Australian VTOL news

General stuff that gets thrown about when Helicopter Pilots shoot the Breeze.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby godfather007 » Tue Jul 28 2020, 20:08

I think last time HIP had a class mate was back in the 60’s..
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Postby FerrariFlyer » Tue Jul 28 2020, 23:18

godfather007 wrote:I think last time HIP had a class mate was back in the 60’s..
LOL


That is quite amusing. 60's.......love it!
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby Gonsky » Tue Jul 28 2020, 23:51

Two wrongs do not make a right


Yet two wrights made an aero plane

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Wed Jul 29 2020, 11:15

Well done - so funny!
Ha ha ha!
Good to have a chuckle in these glum days.
Must get HP's address and send him some new silicone oil for his wheel chair?
I bought too much for mine? Need to share. Works good good on my knees.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby godfather007 » Thu Jul 30 2020, 11:28

Cheap shots and having a knock around, Yes. It’s the Aussie way.
HIP is a legend around our industry and a top bloke. He can take it.
He’s not quiet ready for the chair on wheels tho.
He still has plenty of gas in the tank.
If he was to lead the fight for this industry, we would all benefit from it and those who stand in the way would fall on their own swords!
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby Gonsky » Sat Aug 1 2020, 01:43

CASA has announced that from 16 July VFR aircraft will be able to choose from a broader range of ADS-B systems on the market.

For more information refer to,

https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/default/f ... reness.pdf

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Tue Aug 4 2020, 10:17

Uber Air relooks at launch date for Melbourne

Uber Air stated they with Australian-based partners to provide an update on local timelines amid the continuing global impact of COVID-19. With the ongoing support of their partners, Melbourne remains Uber Air’s first planned international expansion market beyond the United States but there will not be any public demonstrations or test flights hosted in the Victorian capital this year.

Further, a spokesperson was quoted as saying; “Just as we do not build cars to run on the ride sharing app, the Uber Air network requires partners to lead the construction and certification of eVTOL vehicles for Uber Air operations.

There are eight partners working to create the types of quiet, electric vehicles that will make aerial ridesharing a success and we have been encouraged by the progress of their advance towards flight test programs prior to COVID-19. However, the restrictions on international travel, quarantines, guidance preventing mass public gatherings and a rolling wave of infections has impacted timelines.

The Uber Air team remains focused on piloting the core technology in the United States first because it is where most of their vehicle partners are already developing their aircraft and where many plan to receive certification. All of the Uber vehicle partners are expected to progress initial vehicle certification in their home jurisdictions. We anticipate public demonstrations will happen in North America first, but will not speculate when that might be as the impact of COVID-19 has not yet been fully realised.

Uber Air is continuing to progress a safe, reliable, clean, quiet, and affordable air mobility service and will remain working with local partners.
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Postby rickshaw » Sun Aug 9 2020, 01:35

AOPA VIDEO - Good heads up on future industry/CASA relationships

Australia is searching for a new Director of Aviation Safety/CEO for their Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The current DAS has resigned effective December 2020.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia on the 21 July 2020 released a live panel video titled, “More right than wrong.”

The chairperson was Ben Morgan from AOPA. The panel covered a wide range of general aviation industry segments. Panel consisted of Marjorie Pangoni, Mary Brown, Ken Cannane and Tony White.

The hour-long discussion explained, in plain English, what we are all facing at the coalface. It will help those seeking the truth about what has happened in the past.

Industry will no doubt be asked to comment on what the new DAS needs to change after the coronavirus passes and the release of the Royal Commission Report prior to the coming fire season.

This is a worthwhile opportunity to gain an insight into what those are the coalface our thinking about our future. Video is at:

https://www.facebook.com/18965620449864 ... 6123716881

My thanks to AOPA and panel members.
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Postby rickshaw » Sat Aug 15 2020, 01:01

AOPA is asking to hear your concerns about CASA and GA.

Australia is searching for a new Director of Aviation Safety/CEO for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The current DAS has resigned effective December 2020. Applications close on 23 August 2020.

Accordingly, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia (AOPA) has asked industry for comment on what the new DAS needs to change (if anything) after the coronavirus passes and the regulatory reform processes end in 2021.

AOPA’s CEO, Ben Morgan, is hosting a Facebook Live Panel with many respected key industry players to seek feedback on general aviation (GA) matters. These public relations activities by the AOPA provide a worthwhile opportunity for readers to gain an insight into what is still concerning the GA industry. In particular, the helicopter and maintenance industries suffered more than most during those early turbulent years of the transition to the CASRs. Several issues need to be resolved as they may not pass the cost–risk benefit analysis test?

For example, on 21 May 2020, AOPA hosted a live panel video titled, “More right than wrong.” Chaired by Ben Morgan, for one hour the panel covered a wide range of GA problems, in a respectful, frank, and helpful manner. Panel consisted of Marjorie Pangoni, CEO, Angel Flight; Mary Brown, Business Manager, North Queensland Aviation Service; Ken Cannane, Executive Director, Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association; and Tony White, Executive, Sport Aircraft Association of Australia.

The almost hour-long discussion resulted in some of our pressing problems being explained in plain English by those from the coalface. Our thanks to them for gathering up their thoughts on our behalf.

