Adelaide Airport records double digit international growth for the third consecutive year

Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) has reported strong total passenger growth of 5.0% and outstanding international passenger growth of 25.5% for the financial year ended 30 June 2014.

International passenger growth reflects both an improvement in load factors and a +17.0% increase in capacity, largely due to the commencement of Air Asia X and Jetstar’s international services in the second quarter which brought low cost international travel to the Adelaide market and the option of a second carrier on several popular routes.

The international growth continues the trend of outstanding international passenger growth seen at Adelaide Airport over the last few years, with growth of 13.0% and 14.8% reported for FY12 and FY13 respectively.

Managing Director Mark Young said “the 25.5% international passenger growth seen at Adelaide Airport is a remarkable result and crowns three consecutive years of double digit international passenger growth. Our consistent growth has caught the attention of international carriers and resulted in a substantial improvement in the availability of direct services out of Adelaide. We now have 53 international services operating directly from Adelaide per week, compared to 33 this time three years ago.”

Domestic performance was strong despite the tough operating environment with domestic passengers growing +3.5% to 6.2 million for the year. The domestic growth reflects both an improvement in average load factors and capacity increases across the network, with an additional 238,000 (+3.1%) seats in comparison to the previous corresponding period.

Regional passengers decreased by -4.7% on prior year primarily as a result of a reduction in resource industry related traffic, however, this somewhat stabilised in the second half.

F-111C A8-132 Final Journey

F-111C A8-132 Final Journey

Location: Edinburgh RAAF Base, South Australia

Time Frame: 12th August 2011

A special thanks to:

  • RAAF
  • Defence Public Relations

F-111C A8-132 ARRIVAL AT RAAF EDINBURGH 12 AUGUST 2011

5DME attended the official Media Event for the return of ex-ARDU F-111 A8-132 to RAAF base Edinburgh. We interviewed a past F-111 flight officer and spoke with the CEO of ARDU. Edinburgh is where F-111 A8-132 began it’s life for ARDU in Australia. More pictures to be added to our gallery soon.

The aircraft was not unloaded while we were there but the crew from Bell Heavy Haulage maneuvered the rig precisely and the Samaras crane team along with Airforce personnel lifted the wings onto dollies with precision. Hopefully, the aircraft will be reassembled over the next few weeks.

 

Transportation of F-111C A8-132

A8-132 a retired Royal Australian Air Force F-111C has just ended a four day road trip which began on Monday 8th August 2011 at Amberley RAAF Base in Queensland. The aircraft passed through several regional towns in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia before ending its journey at the Edinburgh RAAF Base. The aircraft had its wings and tail fin removed for the journey.

F-111’s were in service until the fleet was retired in December 2010 after 37 years of operation. A8-132 is to be on display at Edinburgh as of next year. A historic aircraft in its own right due to its extensive use as a flight trials aircraft by ARDU (Aircraft Research & Development Unit) at Edinburgh between 1979 and 1998. A8-132 was conceivably the most important F-111 in the fleet as it was used in the role in clearing new weapons for use.

30+ major trials were conducted by ARDU using A8-132. After its last trial in 1998 the F-111 A8-132 returned to the fleet to resume duties as a strike aircraft. The colour scheme of white lower surfaces and a camouflage upper surface provided contrast images when testing release of weapons during its time with ARDU.

A8-132 was the 8th aircraft from the production line destined for the RAAF in Australia. It arrived on 27th July 1973 and its last flight was on 24th May 2010 with over 4900 hours on the clock.

A8-132 will be reassembled over the coming weeks and will be placed on public display next year.

 

 

Photos by D2

 

RAAF F-111 A8-132 Returns to Edinburgh

Photos by D2

 

 

Article by David Hales using information supplied by Defence Public Relations.

Greenock Aviation Museum

Greenock Aviation Museum

Location: Greenock, South Australia

Time Frame: 20th May 2011

A special thanks to:

  • Lincoln Nitschke
5DME recently visited Lincoln Nitschke’s Greenock Aviation Museum. We were greeted by Lincoln on arrival and after a short chat were off touring the museum. 

BIO

Lincoln’s interest in avaition began in his teenage years. Learning to fly and subsequently being endorsed on several aircraft. During his early flying career visiting airfields abroad was common. At one field there were aircraft lining the sides of the runway. He could have started his collection then. However, it was not until later that the interest in collecting was started.

