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Back to the Future…..Ruslan returns to Avalon

When the rumour mill started turning earlier this year that an Antonov AN-124 might be coming to Avalon I’ll admit I was more then a little dismissive that this would eventuate. Not since the 1992 Airshow where the giant aircraft flew a jaw dropping display had there been a Ruslan[…]

Catastrophic Fire Conditions Today, NSW.

For the first time since 2013 parts of NSW has been declared on the NSWRFS fire warning scale as “Catastrophic Fire Conditions “.  From the southern parts of NSW which are mainly in the “High” or “Very High” rating it goes from midway to the Northern Boarder where it’s “Severe”, “Extreme” or “Catastrophic”. These conditions are VERY RARE but[…]

Cathay Pacific’s A350-900XWB flies into Melbourne

As Airbus A350-941 (B-LRI) Flight CX105 settled onto runway 16 on Wednesday the 1st Feb around 12:20pm, it wasn’t just another Cathay flight, it was the airlines first A350 flight into Melbourne. Another big day for this great airline. Cathay is no stranger to Melbourne and Australia for that matter, already the[…]

Timberline Blackhawk arrives for Australian Summer.

Every year we are seeing new and exciting capabilities arrive into Australia and this year is no different. PAYS Airservice and Timberline Helicopters Incorporated have teamed up to bring out to Australia the first working civil Blackhawk, outside the United States and show case it’s capability not only in fire[…]

Victoria’s Fire Fighting Assets Stand up for Season 2016/17

It was a wet winter and an even wetter spring across most of Victoria this year. With these high levels of moisture its hardly surprising that fuel levels across the state are now high. And as the state moves into summer, Emergency Management Victoria which is the government body established[…]

Antonov Charters For Exercise Wallaby 2016, Rockhampton, Australia

    Exercise Wallaby Rockhampton Rockhampton is located a short distance from the Central Queensland coast and has what is classed as a major Australian Regional Airport. Rockhampton Airport services domestic flights from Cairns down to the Gold Coast and regularly hosts International charters as well diversions on its 2,568m[…]

Ruslan, calls into Melbourne Airport.

Ruslan (Руслан) which translates to Russian, is the name given to one of the more interesting types which was the cause of much hype for Aviation Spotters at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport this week. The mighty Antonov AN-124 ‘Condor’ a type which is seen in may airports in Europe, as it[…]

Beijing Capital Airlines touches down at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

A new Airline arrived into Melbourne Airport on a clear blue Friday morning, on the 30th September 2016. Beijing Capital Airlines which operates as Capital Airlines is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines from China. Launched on April the 2nd in 2010 Capital Airlines is based at Beijing International Airport, China.[…]

Seattle – From The Air!

I nervously smiled as we finally lifted off the ground and departed from Boeing Field towards our first destination, Renton. The words of someone who is scared of flying? No. Just someone who has never been in a helicopter before! Those who know me would be aware that I fly[…]

Mr. 747 Joe Sutter the man behind Boeing’s Queen of the Skies, passes.

He’s known as the ‘Father of the 747’ or the ‘Jumbo Jet’. Joe Sutter, the chief engineer behind the design and build of Boeing’s iconic model 747, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, at the age of 95. Joe joined the US Navy serving on the destroyer escort, Edward H[…]