soon came to the realisation that it was in fact, not simple at all. I am a fully-blown card-carrying member of that “don’t tell me I can’t” club. If you want to do something, age is irrelevant; it is only a number as they say, go for it. And there are loads of people out there in the business world who prove it: »» Vera Wang, who designed her first dress at 40. »» Samuel L Jackson, who didn’t get his first movie role until he was 46. »» Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role at 52. »» Louise Hay launched her publishing company,…

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feeling the pinch

There has been much discussion about a pilot shortage in recent times and there is only one thing for certain – there is far more than just one element at play. Like James Reason’s Swiss cheese model, there have been many contributing factors over a period of time that have led to the current situation. Additionally, as the subject broached the mainstream media and was promoted to a so-called ‘crisis’ status, more parties stepped forth to voice their perspective. There were those who blamed a lack of planning, those who blamed CASA for putting costs and obstacles in the way, those who blamed poaching airlines and the call of overseas carriers and those who cited the lack of return in investing in an aviation career. To each party, their cause seemed…

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good kit

With eight hours bottle to throttle, what does the weary aviator, traveller or crew chief drink to help take the edge off a busy day. We’ve scoured the globe for the best qulity aviation beverages that not only taste good, they give you somewhere to fly to and a reason to fly there! **AA does not advocate drinking and flying aircraft! HANGAR 24 hangar24brewing.com Ben Cook is a pilot and the founder of the US-based Hangar 24 craft brewery. While studying and flying Ben and his friends used to ‘hang around with planes’ in Hangar 24 at Redlands Municipal Airport in California. Hangar 24 has also scored the elusive 5 star rating on Tripadvisor and its ‘Betty IPA’ is an all seasons beer, tastes superb and seems to have this amazing effect where the…