• 9M-MXC Boeing 737-8H6/W (MSN 40130) of Malaysia Airlines at Perth Airport – Wed 27 Aug 2014.
    9M-MXC Boeing 737-8H6/W (MSN 40130) of Malaysia Airlines at Perth Airport – Wed 27 Aug 2014. Wearing One World markings, it is seen here taking off from runway 21 at 3:22 pm. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • N662CP Gulfstream Aerospace GV-SP (G550) (MSN 5107) at Perth Airport – Wed 27 Aug 2014.
    N662CP Gulfstream Aerospace GV-SP (G550) (MSN 5107) at Perth Airport – Wed 27 Aug 2014. Landing on runway 03 at 11:22 am. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • A8-140 General Dynamics F-111C crew escape module at RAAFA Museum – Mon 25 Aug 2014.
    A8-140 General Dynamics F-111C crew escape module at RAAFA Museum – Mon 25 Aug 2014. An interesting new display at the RAAFA Museum in Bull Creek is this escape module from an F-111C. Photo © Keith Anderson
  • A8-140 General Dynamics F-111C crew escape module at RAAFA Museum – Mon 25 Aug 2014.
    A8-140 General Dynamics F-111C crew escape module at RAAFA Museum – Mon 25 Aug 2014. An interesting new display at the RAAFA Museum in Bull Creek is this escape module from an F-111C. Photo © Keith Anderson
  • A2-296 Bell UH-1H Iroquois (MSN 13296) at RAAFA Museum – Mon 25 Aug 2014.
    A2-296 Bell UH-1H Iroquois (MSN 13296) at RAAFA Museum – Mon 25 Aug 2014. In a new exhibit at the RAAFA Museum in Bull Creek, this Huey looks like it just rolled out of the showroom. It’s in the open, between the two museum buildings which allows for some good photo opportunities. Photo © Keith Anderson
  • 9M-XXT Airbus A330-343 (MSN 1549) of Air Asia X in special “Xcintillating PhoeniX” livery
    9M-XXT Airbus A330-343 (MSN 1549) of Air Asia X in special “Xcintillating PhoeniX” livery at Perth Airport – 23 August 2014. Taking off from runway 03 at 6:51 am. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • VH-VLT Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600 (MSN 14501107) owned by Marcplan Charter Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sat 23 Aug 2014.
    VH-VLT Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600 (MSN 14501107) owned by Marcplan Charter Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sat 23 Aug 2014. Taxying for a runway 03 departure at 12:59 pm Photo © Keith Anderson
  • VH-XWC MBB BK117 B-2 (MSN 7232) of Heliwest at Jandakot Airport – Thurs 21 Aug 2014.
    VH-XWC MBB BK117 B-2 (MSN 7232) of Heliwest at Jandakot Airport – Thurs 21 Aug 2014. Departing Jandakot at 1:11 pm Photo © Keith Anderson
  • 9M-MXA Boeing 737-8H6 (MSN 40128/3421) of Malaysia Airlines, special retro colours, with "40 Years of Malaysia Hospitality 1972-2012" titles, at Perth Airport - Wed 20 Aug 2014.
    9M-MXA Boeing 737-8H6 (MSN 40128/3421) of Malaysia Airlines, special retro colours, with "40 Years of Malaysia Hospitality 1972-2012" titles, at Perth Airport - Wed 20 Aug 2014. Landing on runway 03 at 2:03 pm. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • ZK-OKC Boeing 777-219ER (MSN 34377/546) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport – Wed 20 Aug 2014.
    ZK-OKC Boeing 777-219ER (MSN 34377/546) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport – Wed 20 Aug 2014. Wearing the smart new black and white livery of Air New Zealand. The aircraft was the first Air New Zealand 777-200ER to be repainted in the new livery Landing on runway 03 at 5:25 pm. Photo © Matt Hannigan
  • *** 1st Visit to Perth ***
    *** 1st Visit to Perth *** A6-ENQ Boeing 777-31HER (MSN 41363) of Emirates at Perth Airport – Tues 19 Aug 2014. On short finals to runway 21 at 5:03 pm, sporting Pele World Cup decals. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • VH-NXE Boeing 717-200 (MSN 55063) of Qantas Link at Perth Airport – Sun 17 August 2014.
    VH-NXE Boeing 717-200 (MSN 55063) of Qantas Link at Perth Airport – Sun 17 August 2014. Taxying for a runway 03 departure at 4:42 pm with 9M-MTD also waiting at the holding point And VH-XZO landing Photo © Matt Hayes.
  • *** 1st Visit to Perth **
    *** 1st Visit to Perth ** HL-7438 Boeing 747-4B5FER Korean Air Cargo (MSN 33515) at Perth Airport – Sun 17 Aug 2014 Landing on runway 03 at 4:36 pm after a flight from Seoul Incheon Airport with equipment for Lady Gaga’s show in Perth on Wednesday 20th Aug. Photo © Keith Anderson
  • N499MC Boeing 747-47UF (MSN 29260) of Atlas Air at Perth Airport – Sat 16 Aug 2014.
    N499MC Boeing 747-47UF (MSN 29260) of Atlas Air at Perth Airport – Sat 16 Aug 2014. On short finals for runway 21 at 4:59 pm Photo © Matt Hayes.
  • N551CB Gulfstream 4 of AVN Air LLC at Perth Airport – Sat 16 Aug 2014.
