Sunday, June 30, 2019

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) as well as airport fire fighting and rescue services.

Employing more than 4,000 staff, approximately 1,000 personnel are dedicated to air traffic control alone working from two major centres, one in Melbourne and another in Brisbane, as well as 29 towers at international and regional airports across Australia.

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.






Monday, June 24, 2019

Air Whitsunday Seaplanes

Air Whitsunday Seaplanes is a Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport based operation providing a range of charter, reef tours, scenic flights and passenger transfers to nearby locations including Hamilton Island, Hayman Island and many natural wonders on the Great Barrier Reef.

Amongst the natural wonders regularly visited or over-flown by Air Whitsunday is Heart Reef, a coral cay shaped like a heart that was ironically discovered in 1975 by an Air Whitsunday pilot. 

Since commencing operations in 1973, the focus at Air Whitsunday has always been to provide an unsurpassed seaplane service to the region, and having been voted Best Tour and Transport Operator at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards on two consecative occasions, and awarded finalists in the same category at the Queensland Tourism Awards in 2011, clearly remains a company priority to this very day.

At present, Air Whitsunday operates a modest fleet of de Havilland DHC-2 Beavers and Cessna 208FP Caravans.

Information from the Air Whitsunday website indicates the Cessna Caravan Floatplanes are configured to carry ten passengers (and a pilot), can cruise at 140 knots, and achieve an approximate range of 840nm. Height on land is said to be five meters due to the attached floats.

Meanwhile, it is reported the de Havilland Beavers are configured to carry six passengers (and a pilot), have the ability to cruise at 95 knots, and fly a distance of up to 625nm. Height on land is 4.3 meters.

To learn more about Air Whitsunday, their official website can be found at :

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