It will help those seeking the truth about what has happened during the past decade or so.

Video is on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/18965620449864 ... 6123716881
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby Eric Hunt » Sat Aug 15 2020, 01:06

Just as we do not build cars to run on the ride sharing app, the Uber Air network requires partners to lead the construction and certification of eVTOL vehicles for Uber Air operations.


Don't hold your breath waiting for these to be certified, girls...
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Mon Aug 17 2020, 01:22

Marine pilots’ jobs on the move?

Australia’s largest employer of marine pilots and maritime services will shift its national operations to Brisbane and expand bases up the coast in a major win for Queensland jobs. Source: 12 Aug ’20 The Courier-Mail, by Hayden Johnson

The Courier Mail has revealed a deal to lure Auriga Group and hundreds of its workers is close to being inked with the Queensland Government. Auriga Group – which provides specialised pilotage, logistics, and helicopter aviation services at ports across Australia – will relocate its headquarters to Brisbane from Sydney. The shift and expansion of new bases across Queensland is expected to create more than 200 jobs. Auriga Group will operate bases at Cairns, Mackay, Thursday Island, York Island, Gladstone, Hay Point, and the Sunshine Coast as well as house its headquarters in the Brisbane CBD.

It is understood the group will receive an incentive from the Queensland Government to move north. It comes after State Development Minister Kate Jones this month declared Queensland was out to poach businesses from its COVID-hit southern rivals. “We’re working hard to bring more companies to Queensland that will create jobs and support our economic recovery,” she said.

Auriga says its company origins as a pilotage provider can be traced to 1872 when the first known pilotage along the Queensland coast took place. The company has since grown to provide maritime, aviation and logistics services at more than 20 ports across the country.

Good to read positive news at present.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby FerrariFlyer » Mon Aug 17 2020, 09:04

In reference to above....

https://auriga.com.au/
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby Wannabe60Driver » Mon Aug 17 2020, 09:25

One of their birds is currently for sale:

https://www.controller.com/listings/air ... r-ec-135p2
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby Zabar » Mon Aug 17 2020, 10:32

Positive news for helicopter MPT? Looks like Auriga just pass the jobs on to the established providers?
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu Sep 3 2020, 07:41

Australia’s NSW Government accepts all 76 bushfire inquiry recommendations

Compulsory land clearing, night-time water bombing, and aggressive hazard-reduction burning, use of drones for fire intelligence gathering and protection of fauna were among the recommendations.

NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott says firefighters will be able to enter private properties and start hazard-reduction burns under new powers. The inquiry analysed NSW's approach to last season's bushfires, which burnt 5.3 million hectares. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her Government would adopt all of them. The six-month inquiry heard more than 1,900 submissions about NSW's response.

Also included was guidance on which aerial fire-fighting assets should be used in the future, and what strategies personnel should pursue. These included increased water-bombing at night and employing more rapid aerial responses when fires are burning in risky and hard-to-reach terrain.

The inquiry's report also advised on measures to protect the mental health of firefighters.

Last summer's bushfires resulted in the deaths of 26 people in NSW, including six firefighters. A total of 2,476 homes were destroyed.

And the Australian Fire Season has already started in some areas, again a little earlier than last year.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby godfather007 » Thu Sep 3 2020, 08:06

Any word on “Unlocking the limit” of FB and HT tail Numbers to locals...
There are lots of well equipped machines/crews in OZ that have been denied in the past due to RFS not appointing these additional local resources over the years.
Why??? And will the new actions change this culture?
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu Sep 10 2020, 07:34

AVI REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT PROJECT UPDATES

Industry Subject Matter Experts Needed
Work on this project has commenced and the Aviation IRC is forming a TAC. Your industry expertise and insight are welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to address basic skills and knowledge requirements of RPA excluded category operators to ensure they can fly safely and ethically within the legislative and regulatory requirements.

It is critical that the Aviation IRC rapidly develop endorsed training package material for RPA category operations.

This is due to safety concerns associated with increased usage during COVID-19, and importantly, endorsed in time for delivery to emergency service personnel to support fire and emergency aviation tasks during the next bushfire season.

Needed by end or 2020.

To register your interest by 4 Sep ’20, contact: Katherine White, Industry Manager, Australian Industry Standards. M: 0448 181 661 or email:

katherine.white@australianindustrystandards.org.au

Rickshaw: "Please lend a hand. Otherwise folks who have to update training rules for the future are flying blind with so much new technology hurtling our way. AIS is not CASA - so roll up your sleeves and help our future RPA pilots get a good start."
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Tue Sep 15 2020, 10:41

More Chinooks for Oakey – RSAF.

On 22 Aug 2020, the Australian Defence Magazine reported the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will increase the number of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters based at the Army Aviation Training Centre. The estimated number is 16 new-build CH-47Fs. Planned arrival is Q1 if 2021. Five RSAF CH-47D Chinooks have been based at Oakey since 2018 under the Oakey Agreement between the two countries, which allows up to 16 helicopters to be based in Australia at any given time for pilot training. It is not yet clear what will happen to the five heavy-lift Chinooks currently at Oakey once the new helicopters are delivered.

Will they be able to find enough maintenance staff after COVID?

But good news for Australia.

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