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50 years of Australian domestic jet services

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s domestic jet age. On October 16, 1964, Ansett’s B727-77 VH-RME and TAA’s B727-76 VH-TJA which had tailed each other across the Pacific operating Seattle – San Francisco – Honolulu – Canton Island – Nadi, arrived at Melbourne Essendon Airport. Having won a coin toss Ansett-ANA’s 727 had the honour of landing first. On […]

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A320neo’s maiden flight

Subject to favourable weather, Airbus has set the date for the maiden sortie of its A320neo for Thursday, 25 September. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G the F-WNEO is expected to depart Toulouse at 10:30 local. Eventually eight aircraft will be part of the A320neo family’s flight test campaign with certification on track for late 2015. Feature […]

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Onboard the A350 during ‘Airline 1′

Over the last two weeks A350 MSN5 F-WWYV has been undertaking Airline 1. The 110,000 kilometre route proving campaign mirrors airline service, testing and hopefully accelerating the maturity of the aircraft by measuring its performance against KPIs such as dispatch reliability. With major testing already complete, Airline 1 is the last major milestone before the Airbus applies for certification. Following certification the first […]

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A350 arrives in Australia, Airbus confirms 420-minute ETOPS

Airbus A350 world tour landed in Sydney this morning at 06:36. The fifth test aircraft MSN5 which is undertaking the three week long route proving campaign touched down after flying direct from Johannesburg in a little over 12 hours. MSN5 was unrestricted by ETOPS operations as they were test flights carrying only crew and Airbus technical staff. After […]

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Thai Retires the A300

Almost 37 years after the love affair began Thai Airways marked the end of A300 operations last week with the retirement of its final three A300s HS-TAT, -TAW and -TAZ. Thai took its first A300B4-2C in October 1977, eventually operating 33 of the type. This later included the A300-600 and A300-600R which entered the fleet in 1985 and […]

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75 years and a new PC-24

What better way to celebrate your 75th anniversary than rolling out your first jet aircraft. Yesterday in celebration of the milestone anniversary and Swiss National Day, Pilatus rolled out its new Williams International FJ-44-4A powered PC-24 line CN: P01 at Buochs airfield. The slightly delayed rollout kicks off a two-year type certification campaign with first flight […]

737 Max Confusion

Announcing the introduction of a 200-seat version of its 189 seat 737 Max 8 that will really only seat 199 caused Boeing’s Commercial Airplane team quite some confusion at Farnborough last week. The amusing exchange kicked off when a reporter asked, what should we call the new variant of Boeing’s re-engined narrowbody? “Max 8,” replied Ray Conner, president of […]

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ANZ’s Black Bird in SYD

Air New Zealand brought its new 787-9 to Sydney for the first time today kicking off a series of ad hoc route proving flights before the aircraft enters commercial service. The airline says “the 787-9 is schedule to operate between Auckland and Sydney on a surprise and delight basis from 9 August.” Ad hoc services to Perth will […]

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Rejected Takeoff – A350′s final test

Airbus A350-900 MSN1 has successfully conducted a maximum energy rejected takeoff test at Istres, the final major test of the A350 certification programme. The test follows earlier high energy rejected takeoff testing conducted during May, and tests the case for the aircraft to safely stop after a rejection in a high speed, maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) situation with limited braking capability. The […]

CASA’s vision deficiency

Another week, another inexplicable move by Australia’s beloved safety regulator. Relying on research into Colour Vision Disorder (CVD) – colour blindness – to which they can’t produce results, CASA has written to approximately 500 registered pilots, as well as 900 aviation operators employing vision affected pilots warning it is reviewing its research in the area. CASA’s move is in […]

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