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Within the cargo hold of a 747

During 2006, I was fortunate enough to have been employed as a driver for a transport company that dealt with many customers who relied upon air freight in and out of the country. Almost daily I would sit in long queue’s awaiting my turn to make it to the clerks[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Donghai Airlines – Shenzhen to Darwin, a new destination for air travellers.

Chinese carrier Donghai Airlines in partnership with Darwin International Airport, has launched its inaugural passenger service to Australia, with the arrival of  the colourful B-7100. As of Wednesday May 30th 2018, Donghai Airlines is operating it’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the Shenzhen – Darwin route, currently a twice weekly schedule.[…]

Erickson Celebrates 20 years of Fire Fighting operations in Australia

After 20 years in any job or employment you learn many skills. Examples include professionalism, wisdom and know how. Just some of the vitally important skills needed on any job that’s for sure. However, on an active fire ground these sorts of skills can mean the difference between a someone’s[…]

China Airlines upgrades its services to Melbourne and Brisbane with the Airbus A350

Yesterday saw China Airlines change its aircraft type to its Melbourne and Brisbane ports from the Airbus A330-300 to the latest generation airliner, the Airbus A350-941. Thus making all ports to Australia which includes Sydney, served by the Airbus A350. The airline has twelve currently in service. A further two[…]

Mallard on the Harbour – Paspaley Pearling Company Grumman G-73AT

If you have ever spent some time in Darwin since the 1990’s, you might have seen the occasional Grumman Mallard coming and going from Darwin International Airport. If you recently happened to be down at the Darwin Wharf Precinct or on Stokes Hill Wharf then you may have seen one[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Air to Air with a Beaver

Last week I had the opportunity to capture some images of the latest production from Luskintyre Aircraft Restorations, a magnificent Beaver seaplane for Blue Sky Airways. The aircraft is surprisingly large, and even more so on a pair of floats, and it towered above everything else in the hangar. We[…]