    N551CB Gulfstream 4 of AVN Air LLC at Perth Airport – Sat 16 Aug 2014. Landing on runway 03 at 3:06 pm. Photo © Matt Hannigan.
  • VH-NZZ Agusta Westland AW139 (MSN 31146) owned by Helicopters NZ, at Jandakot Airport - Fri 15 Aug 2014.
    VH-NZZ Agusta Westland AW139 (MSN 31146) owned by Helicopters NZ, at Jandakot Airport - Fri 15 Aug 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • VH-LZJ SOCATA TBM 900 (MSN 1016) owned by Sarah Bely, at Jandakot Airport – Fri 15 Aug 2014.
    VH-LZJ SOCATA TBM 900 (MSN 1016) owned by Sarah Bely, at Jandakot Airport – Fri 15 Aug 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • VH-JEY Searey LSX (MSN 1LK585C) Amateur built Amphibious aircraft at Jandakot Airport – Fri 15 Aug 2014.
    VH-JEY Searey LSX (MSN 1LK585C) Amateur built Amphibious aircraft at Jandakot Airport – Fri 15 Aug 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • F-WWYB Airbus A350 at Perth Airport – Sunday 10 August 2014
    F-WWYB Airbus A350 at Perth Airport – Sunday 10 August 2014 On short finals to runway 21 at 3:11 pm Photo © Matt Hayes
  • A7-BAW Boeing 777-3DZER (MSN 41741/1071) named 'Rawdat Hotan', of Qatar Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth - Sat 9 August 2014. Flight QR900 from Doha, heading north east over the northern suburbs of Perth at 2,900 feet, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport's runway 21. Photo © David Eyre
    A7-BAW Boeing 777-3DZER (MSN 41741/1071) named 'Rawdat Hotan', of Qatar Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth - Sat 9 August 2014. Flight QR900 from Doha, heading north east over the northern suburbs of Perth at 2,900 feet, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport's runway 21. Photo © David Eyre
  • N50XC Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 (MDN 9275) of Bank of Utah Trustee at Perth Airport – Wed 6 Aug 2014
    N50XC Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 (MDN 9275) of Bank of Utah Trustee at Perth Airport – Wed 6 Aug 2014 1st Visit to Perth, taxying for a runway 03 departure at 11:18 am Photo © Keith Anderson.
  • VH-XMO Boeing 737-376 (MSN 23488) of Qantas Airways, operated by Express Freighters Australia Pty Ltd
    VH-XMO Boeing 737-376 (MSN 23488) of Qantas Airways, operated by Express Freighters Australia Pty Ltd At Perth Airport - Tues 5 Aug 2014. Taxying for a runway 06 departure at runway 03 at 5:30 pm Photo © Matt Hannigan
  • VH-KAN / 140016 North American T-28B Trojan (MSN 219-15 ) operated by AOG Services Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 3 August 2014. Built in 1955, ex 140016 (US Navy), N46984. Served in the early 1980s with US Navy training squadron VT-27, wearing side number D763 (later changed to G763) and continued with VT-27 until April 1983. VT-27 was the last US Navy training squadron to fly the T-28, later replaced by the Beech T-34C. In April 1984, 140016 was added to US civil aircraft register as N46984, registered to Dennis M Sherman, West Palm Beach, Florida. Registered VH-KAN on 19 February 2014. One of three T-28s now based at Jandakot, it is seen here landing on runway 06L. Photo © David Eyre
    VH-KAN / 140016 North American T-28B Trojan (MSN 219-15 ) operated by AOG Services Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 3 August 2014. Built in 1955, ex 140016 (US Navy), N46984. Served in the early 1980s with US Navy training squadron VT-27, wearing side number D763 (later changed to G763) and continued with VT-27 until April 1983. VT-27 was the last US Navy training squadron to fly the T-28, later replaced by the Beech T-34C. In April 1984, 140016 was added to US civil aircraft register as N46984, registered to Dennis M Sherman, West Palm Beach, Florida. Registered VH-KAN on 19 February 2014. One of three T-28s now based at Jandakot, it is seen here landing on runway 06L. Photo © David Eyre
  • VH-ICE Cirrus SR22 GTS (Gen 5) (MSN 4063) owned by Andrew Dean, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 3 August 2014. This Cirrus is brand new (built in 2014). Photo © David Eyre
    VH-ICE Cirrus SR22 GTS (Gen 5) (MSN 4063) owned by Andrew Dean, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 3 August 2014. This Jandakot-based Cirrus is brand new (built in 2014). Photo © David Eyre
  • 9M-XAA Airbus A330-301 (MSN 054) of AirAsia X, in World Cities special livery, named ‘Semangat Sir Freddie’, at Perth Airport – Fri 18 July 2014.
    9M-XAA Airbus A330-301 (MSN 054) of AirAsia X, in World Cities special livery, named ‘Semangat Sir Freddie’, at Perth Airport – Fri 18 July 2014. Taxying for a runway 03 departure at 4:10 pm Photo © Matt Hayes.
Boeing 737-8MAX of Virgin Australia. Artist impression copyright Boeing.

