Episode 379: Steve’s turn to Visit Fiji

Steve’s relaxing in Fiji but still takes a moment to chat with Grant & record some content for the OzDesk before going back to his strenuous relaxation program.

Virgin Australia were the most punctual airline in October but Steve’s aborted take off in one of their aircraft heading to Fiji won’t be helping them achieve the same result in November’s results. Ooops.

Meanwhile, following on from our story last month about Alliance Airlines getting their Fokkers serviced in Austria, it seems that Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines (that’s AUSTRIAN not AUSTRALIAN :) ) are taking a 12% stake in Alliance in return for giving them Austrian’s old Fokkers. Let the “Old Fokker” jokes commence!

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Episode 378: Ice ice baby!

Big news this week as the RAAF lands one of their C17s on the Wilkins ice runway in Antarctica.

The RAAF may also be looking at a new, bigger VIP aircraft as our Prime Minister needs a bigger executive jet to take his entourage with him on longer summit missions.

Despite the PM considering a bigger jet, mining magnate & politician Clive Palmer is trying to offload his lovely Citation X as well as his MD80s that have been sitting around for a while. Ooops, guess the mining boom is indeed coming to an end.

Meanwhile, shifting over to Steve’s favourite airline: TigerAir’s first 737 has been seen in the wild (as opposed to their usual A320s). These aircraft will be operated to Bali by Virgin Australia tech crew (TigerAir’s owner) but with TigerAir cabin crew & a 1-class seating layout (some might say “no class” but we digress…).

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Episode 377: All Air Showed Out

No segment for this episode as Steve’s busy with his day job and Grant’s recovering from doing commentary at the Armidale Air Show (well, OK, so he’s really recovering from the post air show partying, but the result is the same :) ).

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Episode 376: It’s all Back in Black

Grant’s not letting his birthday get in the way of recording an OzDesk but Steve’s been loading up the articles so this could be a long one!

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Episode 375: Angels Passing Gas

Steve’s had a good time being Em-Cee at the OzRunways fundraiser for Angel Flight with Matt Hall in the Regal Air hangar at Bankstown in Sydney but now it’s back to work and producing the OzDesk.

In the news today, CASA says it’ll listen to industry yet also says that it’s losing money which is rather odd for a government department.

Over in the Military world, a RAAF KC30A has refuelled a RAAF E7A Wedgetail during operations over the Middle East Region. This is the same E7A that has been given some rather interesting WW2 style nose art with Simpsons references.

Finally, Tracey Curtis-Taylor is on her way from the UK to Sydney, Australia in a Boeing Stearman. She’s currently transiting the Middle East and you can track her progress on her Bird in a Biplane website.

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