Qantas Boeing 737-800 takes on Tesla electric car

A Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZI and a Tesla Model S electric car at Avalon Airport. (Qantas)


Could an electric car outrace an aircraft?

That was what Qantas and Telsa sought to find out as the Flying Kangaroo pitted one of its Boeing 737-800s, VH-XZI, against the electric car maker’s Model S P90D electric car at Avalon Airport over the weekend.

The event marked the start of a partnership between the two companies, with benefits including a Qantas club membership for those purchasing a Tesla Model S vehicle. The airline is also installing charging points at its airport valet facilities in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

“We’re huge admirers of the way Tesla has transformed the electric car sector as a premium brand and we look forward to sharing our understanding and advance the work we started in 2012 on biofuels as an alternative to jet fuel,” Qantas head of environment and fuel Alan Milne said in a statemnt.

“What better way to celebrate working together than having a unique race – car versus plane.”


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Fair Work Commission halts planned airport work stoppages



Planned industrial action at Australia’s airports for Monday and Tuesday has been called off after the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued an interim order preventing staff from walking off the job.

Over the weekend, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), on behalf of the federal government, applied to the FWC calling for a three-month suspension to all industrial action on national security grounds.

While the FWC is yet to hand down its decision on the Department’s application, the Commission on Sunday night issued an interim order preventing the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) from carrying out planned work stoppages that were set down for on Monday and Tuesday.

It will hear the case on Tuesday, the CPSU said in a statement on Sunday night.

“The Department of Immigration and Border Protection made an application to the Fair Work Commission at close of business Friday, 1 April to suspend all industrial action for three months on national security grounds,” the CPSU said.

“The Fair Work Commission has not yet heard CPSU evidence responding to the Department and Borders Force’s application but has issued an interim order to suspend protected industrial action/strikes until a decision on the case is made, with a further hearing on the main application on Tuesday.

“The CPSU will continue to vigorously oppose the Department’s application and will keep you across new developments as they arise.”

The CPSU said there had been multiple exemptions in previous stop work actions to ensure national security was not compromised.

“The Department has previously been able to reach agreement with the union on more than 50 exemptions for officers whose work relates to counter-terrorism and security in similar action taken by DIBP and Border Force workers over the past 10 months,” the CPSU said.

The Department noted the Commission’s order on its website on Sunday night: “The Fair Work Commission has today issued an interim suspension order for all protected industrial action, pending the outcome of a final hearing on 5 April.”

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Royal Aeronautical Society to hold conference on Sydney’s second airport

Royal Aeronautical Society (Australian Division) logo

The Australian division of the Royal Aeronautical Society is holding an online webinar on April 22 discussing the question of Sydney’s proposed second airport.

The RAeS online webinar, titled “Sydney’s second airport: reality and myth”, will be hosted by Aviation Safety Regulatory Review (ASRR) author David Forsyth.

The panel of guests features Dr Warren Mundy from the University of NSW School of Aviation, Airservices executive general manager for air traffic control Greg Hood and Regional Development Australia Sydney committee executive officer Bob Germaine.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 1200-1300 Friday April 22, are available from this website:


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DSTG analysis shows RAAF Hornets less fatigued than thought


Scientists within the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) Aerospace Division have developed a new fatigue-monitoring algorithm that shows the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18A/B Hornets are less fatigued than previously thought.

The new algorithm, known as MSMP3, has been brought into use after validation testing demonstrated that the old algorithm over-predicted damage due to small load cycles, resulting in unnecessary conservatism, DSTG statedon March 24.

“As a direct result of the upgrade of the Hornet monitoring program, the reprocessing of the entire fleet’s usage history indicates that fatigue is no longer the main driver to the planned withdrawal date,” said research leader Loris Molent.

“After thorough peer review, DGTA-ADF (Directorate General Technical Airworthiness – Australian Defence Force) advised the Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office to adopt MSMP3. The historical all-time strain records of each aircraft were reprocessed and the results adopted in September 2015,” DSTG said.


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Qantas Founders Museum preparing for Super Constellation arrival with fundraising drive

The Super Constellation being prepared for storage at Manila Airport. (Qantas Founders Museum)

The Super Constellation being prepared for storage at Manila Airport. (Qantas Founders Museum)

A Lockheed Super Constellation headed for the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach has been successfully moved from its previous location at Manila Airport and is in storage awaiting transportation to Australia.

