Aviation Spotters Online

Aviation Spotters Online

  • Armée De L’ Air Dassault Rafale B Exercise Pitch Black 2018

      The Royal Australian Air Force has recently concluded one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest biennial bi-lateral premier air training programs, Exercise Pitch Black 2018. Held in Australia’s Northern Territory between 27 July and 17 August, that included air assets operating from RAAF Darwin and Tindal, plus other locations such[…]

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  • Maligayang pagdating sa Melbourne, Cebu Pacific Air touches down

      Cebu Pacific Air has launched its first service to Melbourne Airport, and is the 34th International Airline to operate to the airport.  The airline first launched in March 1996 adding to the huge growth in the low fare airlines models growing around the world. Currently  Cebu Pacific flies to[…]

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  • It’s ON! Exercise Pitch Black 2018 officially opened.

    The southern hemisphere’s premier air training exercise, the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Pitch Black 2018, was officially opened today by Air Commodore Michael Kitcher at RAAF Base Darwin. With him was Air Commodore Noddy Sawade – who was also present at Pitch Black 2016. AC Kitcher welcomes the media[…]

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  • Wings Over Illawarra 2018-Aerobatics

    No airshow would be complete without the thrilling spectacle of high performance aerobatics and WOI 2018 certainly didn’t disappoint, with a gathering of the very best solo and formation displays that Australia has to offer dazzling the crowds with their physics-defying gyrations and coordinated formation maneuvers.   Glenn Graham, Rebel[…]

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  • Airnorth celebrate their 40th anniversary in aviation.

    A significant milestone for Australia’s Airnorth today. The airline celebrated its 40th anniversary thus becoming the second oldest airline operating in Australia behind the National carrier QANTAS.  The airline started operations in 1978 as a charter airline flying throughout the Northern Territory. From these humble beginnings the airline introduced scheduled[…]

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  • Australian Fire Season 2017/18 Overview

    Fire Season 2017-18 Overview Aerial Fire Fighting in Australia This fire season has again brought out the importance of the fleet of Aerial Fire Fighting appliances. They work alongside the men and women on the ground operating the trucks, bulldozers and importantly the fire hoses. No sooner had the 2017[…]

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  • Wings Over Illawarra 2018 – Defence Showcase

    ADF Showcase It was the largest contingent of Australian Defence Force aircraft and helicopters at a Wings Over the Illawarra ever! The Royal Australian Air Force presented examples of the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, Lockheed Martin C-130J, Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Alenia C-27J Spartan, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-18A Hornet, BAe Hawk-127 and[…]

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  • Red Thunder is going to shake the Brisbane Valley!!

    This weekends Red Thunder Air show at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is set to be an awesome show. Running over both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May and just a short drive from Brisbane Between Esk and Toogoolawah in the beautiful Brisbane Valley.       Classic warbirds like the Mk.[…]

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  • Warbirds Over Scone 2018

    Our Kiwi cousins have had Warbirds Over Wanaka for many years, and now we’ve got Warbirds Over Scone (I wonder if the city council can be convinced to change their name to something beginning with ”W”?) Warbirds Over Scone was originally a popular  series of shows organized by the late[…]

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  • Yarram Centenary of Flight Airshow

    The Yarram Aero Club wanted to celebrate an important part of the districts history during World War One. What was the occasion? It was 100 years since the first operational military flight in Australia. These flights were conducted from Yarram in a FE2B aircraft out into Bass Strait looking for[…]

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  • Tyabb Airshow War and Peace 2018

    It was a hive of aerial delights and activities at Tyabb Airport South East of Melbourne on Sunday the 11th March. The Peninsula Aero Club one again held a fantastic Airshow. Some amazing aircraft were on display including some real rarities as well. The team at the Peninsula Aero Club[…]

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  • Aerobatic Aussies Abroad.

