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Armée De L’ Air Dassault Rafale B Exercise Pitch Black 2018

  The Royal Australian Air Force has recently concluded one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest biennial bi-lateral premier air training programs, Exercise Pitch Black 2018. Held in Australia’s Northern Territory between 27 July and 17 August, that included air assets operating from RAAF Darwin and Tindal, plus other locations such[…]

Indian Air Force participation Exercise Pitch Black 2018

The Royal Australian Air Force has recently concluded one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest biennial bi-lateral premier air training programs, Exercise Pitch Black 2018. Held in Australia’s Northern Territory between 27 July and 17 August, that included air assets operating from RAAF Darwin and Tindal, plus other locations such as[…]

33 Squadron, Topping Up in the Top End!

  Affair – During Exercise Pitch Black 2018 in the far northern part of Australia, Royal Australian Air force KC-30A of 33 Squadron have been conducting aerial refuelling training with participating Australian and foreign military aircraft. Aviation Spotters Online have been capturing many parts of this year’s exercise including team[…]

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[…]

Army Museum of Aviation Oakey, telling the story of Army Aviation in Australia

A unique museum set a few kilometres away from the town of Oakey Queensland. Located at the Army Aviation Centre Oakey and telling the story of Australian Army Aviation is the Australian Army Flying Museum. Set on the historic Oakey Base, established during World War Two for the Number Six[…]

Exercise Hamel 2018, Task Group “Griffin”

  Exercise Hamel is a large enduring biennial two-week event lead by the Australian Army, occurring on the even numbered years, designed to test, hone and evaluate war fighting skills of a brigade to confirm they are battle ready. It is also an opportunity for commanders to test their formations and[…]

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[…]

Melbourne Airport welcomes it’s 12th non-stop Chinese route

Xiamen Airlines launched its inaugural service from Hangzhou to Melbourne today, thus becoming the 12th non-stop route from China.  This brings a conclusion of a very busy year of new flights and airlines at Melbourne Airport.   Xiamen Airlines’ new route is on top of routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,[…]

Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Don Muang Airport Thailand

Don Muang International Airport or the old Bangkok International Airport is one of the world’s oldest International airports and Asia’s oldest operating airport starting operations in March 1914 by the Royal Thai Air Force and commencing commercial operations in 1924. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was the first airline to operate into the airport. Don[…]