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