Boeing 737-8MAX of Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia has decided to accelerate deliveries of the aircraft to take advantage of its improved fuel efficiency.
Artist impression copyright Boeing.

29 August 2014 – copyright David Eyre

Following hot on the heels of Qantas Group’s loss announcement yesterday, Virgin Australia has also announced a loss.

Key points:

  • accelerating the delivery of Boeing 737 Max aircraft to 2018 instead of 2019, to benefit from fuel efficiency
  • two oldest leased A330s being withdrawn – VH-XFA and VH-XFB (VH-XFA has already been withdrawn)
  • selling 35% stake in frequent flyer program
  • includes a $46 million loss from its 60% stake in Tigerair Australia, which will not be profitable until the 2017 financial year.
  • Skywest is now fully integrated into Virgin Australia and its resources industry FIFO charter business has increased revenue contribution by 30% in the 2013/14 financial year.
VH-XFB Airbus A330-243 (MSN 0372) of Virgin Australia at Perth Airport - Friday 23 May 2014

VH-XFB Airbus A330-243 (MSN 0372) of Virgin Australia at Perth Airport – Friday 23 May 2014
Taking off from a wet runway 24 at 2:44 pm. This leased aircraft (formerly with Emirates) is to be returned to the lessor as soon as a new A330 VH-XFJ is delivered. Sistership VH-XFA has already been withdrawn.
Photo © Keith Anderson

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28 August 2014

  • Domestic and international operations to be split
  • Airbus A320: Five aircraft on order for Jetstar have been sold. Orders for 21 A320ceos have been converted to orders for the more-fuel-efficient A320neos, with delivery delayed by four years. This means that Jetstar (Qantas Group) has orders for a total of 99 A320neos;
  • Airbus A330-200: Two leased aircraft to leave the fleet when their leases expire in late 2015 (believed to be VH-EBH and VH-EBI);
  • Boeing 737-800: Two to be disposed of – one from Qantas Domestic (believed to be VH-VYI, which is already on Boeing’s website as available for lease), plus one from Qantas JetConnect;
  • Boeing 767-300ER: Fleet to be withdrawn earlier than planned – all ten remaining 767s to go by the end of 2014;
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner: The first of 50 Boeing 787 options and purchase rights have been deferred again, from 2016 to 2017;
  • $2.6 billion non-cash writedown of the value of the Qantas International fleet;
  • $428 million in redundancy and restructuring expenses;
  • $400 million in non-cash costs related to early aircraft retirements;
  • Underlying loss before tax of $646 million, excluding the above one-off costs and writedowns;
  • 2,500 staff have been made redundant out of the 5,000 previously announced

