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The Great Air Race of 1919 – 100 years on

  It is amazing how aviation in Australian has evolved over the last 125 years, from Lawrence Hargrave who on the 12th of November 1894, launched himself in a seat strung below four box kites at Stanwell Park south of Sydney, proving it was possible to maintain aloft in a[…]

Temporary Displaced Threshold… what is it? Safety Week at Darwin Airport reveals.

Safety Week 2019 During October, Airport Safety Week features across the Australian aviation industry. At Darwin International Airport (DIA) Safety Week is an important look at safety within airport operations. It’s an annual safety campaign that is specifically tailored to engage with employees and contractors working on an aerodrome, and[…]

Diamond Storm 2019 Red Air – RAAF Base Tindal

  In military training exercises there are generally two opposing sides involved – in the case of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Diamond Storm 2019 it was Blue Air and Red Air. In this year’s Diamond Storm and Air Warfare Instructors Course (AWIC) Red Air was mostly based out[…]

RAAF Base Tindal – Airside Launches during Diamond Storm 2019

The second media event arranged at RAAF Base Tindal, 350 km south of Darwin, during the Royal Air Force’s Exercise Diamond Storm, was an airside visit to capture some Red Air forces taxiing out and departing for the exercise airspace. To have this level of close access is something that[…]

USAF 194th FS F-15C Eagles – Air Superiority over the Top End

The Royal Australian Air Force’s Diamond Storm and the Air Warfare Instructor’s Course normally includes a foreign component to the exercises. This has occured for decades now and 2019 was no exception. This year the United States Air Force deployed two squadrons to RAAF Base Darwin to participate and train[…]

AWIC 2019 – Warfare training in the Royal Australian Air Force

The Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC) hasn’t always been in the current format we see at the latest series of Diamond Exercises – Diamond Shield, Diamond Seas and Diamond Storm, each in itself a unique phase of training where the ADF makes the best even better. The Royal Australian Air[…]

Exercise Diamond Storm – training the best in 2019 Pt1

  One of the Royal Australian Air Force’s premier biennial Large Force Employment exercises, Exercise Diamond Storm 2019, has been under way in the Top End since Monday 29 April, with aircraft operating from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory. The United States Air Force[…]

Safety One…. Airside Safety in the Top End

When talking about aviation safety, most passengers only think about the safety brief delivered by the cabin crew as we are getting pushed back from the gate, or are on taxi to the holding point.  We might also think about how Air Traffic Controllers keep us safe from colliding with[…]