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Australian Aviation July 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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‘That stress can contribute to clouded judgement.’ “ Debtgo”, screamed the front page of the Illawarra Mercury. The collapse of regional operator Jetgo, which entered voluntary administration on June 1, is headline news not just in Wollongong and the Illawarra, but in regional cities across the country. At a first creditors’ meeting on June 13 it was revealed that Jetgo had ceased RPT operations (its FIFO charter arm is still flying) with debts of at least $17 million and potentially as much as $32 million. Among those creditors are local council-owned airports, which stand to lose not just prized airline services but, as is the case for Illawarra Regional Airport owner Shellharbour City Council, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees and security charges. It was Dubbo Regional Council which originally tolled the…

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA NEWS Virgin Australia said on June 12 John Borghetti planned to step down as chief executive some time in the next 18 months after eight years in the role. His successor will be just the third chief executive since the airline was formed in 2000. Borghetti had “advised the board he will not renew his contract post 1 January 2020”, Virgin Australia said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange. Virgin Australia and Hainan Airlines have expanded their partnership to include the Australian carrier adding its VA code on Hainan’s flights from Sydney to Changsha, Haikou and Xi’an, Melbourne to Changsha and Xi’an, and from Brisbane and Cairns to Shenzhen. Meanwhile, Hainan will add its HU code on Virgin Australia domestic and trans-Tasman flights. QANTAS GROUP NEWS Qantas announced on May…

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good kit

BOSE A20 RRP: $1,295 bose.com An aviation headset is a substantial investment for any pilot and consideration should be given to the cost vs benefit of each headset. Are you a professional pilot? Are you buying a spare headset for your passengers? Do you fly longer sectors or short hops? Are you in a noisy cockpit environment? There are a number of factors that will influence your decision as a headset can cost anywhere between $150 and $1,500. In this issue we’ll be looking at what many consider is the benchmark for professional or career pilots, the Bose A20. What’s the big deal about Bose? Bose Corporation was founded in 1964, with one of its earliest tasks developing power-regulating systems for US military jets. The company says it started development of noise-cancellation after founder Dr Amar…

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‘Two seconds! That’s a lifetime in the Red Bull Air Race.’ The Red Bull Air Race season may only be eight races long, but when you’re based in Australia it’s almost like a constantly rolling beast that leaves little time to stop and re-group from one event to the next, such is the travel involved. But finding time to recap how our last two races have gone – back-to-back wins in France and then Japan – plus looking at what comes next in the season is something our team prioritises. There’s a whole discussion there, but in this column, I want to talk about our race in Chiba, Japan. It was our second win for 2018 and the second time we have managed back-to-back air race wins. The first time was in 2016…

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‘A fishing boat doesn’t change its catch by simply casting its net over the other side of the boat.’ There has been a growing movement discussing the lack of women in aviation. Personally, I am an advocate for seeing such an imbalance addressed as some of the women that have flown the banner to date have done aviation proud. What I find interesting is the promotion of targets of 50 per cent female intakes by some predetermined date. At what point did the powers-that-be wake up and decide that recruiting women is suddenly an agenda item? Australian women have been doing us proud long before the advent of KPIs and marketing think-tanks. We are familiar with the wonderful exploits of Nancy-Bird Walton as a pioneer aviatrix, but let’s not forget the amazing…

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handling the hiccups

‘The reality? Growth has created a whole bunch of new career challenges.’ Career hiccups occur for many reasons and right at the moment, some of those reasons are presenting a little differently than they have in the past. For those of you on long hold files for example, it probably feels as if those reasons are not being communicated effectively, and in turn that naturally leads to frustration. The aviation industry is indeed in flux particularly with regard to recruitment and that makes us all feel a little unsure about what will happen next. Some airline cadet candidates have reported feeling disadvantaged with the focus on gender equality as part of the hiring criteria, while at the other end of the scale, type-rated pilots with thousands of hours have received the, “your application…