Many aviation industry analysts, Qantas staff and independent Senator Nick Xenophon are calling for the Qantas Chairman Leigh Clifford and CEO Alan Joyce to step down:

VH-EBB Airbus A330-201 (MSN 522) of Qantas at Perth Airport – Friday 1 August 2014

VH-EBB Airbus A330-201 (MSN 522) of Qantas at Perth Airport – Friday 1 August 2014
1st visit to Perth after being returned to Qantas service from Jetstar, landing on runway 03 at 4:06 pm. Two A330s will be returned to lessors at the end of lease, in late 2015.
Photo © Matt Hannigan

VH-XZE Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39369/4421) of Qantas, named 'Pine Creek', at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre

VH-XZE Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39369/4421) of Qantas, named ‘Pine Creek’, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Taxying in on Taxiway A at 17:37, as flight QF1089 from Newman.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-OGI Boeing 767-338ER (MSN 25246/387) of Qantas, named ‘City of Port Augusta’, at Perth Airport – Fri 18 July 2014. Landing on runway 03 at 14:53 as flight QF651 from Brisbane. After spending millions of dollars on cabin upgrades for their 767s, Qantas is to retire the entire fleet in early 2015. Photo © David Eyre

VH-OGI Boeing 767-338ER (MSN 25246/387) of Qantas, named ‘City of Port Augusta’, at Perth Airport – Fri 18 July 2014.
Landing on runway 03 at 14:53 as flight QF651 from Brisbane. After spending millions of dollars on cabin upgrades for their 767s, Qantas is now to retire the entire fleet by the end of 2014.
Photo © David Eyre

Airbus A320neo of Jetstar. Artists impression copyright Airbus.

Airbus A320neo of Jetstar.
Artists impression copyright Airbus.

Bombardier Global Express XRS Photo copyright Bombardier Aerospace

Bombardier Global Express XRS
Photo copyright Bombardier Aerospace

22 August 2014.

Crown Resorts has announced that it is to acquire three Bombardier Global Express XRS aircraft at a cost of $100 million, to replace its current fleet of three Gulfstream jets.

Crown’s existing fleet of Gulfstream aircraft were acquired between 1995 and 2010:

  • VH-CCC Gulfstream G-V (MSN 581) (built in 1999) (an aircraft previously used for CIA rendition flights);
  • VH-CGF Glufstream G-IV (MSN 1083) (built in 1988)
  • VH-CRQ Gulfstream G-V (MSN 603) (built in 2000)

Crown Resorts is one of Australia’s largest casino and entertainment groups. The jets are used to transport the biggest gamblers – known as ‘high rollers’ or ‘whales’ to James Packer’s casino resorts in Melbourne, Perth, Macau and London. Crown will also build a casino in Sydney and possibly Las Vegas.

The new Global Express XRS aircraft are configured with 15 seats and nine sleeping berths and passengers will be receive a five-star food and drink service.

VH-CCC Gulfstream 5 (MSN 581) owned by Crown Casinos Melbourne at Perth Airport – Wed 23 July 2014

VH-CCC Gulfstream 5 (MSN 581) owned by Crown Casinos Melbourne at Perth Airport – Wed 23 July 2014
Taxying for a runway 03 departure at 1:02 pm
Photo © Matt Hannigan

VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Wed 5 February 2014. Photo © David Eyre

VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Wed 5 February 2014
Crown Melbourne operates casino and hotel complexes in Melbourne and Perth, with joint venture casinos in Macau.
On final approach to runway 21 at 16:06, arriving from Sydney. It departed at 17:30 to Seletar. Built in 1988. Ex N1761Q, HB-ITZ, VH-CCC.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-CRQ Gulfstream Aerospace G.V (cn 603) owned by Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Sun 17 August 2014

