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January 2017 - Air Affairs awarded NAFC ASIR services contract

Air Affairs Australia recently secured a contract for provision of Airborne Strategic Intelligence and Reconnaissance (ASIR) services for NSW and Victorian fire and
emergency management authorities. The contract, co-ordinated through the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC), provides for a total of 4 high altitude aircraft
configured with Infrared Line Scanning Systems and satellite communications equipment. The airborne platforms, consisting of Learjet and Kingair aircraft, will be
providing a full turn-key service primarily for bushfire mapping in Victoria and NSW. Through a flexible aircraft utilisation arrangement, the aircraft will be accessible
for support ASIR services to other fire authorities throughout Australia during bushfire emergencies.

Air Affairs has been providing ASIR services in Australia since 1994. In recent years, the company committed to developing and further enhancing the ASIR capability,
specifically for bushfire and other emergency operations. With focus on systems developed for fast, high altitude platforms, the service provided uses multiple
Learjets as primary response aircraft. Though Air Affairs have utilised Learjets previously for high altitude bushfire surveillance on a Call When Needed (CWN) basis, it
is the first time a high performance jet aircraft has been used under contract for bushfire ASIR services in Australia. It is also the first time an ASIR capability has been
provided to multiple states in Australia, under a sole service provider arrangement.

Fire Scan Lone Pine 2016

An example of multi-band infrared imagery gathered over an active bushfire from 25,000ft. (Lone Pine fire, NSW, 2016. Image Courtesy of the NSW Rural Fire Service).

Air Affairs Fire Scan aircraft

Line Scanner Aircraft (Learjet 35A and Kingair 200T) parked at Air Affairs’ base facility in Nowra, NSW. The Line Scanner sensor head on the Learjet is installed in a wing
mounted pod system, custom designed and manufactured by Air Affairs.


December 2016 - Air Affairs awarded Contract Extension for JET AIR SUPPORT TO ADF TRAINING

Air Affairs Australia is proud to announce a contract extension to the JET AIR SUPPORT TO ADF TRAINING CONTRACT with the Australian Defence Force. The Jet Air Support Contract provides Training Support Tasks including Aerial Target Towing and Tactical Flight Missions in support of the Navy and Air Force. The contract, which commenced on 1st October 2015, bought 35 additional jobs to Air Affairs to operate seven Learjets with target towing and special mission equipment.

Air Affairs is a wholly Australian owned company established in 1984 with headquarters based at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park at Nowra, NSW, and has been providing target services, fire surveillance and precision engineering support services to the Australian Defence Forces, other military forces and Governments since 1995.

Air Affairs is one of only two companies in the world that manufacture this specialist equipment, which is exported to 9 overseas countries. Air Affairs has completed acceptance flights for the Phoenix Jet Unmanned Aerial Target and delivers Learjet target services around the world.

Managing Director Chris Sievers said that Air Affairs is pleased to continue their support to the Australian Defence Forces' training programs and will now provide more and new services during a period of very high operational demand on our Forces.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers, clients and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be closed from December 22 and re open on January 9, 2017.

Air Affairs Australia Learjet formation


November 2016 - Air Affairs Awarded Common Services Support Contract

Air Affairs Australia is pleased to announce the award of the Common Services Support (CSS) contract by the Commonwealth. Award of this long term contract will enable Air Affairs to further expand its aviation presence and provide employment for highly skilled technicians in regional NSW.

The CSS contract will require Air Affairs to provide the Commonwealth with Aviation Life Support, Non Destructive Testing, Logistics support, Ground Support Equipment, Aircraft Battery support and Helicopter Corrosion Control services as well as ad hoc workshop support. The majority of these services will be delivered from new purpose built facilities within the Air Affairs aviation precinct located at Albatross Aviation Technology Park Yerriyong NSW.

In keeping with Air Affairs philosophy to promote Australian Industry, Air Affairs will be supported by two Australian subcontractors; Red Baron Aviation Life Support and BEAK Engineering (Aust). This has removed the risk of service disruption by maintaining local support aspects whilst carefully choosing subcontractors with proven experience and performance in supporting the RAN for the applicable work scope.

