RIP Capt. Paul Daw 1957 – 2017

We morn the loss of a friend and all round great guy. The fiveDME crew are devastated at the death of Capt. Paul Daw in an air crash at Renmark in South Australia on 30-05-2017.

We all new Paul from our involvement with the aviation industry here in South Australia. Paul was an avid plane spotter and most of the spotting community knew him very well. Paul also assisted me when I first started fiveDME and I will always be grateful.

We all see these incidents on the news all the time but it hits hard when it’s in one’s own circle.

Most pilots have a job.  Paul was always doing something with aviation. Whether flying for work, on airport crawls with his brother Nigel (Plane Spotting) or volunteering as the (Aviation) Collection Manager at the South Australian Aviation Museum. It was Paul’s life.

He always had time for anyone and he would always ask how you were doing, especially, if he’d not seen you in a while. He made time to do anything related to aviation.

We will never forget!

RIP Paul

David and all the crew at fiveDME.


Adelaide Airport to trial new body scanner

Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Adelaide Airport will today start a month-long trial of a high-speed full body scanner to help

passengers clear the central security screening point faster.

The Rohde & Schwarz Quick Personnel Security Scanner completes a scan in a matter of

seconds, automatically detecting potentially dangerous items. It will operate in addition to the

current four screening lanes at Adelaide Airport.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new scanning technology, which

was already in place across the UK and Europe, would make it easier and quicker to scan


“The open plan design means passengers simply stand in front of the scanner with their arms

held slightly away from the body,” Mr Young said.

“This will make for a more pleasant experience, particularly for customers with medical

conditions or those with medical implants who might otherwise activate an alarm at the current

‘walk through’ metal detectors.

“Objects are recognised by an evaluation of the reflected (backscattered) microwave signal.

“The system is considered very safe. The microwaves are of very low intensity, and several

orders of magnitude below the signal level of mobile phones.

“If the scanner reports an alarm, the location of the object is marked on a generic graphic of

the human body – with no identifying features – preserving the privacy of passengers.”

The trial will take place from 19 April to 19 May.

Barossa Air Show less than a month away!

All the team at fiveDME are gearing up for the Barossa Air Show. We are all sitting on the edge of our seats for another great display at Rowland Flat Aerodrome.

We’ll have our mobile studio set up and recording live at the show. Special guests and events from the day will all be going out on line!

We’d be happy to talk with you about aviation! Perhaps, you’d even like to be interviewed.

Barossa Air Show supports lots of charities, please come along for a great family day out and help to support a worthy cause!

We hope to see you there. Just call in on our studio.

Tickets available at the gate. For more info visit


Adelaide Airport reaches 8 million passengers in 2016

Tuesday 17 January, 2017

Adelaide Airport welcomed its 8 millionth passenger in a calendar year for the first time in 2016, achieving the milestone on New Year’s Eve.
The total number of international, domestic and regional passengers for 2016 was 8,007,000, up 2.5 per cent on the previous year.

The biggest increase was international passengers, with an additional 50,000 people traveling overseas in the past year. This has been on the back of the introduction of Qatar Airways services in May and China Southern in December, and new domestic services to Avalon and the Sunshine Coast.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said there were positive signs for further strong growth as China Southern established its market and Fiji Airways started flying to Nadi in June 2017.

“It’s great to reach a milestone like this. We estimate the 8 millionth passenger would have been flying in or out of Adelaide early afternoon on New Year’s Eve,” Mr Young said.
“That equates to close to 22,000 passengers per day on average, or nearly 1,300 passengers per hour of operation (6am – 11pm).
“Adelaide Airport has come a long way in a relatively short time, particularly since the opening of the new terminal just over a decade ago.
“There are positive signs for future growth, and importantly we are continuing to upgrade facilities to cater for that demand.
“Construction of the new Atura Hotel is expected to begin early this year, and we’re working hard on plans to upgrade the terminal itself, particularly in the international area where we’ve seen the strongest growth in recent years.

“Our next likely milestone will be to hit 1 million international passengers per year, and there is a good chance we’ll reach that mark in the course of the 2017/18 financial year.”
International passenger numbers in 2016 were 924,000 – up 5.9 per cent. Domestic and regional passenger numbers increased to 7,083,000 – up 2.1 per cent.