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Flying with the Royal Malaysian Air Force in the Airbus A400M Atlas

In this the first of our Australian International Air Show articles we focus on an aircraft type that has previously visited the Australian International Air Show. The Airbus Defence and Space Military aircraft, the A400M Atlas. It was again part of the line up to be displayed among the other[…]

Erickson Celebrates 20 years of Fire Fighting operations in Australia

After 20 years in any job or employment you learn many skills. Examples include professionalism, wisdom and know how. Just some of the vitally important skills needed on any job that’s for sure. However, on an active fire ground these sorts of skills can mean the difference between a someone’s[…]

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Melbourne Airport the first fifty years.

Fifty years is a major milestone for anyone to reach.  This year, Melbourne airport, will reach that milestone on July 1st 2020.  Known locally as Tullamarine Airport, it is the main domestic and international airport servicing the state of Victoria. Melbourne airport is located some 23 kilometres North West of[…]

Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment, the Aussie company taking on the world one tank at a time.

PRESS RELEASE  Exciting news coming out of Queensland, Australia from the company, ‘Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment’ (Helitak), who are showing the international community they aren’t just ‘those guys from down under’ anymore.  The FT4500 Black Hawk fire tank, has successfully received an Exclusive Use contract from the U.S. Forest Service[…]

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QANTAS’s 747, The Queen of the skies

If there was an example of a type of aircraft which shrunk the globe and brought air travel to the people, it was the Boeing Company SEVEN FOURTY SEVEN or as the public call it, the Jumbo Jet. To most though it’s the 747.  For many airlines including our own[…]

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Australian Fire Season 2019/20 review

Fire Season 2019-20 Overview Aerial Fire Fighting in Australia   This fire season has proved to be one of Australia’s largest and has produced the largest numbers and some of the biggest fires ever seen in the country. New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia all[…]

Sacheon Airshow 2019

After the ADEX show in Seoul last year (see that article HERE), the following weekend saw another show in Sacheon, a city in the south-west region of South Korea. The show was held at the military base at Sacheon which is one the ROKAF’s main training bases, housing the 3rd[…]

Operation Bushfire Assist 2020

Aviation Spotters Online videographer Mark Pourzenic,  was recently  given the privilege of being able to witness first hand, the Australian Defence Forces Humanitarian Aid mission, helping those affected by the bushfires in Victoria’s east through Operation Bushfire Assist. Operation Bushfire Assist – Since September 2019, the Australian Defence Force has[…]

Exercise High Sierra 2019 – 2OCU Return To The Hornets Nest.

“The last ever RAAF  ‘Classic’  Hornet Operational Conversion Course” Aviation Spotters Online had the privilege of invitation to attend the return of the Royal Australian Air Force’s,  Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit back to RAAF Base Williamtown in Newcastle, Thursday December 5th 2019.  This  momentous  occasion was to witness the[…]

QANTAS Project Sunrise aircraft Selection, Airbus A350-1000

News for the airliner spotting community today from QANTAS’s head office, was that the airline had selected an aircraft for Project Sunrise. This is part of the airline’s plan to launch new nonstop flights from Sydney to New York and London that would be the amongst the longest flights in[…]

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[…]