Air Affairs is a recognised systems and support services provider to Australia and International Defence and Industry agencies and organisations and has extensive design and manufacturing capabilities and is the Original Equipment Manufacturer for several products required for Defence operations. These capabilities also support maintenance and repair activities, again meeting Defence and Industry requirements. Air Affairs also provides design and development support directly to Navy Aviation System Program Office for repair schemes for obsolete parts, including development of new parts, development of installation designs for equipment to be fitted into RAN aircraft.

Air Affairs Albatross Aviation Technology Park

November 2016 - Air Affairs New Hangars & Machine Shop Development

Development work has started on newly acquired land adjacent to the Air Affairs current facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park for more multi-purpose hangars and a new state of the art machine shop. This is expected to be completed by late 2017 and continues to strengthen our commitment to Defence Training and support services at HMAS Albatross .

Air Affairs Albatross Aviation Technology Park


October 2016 - Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific

Air Affairs Australia attended the Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific conference in Adelaide in September as an exhibitor and a bronze sponsor of the event. Managing Director Chris Sievers spoke at the conference, giving an talk on Air Affairs bushfire mapping capabilities using Learjet 35 aircraft fitted with and airpod and the Kingair B200T aircraft that is fitted with the scanning equipment.

The Air Affairs team had an exhibit set up in the main exhibition area with staff on site to discuss the operations, a short video gave visitors examples of fire scans produced by Air Affairs.

Click here to open the air Affairs press release for the conference.

Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific conference


September 2016 - Phoenix Operations off West Coast

In late July 2016 the Phoenix UAT Team deployed to West Australia in order to carry out UAT flights in support of the Royal Australian Navy. The Ground Control Station, Portable Workshops, Launcher and Support Equipment were freighted to HMAS Stirling for setup on Garden Island where preparations and launching of Phoenix took place.

This was the first launch of Phoenix conducted in the West and hopefully there will be more to come in the future.

The successful deployment confirmed the versatility and capability of the Phoenix UAT System with previous operations having been conducted from Beecroft NSW, Woomera SA and now Garden Island WA.”

Phoenix Jet UAV target drone


July 2016 - Phoenix Production to increase at Air Affairs Australia

Air Affairs have increased production of the Phoenix Jet UAV target drone as demand for the target and operations increase. The company has received numerous inquires from overseas defence agencies in regards to their Australian designed and built product.

Air Affairs currently operates the drone for the Australian Defence Force and is working with new overseas customers.

Phoenix Jet UAV target drone


June 2016 - EFIC Case Study Air Affairs Australia

Australian Government department EFIC which help businesses with export finance recently visited the Air Affairs Australia facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park where they carried out an interview with Managing Director Chris Sievers for a case study to show case the business.

“Efic’s understands the unique challenges that small businesses face and is there to help companies like Air Affairs make a mark on the global stage.” Chris Sievers Managing Director, Air Affairs

Click here to view the Air Affairs case study on the EFIC website.


May 2016 - Phoenix Target Drone used for Army Firing at Woomera

The Air Affairs team have returned from a successful deployment at Woomera where their Phoenix Unmanned Aerial System was used for a live firing exercise with the Australian Army. Two technicians from UAV Navigation in Spain attended the trials to provide support during the flights.

The Phoenix Unmanned Aerial System is an Australian product manufactured and supported by Air Affairs Australia Pty Ltd (AAA) from its facilities in Nowra NSW.   AAA has designed, developed and has an open production line manufacturing the Phoenix aerial target system in order to provide a cost effective, reliable and dynamic aerial target to meet the ongoing weapons training and system evaluation objectives required by the Australian Army and other ADF weapons systems. 

The Phoenix drone is a clean configuration target and is not fitted with deployable towed targets, hence all weapon firing exercises are ‘skin’ shots, permitting full performance of the target envelope in respect of altitude, speed and manoeuvrability.

Phoenix Jet Air Affairs Australia

April 2016 - Prime Minister Officially Opens Air Affairs Facility

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited the Air Affairs Facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park on Thursday March 24 and officially opened the facility. Local member Ann Sudmalis was also at the opening.