    We are about to enter “airshow season” here in Australia, with a wide range of aircraft and displays on show for aviation enthusiasts around the country. Star performers at many of these events will be the team from Paul Bennet Airshows with their routines of high performance solo and formation[…]

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  • Felix Flies Home

    In late October last year, crowds lined the waterfront at the ex-RAAF seaplane base at Rathmines, on the shores of Lake Maquarie near Newcastle, in eager anticipation of the arrival of the star attraction at the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival; the majestic black PBY-6A Catalina (registration VH-PBZ) from the Historical[…]

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  • When the Chook comes to town.

    This fire season, a return of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook has seen it working on fires in New South Wales and Victoria. The Chook returned to be operated by Helimax Aviation Inc, in conjunction with local Camden based operator United Aero Helicopters, under a non-contracted call as required arrangement. Helimax[…]

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  • SilkAir’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 slips into Darwin

      On Sunday 7th January 2018 the Top End monsoon wasn’t enough to dampen the arrival of SilkAir’s inaugural Boeing B737 MAX 8 passenger service to Australia. The event opens a new chapter in the ongoing 6th year partnership between SilkAir – The Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines, and Darwin International[…]

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  • Melbourne Airport welcomes it’s 12th non-stop Chinese route

    Xiamen Airlines launched its inaugural service from Hangzhou to Melbourne today, thus becoming the 12th non-stop route from China.  This brings a conclusion of a very busy year of new flights and airlines at Melbourne Airport.   Xiamen Airlines’ new route is on top of routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,[…]

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  • SEOUL ADEX 2017

    The very latest technology and hardware in fighter, maritime patrol, surveillance and transport airpower alongside some true classics and a couple of Aussie blokes in their diminutive biplanes wowing the crowds with their displays of formation and solo aerobatic skills. The Seoul Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) is South Korea’s[…]

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  • Brisbane Riverfire 2017

    Sunsuper Riverfire is the closing finale for the annual Brisbane Festival. Complete with a 20 minute fireworks display along 2 stretches of the Brisbane River with fireworks shooting from barges, high-rise buildings and bridges. The event is always well supported by the Australian Defence Force and this year was no[…]

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  • Avalon International Airshow 2017

    Martin Porcelli’s view of the show. Attending Avalon 2017 was something I wasn’t quite expecting, but when the opportunity presented itself, I knew this year was going to be quite exciting. The last time I attended  Avalon Airshow was back in 2009, some 8 years ago. I attended all trade days[…]

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  • The Red Baron Flies Again.

    The quiet grass strip at Luskintyre,in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle, NSW, had an unusual, but very welcome visitor recently, in the form of Fokker DR.1 Triplane replica, VH-FXP, operated by The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) in Queensland. The Triplane replica had been at Luskintyre for some work at the hands[…]

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  • Royal Thai Navy Museum U-Tapao Naval Base

    The Royal Thai Navy has established an aviation museum in recent times at one of its operating bases. The base at U-Tapao is located 140Kms Southeast of Bangkok and is home to the Royal Thai Navy First Air Wing. U-Tapao is the main flying base for the Royal Thai Navy,[…]

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  • Life’s a Beech Adventure.

    The beautiful silver twin seemed to hang motionless in the air as the day’s last light danced across its graceful, classic lines. One of the newest additions (or returns?) to Australian skies is the lovely Beech 18 VH-BHS “Miss Maple” of Chris and Haley Tibbetts from Beech Adventures, based at[…]

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  • Dry Season Thunder- a week in Exercise Diamond Storm 2017

    Over the last few weeks the tempo has ramped up to the final days of Exercise Diamond Storm 2017 which has been held in the Northern Territory. During just one week ASO was able to attend photographic and video opportunities arranged by RAAF Public Affairs Office to capture various aspects[…]

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  • Dawn Strike 2017 – Hornets Return to Their Nest

    The cold morning air was torn apart as wave after wave of aircraft roared low over the airfield in full afterburner before breaking off to land in a seemingly never ending stream. After about an hour the first waves of jets started to return back to base Last Friday morning[…]

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  • Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo

    Great weather, great performers and great New Zealand hospitality…that about sums up the Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo. This awesome event, held over the weekend of the 25th & 26th of February at RNZAF Base Ohakea, was this year’s showcase for the RNZAF. Celebrating the armed forces[…]

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  • The Dark Side of Avalon.

