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Australian Flying

July/August 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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Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
R 64,20
R 353,58
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
pacific aerospace finds new owners

Liquidators Khov Jones announced in April that they have sold Pacific Aerospace Limited to a local company, meaning the aircraft manufacturer will once again be 100% New Zealand owned. The new owners are Neil Young and Dee Bond, operators of Mercer airfield. PAL went into administration in February when the CEO said the company was unable to meet its financial obligations, threatening the type certificates of several aircraft including the P-750 single-engined turbo-prop and the E350 Expedition. Liquidators Steven Khov and Kieran Jones conducted a sale process that attracted expressions of interest from 30 parties. "Several formalised offers were received for various aspects of the business and/or assets," Khov Jones said. "Ultimately, the sale to the purchaser meant the Pacific Aerospace business will remain in New Zealand and local staff will be offered employment…

1 min
checking your levels

Oxygen deficiency (hypoxia) is an insidious condition that stalks pilots at high altitudes. Despite the availability of pressurisation and oxygen systems, they can fail, or pilots simply neglect to use them properly. As the consequence of hypoxia can be disastrous, pilots need a way of detecting the potential onset, and a tool such as the Design 4 Pilots Finger Pulse Oximeter can provide valuable forewarning. Pulse oximeters work by the pilot placing their finger in the oximeter and small beams of light pass through the finger, measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood. The read-out then provides the saturation level and heart beat. This unit has an anti-scratch OLED colour display that is bright and easy to read. The display gives the user the saturation level as a percentage and the heart…

1 min
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8 min
kestrel adds firehawk to fleet

Mangalore-based Kestrel Aviation has added a 1979 model UH-60 Blackhawk converted to Firehawk status to their air attack fleet. The aircraft, N125FH– originally operated by the US Army as 79-23307–arrived by sea from the USA earlier this year. With the introduction of N125FH (Firehawk 1), the company will employ a second helicopter, (Firehawk 2) later in the year for deployment within Australia. Kestrel has also invested in an Airbus Super Puma which recently arrived by road at Mangalore. Currently in Australia, civilian operated UH-60 Blackhawks are USA FAA-registered and operated in the Restricted or Experimental category. This prevents them from carrying any passengers, restricting them to essential crew only. Negotiations between the industry and the regulator are ongoing with a view to easing these restrictions. For the 2019-20 fire season Kestrel…

2 min
draft master plan flags more loss of apron

A Preliminary Draft Master Plan (PDMP) published for comment in April has flagged further loss of main apron space at Moorabbin Airport. Tenants were shocked last year as Moorabbin Airport Corporation (MAC) issued six-month eviction notices ahead of the western part of the apron and taxiway being redeveloped for commercial use, resulting in loss of businesses, hangars and aircraft parking spaces. The 2021 PDMP heralds further loss of the main apron as MAC expands its industrial precinct on the airport's western boundary, threatening several well-established aviation businesses. "Consistent with prior Master Plans, land use in Master Plan 2021 is framed around aviation objectives and activities. Precincts are planned in response to safety, airspace, our flight training role and aviation infrastructure," MAC says in the PDMP. "Airport land identified for non-aviation purposes rings aviation land…

3 min
the potential of remote digital control towers

Set in the heart of London’s Docklands business district, London City Airport (LCA) is a favourite for business aviation. A very extensive list of approved operators and aircraft, is available on LCA's website. These include a wide range business jets such as Hawkers, Learjets, Challengers, Citations, Falcons, Embraers, Globals and Gulfstreams. The built-up area surrounding LCA requires a steep approach for landing, with a rate of descent almost double that of other airports. Approaches are at 5.5 deg, compared to the standard of 3 deg. In May 2021, LCA became the first major international airport in the world to be fully controlled by a remote digital air traffic control tower, following intensive testing and live trials of the revolutionary technology during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. All airline flights in the European…