 


March 2016 - Phoenix Jet Flight Trials

Air Affairs have successfully completed a series of flight trials. These trials were held to implement a new version of the auto pilot software and the refine the overall software package. Two technicians from UAV Navigation in Spain attended the trials to provide support during the flights.

Air Affairs Australia Pacific 2015


February 2016 - Flying Resumes

Pilot training and flying has continued over the Christmas / New Year low activity period and full operations recommenced on Monday January 25th. . Air Affairs operates a fleet of seven Learjet 35 and 36 aircraft to provide Jet Aircraft Support for Australian Defence Force training.

Air Affairs firmly believes that having a common aircraft type is a key factor in maximising aircraft on-line availability, common spare parts, common pilot type ratings, check and training  and approvals. Ultimately this results in more consistent and safer operations. All aircraft are equipped with ADS-B, TCAS/RVSM and several aircraft are fitted  with wing hard points and specialised mission systems.

Air Affairs Australia Pacific 2015


December 2015 - Air Affairs wish all of our customers, clients & suppliers a Merry Christmas

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers, clients and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be closed from December 23 and re open on January 4, 2016.

Air Affairs Australia Pacific 2015


November 2015 - Air Affairs at Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exposition

Air Affairs Australia exhibited at this years Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exposition held at Glebe Island in Sydney. Air Affairs Australia displayed their Phoenix Jet target drone on the NSW Department of Industry stand. The team were kept very busy over the 3 days of the event meeting with various industry and defence people from Australia and overseas countries. The team answered questions about the products and services the company provides including the Phoenix Jet target drone that created a lot of interest. The target drone featured in a story on news.com.au and the NSW Department of Industry video. Here are the links:

NSW Department of Industry Pacific 2015 video

News Article

Air Affairs Australia Pacific 2015


October 2015 - INTERIM JET AIR SUPPORT TO ADF TRAINING CONTRACT

Air Affairs Australia is proud to announce the signing of the INTERIM JET AIR SUPPORT TO ADF TRAINING CONTRACT on 9th September 2015 with the Australian Defence Force. The Jet Air Support Contract provides Training Support Tasks including Aerial Target Towing and Tactical Flight Missions in support of the Navy and Air Force. The contract, which commences on 1st October 2015, will bring 35 additional jobs to Air Affairs to operate seven Learjets with target towing and special mission equipment.

Air Affairs is a wholly Australian owned company established in 1984 with headquarters based at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park at Nowra, NSW, and has been providing target services, fire surveillance and precision engineering support services to the Australian Defence Forces, other military forces and Governments since 1995.

Air Affairs is one of only two companies in the world that manufacture this specialist equipment, which is exported to 9 overseas countries. Air Affairs has completed acceptance flights for the Phoenix Jet Unmanned Aerial Target and delivers Learjet target services around the world.

Managing Director Chris Sievers said that Air Affairs is pleased to continue their support to the Australian Defence Forces' training programs and will now provide more and new services during a period of very high operational demand on our Forces.


September 2015 - Air Affairs to Exhibit at Pacific 2015

Air Affairs Australia will be exhibiting at this years Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exposition. The event will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, Sydney from Tuesday October 6 through to Thursday October 8. The Air Affairs display will be located at the NSW Government Pavilion in Hall 2 and the stand number is 2A6.

If you are visiting this event please come to NSW Department of Industry stand and meet the Air Affairs team. We will have our Phoenix Jet Target Drone on display as well as information on other products and services we provide.

Opening hours are Tuesday 6 October 09:00 – 18:00 , Wednesday 7 October 09:00 – 18:00 & Thursday 8 October 09:00 – 18:00.

Pacific 2015 International Maritme Exposition


September 2015 - Air Affairs Australia New Machine Shop Construction at Tech Park

Construction work is progressing well on our new machine shop adjacent to the Air Affairs current facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park. This is expected to be completed by the end of the year and continues to strengthen our commitment to Defence support at HMAS Albatross.

