Australian VTOL news

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Mon Mar 22 2021, 23:31

Copy from another thread on an important event about a meeting being organised by the Australian aerial firefighting operators to express their concerns on many matters.

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Paull, a good heads up with this one. Hope you get some input ASAP. Date of meeting? Also, any preamble on agenda or potential terms of reference?

Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News will be following this subject closely in coming editions. But it is hard to sort out practical business factors from individual, state and federal organizational needs and demands. Many, understandably have strong views which differ vastly in some areas.

The editor would also appreciate some feedback, some of which would be kept confidential; but other items may be of interest to the wider firefighting aviation community and our 5,100 complimentary subscribers.

BTW new contact details: Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News has changed email: rotorcraftnews@outlook.com. Phone: +61 415 641 774. PO Box 462 Carina, Qld, 4152. Time: UTC +10 (Brisbane). Subscriptions are free, just email editor.

Lets us know your thoughts while the disastrous floods have grounded the helicopter firefighting fleet. (Don't be too glum - there will be an enormous post-flood disaster demand for aerial services - just wait and see!)

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Tue Mar 30 2021, 05:54

Passing of the baton? End of an era after 33 years!

Sandhills Pacific Acquired Aviation Trader on 26 Mar 2021

Source: Sandhills Pacific 29 Mar 2021. Sandhills Pacific has acquired Aviation Trader, a leading resource for buying and selling new and used aircraft in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Aviation Trader joins a comprehensive portfolio of Sandhills brands serving the aviation industry. These include Controller, Executive Controller, and Charter Hub, which together meet the needs of buyers, sellers, charter travellers, and operators worldwide.

With the acquisition, Sandhills announced the launch of a redesigned AviationTrader.com.au website and monthly Aviation Trader print publication.

More updates to follow.

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Wed Mar 31 2021, 20:03

Australian Helicopter Schools Directory – April 2021 edition available mid-April

Please note author’s email has changed. Rob Rich E: robsrich [@] icloud (dot) com
Mobile +61 (0) 415 641 774. Time Brisbane UTC +10.

Good news for our now busy training industry segment. As promised the inaugural edition will be issued mid-April. Several drafts have been circulated to around 40 active flying schools in Australia. We have received a large number of updates and thank those who took the time to keep their entries current. As it is being produced and sponsored by Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News, it is available to all at no cost.

Due to COVID related delays any changes you have for the April Edition has been moved back to COB Wed 14 April 2021. We need your final updates ASAP. The April edition of our directory will be emailed out on Sat 24 April 2021 - to our 5,200+ subscribers now on our listings. This will include and our new Asia-Pacific (APAC) data base.

Standard entry. Schools should note a standard entry – free. (25 words).

Premium entry. $29 per quarters or $99 per year. (80 words). Four issues, Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct.

Australian school numbers: ACT – nil; NSW – 11; NT – 1; QLD – 15; SA – 3; TAS – 2; VIC – 4 and WA – 3. A total of 39.

A possible record result as many schools have approved remote bases, which are not counted in totals above.

Enjoy and watch out for our coming listings on simulator operators and non-technical skills course providers. Are you one - tells us!

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu Apr 1 2021, 09:38

AVALON Airshow deferred a week because of F1 Grand Prix

Source: CONTACT magazine 30 Mar 2021. The Australian International Air Show at Avalon, Victoria, has been deferred for a week because of the rescheduled Melbourne Formula 1.

The deferment means the Royal Australian Air Force can celebrate their Centenary for a week longer than scheduled.

CEO for the air show organising company Ian Honnery said the recent rescheduling of the 2021 Melbourne Australian Formula One Grand Prix to the week before AVALON 2021 meant that two of Victoria’s largest and most complex events would be held in consecutive weeks. “We have completed a review of the implications of any potential logistic confliction, to determine whether Avalon 2021 should proceed on its current schedule or be deferred by one week – and determined that Avalon 2021 will be deferred to new dates, 30 November to 5 December 2021.

“This decision was taken in consultation with major stakeholder, the Royal Australian Air Force, reflecting the RAAF’s commitment to what will be the major airshow event of the RAAF Centenary year.

