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Australian Aviation September 2018

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c serious

Ihaven’t put eyes on it in the flesh myself, but I have to agree with John Walton’s assessment in his Farnborough Airshow report this issue that seeing the erstwhile Bombardier C Series painted up in full Airbus house colours and redesignated the A220 is “a source of no little cognitive dissonance”. But that was clearly the point. In taking on the C Series and adding it to its own product line as unequivocally an Airbus, the European planemaker has sent a clear signal that its full weight is behind the until now struggling narrowbody airliner program. Where the C Series, sorry, A220 goes from here will provide a fascinating insight into the strength of the Airbus brand. Despite a protracted development, the Canadian-built jetliner offers promising payload-range performance, excellent operating economics and…

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“ There are more than 100 jets in that 100-seat segment flying in Australia.” OSCAR PEREIRA OEM NEWS Regional airliner manufacturer ATR’s 2018-2037 market forecast says the aviation industry is expected to take delivery of 3,020 turproprop aircraft over the next two decades. The report says the world turboprop fleet will grow from about 2,260 aircraft in service in 2017 to 4,060 by 2037. The increase of 1,800 turboprops over the coming two decades would comprise 1,220 aircraft for replacement and 1,800 for growth, with 1,040 aircraft flying currently expected to remain in service. The Boeing Commercial Market Outlook (CMO) for 2018-2037 published at the Farnborough Airshow said 42,730 aircraft would be delivered over the next two decades, with 56 per cent (24,140) to be used for growth and the remainder as replacement…

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the game never stops

‘It has been a year of changes again.’ Where did our mid-season break go? As I write this, our eight-week break in the Red Bull Air Race calendar is just about over and it’s time to head back to Europe for the second half of the season. I have mixed emotions, that’s for sure! During the break I was able to reengage with my business back home and re-engage with flying for pleasure. I was also able to get some family time including a short holiday during the school holidays. It is these periods of time that mix my emotions. It was fantastic to be clear-minded, sleep in my own bed, get up each morning to do my own stuff, and fly my own aircraft when I wanted and not according to a…

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resilient and data-driven

Since becoming the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in July 2016, I have focused on harnessing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of leading the national transport safety investigator, with the recognition that the two often go hand in hand. One such example was the reopening of our investigation of the fuel planning event, weather-related event and ditching involving Westwind 1124A, VH-NGA, which occurred near Norfolk Island Airport, on November 18 2009. The main focus of the reopened investigation – one of our largest investigations ever completed – was to address all of the relevant points raised by the Senate Inquiry in the interest of completing a robust and comprehensive safety investigation. While the Aviation Safety Regulation Review in 2014 considered the ATSB’s original report on the Norfolk…

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training up

‘There are operational flow-ons that can crop up in times of great pilot movement.’ Headlines speak of unprecedented growth and pilot shortages, and yet it was only a short time ago the industry was stagnant and in a downcast mood. But that stagnation was aided by a lack of strategic planning on some fronts, as the signs were there that growth was coming. As a consequence, there is a global state of catch-up in recruitment, training and fleet expansion. Aviation has always been a paradox. It is a dynamic undertaking that is at the mercy of so many outside elements beyond its control – financial market collapses, SARS, bird flu, terrorism. Is that why airlines are prone to hanging off until the last moment in executing plans to cope with growth and…

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inside corporate flying

‘I knew I wanted to fly, but I didn’t know what avenue to go down.’ Every pilot aspires to an airline role – right? Maybe, or…maybe it is simply that they have not explored different career options or have been put off by widespread industry chatter that seems to disregard anything other than big jet RPT operations. I put it to you that the big jets are not for everyone or indeed RPT is not for everyone. I have even been known to advise some of my candidates that the airline culture might not suit them. Perhaps you have had a go at an airline career and it just didn’t happen, for whatever reason. Well, one of those reasons might be that you are more suited to another style of flying career.…