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Australian Flying

January/February 2021

Australian Flying is Australia's premier General Aviation magazine, dedicated to educating and entertaining those at the sharp end of aviation. Each issue of Australian Flying delivers hands on tips to better flying along with advice and reviews on the latest technologies, accessories and techniques on the market. Australian Flying also brings you the latest news and most current topical issues affecting the aviation industry. Australian Flying is staffed by an experienced and dedicated team of writers and pilots who share a common goal to inform and inspire better pilots.

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3 Min.
it’s in our hands

COVID-19 restrictions may have curtailed or–particularly in Melbourne–killed participation in private and recreational aviation, but the passion and enthusiasm was never quashed. It was always there, lurking in the shadows waiting for its moment to break out into the light. That moment is, more than ever, right now. Yes, I've pushed the button on rampant optimism. It might be the extended period of moping in lockdown, or having to wade through the dark and whispering fen that makes up the submissions to the senate inquiry, but right now I've had enough of letting pessimism drive my view of the general aviation community. The industry has come through what amounts to a battle for existence in some cases, and for sure there'll be some soldiers that fall along the way. Income streams–or lack thereof–have…

5 Min.
airtruk memories

Got something to get off your chest? Australian Flying welcomes your input. Send your AirMail, with your name and contacts (which can be withheld from publishing upon request) to: stevehitchen@yaffa.com.au or write to: Australian Flying, GPO Box 606 Sydney NSW 2001. Dear Editor I read with interest the article on the Airtruk. I have a couple of points that might have been over looked or not considered of interest. The very first Airtruk design occurred in New Zealand in September of 1959 and known as the PL-11, designed by Luigi Pellarini. In August of 1960, the PL-11 (ZK-BPV) had its first test flight. Because of financial help coming forward, a more lucrative investor meant the design came to Australia, as written-up in the November-December 2020 issue of Australian Flying. Some other facts that may…

6 Min.
ga’s soul laid bare in senate hearing

The public hearing on Friday 20 November was the first for the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (RRAT) inquiry into the state of the GA industry, with particular focus on the operation and effectiveness of CASA. Over the five hours, the inquiry–which included also senators Rex Patrick and Glenn Sterle–heard evidence from nine groups including operators, associations, private individuals and CASA itself. Overall the picture painted was one of an industry struggling under the weight of regulation and a regulator pleading innocence. From calls to adopt the Federal Aviation Administration system of regulation to accusations of misfeasance and a negative impact on aviation safety, CASA and its system of regulation endured a litany of slings and arrows, with only the Regional Aviation Association, Recreational Aviation Australia and…

4 Min.
casa accused of inequity in aircraft weight cases

BRM Aero representative Edge Aerospace accused the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in November of inequity in their handling of two separate overweight issues. CASA issued a Show Cause notice to a specific BRM Bristell owner in November 2019 after three aircraft were found to be over their maximum basic empty weights, but no such notices were sent to owners of FlySynthesis Texan aircraft, several of which have been found to be up to 114 kg over their stated empty weights. Instead CASA sent Texan owners a letter endorsing a Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) recommendation that the aircraft be re-weighed to determine the actual empty weight. The particular Bristell aircraft on which the show cause has been issued was 4.1 kg overweight, which was rectified by replacing a battery and the seat cushions,…

4 Min.
raaus appoints new ceo as part 149 granted

In a big week for Recreational Aviation Australia in November, experienced aviation administrator Matt Boutell was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and CASA granted the organisation their CASR Part 149 operator’s certificate. Both events mean a new path forward for RAAus. “With Matt coming on board to guide our team we will be well positioned to lead RAAus into some great new opportunities,” RAAus chairman Michael Monck said. “We’ve tackled a great deal of challenges in years gone by and with Matt bringing in a wealth of experience across the business, flying and maintenance aspects of our sector we couldn’t be handing over the reins to a better qualified person.” Boutell has extensive aviation experience, having held positions with Airservices Australia, CASA and Qantas. His career so far has focused on…

1 Min.
aircraft builders to collaborate on p-volt

Several aviation companies including Tecnam and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to develop an all-electric short-haul aircraft. Announced in October, the P-VOLT project will also involve several other companies including North American and European Airlines. The nine-seat aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce electric motors and is targeted at passenger, cargo, medevac and special mission operations. Tecnam CEO Paolo Pascale Langer said the P-VOLT would help take aviation away from a reliance on carbon-based fuels. “We all need to commit our efforts towards systems that contribute to decarbonisation,” Langer said. “By combining efficiency and renewable energy into the futuristic propulsion system, we will not only reduce costs, but also grant a greener future to our passion for flying.” Tecnam and Rolls-Royce are already collaborating on the H3PS, a hybrid-electric version of the P2010 four-seater, making the…