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The 2011 Australian International Airshow was held at Avalon, Victoria on 1-6 March, with the organizers announcing
record total attendance for all trade and public days in excess of 180,000. Emma Kelly reports.
Aeromil Paci c, the regional distributor of Cessna
aircra , has submitted an application to Australia s
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to launch
two pilot-training schools.
The move is an attempt by the company to
revitalise the local general aviation sector as well as
creating a whole new generation of buyers of Cessna
aircra , says Managing Director Steve Padgett.
e schools will be established this year at Sydney s
Bankstown Airport and Aeromil s base at Sunshine
Coast Airport in ueensland. Aeromil hopes to
receive its licence by June, says Padgett.
Padgett says the idea arose from Aeromil s 'Cessna
in the City promotion, when it opened a store in
Sydney s central business district to sell aircra and
services. at promotion resulted in "a couple of
hundred" people signing up, saying they would like
to learn to y.
" e enthusiasm for ying has dropped o , but
there s still a lot of people who would love to y and
we want to attract that new generation," Padgett says.
e initial plans for the schools envisage piston-
prop eets of about ten Cessna 172s and 20 Cessna
Light Sport 162 Skycatchers. "We want to get the
philosophy right rst, establish it and grow," Padgett
says, adding that the move is "not an insigni cant
Aeromil brought a Cessna Citation CJ4 light jet
and a Skycatcher to Avalon for the rst time. e
eight-passenger CJ4, which has a range of over 2,000
nautical miles (3,710km) and a top speed of 453
knots (839kmh), was due to conduct demonstrations
around the country following the show.
Aeromil Paci c has already sold 30 Skycatchers in
Australia, says Padgett. "If we had 100, we could sell
100," he adds.
e two-passenger, all-metal Skycatcher has a
range of 400 nautical miles, a top speed of 118 knots
and a maximum takeo weight of 599kg. e aircra
features a Garmin G300 glass cockpit. n
Aeromil Pacific brought a Cessna Skycatcher to the Avalon show for the first time.
Australia is aiming to become the rst country in the
world to commission a joint civil-military air tra c
management (ATM) system by the end of the decade.
A request for tender is expected to be issued for
the project by the end of this year, with Airser vices
Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
currently evaluating responses to a request for
information (RFI) that was issued last year.
In April 2010, Airser vices and the RAAF signed
a joint operational concept agreement to develop
and implement harmonised civil and military ATM.
is was followed in May by the joint RFI, aimed at
examining industry capabilities and new technolog y.
Airser vices says the request generated about 20
responses, which are now being evaluated.
Airservices Chief Executive O cer Greg Russell
told a Civil/Military Aviation Conference during the
Avalon air show that options are now being considered
and business cases are being developed for evaluation.
"Outcomes from the joint RFI process will be
detailed in a joint industry brie ng, which will be
scheduled for later this year," Russell says.
Airser vices current ATM system, e Advanced
Australian Air Traffic Management System
(TAAATS), will reach its end of life in 2017, while
the RAAF is working to a similar timescale with its
Air 5431 project to replace its Australian Defence Air
Tra c System (ADATS).
"What we have now in Australia is a unique
opportunity, in which both the military and civilian
ATM systems are approaching their end of life. is
presents a generational opportunity to procure a
common ATM platform for Australia," says Russell.
Airser vices and the RAAF are working together
under the Australia Civil-Military ATM Committee
(AC-MAC), with a number of groups looking at joint
procurement, cross-training and sharing of facilities,
says Airservices. e committee s aims are to improve
airspace e ciency, joint training and greater industry
"We are exploring areas of co -operation as fully as
possible," says Airservices. "No-one has really done this
fully, everyone is looking at Australia as a test-bed."
For Airser vices, the project will be the organisation s
"greatest challenge" since the introduction of TAAATS
in the 1990s, says Russell.
e new ATM system will require a single ight-
data region to allow more operational exibility,
he adds. e system will also have to be capable of
dynamic and flexible configuration to allow for
upgrades and future technologies to be incorporated,
while o ering greater business continuity and the
potential to improve work practices and workforce
Australia aims for civil-military ATM first
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