Air Affairs Australia


March 2015 - Air Affairs at Avalon International Airshow

The team at Air Affairs Australia has just returned for exhibiting at this years Avalon International Air show. Air Affairs Australia displayed their Phoenix Jet target drone and a Breeze Eastern rescue hoist on the NSW Trade & Investment stand. A representative from Breeze Eastern was in attendance during the week to promote and answer questions regarding their products. Air Affairs Australia are the Service Centre for Breeze Eastern Helicopter Rescue Hoists in this region.

Air Affairs Australia Avalon Air Show 2015

Air Affairs Australia proudly displayed their Phoenix Jet Target Drone on the NSW Trade & Investment stand at this year’s Avalon International Air Show. From left Marketing Manager Rob Power, Managing Director Chris Sievers, Commercial Manager Doug Pauling and Logistics Manager Steve Hall. The team reported a busy week with a lot of interest in the products and services they provide.


February 2015 - Air Affairs to Exhibit at the Avalon International Airshow

Air Affairs Australia will be exhibiting at this years Avalon International Air show. The event will be held from Tuesday February 24 through to Sunday March 1. The Air Affairs stand will be located within the NSW Trade & Investment stand which is located in Hall 2 and the stand number is NSW 2L6.

If you are visiting this event please come to NSW Trade & Investment stand and meet the Air Affairs team. We will have company representatives on hand to discuss the products and services we provide.

Opening hours for trade visitors are Tuesday February 24 through to Thursday February 26, 09:00 – 17:00 , Friday February 27 09:00 – 14:00

Air Affairs Australia new facility construction


December 2014 - New Hangar and Administration Centre completed

The new hangar and administration centre was finished in September which completes all construction on the current development site.  The hangar has two aircraft maintenance bays and the administration area provides offices, technical library, document control area, reception and a modern conference room with multimedia facilities.

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility


August 2014 - Phoenix Target Drone used for Army Firing at Woomera

The Air Affairs team have returned from a successful deployment at Woomera where their Phoenix Unmanned Aerial System was used for a live firing exercise with the Australian Army.

The Phoenix Unmanned Aerial System is an Australian product manufactured and supported by Air Affairs Australia Pty Ltd (AAA) from its facilities in Nowra NSW.   AAA has designed, developed and has an open production line manufacturing the Phoenix aerial target system in order to provide a cost effective, reliable and dynamic aerial target to meet the ongoing weapons training and system evaluation objectives required by the Australian Army and other ADF weapons systems. 

The Phoenix drone is a clean configuration target and is not fitted with deployable towed targets, hence all weapon firing exercises are ‘skin’ shots, permitting full performance of the target envelope in respect of altitude, speed and manoeuvrability.

Air Affairs Australia Phoenix Jet Target Drone


June 2014 - New Hangar construction continues at Tech Park

The construction of our third hangar and new administration area is now ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed by September this year. Once completed this will finish the current site development which is a credit to everyone involved and we are extremely proud of our facility and look forward to supporting Defence and Aviation from these facilities in the future.

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility


May 2014 - New Hangar construction continues at Tech Park

The construction of the third aircraft hangar and new administration area at our operations facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park is continuing and we hope to have this finished by the end of this year.

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility


April 2014 - Air Affairs complete Sea King Helicopter disposal

Air Affairs Australia has just completed a contract for the disposal of the Sea King Helicopters recently sold to Aerospace Logistics in the UK by the RAN. The contract commenced in July 2013 and required Air Affairs to disassemble all the airframes, catalogue all the parts, design and manufacture support stands for transport to the wharfs, and packaging of other related equipment for transport back to the UK.

 

Air Affairs were supported by local company Integra Packaging who wrapped the airframes in a special wrapping process to protect them from the elements during there long journey back to the UK. Air Affairs were also responsible for the dismantling of the Sea King simulator and relocating it to the Albatross Aviation Museum. This type of work continues to strengthen our commitment to defence support at HMAS Albatross.

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility


February 2014 - Sales and service centre for Zephyr International Rescue Hoist Ground Support Equipment

Air Affairs is proud to announce that they are now the sales and service centre representatives for Zephyr International Rescue Hoist Ground Support Equipment for Australia and New Zealand. Please take a look at the Rescue Hoist Ground Support Equipment under the products menu on our website for more information.

