Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

CASA’s drone delivery road test

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is working with Google parent company Alphabet to “road test” ways of assessing the risks involved with using drones to deliver packages and other items. The move comes as CASA is working its way through more than 900 responses to its review into drone safety and estimates of the number recreational and professional drone users in Australia may have topped the 100,000 mark.

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Top End to benefit from new narrow body jets

Airports in northern Australia are likely to benefit from the flexibility new fuel fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft give airlines, CAPA Centre for Aviation executive chairman Peter Harbison has predicted. Single-aisle aircraft from the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737MAX families are set to make their presence felt on trans-Atlantic routes thanks to airlines such as budget carrier Norwegian Air.

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Solar just the start for Brisbane Airport’s sustainability focus

It will be the southern hemisphere’s biggest commercial rooftop solar array, an 11,675 square-metre field of 7,133 solar panels covering Brisbane Airport’s international terminal. And that’s only part of a bigger 6 megawatt system spread across six Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) sites. At 36,000 square metres, the overall system is twice the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and will need 200kms of cabling to hook it up.

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RFDS warns airstrip upkeep is essential for Rural Health Service

The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program may operate under the auspices of Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, but Royal Flying Doctor Service chief Martin Laverty sees it as an essential health service for rural Australians. His argument is straight forward:  if RFDS flights can’t land in an emergency or if they can’t ferry in GPs, dentists and psychologists for vital preventative health services, it means rural people do not have access ...

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ATSB supports Airport Safety Week

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has joined the aviation industry in supporting Airport Safety Week, Chief Commissioner, Greg Hood, attended this year’s launch at Parliament House. The annual safety campaign is a great opportunity to show the travelling public that the global aviation industry always puts safety at the forefront.

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New CASA chief to push hard on reg reform

A year after moving into the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) top job in an acting capacity, director of aviation safety Shane Carmody is pushing hard to break the authority’s legendary regulatory logjam. While that’s been an aspiration of every incoming CASA boss for the past two decades, Carmody has an advantage over some of his predecessors: he’s been there before.

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