Parafield Aviation Heritage Centre opens

Thursday 12 April, 2018

Parafield Airport is today celebrating 90 years of aviation history with the official opening of the Parafield Aviation Heritage Centre.

Housed in the old fire station building on Kings Road, the Centre includes memorabilia and historical accounts from Parafield Airport and South Australia’s early aviation pioneers.

Managing Director, Mark Young, said Parafield Airport was Adelaide’s main aerodrome from 1927 to 1955. It was a port of call in early transcontinental air races, and welcomed Queen Elizabeth II during her Australian Coronation tour in 1954.

“The idea of the Parafield Aviation Heritage Centre is to display items showcasing key themes and events that have occurred at Parafield Airport over the past 90 years,” Mr Young said.
“The old airport fire station has turned out to be the perfect location. We anticipate the Centre will become a focal visitor attraction for the northern suburbs and an educational hub for school groups to learn more about Parafield Airport’s rich history.

“A significant number of aviation and heritage experts have provided their support over the past year to create what you see today and I congratulate everyone who has played a part in bringing this project to fruition.”

Mr Young said Parafield Airport had put the call out for volunteers with a keen interest in aviation history to help run the Centre, with a number of local community members keen to be involved.
Parafield Airport also would like to hear from anyone who may have their own piece of aviation history from the past 90 years and may be willing to donate or loan their memorabilia to the Centre.

Parafield Airport was first used as an “all over” aerodrome in 1927, when Miller Aviation Company (later MacRobertson Miller Airways in Western Australia) and Australian Aerial Services moved from “the main aerodrome” at Albert Park. Later that year, on 26 November 1927, the Royal Aero Club of South Australia built a hangar at Parafield, and bought two aircraft for passenger and training purposes.

On May 29, 1929 two De Havilland Hercules Airlines, carrying 21 passengers, arrived at Parafield from Perth on the inaugural flight of the East-West Service. On October 1, 1929, 16 aircraft landed at Parafield in the course of the East-West Air Race from Sydney to Perth.

Adelaide welcomes first direct Newcastle flight with FlyPelican

22 March, 2018

Adelaide Airport has welcomed today’s arrival of FlyPelican’s inaugural flight between Newcastle (NSW) and Adelaide – the first regular airline service between the two cities.
FlyPelican will operate three weekly flights per week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to service tourism and business markets.

Passengers on the inaugural service will include the Newcastle Jets A-League team and supporters travelling to Adelaide ahead of their clash with Adelaide United on Friday night.
Newcastle is a growing tourism destination on the edge of Sydney’s northern suburbs and these new flights will capitalise on this market, providing increased access to Adelaide and its regions.
FlyPelican has partnered with Alliance Airlines to operate the service, with the flight crew to be based in Adelaide.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new service was a welcome addition to Adelaide’s growing domestic network.

“Newcastle has been one of our largest unserved markets and we’ve been keen to secure a service between our two cities for some time,” Mr Young said.

“It is Australia’s second largest regional city with many similarities to Adelaide, including its defence focus and proximity to the Hunter Valley wine region.

“It also provides a great alternative for passengers wanting to travel to and from the Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast regions without having to land in Sydney and find other transport options to get to Newcastle.”

South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said: “The new direct link from Newcastle is a welcome addition to South Australia’s growing aviation success story.
“More visitors are choosing to come to South Australia than ever before, and we’re committed to keeping this momentum by growing aviation and delivering great events and marketing campaigns to showcase our state as a sought after destination,” Mr Harrex said.

“In less than two and a half hours, visitors from Newcastle and Sydney’s northern suburbs can be exploring our city or heading out to one of our world class tourism regions”.

FlyPelican CEO, Paul Graham, said: “As Newcastle’s local airline, it is important to us to provide services the community needs.

“We are proud and excited to expand our network and give travellers greater choice with the new Adelaide direct route.”


Adelaide scores Platinum for going green

16 March, 2018

Adelaide Airport has secured Platinum status for its environmental initiatives, in results announced by ACI (Airport Councils International) Asia-Pacific.

The results from the Green Airports Recognition 2018 place Adelaide Airport at the top of its passenger category for its waste management program. Adelaide was named as a Gold recipient in 2017 for its energy management program.

The award recognises airports that demonstrate their commitment in achieving outstanding accomplishments in environmental projects.

ACI Asia-Pacific said its objective was to minimise aviation’s impact on the environment and to recognise airport members who haven outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects. The theme for recognition in 2018 was ‘waste minimisation’.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the airport had long been recognised as an environmental leader.

“We have the largest airport rooftop solar project in Australia, we’re involved in a stormwater harvesting scheme with SA Water, and we’ve reduced our energy usage by 10 per cent over the past year,” Mr Young said.

“On the theme of waste minimisation, we’ve recently introduced a back-of-house organics waste scheme with our terminal food and beverage tenants and trialled the use of compostable coffee cups. Overall, we’ve achieved a 28 per cent diversion from landfill through our waste minimisation program.

“We aim to be a top tier airport in our region, and our environmental initiatives are a key part of that.”

The Green Airports Recognition was established by ACI Asia-Pacific with the support of ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Environment Committee. The Recognition’s objective is to promote environmental best practices to minimise aviation’s impact on the environment and to recognise ACI Asia-Pacific airport members who have outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects.

Happy Birthday Geoff Eastwood

Next Sunday the 11th March will be Geoff’s 77th birthday (yes, 7 years since his 70th).

So there will be an all day party of Flying; Eating; drinking; and all round partying !!! At GOOLWA AIRPORT, Everyone invited, yes, everyone, and it’s a holiday the next day so no excuses, don’t miss it. Just turn up, plenty of food and drink.

fiveDME celebrating 10 years in April 2018

It seemed so long ago that 5 years service was not in sight but now as we approach 10 years I look back over the multitude of things we have covered and am amazed at what can be done in ten years.

I remember my first photos were taken at Aldinga and my first video was of a Singapore 747 freight flight being pushed back at Adelaide.

Another highlight was getting the Antonov 124 back in 2010 from airside within metres of the runway. I remember the pilot wheel barrowed it two thirds of the length of the runway before engaging the lift dumpers and dropping the back end onto the runway like a brick. The plane was full on gear for the military including explosives.

I could go on about the hundreds of things we have covered but the most important thing to me is the people we have met and the friends we have made. Without the people, aviation would not be so interesting and those that have helped us out over the years have been responsible for the amazing footage and photos we get.

2018 is a milestone in the history of fiveDME. Other aviation sites have come and gone but fiveDME is still there and growing more than ever. We have introduced new team members last year including Neal & Susan Billet plus, we have Lucianne Van Gelder as one of our on location reporters. Combine all this with the original team of Me, David Hales, David Wilkie & Graham Wilkie and we have one of the best crews I could hope for to cover aviation events.

At fiveDME we a so grateful to all those that have helped us in the past and we look forward to a long future with old friends and new.

David Hales
Team Leader & Founder