VH-CRQ Gulfstream Aerospace G.V (cn 603) owned by Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Sun 17 August 2014
Taxying for a runway 03 departure at 1:29 pm
Photo © Keith Anderson

VH-NHC Embraer 120ER Brasilia (MSN 120152) of Network Aviation, at Perth Airport - Thu 17 July 2014. Landing on runway 03 at 16:23, arriving from East Juardi mine. Network Aviation will be retiring its Brasilia fleet this year. Photo © David Eyre

VH-NHC Embraer 120ER Brasilia (MSN 120152) of Network Aviation, at Perth Airport – Thu 17 July 2014.
Landing on runway 03 at 16:23, arriving from East Juardi mine.
Photo © David Eyre

1 August 2014 – Copyright David Eyre

Network Aviation retired the last of its Embraer 120 Brasilia aircraft on 31 July 2014.

VH-NHY flew its final revenue service from Leonora to Perth, followed by VH-NHC returning from Degrussa.

Their first Brasilia, VH-NIF (later registered VH-NHY)  entered service with Network in early 2000. Their fleet reached a maximum of seven Brasilias.

Reg when in service MSN First flight Ex registrations Date and registration when delivered to Perth Date registered to Network Aviation Last service Fate
VH-NHA 120269 Dec 1991 PT-SUP, N209SW SkyWest (USA). 2 Jan 2005 as N209SW 11 Jan 2005 28 July 2014Mount Magnet-Perth Stored at Perth
VH-NHC (prev op as VH-TLZ) 120152 Oct 1989 PT-SPR, N152CA Comair, VH-TLZ Flight West. 22 Jul 2003 as VH-TLZ Jun 2003 (leased);5 Apr 2006 as VH-NHC (leased).8 Oct 2010 (registered to Network). 31 July 2014Degrussa-Perth**Last Brasilia service for Network Stored at Perth
VH-NHY (prev op as VH-NIF) 120054 11 Nov 1987 PT-SJX, N274UE Westair Commuter / United Express, VH-FNQ Flight West, VH-NIF, 10 Feb 2000 as VH-NIF 17 Jan 2000 as VH-NIF;19 Aug 2011 as VH-NHY. 31 July 2014Leonora-Perth Stored at Perth
VH-NHZ 120034 18 Dec 1986 PT-SJD, N186SW SkyWest (USA). 18 Feb 2006 as N186SW 8 Mar 2006 8 July 2013Paraburdoo-Perth Stored at Perth. Being stripped of spares in Network Aviation hangar.
VH-TFX 120079 1 May 1988 PT-SKW, N277UE Westair Commuter / United Express, VH-XFH Flight West, DQ-MUM Air Fiji, VH-RPA Regional Pacific. 20 Mar 2011 as VH-RPA 11 Nov 2010 as VH-RPA (leased);18 Apr 2011 as VH-TFX. 30 Jan 2014Laverton – Perth 2 June 2014: Flown Perth – Leinster – Darwin. Sold to Airnorth and reregistered VH-ANQ.
VH-TWF 120186 May 1990 PT-SQY, N197SW SkyWest (USA). 28 Mar 2006 as VH-TWF 27 Feb 2006 Late 2013 3 Feb 2014: Test flight from Perth.

2 June 2014: Flown Perth to Alice Springs.Stored at Alice Springs.

11 Aug 2014: Flown Alice Springs-Darwin.

15 August 2014: Flown Darwin-Denpasar (Bali).

VH-TWZ 120266 Oct 1991 PT-SUM, N207SW SkyWest (USA). 7 Jan 2005 as N207SW 1 Feb 2005 Late 2013 11 June 2014: Flown Perth to Adelaide.Stored at Adelaide.

 

F-WWYB Airbus A350-941 (MSN 005), the fifth of the Airbus development aircraft, taking off on its first flight at Toulouse, France, on 20 June 2014.  This is the aircraft which will visit Perth on 9/10 August 2014 as part of route proving flights leading to EASA certification later this year.  Photo copyright Airbus SAS/Master Films/A Doumenjou.

