Thursday, January 29, 2015

Airservices Australia

Airservices Australia is an Australian Government owned corporation, responsible for providing safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible services to the aviation industry such as air traffic control, airways navigation, communication facilities and aeronautical data within the Australian Flight Information Region (FIR) aswell as airport fire fighting and rescue services.

Employing more than 4000 staff, approximately 1000 personnel are dedicated to air traffic control alone working from two major centres, one in Melbourne and another in Brisbane, aswell as 29 towers at international and regional airports across Australia.

Of interest, Australian airspace covers approximately 11 per cent of the earth’s surface and includes that over continental Australia, territorial waters and international boundaries over the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Airservices Australia also manages upper-level airspace (above 30 000 ft) under contract to the neighbouring Pacific Island Flight Information Regions of the Solomon Islands and Nauru.

With approximately 500 navigational aids throughout the country, Airservices Australia is tasked with testing and calibrating these vital pieces equipment on a three-year rotational basis to ensure they remain within the required high tolerances.

Equipment checked include distance measuring equipment (DMEs), VHF Omni-directional range transmitters, non-directional beacons and approach lighting while instrument landing systems (ILS) are tested every six months.

Using three-dimensional laser measuring equipment and GPS technology, information from the navaid is relayed to an aircraft and interpreted by specialist aircrew. The data is then analysed by Airservices maintenance engineers to ensure each navaid is operating accurately.

Based in Brisbane, a dedicated Airservices Flight Inspection Service (FIS) team is responsible for the necessary navaid inspections and utilise two near-new, purposely equipped Hawker Beechcraft B350 Super King Airs (VH-FIY and VH-FIZ) under lease from AeroPearl, sister company to Pearl Aviation.






Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Australia by Seaplane - Gladstone Airport

Based at Gladstone Airport and predominately used to provide passenger transfers between the port city and Heron Island is Australia by Seaplane de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 VH-IDO, and is often supported by Cessna U206 Floatplane VH-FKS.

Both aircraft can also be chartered for scenic flights of Lake Awoonga, Gladstone Harbour, Boyne Island / Tannum Sands, the Collosseum, Mt Larcom, Curtis Island, Facing Island and many other locations of interest in the area. Extended flights capable of taking in the sights of Great Keppel Island, 1770 / Agnes Waters, or beyond can also be arranged.
For information, passengers can be collected from and delivered to many waterways throughout the region, and all flights only operate if weather and tidal conditions permit. Passengers are also familiarised with the aircraft during a preflight safety briefing.

Manufactured in 1964 and powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada R-985 Wasp Junior, 9-cylinder radial piston engine, VH-IDO is fitted with six seats to accommodate one pilot and five passengers. VH-FKS was manufactured in 1976, is powered by a Teledyne-Continental, IO-520, 6-cylinder piston engine, and configured to seat four people (one pilot / three passengers).

For more information, Australia by Seaplane can be contacted on (07) 4972 1940, or by visiting their website at :