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Welcome to Canberra

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

The downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of plane spotters eager to witness the maiden touchdown of Singapore Airlines into Canberra.

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Behind the Scenes: CTC Aviation

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

When it comes to preparing the next generation of commercial pilots for a life in the skies, one name flies higher than the rest: CTC Aviation.

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PLANES WITHOUT BORDERS: Survey, Search, Rescue & Recon

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

Aviator takes a look at Australia’s current reconnaissance aviation task force and considers alternative aircraft that might soon be saving lives or safe-guarding our environment.

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A Top End Entrée

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

It’s where Baz Luhrmann filmed his epic Australia, where cane toads are devouring the land and where Australian pilots make their great pilgrimage every year. It’s the Top End.

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Flight MH370: An Alternative Hypothesis

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 1 comment

There have been a flurry of articles in the print media by retired airline pilots advancing the hypothesis that the MH370 accident was caused by a deranged captain.

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Are Pilotless Airliners Realistic?

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

Would a fully-automated cockpit, minus human pilots, prevent manmade tragedies? Will we see automated aircraft in the near future?

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The Tragedy of Pilot Suicide

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

In the wake of the Germanwings tragedy, how common is pilot suicide and why does it happen? Indeed, what can be done to prevent such a tragedy from happening again?

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Still the King

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

A close look at the new acquisitions and the relationship between the flying doctors and the King Air, a machine that remains the best in its class.

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Flood Rescue

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

As the southwestern plains of Queensland suffered severe flooding in 2012, the Royal Flying Doctor Service sprang into action and showed just why it is considered to be the leading aeromedical operation of its kind in the world.

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The Interview

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Commercial, Featured | 1 comment

Irwin Hodder has flown for the RAAF and Qantas but he was convinced that there was work to be done in developing nations such as Papua New Guinea.

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Blue Collar Birds

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

Some people are suckers for blue collar aeroplanes, those birds that work for a living and always look as if they have grease under their fingernails. Some people call them “utilities” while others know them as “bush planes”.

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Jet Captain

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Commercial, Featured | 1 comment

As a girl growing up just a stone’s throw from Sydney Airport, Rosanna Vittorio was mesmerised by aeroplanes and dreamed of becoming an airline pilot. Now a captain with Cobham Aviation Services, Rosanna flies the Boeing 717 for QantasLink on RPT out of Darwin, the town she has called home for the past 16 years.

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Airborne Ambos – Snake Bite!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

Flying to more destinations than any airline, over 120 Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) aircraft in 30 countries deliver physical or spiritual care and hope to those living in isolation.

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Under the Volcano

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

In June 1982, British Airways Flight 9, a Boeing 747-236B en route from Kuala Lumpur to Perth, flew into a cloud of volcanic ash caused by the eruption of an Indonesian volcano, resulting in the failure of all four engines.

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Planes & Paydirt

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

The resources industry has long been the dominant driver of the Australian economy, allowing the fly-in, fly-out phenomenon to thrive.

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Pittwater 1 Departure

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Commercial, Featured | 1 comment

Sometime in 1991, Captain Meadows (not his real name) and Tech Crew scheduling brought down the curtain on a career in Qantas that had started in 1951.

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The Great Dividing Rage

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Commercial | 0 comments

An ‘us and them’ mentality is already infecting minds. So often you’ll hear conversations of this polarised situation, where the ‘other’ has free run of the sky, or someone is too regulated…or not regulated enough.

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MAGNA CHARTER

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Commercial | 0 comments

There is obviously work out there, in all shapes and sizes, and it’s time to lift the lid on what these small, and not so small, operators get up to.

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Girl Power – JORDAN’S FEMALE PILOT REVOLUTION

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Commercial | 0 comments

One nation is leading the way in encouraging its women to break the shackles and to dream the dream. That nation is Jordan, which now boasts 15 female pilots, including six who operate jet airliners for Royal Jordanian Airlines.

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