F-WWYB Airbus A350-941 (MSN 005), the fifth of the Airbus development aircraft, taking off on its first flight at Toulouse, France, on 20 June 2014.
This is the aircraft which will visit Perth on 10 August 2014 as part of route proving flights leading to EASA certification later this year.
Photo copyright Airbus SAS/Master Films/A Doumenjou.

18 July 2014 (UPDATED 7 August 2014)

Airbus will fly F-WWYB, the fifth of its new Airbus A350-900 development aircraft, from Doha, Qatar to Perth and return, as part of a series of route proving flights all over the world.

The A350 is scheduled to arrive in Perth from Doha at 3pm on 10 August 2014, departing back to Doha at 11pm.

This will be the first visit of this new type to Western Australia, and the second visit by the type to Australia – the same aircraft visited Sydney on 4 August 2014.

F-WWYB is one of five test aircraft and one of two (the other is F-WWCF, MSN 002) with a fully functional passenger cabin, containing 42 business class and 223 economy class seats. The A350 will be operated by Airbus flight crews, with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) pilots aboard as observers.

The flight test programme has already completed over 540 flights and 2,250 flight hours. Type Certification is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014.

Launch customer Qatar Airways will take the first delivery, in late 2014. Qatar Airways has ordered the 80 A350s (43 A350-900 and 37 A350-1000), and their CEO, Akbar Al-Baker, has declared that the A350 will be used on Perth services from early-2015. Qatar Airways had previously intended to use the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on Perth services from 1 February 2013, but electrical problems grounded the 787. Although the 787 grounding was later lifted, the airline decided that Perth is at the extreme end of the Boeing 787-8’s capabilities when flown from Doha. Currently, Qatar uses Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR on Doha-Perth services.

F-WWYB took off from Toulouse on the morning of 24 July 2014 on the first of the Route Proving test flights. Airbus says “The tests will demonstrate readiness for airline operations and will include high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services. Some flights will have passengers on board. The A350 world tour itinerary includes 14 major airports worldwide and one route via the North Pole.”

The route proving trials include four trips over a period of three weeks, as follows:

  • Trip one: Toulouse-Iqualuit-Frankfurt-Toulouse
  • Trip two: Toulouse-Hong-Kong-Singapore-Hong-Kong-Toulouse (Hong Kong to Singapore several times)
  • Trip three: Toulouse-Johannesburg-Sydney-Auckland-Santiago de Chile-Sao Paulo-Toulouse
  • Trip four: Toulouse-Doha-Perth-Doha-Moscow-Helsinki-Toulouse
Map showing A350 route proving trials

Map showing A350 route proving trials. (Copyright: Airbus)

NOTE: This information could be subject to change.

The WA Chapter of the Australian Aerobatics Club is hosting the WA State Aerobatics Competition at Murrayfield (near Mandurah) on 18 and 19 October 2014.

Adam Gibbs, President of the WA Chapter Australian Aerobatics Club advised AviationWA that there will be five categories, based on difficulty (Graduate, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited), plus a Cessna 152 trophy for the highest placed Cessna 152 pilot in the Graduate category.

For every category, the pilots must fly a Known aerobatics sequence in a ‘box’ of airspace measuring 1000 metres x 1000 metres x 1000 metres. Participating pilots are provided with the sequence at the start of the calender year, so the pilots have plenty of time to practice for it – hence the term ‘Known’.

Each manoeuvre is given a score out of 10 by judges on the ground, and this is multiplied by a difficulty factor (“K”).  Zero scores may be awarded for completely messing up the manoeuvre, flying too low, flying it in the wrong direction, etc. The total score for all the manoeuvres is tallied up along with any penalties and a score for positioning, and the pilot given an overall % score for the sequence.

In the Graduate category, pilots fly this Known twice, and then pilots are ranked on overall score to determine the winner. The current sequence is here: http://www.aerobaticsaustralia.com.au/sequences/2014/graduate2014.pdf (loop, half cuban, roll-off-the-top, 1-turn spin, stall turn, slow roll, 180 degree steep turn, 270 degree steep turn)

In every category above Graduate, the pilots must also fly a ‘Free’ sequence (a sequence they’ve designed themselves, that meets certain criteria and overall difficulty/K factor) and an ‘Unknown’ sequence (a sequence that is given to pilots the day before, that they cannot practice).