“As the most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defence exposition in the southern hemisphere, the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition will be a key platform for development of Australian industry, and for promotion of civil and defence aviation to Australian and international visitors.”
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Tue Apr 6 2021, 19:59

APAC NEWS – CHINA has 1,092 helicopters compared to Australia’s 2,350 + NZ’s 900.

China – Prior to Corona pandemic, airline industry was booming but GA industry is small by comparison – why?

Wu Zhendong, Chairman, Avion Pacific Limited Chairman and CEO once stated in prior to COVID-19 that when the General Aviation (GA) industry in China began over half a century ago in 1951, its primary goal was to carry out agricultural missions. It was not until after the cultural revolution in 1971 that China's GA industry underwent a planning and revival phase that lasted roughly two decades.

After 1996, China's annual GA growth represented the highest growth in the world. But a lack of aviation infrastructure, high operating costs, regulatory restraints, and unfavourable public perceptions stopped the nation from reaching its full GA potential, including the use of helicopters.

The 2008 earthquake in Sichuan served as a costly wake-up call of the need for a much more robust aerial disaster relief and emergency rescue system and was the seed that sparked high-level discussions for easing regulatory restrictions that were in existence at that time.

In June 2019, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boeing claimed, ‘after decades of economic and population growth, China is set to become the world’s largest domestic aviation market by 2028.’ This is due to outbound Chinese travel projected to grow between four and six percent annually. Further, Airbus predicted China’s airline fleet will grow to more than 7,400 by 2037.

In contrast, the GA industry, including rotorcraft, is almost non-existent, when compared to other much smaller aviation orientated nations.

Data current to August 2020, indicates GA aircraft in China reached 2,930, an increase of 6% over the previous year. They were operated by 443 GA companies.

However, the growth rate of new GA companies has slowed due to the pandemic.

One curious feature of the Chinese aviation industry is the enormous number of airline pilots, technicians and cabin crew who are trained overseas due to the lack of China based airline training resources.

The helicopter industry, to a lesser degree has this problem. The number of helicopters operating in China is less than half those in Australia (or one third of those in Australia and New Zealand.) China GA registrations are listed as: aeroplanes - 1,472, (50%); helicopters - 1,092 (37%); and others including 326 business jets (13%).

COVID-19 recovery is now well underway. In 2019, GA flight hours increased by 14% to more than one million. Flight hours in 2020 have been affected by the COVID-19 epidemic causing a decrease in February and March, compared with the same period in 2019. But in April and May, flight hours quickly recovered as the pandemic came under control.

In June 2020, flight hours exceeded the total of the same period in 2019! Good news overall!

Source: Board Room Briefings - Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu Apr 15 2021, 09:24

From another thread - be careful in the developing tourist boom.

From ABC sunshine coast Facebook - Pilot Fined

"A man has been issued with a penalty infringement notice by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) for landing a helicopter on Fraser Island without authorisation.
A ranger spotted the helicopter flying at a low altitude and landing near Eli Creek. When approached by the ranger, the pilot said he was collecting visitors from the island. He was issued with a $500 Penalty Infringement Notice. The Department of Environment and Science has reminded private pilots that it is an offence to land an aircraft, including an aeroplane, helicopter or light aircraft on Fraser Island or other QPWS managed areas without permission, under the Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) Regulation 2006."

A phone call or two prior maybe could arrange a landing permission - rather than a $500 fine.

Any feedback to help the new graduates?

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu Apr 22 2021, 08:59

What is happening in Australia and NZ rotorcraft industries as COVID slowly fades - and what is their relationship with Asia-Pacific (APAC) nations. Part 1 of 3.

Source: Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News – 23 Apr ’21.

Researchers noted in December 2020 that looking ahead to 2021 and beyond the post COVID-19 recovery era, there were enormous rotorcraft business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) Region for Australian and New Zealand businesses interests located in a region where past predicated growth rates has always exceeded other global regions.

APAC comprises a collection of around 21 countries located in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. This includes Japan, East and South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. China is the largest country by area, followed by Australia, India, Indonesia, and Mongolia. The smallest country by size is Macau.

The region is home to some of the most populous countries. China has the largest population in APAC (and the world), with 1.44 billion people (UN). India follows closely, with 1.38 billion. The third-most populous country in the region and the fourth-most populous in the world, is our close neighbour Indonesia, with over 276 million people. The smallest by population is the British Indian Ocean Territory, which has just 3,000 people.

