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2OCU family day Classic Hornet display.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s  2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) put on an event for the unit’s family and friends on Friday 27th of September and, as part of this, they also put up a formation and solo handling display of their F/A-18A&B Classic Hornets. As 2OCU nears the end[…]

2019 Australian International Airshow RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III

  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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

Appointment With Amphibious Assault Ship, The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)

EXERCISE Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17) wrapped up at the end of August for another two years, here in Central Queensland. In the final week of the exercise, a media opportunity became available for Aviation Spotters Online (ASO) to attend and capture a small part of the operations on board one of[…]

Australian International Airshow 2017

Fast Jets and Aerobatics. By Mark Jessop To be back again at the Australian International Air Show is something that is always special,this year’s show was shaping up to be the best. For me, I had never seen a F-22 display, B-1B, EA-18G, P-8, AH-64E Apache in the flesh and[…]

Japan Airlines comes to Melbourne Airport.

In the early to mid 1990’s passenger travel between Australia and Japan was at an all time high. With some two and a half million seats sold between the two countries. The SARS crisis and the Global Financial Crisis dramatically slowed traffic there after. Fast forward to today and Traffic[…]