The scores from the Known, Free and Unknown are combined to give an overall percentage, and the contestants are then ranked.

At the end of the competition, there is usually a 4-minute freestyle flight, either a demonstration or an actual competition. This is for the pilots with the highest skill level and is more air-display type flying with tumbles, smoke and noise. The pilots are judged on extra things like creativity, positioning, energy, variety, etc.

The competition is open to any pilot with a General Flying Progress Test (GFPT) and Aerobatics endorsement. For insurance purposes, participating pilots must be at least a State member of the Australian Aerobatics Club, which is only $35 and can be sorted out that morning. If the pilot does not have a low level waiver, they can fly the sequence down to their normal 3000 feet AGL (Above Ground Level) or they can fly down to 1500 feet AGL with a safety pilot aboard who has the appropriate waiver.

There should be plenty of Cessna 152s and a Super Decathlon available, so pilots shouldn’t have any problems getting an aircraft to participate in. There will be a briefing at the start of each day to go over the rules, conditions, procedures, etc.

Adam Gibbs will also be available for coaching from the air or ground, if people want to get into it before the competition.

Any pilots interested in taking part can contact Adam Gibbs mobile: 0439 468 299, or email admin@wacaac.org. More details are available on the club’s website, http://www.wacaac.org/ .

Aircraft expected to attend (subject to change) include:

  • VH-IXN Extra EA-330LX
  • VH-WMX MXS Technologies MXS
  • VH-JKR Stephens Akro Laser 230 “The Joker”
  • VH-NBX Extra EA-300L
  • VH-WFX Extra EA-300L
  • VH-BQO Christen Eagle II
  • VH-NQX American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon
  • VH-AAZ American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon
  • …and some RACWA Cessna 152s.
VH-IXN Extra EA-330LX (MSN LC-007) of Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd/Awesome Aviation at Jandakot Airport - Sun 27 October 2013.

VH-IXN Extra EA-330LX (MSN LC-007) of Awesome Asset Securities Pty Ltd/Awesome Aviation at Jandakot Airport – Sun 27 October 2013.
This aircraft was built in 2011, and registered on 13 December 2011.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-NBX Extra EA300L (cn 082) of Neville Bergin at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 May 2013 – ACFT Open Day

VH-NBX Extra EA300L (cn 082) of Neville Bergin at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 May 2013 – ACFT Open Day
Built 1999 in Germany. Ex D-EXEA, G-EXEA.
Photo © Keith Anderson

VH-JKR Stephens Akro Laser 230 (MSN 1) of Aeros Casino Pty Ltd, 'The Joker', at RAAF Pearce Air Show - 19 November 2005.  The Laser 230 was the predecessor of the Zivko Edge 540, which later gained fame during the Red Bull Air Race series. Built in 1983, ex N388D, ZS-VAC.  Photo © David Eyre

VH-JKR Stephens Akro Laser 230 (MSN 1) of Aeros Casino Pty Ltd, ‘The Joker’, at RAAF Pearce Air Show – 19 November 2005.
The Laser 230 was the predecessor of the Zivko Edge 540, which later gained fame during the Red Bull Air Race series. Built in 1983, ex N388D, ZS-VAC.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-AAZ American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon (MSN 752-95) owned by Inverted Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport, Mon 9 December 2013.

VH-AAZ American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon (MSN 752-95) owned by Inverted Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport, Mon 9 December 2013.
Built in 1995.
Photo © David Eyre

VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81) Eagle Magic Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport 50th Anniversary, Jandakot Airport - Thu 21 November 2013.

VH-BQO Christen Eagle II (MSN V81) Eagle Magic Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport 50th Anniversary, Jandakot Airport – Thu 21 November 2013.
Parked outside the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, as part of a static display to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jandakot Airport, which officially opened on 1 July 1963.
Photo © David Eyre

Virgin Pier at Terminal 1 under construction at Perth Airport - Wed 16 July 2014. Photo © David Eyre

Virgin Pier at Terminal 1 under construction at Perth Airport – Wed 16 July 2014.
It has just been revealed that this is now 12 months behind schedule and will not be in use until June 2015. Virgin Australia and its shareholder and strategic partner Etihad Airways will use this pier, relocating operations from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
Photo © David Eyre

In an article in The West Australian newspaper, Geoffrey Thomas writes that construction of the $190 million Virgin Australia Pier and terminal at Perth Airport is now 12 months behind schedule and will not be in service until June 2015.

