AUSTRALIA’s aviation industry – including manufacturers and service companies – now has easier and cheaper access to the lucrative United States aviation market, after the signing of amendments to the bilateral aviation agreement.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the amendments would be a significant benefit to Australian aviation parts and products designers and manufacturers. Mr Chester said the changes would also benefit Australian companies and individuals who export aircraft and aircraft products to the US.

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QANTAS is adding another string to its bow of aviation firsts by launching the first point-to-point non-stop flights between London and Australia – a 17-hour connection.

Qantas will operate non-stop flights from Perth to London using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The 14,498km service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe when it begins in March 2018.

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FLYING drone aircraft near bushfires in now an offence.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) had announced it can issue fines for flying a drone in a way that puts aircraft at risk – and those fines can be as high as $900 on-the-spot and up to $9000 of the matter goes to court.

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THE Australian Government has begun a major study into general aviation (GA) in Australia which aims to remove barriers to growth.

The study will cover regulatory and cost issues affecting the sector and the government is calling on representatives of the general aviation sector to contribute to the discussion. 

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HAWKER PACIFIC has conducted Australian and New Zealand demonstrations tour of the new ‘flat floor’ Cessna Citation Latitude jet.

The Cessna Citation Latitude is the first business jet to combine a wide, flat-floor, stand-up cabin and internet equipped interior with a midsize price, according to Hawker Pacific’s Tony Jones. 

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SUNSHINE Coast now has an official international airport.

Sunshine Coast Airport has been upgraded with improved access to border agencies to meet Air New Zealand’s flights from Auckland.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said, “Sunshine Coast Airport serves as an important gateway to the region. This designation will provide opportunities to promote the area as a leisure and business destination to new foreign markets. 

“The potential to attract additional international services will complement Sunshine Coast's impressive domestic traffic growth. Passenger movements at the airport are almost 20 percent higher than they were three years ago,” he said.

“This is one of a range of measures the government has recently undertaken to make it easier for foreign visitors to directly access regions outside of Australia’s major cities. Currently 45 cents out of every tourism dollar is spent in Australia’s regions.”



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