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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[…]

Air Vanuatu returns to Melbourne Airport

Air Vanuatu has returned to Melbourne Airport  launching the carriers three time a week service between Port Villa and Melbourne.  Marking the return of the airlines services to Melbourne was a ceremony conducted outside gate 20 of the International terminal. Standing outside on the hardstand was the airlines Boeing 737-8SH,[…]

Rathmines Catalina Festival 2019

Sunday the 19th of May saw the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association hold their 12th Rathmines Catalina Festival after a hiatus last year to allow the Association to reorganize and move the event to May, rather than the original October when it has been held previously. The festival is held[…]

Visiting Japanese Airbases, Part 5 – JASDF Museum Hamamatsu

I make no apologies for writing and photographing as many aviation museums’ as I have here at Aviation Spotters Online. Nearly all are run and managed by passionate volunteers who wish to preserve and tell the story of aviation in relation to their country, area of operations, war zones or[…]

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[…]

2019 Australian International Airshow USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

  The 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition held at Avalon Airport  near Geelong in Victoria, is the 14th time the show has been held since its inception back in October 1992.  This biennial show is one of the Asia-Pacific regions most prestigious and the largest of[…]

Alliance Airlines an attractive target for Qantas

Alliance Airlines has grown into an attractive enough target for QANTAS to drop $60m to acquire a 19.9% share of the company. QANTAS says that’s not the end of their acquisition interests in the Alliance.   Why is Alliance Airline an attractive target for Qantas? In 2015 when Alliance bought[…]

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[…]

Fly Corporate Air expands its Essendon Fields services.

  It was the perfect day for an inaugural flight as FC223, a Fly Corporate Saab SF340 VH-VEO touched down at approximately 08:00am on a beautiful Melbourne morning at Essendon Fields.   Fly Corporate which is a subsidiary of Corporate Air, began its air operations in 1972 providing charter and[…]