The Virgin Australia Pier, also know as the Domestic Pier, is an extension of the International Terminal (Terminal 1).

Virgin Australia is currently operating out of three terminals – Terminal 1 for international services and Terminal 2 for Virgin Australia Regional Airlines on the east side of the airport, plus Terminal 3 on the west side of the airport for mainline domestic services. Repeated delays in finishing construction of the Pier have cost the airline money and affected customer service.

In addition, Virgin Australia stakeholder and strategic partner Etihad Airways intends to co-locate its operations with Virgin Australia at the new Pier, to ease transfers between Virgin and Etihad flights and share airport facilities.

VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) - Sat 14 September 2013.

VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Sat 14 September 2013.
This 1988-build Squirrel seems to have replaced the previous SLSWA Squirrel,VH-FLL, which departed Perth on 7 September to Kalgoorlie, Bankstown, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.
Photo © Matt Hayes

Surf Life Saving WA is to build an emergency service hub and proper hangar for their helicopters at Fremantle Heliport, at Rous Head, Fremantle, with completion scheduled for early 2015.

The two helicopters – an AgustaWestland A119 Koala (VH-FOI), and a Eurocopter AS350 Soloy Super D (VH-ELR), are used for search and rescue, beach patrols, and shark spotting during the summer.

As seen in the above photo, the helicopters are currently housed in an open-ended, arch-shaped tent, resting on two shipping containers, which provides little protection from weather. The staff currently use a temporary demountable building.

The facility will be revamped to include a proper helicopter hangar, specialised surf life saving training facilities and a communications tower.

It will be funded through a $1.3 million Lotterywest grant, $490,000 of SLSWA’s reserve funds and a $50,000 donation from BlueScope steel for the building.

VH-FOI Augusta A119 (MSN 14523) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia at Fremantle Heliport – Sat 14 June 2014

VH-FOI Augusta A119 (MSN 14523) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia at Fremantle Heliport – Sat 14 June 2014
Photo © Keith Anderson

 

A6-EHH Airbus A340-642 (MSN 870) of Etihad Airways at Perth Airport - Wed 16 July 2014. Photo © Kirk Christie

A6-EHH Airbus A340-642 (MSN 870) of Etihad Airways at Perth Airport – Wed 16 July 2014.
The first service by Etihad is welcomed by a water cannon salute by the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service as it taxies in. Flight EY486 departed Abu Dhabi 45 minutes late and landed on runway 21 at Perth at 13:41 local (scheduled to be at the gate by 13:10), after a flight of 10 hours 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi. Although the first service was operated by an A340-600, the service is to be operated by A330-200 aircraft.
Photo © Kirk Christie

16 July 2014

Etihad Airways commenced its new daily service between Perth and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday 16 July 2014, with the first service operated by Airbus A340-600 A6-EHH.

Flight EY486 departed Abu Dhabi 45 minutes late and landed on runway 21 at Perth at 13:41 local (scheduled to be at the gate by 13:10), after a flight of 10 hours 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi.

Upon arrival, the aircraft was greeted by a water cannon salute by two fire trucks of the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, before it parked at Bay 51 at Terminal 1.

The return flight EY487 took off from runway 21 at 16:44 (scheduled departure from the gate was 15:55), landing at Abu Dhabi 10 hours 28 minutes later.

Perth is the Etihad’s fourth Australian destination after Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Etihad is a stakeholder in Virgin Australia and codeshares on Virgin flights to 13 Australian airports. The two airlines will both eventually operate from the new Domestic Pier at Terminal 1, when it opens in 2015.

The new Etihad service marks international option for WA travellers since Qantas all but abandonded the capital and putting 30 destinations within a one-stop reach.

The daily service will be normally operated by Etihad’s A330-200 aircraft, which have 22 Business and 240 Economy Class seats.

Etihad is the third Middle Eastern airline to operate Perth services, along with Qatar Airways (to Doha) and Emirates (to Dubai) with fast connections through to the UK and Europe.

Etihad has also announced its intention to use Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Perth services, sometime in 2016/2017.