F-111C A8-132 Final Journey
Location: Edinburgh RAAF Base, South Australia
Time Frame: 12th August 2011
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Greenock Aviation Museum
Location: Greenock, South Australia
Time Frame: 20th May 2011
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From the 3rd – 6th of March 2011 5DME attended the Biannual Avalon Airshow in Victoria.
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.
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
Location: South Australia (YPAD)
Time Frame: April-May 2010
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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:
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.
Aerial Fire Fighting in South Australia
In January 2010, 5DME visited the CFS bases at Brukunga and Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. We had a chance to talk to the personnel, including the pilots of the Erickson Air Crane. Everyone was most helpful and provided plenty of useful information for the 5DME pages.
We also had a talk to David Smith from Airservices Australia to find out how aerial fire fighting is handled by air traffic controllers.
Click the links to learn about each aircraft type and ATC:
- Air Crane (Erickson Air Crane) view…
- Air Tractors (AeroTech) view…
- Air Traffic Control (Airservices Australia) view…
- Bell Helicopters (McDermott) view…
- Spotter Aircraft (coming soon)
Photos from Brukunga and Woodside
See the 5DME Photo Gallery for images of the aircraft mentioned in this article.
SA Country Fire Service (CFS Media)
Brukunga, Air Crane Pilots: Keith Gill & Bill Neckels
Woodside Contact: Sam McCabe
Air Tractor Video: NWS 9 Adelaide
Airservices Australia: David Smith
Story & Audio Post Production: David H.
Photos: David H & David Wilkie.
Interview conducted by Nigel Daw.