Zephyr Rescue Hoist Ground Support Equipment


January 2014 - Air Affairs acquires a second Learjet 35A

Air Affairs is proud to announce the acquisition of a second Learjet 35A and once special mission modified will strengthen our availability to supporting Defence customers around the region. Our engineering team has already commenced modifying the aircraft which will take several months to complete and should return to service by the second quarter of 2014.

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility

Air Affairs Australia learjet 35A


December 2013 - New Hangar takes shape at Tech Park

The construction of the third aircraft hangar at our operations facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park is well underway and we hope to have this finished within 2 to 3 months. This is the final stage of development on this site and will consolidate all of our operations capability on one site.

 

We also take this opportunity to wish all of our customers, clients and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be closed from December 20 and re open on January 6, 2014.

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility


November 2013 - Air Affairs Exhibits at Pacific 2013

The Air Affairs Australia team has just returned after a successful exhibit at this years Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. The event was at the Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour as part of the Australian Navy anniversary celebrations.

Air Affairs were located on the NSW Trade and Investment stand and were kept very busy with enquires about their Phoenix Jet UAV Target Drone and other services the company provide. During the exhibition the NSW Deputy Premier Mr Andrew Stoner visited the team and was very interested in the Australian designed and manufactured target drone.

Air Affairs Australia new facility construction

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Air Affairs Australia Managing Director Chris Sievers in front of the Phoenix Jet UAV Target Drone


October 2013 - Air Affairs to Exhibit at Pacific 2013

Air Affairs Australia will be exhibiting at this years Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. The event will be held at the Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney from Monday October 7 through to Wednesday October 9. The Air Affairs display will be located on the NSW Trade & Investment stand which is located in Hall 4 and the stand number is 4B20.

If you are visiting this event please come to NSW Trade & Investment stand and meet the Air Affairs team. We will have our Phoenix Jet Target Drone on display as well as information on other products and services we provide. Our Phoenix Jet Target Drone Chief Controller will be on hand from Tuesday October 8 to discuss the operation and features of the system.

Opening hours are Monday 7 October 09:00 – 18:00 , Tuesday 8 October 09:00 – 18:00 & Wednesday 9 October 09:00 – 18:00.

Air Affairs Australia new facility construction


July 2013 - Construction Work Continues at Technology Park

Construction work is progressing well on a new facility adjacent to the Air Affairs current facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park for purpose built aviation support workshops. This is expected to be completed by late July and continues to strengthen our commitment to Defence support services at HMAS Albatross.

Air Affairs Australia new facility construction


June 2013 - Construction Work Continues at Technology Park

Construction work is progressing well on a new facility adjacent to the Air Affairs current facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park for purpose built aviation support workshops. This is expected to be completed by late July and continues to strengthen our commitment to Defence support services at HMAS Albatross.

Air Affairs Australia new facility construction


April 2013 - Construction Work Continues at Technology Park

Construction work is progressing well on a new facility adjacent to the Air Affairs current facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park for purpose built aviation support workshops. This is expected to be completed by mid-year and continues to strengthen our commitment to Defence support at HMAS Albatross.

Air Affairs Australia new facility construction


March 2013 - New Construction Work Commences at Technology Park

Air Affairs Australia have commenced construction on a new facility adjacent to their current facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park for purpose built aviation support workshops. This is expected to be completed by mid-year and continues to strengthen our commitment to Defence support at HMAS Albatross.

Air Affairs Australia new facility construction


February 2013 - Air Affairs Special Mission Learjet 35A on display at Avalon Air show

Air Affairs Australia will have their Special Mission Learjet 35A on display at the 2013 Avalon International Air show. The Learjet will be on display from Tuesday February 26 through to Sunday March 3. Our aircraft will be located on the tarmac North/West of Exhibitor Business Unit Line (TA21), see below exhibition map for location.

Please come by and take a look at our Learjet which will be fitted with some of the Special Mission options. We will have staff available to discuss mission and charter options.