Industry commentators often ask for more precise figures on the helicopter industry in APAC. Data released at the Singapore Airshow in February 2020. Showed there an estimated 6,600 helicopters in the region. The Australian and New Zealand helicopter figures were a surprise to many as the combined population of both is almost 30 million. They operate more than 3,300 helicopters. About one half of the number in APAC.

More in next two updates,
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Sun May 2 2021, 20:40

The Million Dollar Question?
Overseas rotorcraft folks often ask about the number of Australian helicopters that are registered by companies and also the number of private owners? CASA data shows of the 2,415 registered helicopters. 1,960 were listed as being owned by companies and 455 by private owners.

In brief, 19% of the CASA Registrations are private owners and 81% are listed by PTY LTD entities.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Sun May 16 2021, 23:31

Papua New Guinea (PNG) Fleet Data – Update.

Source: Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News – shared info for Bladeslapper fans.

On 16 April 2021 CASA PNG had 233 aircraft listed. Of this number 130 were aeroplanes (56%) and helicopters 103 (44%).

Current trend. A slow decrease in registrations. In 2015 fleet was 275. Now 233, down 42 over five years or 15% reduction. At a guess, a 2- 3% loss rate per year. COVID impact not known TBA.

Six largest RW operators in PNG.

Helilift Aviation Ltd - 31.
Pacific Helicopters Ltd – 21
Heli Niugini Ltd – 16.
Heli Operations Ltd – 11.
Ballina/Niugini Helicopters - 9.
Manolos Aviation Ltd – 9.

PNG Helicopter Types @ 16 April 2021.

Bell 205 – 1; Bell 206 – 11; Bell 212 – 18; Bell 214 – 3; Bell 222 – 1; Bell 407 – 20; Bell 412 – 3; Bell 427 – 1; Bell 430 – 1; Boeing 234 - 3; Airbus AS350 - 4; Eurocopter AS350 – 5; Airbus BK117 - 6; Eurocopter BK117 – 1; Kawasaki BK117 – 11; Airbus BO105 – 4; Eurocopter BO105 – 3; MIL M18 – 6; and Sikorsky S76 - 1

Bell dominates the PNG register with 59 listed (57%) next is Airbus has 14 (13%).

MIL18 has 6 of their heavy machines on PNG register. Readers may be surprised to note there are no piston engined machines or MD Helicopters on the PNG Aircraft Register @ 16 Apr 2021

The COVID results may indicate an increase in flying hours due need to provide medical services to remote areas; more updates when released by CAA PNG.

Does anyone in PNG have any updates for BS readers?
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu May 27 2021, 02:33

Rotortech 2021 - our thoughts are with the organisers.

Editor of Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News has advised his readers to carefully monitor the COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria.

The proposed seven day lockdown will end close to the start of RotorTech 2021 on Tue 15 May 2021. Event runs three days and concludes on Thu 17 May 2021.

But additional restrictions could be applied by Qld Government. Also, a number of airlines are cancelling flights out of Victoria on Fri 18 May 21.

Just a heads up as there may be options around this pending problem.

Be safe, wash you hands wear a mask before kissing you loved ones???

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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu May 27 2021, 02:45

Correction.

Rotortech 2021 dates are Tue 15 June 2021 to Thu 17 June 2021 in Brisbane, Qld. Apologies.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Fri Jun 4 2021, 05:27

Falling India helicopter numbers, a cause for concern, RWSI claims.

The Rotary Wing Society of India is a non-profit professional society that was founded on 18 June 1998 to aid the growth of the helicopter industry in India. RWSI has approximately 81 corporate members and 550 aviation professionals from the Indian civil and military aviation and has chapters in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, India.

A recent report showed that over the past decade registrations had fallen from 300 to 233 in April 2021. A full report is in the complimentary Board Room Briefings in mid-June 2021. A list of types will be included – and location of the three RW schools.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Sat Jun 26 2021, 10:04

Are you ready? Lessons from the USA!

In another blow for pandemic weary Americans eager to travel again, the country's largest carrier, American Airlines, cancelled hundreds of flights over recent Father's Day weekend. The reason was very simple, media sources are claiming the airline delayed the recall of pilots, engineers and ground staff. In fact, many required recertification, check and training updates. There was even a shortage of check and training specialists, who also needed to be checked back onto the flightline! Suddenly a surge of airline bookings meant the airline could not cope and many hundreds of flights were cancelled – bad PR!

