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Australian Aviation March 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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two sides of the same coin

Are we, finally, in the grips of a pilot shortage? Given that the federal government has just added pilots to its new skilled worker visa there’s some evidence that we are. I was surprised – although perhaps in this era of eternal outrage, I shouldn’t have been – at the strength of the reaction to the decision. The whole ‘foreigners taking Aussie jobs’ angle not only borders on xenophobia, but also neatly ignores the facts that a) foreign pilots could apply to work in Australia under the old 457 visa regime until as recently as last April, and b) one of the key reasons ‘foreign’ pilots are needed is because foreign airlines, from the Gulf to China, are recruiting Australian pilots to work overseas. We can’t have it both ways, happily accepting that…

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AIRLINES Qatar Airways will lift capacity on its Doha-Perth service by 44 per cent from May 1 when it upgauges its existing daily flight to the Airbus A380 from the Boeing 777-300ER currently serving the route. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the “excessive” fees airlines impose when passengers cancel flights was a major cause of complaint among the travelling public and a potential breach of the nation’s consumer laws. ACCC chairman Rod Sims said the 1,400 complaints by consumers with the ACCC about airlines between the start of 2016 and December 2017 had “some very consistent themes and bugbears”, including no refund statements, excessive fees for cancelling or changing flights, and issues relating to consumer guarantees. Cathay Pacific says it is encouraged by the performance of its freighter service out of…

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good kit

MOTOART JUMBO 747 SLEEPER $37,500 (ex GST and delivery) www.motoart.com Let’s face it, you’re not a real aviation professional or enthusiast until you bring a 747 into the bedroom. In 2001 the team from MotoArt in the US pioneered the repurposing of aircraft parts into furniture, with a focus on creating artistic and functional pieces. Beautifully built to aviation specifications this furniture exudes quality and can handle whatever you could possibly throw at it. Quality does have a price with the MotoArt topping the table in budget stakes compared to the competition. COC0LEA MAVERICK LOUNGE RRP $3,880 www.cocolea.com.au Bring the golden era of aviation into your lounge room with the Maverick aviator lounge. With distressed grey leather and a brushed aluminium exterior it’s reminiscent of an age when Constellations and DC-7s graced the sky. The…

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big commitments

‘They just don’t do it to please Airbus.’ FABRICE BREGIER Airbus bills its A380 as “the passengers’ favourite”. That’s the message on Airbus’s “I fly A380” marketing website devoted to the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which among other things features a wall of social media posts from scores of happy travellers. The popularity of the A380 among the flying public is also borne out in the numerous consumer surveys that have been conducted in the 11 years since Singapore Airlines (SIA) operated the first commercial flight in 2007. When pressed, passengers talk about the spaciousness, the wide aisles and the quietness of flight, not to mention – in the premium cabins at least – the innovations brought about by airlines having a big blank canvas to work with. Think vodka bars, onboard duty…

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no train no gain

‘Nobody has any interest in commercial pilot education.’ NEIL HANSFORD For more than a decade, a team of aviation professionals with strong airline and training backgrounds has been attempting to establish the Australia Asia Flight Training School at Glen Innes Airport, a small airfield in the NSW Northern Tablelands. Consultant Neil Hansford was part of this team. The little-used airport, located within new Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce’s electorate of New England, would have been home to a residential college for 600 trainees and all the facilities needed for ab initio training or type conversions for Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Governments at all levels backed the project, offering grants and building sewage and water pipelines to the airport. Shovels were practically at the ready. And why wouldn’t they be? All the forecasts…

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red hawk

‘The Black Hawk was doing the work of three medium helicopters.’ Thanks to a unique partnership struck between Scone-based Pay’s Helicopters and Idaho-based Timberline Helicopters, an ex US Army UH-60A Black Hawk, registered N5630J and equipped with a collapsible 3,400 litre multi-shot BBX7590 Bambi bucket, has become an invaluable asset to firefighters on the ground. This marks the second fire season that a Timberline Black Hawk has seen action, after another, N434TH, was first brought out in January 2017. While that season proved to be quiet with only about 105 hours of flight time, the Black Hawk’s performance convinced Pay’s to bring out N563OJ last December. Pay’s Helicopters managing director Ross Pay said the decision to use the aircraft for firebombing operations added another dimension to aerial firefighting. “I think sometimes people are wary of…