Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Day One of the Adelaide Conference



The company I work for is part of a buying group called Rapid Clean and today members from all over Australia converged on Adelaide for the 2017 AGM and Conference.

I arrived Monday, but most flew in early this morning and others arrived late in the afternoon. For those that were here early this morning, we caught up over a few beers and then had lunch... with a few more beers.
Over the next four days I will show you some highlights of our conference.
Tonight we went out for dinner to a place called Moseley's which is literally a 3 minute walk from the Hotel. 







The recently redeveloped Moseley Bar & Kitchen has been reborn, transforming the Irish themed venue into a premium beach side destination. The Downstairs Restaurant, where we sat, offered a unique dining experience, with one of the state’s leading chefs producing phenomenal dishes. Whilst the upstairs bistro offered a more casual approach to dining but still promoting amazing meals.  It was really nice to catch up with old friends I hadn't seen all year.











Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Adelaide Airport

Day two in Adelaide started off very well, I woke to the news I won a Etihad model aircraft B787-9 in a Instagram competition. Bonus
Then I sat on my hotel room balcony and took a few photos of aircraft arriving.. Double Bonus


VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VUL (CN 36603)

MALAYSIA A330-323 9M-MTO (CN 1489)

SINGAPORE A330-343 9V-STC (CN 0986)



ALLIANCE FOKKER F27 MK 50 VH-FKZ (CN 20286)

CHINA SOUTHERN A330-323 B-5970 (CN 1645)










































Then after I got ready and went out to the airport to do some plane spotting, I found a great spotting area not far from my hotel..... triple bonus.


REX SAAB 340B VH-ZLX (CN 240B-182)

ALLIANCE FOKKER F27 MK 50 VH-FKW (CN 20306)

REX SAAB 340B VH-ZXK (CN 340B-420)



Then after a while I headed off to the airport permitter for more spotting.
One thing I did notice very quickly is there are a lot of REX Saab's that come into Adelaide and I also noticed Alliance use Fokker 50's which is awesome as I haven't seen a 50 in so many years.




















Adelaide Airport (IATA: ADL, ICAO: YPAD) is the main airport of Adelaide, South Australia and the fifth busiest airport in Australia for passenger movements, servicing just over eight million passengers in the financial year ending 30 June 2017. Located next to West Beach, it is approximately 6 km (3.7 miles) west of the city-centre. It is operated privately by Adelaide Airport Limited under a long-term lease from the Australian Government since 29 May 1998. First established in 1955, the dual international / domestic terminal was opened in 2005 which has received numerous awards, including being named the world's second-best international airport in 2006. Also, Adelaide airport was named Australia's best capital city airport in 2006, 2009 and 2011. The terminal is approximately 850 m (2,790 feet) end to end and is capable of handling 27 aircraft simultaneously, including an Airbus A380.
The airport is serviced by 18 airlines, 8 international, 4 domestic and 6 regional.
International airlines are; Air New Zealand-Cathay-China Southern-Emirates-Fiji-Malaysia-Qatar and Singapore.
Adelaide Airport is 6 Mts (20 feet) above sea level and has two asphalt runways

05 / 23 3,100 Mts (10,171 feet)
12 / 30 1,652 Mts (  5,420 feet)



SINGAPORE A330-343 9V-STC (CN 0986)

QANTAS B737-838 VH-XZB (CN 39360) Wi Fi Jet

SHARP FAIRCHILD SA227 VH-SWK (DC-826B)

ALLIANCE FOKKER F27 MK 50 VH-FKV (CN 20303)

AIR NEW ZEALAND A320-232 ZK-OJM (CN 2533)

ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE PILATUS PC 12
VH-FVF (CN 1228)

BABCOCK CRITICAL SERVICES BELL 412 EP
VH-VAS (CN 36504)

CHINA SOUTHERN A330-323 B-5970 (CN 1645)


AIR NEW ZEALAND A320-232 ZK-OJM (CN 2533)

ADELAIDE TERMINAL

PEGASUS AIR PILATUS PC 12 VH-PIL (CN 1693)

ROSS AIR CESSNA 441 VH-XMD (CN 441-0025)

SILVER AIRWAYS SAAB 340B N442XJ (CN 340B-442)
NOW WITH REX

ADELAIDE TOWER

OUTBACK CONSULTANTS FAIRCHILD SA 227 VH-TAM (CN AC-665)





















































































































One of my goals coming to Adelaide was to get as many flying doctors Pilatus PC 12's as I could and by mid morning I had only seen one, so I thought I would take the chance and go into the RFDS and ask if I could; under chaperone; be taken out into the hangar and apron to get a few photos of there aircraft. After talking to a few ladies my request was granted.