Remember CASA has warned us all to check our re-qualification sources for when it is time to work again!
It has been suggested some staff who do check and training have moved onto other lobs.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Fri Jul 2 2021, 09:55

10,000 hours in AW139 aircraft

On Saturday 12 June 2021, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter (NSW Australia) achieved a significant milestone officially reaching 10,000 flying hours in the AgustaWestland AW139 aircraft. The Service commenced flight operations in the AW139 in 2017.

The milestone was reached on a day when the Aircrew and Medical Teams from all three bases were called to missions. Aircraft from Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore were tasked to assist people in nine towns throughout Northern NSW on that day.

Well done to all those who provided care and support to their local communities.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Mon Jul 5 2021, 01:41

FISCAL YEAR just passed has an annual helicopter growth rate of 8.7% pa. A surprise to industry!

Australia’s Fiscal Year 2020/2021 ended on 30 June 2021. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) helicopter register shows a better-than-expected, but most welcome result, for the past year.

On 30 June 2021, the aircraft register listed 15,851 aircraft, consisting of 13,418 aeroplanes and 2,433 helicopters. The latter numbers increasing by 195 or an annual growth rate of 8.7$ pa. The previous two years were only 1.8% and 1.5%.

Current growth rate is almost two each week. A result not seen since late 2017.

NZ Report to follow ASAP.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Wed Jul 7 2021, 21:48

Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association – Government Aviation Tender

The launch of the new Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association (RAPBA) has been scheduled for the start of the new Fiscal Year 2021/2022. However, just prior to the announcement in mid-July, the RAPBA noted an important aviation tender has been offered by the Queensland Government to provide expanded regional airline services throughout Queensland.

No doubt this is due to the enormous growth of the tourist industry across Australia which is the result of the pandemic closing international borders to our folks who usually spend $54 billion on cruise ship or airline holiday packages. Today, it appears some of this market ($$) is now being directed to domestic tourist activities.

RAPBA strongly believes the recent report in Queensland’s Sunday Mail concerning heavy holiday bookings throughout the northern parts of Australia would increase enormously if the wealthier tourists could use a regional airline services to avoid the lengthy road trips between scenic spots.

Sceptics will no doubt ask what has this got to do with the helicopter industry? The smarter businesspeople would realise regional air services would increase the flow of domestic tourists heading out to the remote areas.

Thus, an opportunity exists for the local helicopter operators to contact those who may be planning to enhance existing or maybe starting new tourist attractions.

Tender info in brief:


www. qtenders@hpw.qld.gov.au
Number: TD21110092A


Provision of Regional Air Services Issued by Department of Transport and Main Roads – Translink (QLD)

Invitation to Offer. Mega Category. Transport infrastructure and services Number: TD21110092A
Released: Tue, 6 Jul 2021. Closing: Mon, 9 Aug 2021 at 4:00PM Brisbane, Queensland.
Passenger air transportation.

Regions: Cairns & Far North Queensland; Mount Isa & North West Region; The Central West
South West & Darling Downs; Townsville; Mackay Whitsunday Region; Rockhampton; Gladstone; Wide Bay Burnett and South East Queensland.

An industry briefing video will be released to the market in the week commencing 12th July 2021.

Enquiries: Jacob Wu – 0430 436 645 E: jacob.wu@translink.com.au

Other Contacts: Commercial Partnerships – Technical. E: commercialpartnershipsLDPS@translink.com.au

There really is light at the end of the tunnel!

RAPBA is downloading some of the documents to help as this deadline is very short. 9 Aug 2021. Let us know if you need any help. E: rotorcraftnews [at] outlook [dot].com
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Mon Jul 12 2021, 11:27

Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association - FISCAL UPDATES

RAPBA was formed on 1 July 2021 in Brisbane - the start of the financial year 2021/2022 in both Austrasia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Just sharing some good news about Australian helicopters. After examining CASA data bases up to end of 30 June 2021, RAPBA noted the helicopter register had grown by 98 helicopters to 2,433 which represented an annual growth rate of 4.5%. Upon a closer look, they noted the early onset of the COVID crisis almost flatlined the growth rate. However, in recent months the growth rate had increased to 8.7% pa which has produced an overall annual result of 4.5% for the FY2020/2021.

