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Australian Aviation August 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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a boutique carrier?

Consider this. Tourism Australia statistics show that in 2017 there were 54 per cent more visitor arrivals to Australia from Singapore (434,400) compared with Hong Kong (282,100). Here are a couple of more numbers to mull over. Figures from aviation thinktank CAPA – Centre for Aviation show there are currently 243 flights a week between Australia and Singapore, almost double the 123 scheduled nonstop Australia-Hong Kong services a week. (This includes freighter services.) Just a coincidence? Perhaps. It should be noted though that the air services agreement between Australia and Singapore offers unlimited capacity for airlines of both countries. Further, there are seven airlines that have nonstop flights in the market – British Airways, Emirates, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, Silkair, Scoot and Qantas. ‘You could call us almost a boutique carrier with high quality at…

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AIRLINE NEWS Adelaide-based charter operator Rossair entered into voluntary administration on July 4, some 13 months after a crash involving one of its aircraft killed its chief pilot and two others on board. The company, which has been in operation for more than 50 years, said in a statement the decision to appoint Ernst and Young partner Henry Kazar and director Lachlan Abbott as joint administrators was made after the business had been faced with “extreme adversities”. Fiji Airways will be the second airline to fly the Boeing 737 MAX to Australia from December when it replaces the 737-800 with the next generation narrowbody on the Adelaide-Nadi route. It currently flies twice a week between Adelaide and Nadi. Singapore Airlines’ regional wing Silkair was the first airline to operate the 737 MAX…

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embraer 40th anniversary photo competition!

To mark the 40th anniversary of Embraer in Australia, Australian Aviation and Brazil’s leading aerospace manufacturer are running a photo competition. To celebrate the shared history between Australia and Embraer, we will invite you to send in your photos showing Embraer aircraft in Australia. The winner and two runners-up will have their photos published in an upcoming edition of Australian Aviation. Plus Embraer will provide each winner with a fabulous aircraft model prize! TERMS & CONDITIONS In entering the competition you will acknowledge that you are the original creator of the work, and that you assign Australian Aviation and Embraer full rights to the use of your image. HOW TO ENTER Email your images to: images@australianaviation.com.au or post them to: Australian Aviation, ‘Attn Embraer photo comp’, PO Box 3926, Manuka ACT 2603, AUSTRALIA With each photo, you will…

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flight outfitters flight lift bag

If you’re the type of aviator who jumps between different smaller aircraft on a weekly basis and you need a bag that carries everything you need and doesn’t take up valuable luggage space for your passengers, then the Flight Lift Bag made by Flight Outfitters is perfect for you. Equipped with steel reinforced carry handles and reinforced sides the Lift is well built and sturdy, like the 1960s era aircraft you’re probably flying. It’s also roomy, boasting a couple of outside pockets that are deep enough to fit all your maps and charts in without the edges getting all damaged, plus fleece-lined headset stowage, tablet stowage (again fleece-lined), and pockets for pens and a portable radio/sat phone. A nice touch is the orange interior which makes all your black gadgets, pens, spare…

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lightspeed   adventure flight bag - the gann

If you’re looking to cut a more retro figure around the airfield then Lightspeed’s Adventure Flight Bag – The Gann, may be just your style. The design is sympathetic to a more adventurous era in aviation where the regulator was something you found under your car bonnet, not rummaging through your flightbag. Lightspeed has developed a series of flight bags called the “Lightspeed Aviation Adventure Flight Bag Collection”, all named in honour of aviation authors, in this case Ernest Kellogg Gann. Ernest Gann was an American aviator, sailor and author of Island in the Sky and The High and the Mighty and his memoir Fate Is the Hunter, based on the early era of commercial aviation. He was also a prolific screen writer and whilst not the subject of this gear…

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the challenge of budapest

Budapest has never been a race of great results for me. I was third there in 2016 and again this year, but there’s been nothing higher after five attempts. This race is a unique one, we race downtown on the Danube and to start it you need to fly under the famous chain bridge. We see a major tourist attraction from a totally different angle at an insanely different speed. Budapest is the tightest race we do, there’s only 350m between the banks of the Danube, and 1.7km between the two bridges we race between. It means we have quite a ‘boring’ track because it’s a straight line drag race, bookended with intense vertical turns so we can double back through the track, and in total we perform three of those on…