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Australian Aviation May 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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bridging the gap

On May 7, Merren McArthur will join a rare club when she begins her job as Tigerair Australia’s new chief executive. The appointment puts McArthur among only a handful of women to run an airline anywhere in the world. Beyond that, it also offers hope and encouragement to the thousands of women around the world with a passion for aviation that there is no ceiling to their career in the sector. “The more women we get into CEO roles the more things will change,” McArthur told the Australian Financial Review on the day her appointment was announced. Reading through our stories of women in aviation in this month’s edition, one cannot help but be inspired by the female role models in the industry. And as Solange Cunin’s piece “Looking Up” notes, having strong positive role…

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AIRLINER NEWS Embraer has officially delivered its first E190-E2 to launch customer Norway-based Wideroe. The ceremony took place at Embraer’s São José dos Campo headquarters in Brazil on April 4. The aircraft, PR-EFL, was then ferried to Norway and is scheduled to begin revenue service on April 24. Wideroe has configured the aircraft with 114 seats in a single-class layout. It is the first jet aircraft in the airline’s 84-year history. The smallest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX narrowbody airliner family, the 737 MAX 7, completed its first flight on March 16. The aircraft, N7201S, took off from Boeing’s Renton facility at 1017 local time, landing at nearby Boeing Field three hours and five minutes later. Boeing test and evaluation captains Jim Webb and Keith Otsuka took the aircraft through a series…

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good kit

Good sunglasses are as critical for a pilot as all the other flight kit that gets squeezed into a flight bag. Operating at altitude means the environmental effects on the pilot are exaggerated, including exposure to UV light with UV increasing by approximately five per cent per 1,000ft. To ensure these “critical instruments” are protected it’s important when selecting a pair of sunglasses for use in the cockpit the pilot must ensure that function is the winner over the latest fashion trends. Bottom Line: Buy sunglasses that block 99%+ of UVB and UVA light rays, if you want to keep your eyesight healthy. What functionality is the average pilot looking for in a pair of sunglasses? Should I fly with the same polarised lens I use on the water or non-polarised? With polarised lens the…

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wondering why

I have been fortunate enough to be flying professionally my entire adult life. I joined the RAAF as a teen, via the direct entry method, and flew for 18 years straight prior to my resignation to join the Red Bull Air Race. Since then I have combined racing with displays, joyflights, charter work and spending time as a commercial helicopter pilot (but don’t tell anyone that bit!). Sounds like a dream to that teen who joined the RAAF all those years ago. But believe me, and this will resonate with a lot of professional pilots, at times it does just become a job, and sometimes you end up asking yourself why you are doing it… it consumes a lot of time, money and energy, and sometimes can be very frustrating. You have guilty feelings…

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affirmative action

I was even more excited than usual about this edition of Australian Aviation as it focuses on Women in Aviation. You may well ask, is that because I am a woman? Fair question, answer … I suppose so. If a person falls under the category of a “minority” then there will be some who feel the need to advocate for that minority, provide a voice or a perspective from that minority angle. My hand is up on that one. Women are an undeniable minority in aviation, as they are in many career areas. Women comprised 25 per cent of board members of publicly-listed Australian companies in 2017, while in 2016 (the latest figure I could find) women made up just under a third of our parliamentarians. There are dozens of other examples…

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the longest hop

When Qantas Flight 9 touched down in London at the end of its historic nonstop flight from Perth a little after 5am local time on Sunday March 25, the remarkable had been made to seem routine. For the first time, Australia and the UK were linked by a direct nonstop air service. For the 229 passengers and crew on board Boeing 787-9 VH-ZND the experience was of a smooth, seamless service, but that belied the many years of planning and preparation Qantas had conducted. “When we started the Kangaroo route in 1947, the flight took four days and seven stops. Every decade, as we got new aircraft we improved on that, we got faster, we got more comfortable, we got cheaper,” Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said onboard QF9 shortly before…