The Qantas Founders Museum purchased the Super Constellation, which had been grounded for 25 years, at an auction of old aircraft organised by the Manila International Airport Authority in September 2014.

Since then, the aircraft, N4247X, has been raised out of the mud, made safe for moving and moved to storage after it was disassembled.

The museum is hoping to secure $1.5 million in donations through a fundraising campaign, with the funds to go towards a new aircraft display featuring the Super Constellation. The aircraft was expected to be transported to Australia by ship or possibly in an Antonov aircraft, before making the journey to Longreach by road, the Qantas Founders Museum said on Monday.

“Qantas Founders Museum is a not for profit organisation, we are a fully sustainable museum, with all profits going back into the museum and its exhibits. However with a project of this size, we need all the help we can get whether it is in kind or financial support.” Qantas Founders Museum chief executive Tony Martin said in a statement.

“Longreach, like much of Western Queensland, is enduring one of the worst droughts in its history, the restoration and launch of Super Constellation will create jobs directly through the museum and indirectly through museum visitors staying in the region and requiring local services.”

The Super Constellation was previously operated by World Fish and Agriculture Inc to transport fish cargo and the United States Air Force. It was similar to those flown by Qantas in the 1940s and 1950s.

Highlights of the Constellation in Qantas colours
  • Constellation operated Qantas Kangaroo route air services between London and Sydney from 1947
  • Constellation was the first Qantas aircraft to feature flight hostesses, and the first pressurised aircraft operated by Qantas.
  • Super Constellation operated the first Qantas trans-Pacific air service in 1954
  • Super Constellations in Qantas colours operated first ever regular round-the-world air services via both hemispheres in 1958

(Source: Qantas Founders Museum)

Donations can be made via the museum website.


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Dilma exonera presidente da Embratur nomeado por Temer

Notícia Publicada em 04/04/2016 10:21

Exoneração foi publicada na edição de hoje do Diário Oficial da União. Ainda não há indicação oficial de substituto

Desde o mês passado, funcionários ligados ao PMDB foram exonerados. O partido decidiu deixar o governo em decisão no fim de março (José Cruz/Agência Brasil)
Desde o mês passado, funcionários ligados ao PMDB foram exonerados. O partido decidiu deixar o governo em decisão no fim de março (José Cruz/Agência Brasil)

BRASÍLIA – A presidente Dilma Rousseff exonerou, a pedido, Vinícius Renê Lummertz Silva do cargo de presidente do Instituto Brasileiro de Turismo (Embratur), nomeado em maio de 2015 pelo vice-presidente Michel Temer, que exerceu a Presidência por alguns dias enquanto Dilma estava em visita ao México .

A exoneração foi publicada na edição de hoje do Diário Oficial da União. Ainda não há indicação oficial de substituto.

Desde o mês passado, funcionários ligados ao PMDB foram exonerados. O partido decidiu deixar o governo em decisão no fim de março.

Dilma exonerou o vice-presidente da Caixa Econômica Federal, Roberto Derziê de Santanna, na sexta-feira (1º). Indicado pelos peemedebistas Moreira Franco e Geddel Vieira Lima, Derziê é funcionário de carreira da Caixa e trabalhou com o vice-presidente Michel Temer, que é presidente do PMDB, durante o período em que Temer atuou na articulação política do governo, até agosto do ano passado.

Embora outros nomes indicados pelo PMDB também tenham sido exonerados, como o diretor-geral do Departamento Nacional de Obras contra a Seca (Dnocs), Walter Gomes de Sousa; e o diretor da Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (Conab), Rogério Luiz Abdalla; o governo aceitou na quinta-feira (31) a indicação do partido e nomeou Luiz Otávio Oliveira Campos para o cargo de diretor-geral da Agência Nacional de Transportes Aquaviários (Antaq).

Campos foi senador e era secretário-executivo da Secretaria de Portos da Presidência da República, comandada pelo também peemedebista Helder Barbalho. A nomeação para o comando da agência precisa ser apreciada pelo Senado.

O presidente da Fundação Nacional de Saúde (Funasa), Antônio Henrique Carvalho Pires, conhecido por sua proximidade com o vice-presidente Michel Temer, também foi exonerado.