RFDS HANGER

ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE PILATUS PC 12
VH-FDE (CN 332)

ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE PILATUS PC 12
VH-FXJ (CN 1541)

ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE PILATUS PC 12
VH-FDK  (CN 466)

ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE PILATUS PC 12
VH-FVE (CN 1221)

                   ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE PILATUS PC 12
                                                VH-FVF (CN 1228)




As a not-for-profit aeromedical organisation, they rely on your help and generosity to keep the Flying Doctor flying. If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking on the link below.










































Air Asia X Emergency causes concerns.

An Indonesia AirAsia flight on its way from Perth in Western Australia (PER/YPPH) to Denpasar Indonesia (DPS/WADD) was forced to return Perth Airport following a rapid loss of cabin pressure. The aircraft, an Airbus A320, took off from runway 21 at 11:23 hours local time, bound for Bali, Indonesia. The aircraft was approaching FL340 in the climb when a loss of cabin pressure occurred at 11:52. Oxygen masks deployed in the cabin while the flight crew initiated a rapid descent to FL100.  Descending to around 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), means it is an altitude to which cabins are pressurized and at which oxygen masks are no longer needed.

Passengers on the Indonesia AirAsia flight described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling after their airliner lost cabin air pressure and rapidly descended.
The flight returned safely to the airport where many of the 145 passengers spoke to media about the fear and confusion on board. "The panic was escalated because of the behaviour of the cabin crew who were screaming, they looked tearful and were shocked," passengers told reporters.
"Now I get it said another passenger, but we looked to them for reassurance and we didn't get any, we were more worried because of how panicked they were,".
The budget Indonesian airline said in a statement the pilot turned back "following a technical issue to ensure the safety of passengers."


The flight turned back towards Perth at 12:03 hours. It landed safely on runway 21 at 12:36 local time.


Aircraft Details are:
Operator: Indonesia Air Asia
Aircraft Type: Airbus A320-216
Engines: 2x CFMI CFM56-5B6/3
Registration: PK-AXD
Serial Number: 3182
Flight Number: QZ 535
First Flight: 21/06/2007 (10Yrs  3 Mths)
Test Registration: F-WWDU

Monday, 16 October 2017

Parafeild Airport - South Australia

Today I visited an airport I have never been to before so to say I was little excited is an understatement. I have been looking forward to this for the last few weeks.
As soon as I collected my suitcase from Adelaide Airport I grabbed my hire car and headed straight for Parafield Airport.
Once I got there I hunted out the airport office as I wanted them and security to know I would be hanging around for a few hours taking photos. I spoke to a really lovely lady called Steph,  Steph gave me some hints on where to go and even pointed me in the direction of a cafĂ© for lunch.




























Parafield Airport (ICAO: YPPF) is on the edge of the residential suburb of Parafield in South Australia and is 18 km (11 miles) north of the Adelaide city centre. Parafield is Adelaide's second airport and the fifth busiest airport in Australia by aircraft movements. Although it is owned by the Australian Government, the airport is leased to and managed independently by Parafield Airport Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Adelaide Airport Limited.
Parafield is currently used for small aircraft, pilot training and recreational aviation.
The airport is 17 Mts (57 feet) above sea level  and has four asphalt runways which are

03L / 21R 1,350 Mts (4,429 feet)
03R / 21L 1,279 Mts (4,196 feet)
08L / 26R    958 Mts (3,143 feet)
08R / 26L    992 Mts (3,255 feet)




















The Air Traffic Control Tower operates seven days a week: 7am - 7pm Monday to Friday /  8am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday. When the tower is closed, the airport still operates and pilots must make mandatory radio calls on the CTAF frequency (Common Terminal Area Frequency) to safely co-ordinate arrivals and departures.


I drove around to a few places looking for a few different things.


JAKE SPECIAL VH-YWB (CN 1)

DIAMOND DA-42 VH-YBX (CN 42.211)

GROB -BURKHAART G115B VHJVT (CN 8099)

CESSNA 310 VH-ZIH (CN 310R-0993)

CESSNA 172R VH-JDG (CN 172RG0273)

PIPER PA 44 VH-EQY (CN 44-810-7020)

CESSNA 337G VH-SFZ (CN 33701530)



CESSNA 402A VH-RDZ (CN 402A0125)

AIR TRACTOR AT 802A VH-OUB (CN 802A-0510)

AIR TRACTOR AT 802A VH-ODZ (CN 802A-0041)






























































The airport also hosts a jet fighter museum with historic aircraft displays so I went in for a look around and I had my own personal tour guide called David. That man was a walking encyclopaedia on military aviation I tell you.





VOUGHT F4U CORSAIR


De HAVILLAND 82A  TIGER MOTH

De HAVILLAND CHIPMONK

SIAI MARCHETTI SLR  S-211

PITTS SPECIAL

AUGUSTA BELL 47G

FAW 53 SEA VENOM WZ 939


JINDIVIK          (MEANS HUNTED ONE)
A PILOTLESS AIRCRAFT