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Australian Aviation June 2018

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market power

Most emails that land in my inbox during our magazine production deadline day I normally only give a cursory glance to. There’s nothing like a looming deadline to filter out unnecessary distraction. But this one caught my attention, an advisory for a media event being held by new airline industry lobby group A4ANZ at Parliament House in Canberra the following week. “LIGHT-HANDED REGULATION OF AUSTRALIA’S MONOPOLY AIRPORTS,” it was titled. It sounds like a dry topic but really it points to a fundamental disconnect that lies at the heart of the Australian aviation industry. “A4ANZ will launch its report into the performance and impact of Australian airports since privatisation, with analysis by Frontier Economics. This is the first report to be released by A4ANZ and it will provide a thorough analysis of…

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QANTAS GROUP NEWS Qantas says it expects underlying profit before tax (PBT) – which excludes one-off items and which it regards as the best indication of financial performance – for the 12 months to June 30 2018 to be in the range of $1.55 billion and $1.6 billion. If the result is in line with the guidance outlined in a trading update published in early May, it would represent an improvement of between 10 and 14 per cent from underlying PBT of $1.40 billion in 2016/17. “The reason we are doing well today is because the Australian economy is humming on all cylinders,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told reporters in Sydney. In other Qantas news, the airline has put pen to paper for a further six Boeing 787-9s to arrive between…

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good kit

GARMIN D2 CHARLIE RRP: $1,199 garmin.com.au It goes without saying that every pilot needs a decent pilot watch. Even with a well-equipped flightdeck which might have two or three sources from which to ascertain the time, it is amazing how natural it is for some (especially the more mature aviators among us) to look to our wrists to check the time. And so with the rise of smart watch technology, we have decided to take a look at a new smart watch device which is aimed at aviators, the Garmin D2 Charlie. The D2 Charlie is the latest incarnation of the D2 aviator watch, with the main difference from the previous versions being some enhancements to performance, screen size and build features. The D2 Charlie’s physical appearance is similar to a conventional wrist watch –…

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cannes do

When I departed Sydney for round two of this year’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship to be held in Cannes, France I was a little nervous about how we would go. It would be the second race with the new team, and new sponsor, though we had a lot going on. Following on from the first race of the series in Abu Dhabi, the aircraft had been flown back to Europe and then trucked to Bruchsal, Germany to the DG factory. Our goal was clear, we were working on ways to reduce the weight and correct a few centre of gravity (CoG) and handling issues. Our new technician Dave ‘Finchy’ Finch was already in Germany working on it all when I arrived. He had left Australia two weeks prior and travelled…

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mentor me

Grabbing hold of a mentor or mentors is the best thing you will ever do for your career. Too strongly stated? I don’t think so. Personally, I have two. Off the back of a recent trip to Griffith University where I was immersed in the world of its budding aviators, a theme emerged specifically from the female cohort, of which there was about a 20 per cent representation. They had come up against the same hurdles as those we referred to in our May article on advocating for women in aviation – lack of exposure to the possibility of being a pilot being the recurring them. Those guiding our female graduates at the end of high school are not, according to our aviation students, promoting the idea or opportunity of becoming a pilot…

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crowded field

‘More than 12,500 prospective candidates have registered their interest.’ It’s probably no surprise Qantas has been deluged by applications from budding young pilots for its planned new flying academy, given its reputation for having highly professional cockpit crew. Now, the hard work begins as it moves to decide where the facility should be. Within weeks of Qantas group chief executive Alan Joyce announcing the airline will set up its own Qantas Group Pilot Academy more than 12,500 prospective candidates have registered their interest in signing up, with some 15 per cent of them being women. That’s the word from a Qantas spokesperson who says “there’s a lot of excitement right across the Australian aviation industry and we’re looking forward to welcoming the first 100 students to the academy next year”. “We hope to…