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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[…]

Australian Fire Season 2018/19 review

Fire Season 2018-19 Overview Aerial Fire Fighting in Australia The 2018 fire season started a lot earlier than usual this season. With the first major fire occurring in the Southern New South Wales area of Nowra. It wasn’t long before one near Ulladulla and another in the Bega Valley burnt[…]

Hunter Valley Airshow 2019

Warbirds, Jets, aerobatics, front-line military hardware, models, rag-and-tube, flaming walls of fire and explosions, stunt bikes and a balloon; the 2019 Hunter Valley Airshow had it all. The third Hunter Valley Airshow was held on the weekend of the 6th & 7th of April this year at Cessnock airport; a[…]

Luskintyre Christmas Party 2018

Last weekend saw some end of year celebrations at the beautiful little private airfield out at Luskintyre in the Hunter Valley, NSW. As is often the case, it was a great opportunity to see some rare and unusual types turn up for the day. Of particular interest this year was[…]

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[…]

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[…]

2018 David Hack Classic Toowoomba

Scott Williamson has written the following article as a guest writer and photographer for ASO. Scott has been shooting aircraft for a number of years and that certainly shows in this article. Thanks for your contribution Scott.      2018 David Hack Classic Toowoomba From the moment the sun’s rays[…]

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[…]