After being denied a water salute, VH-OJM 'City of Gosford' made her final departure from Australia today, heading off to San Francisco as QF73. Before being ferried to Mojave, otherwise known as the 'Airplane Graveyard', where she will most likely be scrapped, or put into long term storage before she finds another owner. She has been in service for Qantas for 26 Years, and before her departure today, OJM had logged 117,310 hours and had recorded 13,753 landings, a record and a milestone for a Qantas aircraft. Farewell VH-OJM, Queen of the Skies, you will be missed.
Honeywell's “Power of Connected” world tour has touched down in Canberra from Melbourne as apart of the Australian leg of the journey, "The Connected Aircraft" flew and tested the capabilities of Honeywell’s in flight internet hardware; JetWave, which is based on the Inmarsat Global Xpress network, the two test Australian flights took focus on the Bass Strait, Victorian Peninsula and crossed into the NSW & the ACT. N757HW is also utilising several never seen before state of the art on board technologies, namely consisting of; "Go Direct Maintenance", which allows pilots to monitor any issues with the aircraft and to ensure that ground time can be minimised before the aircraft is forced to be go for extended maintenance. "Connected Radar" receives and collects radar and weather data from on board radar systems enabling pilots to avoid weather patterns and redirect their flight courses accordingly. "Go Direct Flight Preview" enables pilots to receive a highly accurate 3D representation of runways and terrain around them increasing understanding of the route course. Finally "Aspire 300" delivers the latest technology to the cockpit, with extended and improved safety and voice services to improve overall safety.
4 United States Air Force C-17As arrived at RAAF Base Richmond on Thursday 13th July. The Globemasters departing from Alaska dropped over 300 paratroopers at Shoalwater Bay training area participating in exercise Tailsman Saber (see Exercise Talisman Saber kicks off ). The C-17s then tracked south and arrived at RAAF Base Richmond shortly after 1:10pm. The first two C-17s 10-0214 and 07-7181 were both based at Charleston Air Force Base touching down on Runway 10 closely followed by 08-9187 and 08-9182 which are both C-17s based at McChord Air Force Base. All four C-17s departed Richmond 15th July and headed North up the east coast of Australia conducting low fly by's in Queensland before eventually turning back and returning to Richmond.