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Clement Charpentreau
Project Sunrise: Qantas tests world’s longest non-stop flight

The Australian company Qantas is about to run its first test of an ultra-long-haul flight between New York and Sydney, a journey of nearly 20,000 kilometers that should take about 20 hours non-stop....


Ruta Burbaite
Student pilot lands plane after instructor passes out mid-flight

What was supposed to be his first lesson on a two-seater plane turned into a crash course on how to fly and land a light aircraft solo. A trainee pilot was forced to take over the controls and make an emergency landing after his flight instructor collapsed mid-flight. With the guidance of air traffic control, the student managed to land the plane safely at an airport in Perth, Australia....


AeroTime Team
Airbus working on A320 software fix, Australian TSB says

Airbus is working on the A320 software update after Virgin Australia Regional Airlines’ close-call near Perth (Australia) in 2015. The update concerns alert priority in times when pilots receive multiple alerts and high workload, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)....


AeroTime Team
Boeing Australia unveils new support UAV concept “Loyal Wingman”

Boeing Australia has introduced a concept of its new drone jet, capable of smart teaming with existing military aircraft. The aircraft will be able to fly independently, as well as with other aircraft to provide support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and electronic warfare....


AeroTime Team
The Australian Roulettes take their iconic PC-9 for a last spin

Roulettes have the ability to make our heads spin. It does not come as a surprise then that the Royal Australian Air Force chose this name for its aerobatic display team. The patrol performs about 150 flight shows a year, in Australia and abroad. After years of flying, their PC-9s are to be retired, but not without a last display of their skills. Luckily, their next stop from RAAF might be closer than you think....


Zivile Zalagenaite
Big surprise: Qantas buys Alliance Airlines share incognito?

On February 1, 2019, Qantas released an official statement claiming it has bought a 19.99% stake in Alliance Airlines - an Australian charter airline. With an average price of $2.40 AUD per share, the purchase cost the Australian flag carrier $60 million AUD ($ 43.56 million)....


Ruta Burbaite
Boeing 737 deployed to fight wildfires as world’s new “fireliner”

Boeing aircraft seem to be taking on new roles recently. From a “flying pad” of Virgin Orbit’s satellite air-launch program to, this time, a water-bomber: in a world’s first, a modified version of the B737 passenger plane has been used to fight wildfires....


AeroTime Team
Virgin Australia performs meditation flight

On October 11, 2018, Virgin Australia flew a dedicated meditation flight (VA9002) from/to Sydney, Australia. An hour-long affair was dedicated to promote mindfulness living, as well as aid anxious travelers....


AeroTime Team
Opinion: the importance of checklists in single-pilot operations

One of the issues raised in the investigation of a Melbourne (Australia) air crash that killed five people was the importance of pilots sticking to any pre-flight checklists....


AeroTime Team
How to get a plane in the air without taking off

Qantas Airways can lift an Airbus A330 and even larger planes off the ground using giant hydraulic jacks....