Looking back, we have been extremely fortunate over the past 10 years to have never suffered a negative growth rate, despite what global circumstances could throw at us. The CASA Register grew from 1,874 to 2,433 = 559 helicopters over 10 years representing an average growth rate of 2.4% (Around the lower GDP).

But drones have had exceptional growth. CASA data on 30 June 2020 showed over the past three years the number of commercial drone pilots has grown from 8,688 to 16,482 pilots or by 90%. AAUS figures for AOC’s are enormous. The Deputy Prime Minister at Rotortech quoted the figures which had apparently passed 10,000. More in our coming publications. The drone industry, both military and civil segments, have benefited from an enormous amount of invested monies.

One company has ordered 100 electric drones for operations around cities under the very fashionable UAM rules. This has attracted enormous global interest.

Many of you will know of numerous trials being carried out in our region in places such as Singapore, other APAC countries and both Australia and New Zealand.

One of the more recent developments has been the joining up of Queensland Surf Rescue and the Ripper Corporation which are now introducing large numbers of sophisticated drones into the search and rescue industry.

More later from RAPBA when the rest of APAC's reports are summarised.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu Jul 15 2021, 09:31

Qld Tender - New regional Services - Update.

For those following the requirements of the tender mentioned previously, they have issued about three amendments. If you have registered an interest, then updates are automatic. There is no cost to register. Often helicopter or drone tenders appear with short deadlines, so it is a good idea to be on the list.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Tue Jul 20 2021, 09:51

CASA’s CEO and Director of Aviation Safety – brings hope to pilot licensing and training organisations

Speech Extract from presentation on Wed 16 June 2021, Rotortech 2021 at Brisbane by Pip Spence PSM

"Current issues – rotary. Even though I have only been in the job for four weeks, I already know that I can’t not mention licensing and flight training. Through the flight examiner review that was completed at the end of last year CASA has acknowledged that the current requirements are onerous and difficult to achieve.

We (CASA) are committed to implementing all the recommendations from the review. We have initiated the first step with the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel standing up a technical working group. It met for the first-time on Fri 11 June 2021 and I understand it was a very successful meeting."

Rickshaw. Hopefully, this will provided resources to sort out issues still needing attention. The issue of needing Plain English Guides so users can understand the intent of some new rules should have raised eyebrows a long time ago!

Perhaps the new CASA Chair and CEO/DAS plus new committees with bring fresh air to a problem with Part 61 which has been unresolved for too long.

Maybe good news - a bit of a change from the COVIC-19 bad news this week.
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Re: Australian VTOL news

Postby rickshaw » Thu Jul 22 2021, 10:16

Brisbane Wins Olympic Game 2032 - Helicopter Forecast - Good News!

Australia needed some cheerful news as the pandemic is running amuck. And it has arrived not too soon!

A report is being prepared by CEO RAPBA starting with World Expo 88, also known as Expo 88, which was a specialised Expo held in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia, during a six-month period between Saturday, 30 April 1988 and Sunday, 30 October 1988, inclusive. The theme of the Expo was "Leisure in the Age of Technology", and the mascot for the Expo was an Australian platypus named Expo Oz. They forecast 7 million - but 14 million eventually turned up - big boost then for City and Country Helicopters (Official World Expo 88 Helicopter Service). Every major international event since then has provided a boost several years prior and six months beyond. Why? See our report in e-News July Report.

Anyhow, on 30 June '21 looking back ten years the CASA register increased by 2.9% or 559 helicopters. Now 2,433.
Assuming the next ten years (actually 11) continues at a rate of the past decade then looking ahead to the Olympics 11 years away our register should grow to 3,208 or an extra 775 machines. A conservative guess as no allowance has been made for the Olympic construction and programme development 2-3 years prior.

If you need the complete report and do not receive Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News monthly reports which are FOC - email robsrich (at) bigpond [.] com.

The future load upon our 41 schools over the next eleven years represents a need for 2,650 CPLH. Will keep the FEE-HELP folk busy? And RW MROs - 320,000 training hours.

Rob - CEO RAPBA.

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