    The focus during the daytime sessions at the Australian International Airshow was fast moving and loud. When the sun went down for the Friday night session, it was time for the ASO team to turn their cameras to a slower shutter speed and take on some low light photography. Instead of[…]

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  • TAVAS – best WW1 aircraft collection on display.

    On the 22nd and 23rd of April 2017, just before ANZAC day, one of the rare opportunities in aviation comes about. The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) presents the 2017 ‘Great War Flying Display’ A tribute to the knights of the skies. This is truely a unique opportunity for Australia[…]

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  • An afternoon with the Dragon Lady.

    I’m thrown back in my seat as the driver plants his foot and we accelerate away, then I’m pushed to the side as we make a hard right (still accelerating) as the speedo passes 100 miles (yes, MILES) per hour, and I’m left trying to catch my breath and attempt[…]

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  • The USAF’s 25th Fighter Squadron. PACAF’s HOGS

    A modern, high bypass turbofan makes a pretty characteristic sound, something of a whining, buzzing noise, which is common at most civilian airports around the world. But the shapes that were emerging out of the gloom towards us down the taxiway were no long-haul giant or budget airliner, rather it[…]

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  • Corsair and Mustang Air-to-Air

    On the Friday afternoon, just before the Hunter Valley Airshow at Maitland a few weeks ago, I was given the incredible opportunity to catch two of the star attractions, Graham Hosking’s amazing F4U-5N Corsair and Judy Pay’s beautiful CAC Mustang, in the air thanks to Paul Bennet Airshows. Sadly, the[…]

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  • RAAF 2OCU 75th Anniversary F/A-18A Tail Scheme.

    2017 marks the 75th anniversary for the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, or 2OCU . The unit formed in April 1942 at Port Pirie, SA but relocated to RAAF Mildura, Victoria the following month. The unit provided training on all forms of aircraft during World War 2 but[…]

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  • The Roulette Experience is enough to flip your world upside down.

      Everyone starts the year with a few goals and I’m no different, but 2015 was a massive year for myself covering the Australian International Air Show at Avalon, FCI Course, Exercise Talisman Sabre, Exercise Northern Shield , Exercise High Sierra and Warbirds Downunder. So for me 2016 had to be[…]

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  • Bathurst 1000 F/A-18A Hornet displays 2016.

    Australia’s biggest car race was on again. The Bathurst 1000 attracts every car nut in Australia to the ” Mountain” (mount Panorama) but for me it’s the best and shortest drive I can do to see a Hornet display. Every year since I started going, the Royal Australian Air Force has[…]

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  • Flight of the Hurricane

    Mark Jessop Who says you can’t have a mini Air Show in 5 weeks time ? Well this is how the whole “Flight of the Hurricane” public flying day came about. Once the 1st 2 flights had been made the team at Vintage Fighter Restorations and owner John Brooks really[…]

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  • F/A-18A Hornet Onboard Video V8 Supercars Clipsal 500.

    With all of South Australia having no power due to the biggest storm in maybe 100 years there could be no better time on “Throw Back Thursday” to release some awesome video footage from the 2016 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500. The pilot is from SA and he sure does do[…]

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  • Current list of Future Air Shows and Events

    2018 Shows and Events March  11th-Tyabb Airshow-Peninsula Aero Club, Tyabb, Victoria. Website 17th-Yarrum Centenary of Flight-Yarram Aero Club, Yarram Parkside Aerodrome Victoria. Website  25th-Bengalla Warbirds Over Scone-Scone and Upper Hunter Airport, NSW-Website April 7th & 8th-Bathurst Soar, Ride & Shine-Bathurst Regional Airport, NSW-Website 14th-Parkes Aero Spectacular-Parkes Aeroclub, NSW-Facebook Page 29th-Mudgee Wings, Wheels[…]

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