 

THE MUSEUMThe museum which is located north of Adelaide approximately 3 kilometres along the Kapunda Road out of Greenock is host to a Camberra Bomber, a P51 Mustang, many static displays, photographs, pictures and a collection of over 1400 1/72 scale models.

Visitors can browse at their own pace and Lincoln is a rich source of information about the displays and aviation history.

 

GROUP TOURS

Groups tours are welcomed and a barbeque can be arranged for groups of 20 or more. (conditions apply)

 

GIFT SHOP

There is a museum Gift Shop with books and memorabilia. Local cottage industry produce and craftwork from the Barossa region is also available.

 

MUSEUM HOURS (as advertised on our visit of 29th May 2011)

Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Corner of the Kapunda Road and Nitschke Road (approx. 3kms north of Greenock)

Adults $5, Children $2 (under 16)

Clubs and groups: adults $4, children $1 (under 16)

Barbeque costs: Adults $6, children $3 (under 16)

Afternoon tea: $3 for adults.

 

NOTE: Please visit the museum’s web site to confirm pricing and opening hours.

http://www.freewebs.com/greenockaviationmuseum/

 

Avalon Airshow 2011

From the 3rd – 6th of March 2011 5DME attended the Biannual Avalon Airshow in Victoria.

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This years Airshow was different to past shows because it was also celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force). There was a large contingent of military aircraft on show, as well as business and general aviation. Geelong turned on the sunshine (unlike previous years) for what was one of the best Airshows to date. A wide variety of aircraft either flew or was static on the ground. Some of the highlights were the amazing B1-B “Lancer” and it’s raw power, the F22 “Raptors” (static display only) & the C27J “Spartan”, the only transport aircraft that performs barrell rolls and loops.

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5DME wpould like to thank Laureen Deale and the Media Accreditations Team for assisting us with Media Access for the 4 days we were there. 5DME would also like to thank the Avalon Volunteers and the crew in the Media Centre, for all their help & making us feel at home. We are looking forward to attend the next Airshow in 2013.

 

fiveDME Avalon 2011/2013

Various images from Avalon Air Show 2011/2013

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AIRPORT WATCH OPERATIONAL TRIAL

Location: South Australia (YPAD)

Time Frame: April-May 2010

A special thanks to:

  • Office of Transport Security (OTS)
  • Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL)
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • South Australian Police (SAPOL)

Airport Watch – Adelaide Operational Trial

Over the past weeks 5DME have kept up-to-date with the Operational Trial of Airport Watch at Adelaide Airport. This week the trial is over and we bring to you our video summary of the period.

Previous information about the Operational Trial of Airport Watch:

19th April 2010. Today 5DME attended the launch of a Neigbourhood Watch style scheme called AIRPORT WATCH which is to be trialled at Adelaide Airport. The programme involves airport staff, airlines, crews, retailers and others operating from airport grounds participating by reporting suspicious activity.

The OTS (Office of Transport Security) in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, SA Police and AAL have developed the scheme. Adelaide Airport has stepped forward to be the trial host.

Adelaide Airport on any given day has 10,000 staff/workers in attendance from the various operators, contractors and services. That’s 10,000 pairs of ears & eyes that could possibly report out-of-the ordinary activities.

Airport Watch seeks to strengthen the security culture by involving the airport community. Incidents that might usually go unreported might now be reported due to the awareness Airport Watch will bring to the aviation community.

The idea being: If you see something suspicious, REPORT IT.

If you see something suspicious you are urged to call 131 AFP (131 237)

 

Points to remember:

What makes a person suspicious is not the colour of their skin, their ethnic culture, or their gender. It is what they do, where they are, how they are behaving.

Airport Watch is not aimed at targeting legitimate activities. (E.G. planespotting).

The aviation enthusiast community in Adelaide has been included in the trial.

Visitors to the airport are encouraged to report suspicious activity.

For example, people that could report suspicious activity may include:

        • Taxi Drivers
        • Bus Drivers
        • Couriers
        • Passengers
        • Visitors
        • Aviation Enthusiasts

 

Once the trial is completed Airport Watch is likely to be introduced at a number of Australian airports.

NOTE: As of 2011 Adelaide Airport has adopted the Airport Watch Program and now has active group participating with Airport Watch. Other airports should follow when OTS proceeds with the official roll-out.

Information source: AAL, Office of Transport Security. Photo: AAL. Video 5DME.