Avalon air show 2013 Air Affairs Australia


January 2013 - New CNC Machine Capabilities at Air Affairs Australia

Air Affairs Australia have installed and commissioned two new CNC machine centres at their South Nowra facility. These new machines are capable of simultaneous 5 axis machining and complete their existing machining capabilities which includes 4 and 3 axis machining centres, CNC Lathes and CNC Laser Cutter. The Air Affairs Australia machine shop is one of the most capable in Australia and carries out machine work for their own projects and projects as well as work for aviation and defence companies locally and internationally.

Machine Shop  Air Affairs Australia


December 2012 - Full Operations have commenced at our new complex at Aviation Technology Park Nowra

Full Operations have now commenced at our facility at the Aviation Technology Park. Both hangars are now fully operational with one for the Pel-Air Jet Services Contract and one for the Air Affairs Test Flight Centre and Aircraft Maintenance. Workshop 1 is in full operation for our Electrical workshop, Stores , Rescue Hoist and Product Assembly areas. Our administration offices are also in full operation from Technology Park. Workshop 2 is operational and work will commence in the new year on the final Hangar.

Flight Operations Air Affairs Australia


January 2012 - Full Flight Operations underway at Air Affairs new facility at Technology Park Nowra

Full Flight Operations are underway at our new facility at Technology Park. Both hangars are now fully operational with one for the Pelair Jet Services Contract and one for the Air Affairs Test Flight Centre and Maintenance Facility.  Workshop 1 is going through the final stages of the internal fit out and will be operational in the next few months. 

Flight Operations Air Affairs Australia


October 2010 - Full Flight Operations underway at Air Affairs new facility at Technology Park Nowra

Full Flight Operations are underway at our new facility at Technology Park. Both hangars are now fully operational with one for the Pelair Jet Services Contract and one for the Air Affairs Test Flight Centre and Maintenance Facility.  Workshop 1 will be commissioned early in the New Year. 

Flight Operations Air AFfairs Australia


February 2011 - Work continues on Air Affairs new facility at Technology Park Nowra

Work is continuing on our new facility at the Technology Park Nowra. Click here to view images of the construction progress of our new facility.

Air Affairs Australia Technology Park Facility


January 2010 - Air Affairs starts work on new facility

Stage 1 (Hangars) of the new facility commenced in November 2009 and is progressing with completion expected by April this year.

Stage 2 (Hangars) has also commenced and should be completed by mid year and this will complete the hangar portion of the development.

Air Affairs Australia new facility plans


January 2010 - Firescan 255 kept busy with bushfire scanning

The Air Affairs line scanning aircraft "firescan 255" has been kept very busy with a large number of bushfires in NSW since October last year. Below is a sample of some of the imagery being sent to the ground from the aircraft.

High Altitude Bushfire scanning

During the afternoon of the 14th October, 2009, a bushfire ignited during hot temperatures and extreme hot winds on the north coast of NSW. Into the evening, the fire was threatening the coastal community of Brooms Head. The Line Scanner aircraft was used to accurately plot the fire’s position, during the darkness and dense smoke. This image was taken at 20,000 feet.

High Altitude Bushfire Scanning

This image is 2 days later from the same fire in the first image. The line scanner was used on consecutive days to monitor out of control fire fronts and offensive back burning efforts. The fire fighting efforts were hampered by varying strong winds over the first few days. This image clearly displaying the effects of the winds on the directions and rate of spread of the fire over the initial 2 day period. Through dense smoke and minimal visibility, the line scan image clearly shows active uncontrolled fire fronts on the western and southern areas. Back burn lines of fire are also clearly seen on the northern area of the image. The daytime image defining active fire front intensity, whilst providing valuable information on prior burnt areas. This image was taken at 20,000 feet.

High Altitude Bushfire Scanning

A daytime image of a large bushfire in Northern NSW, on 13th December, 2009. The fire had been burning in accessible country for over a week. Due to the large area and conventional visual spotting techniques being limited by dense smoke, the Line Scanner was used frequently to monitor the fires progress. The daytime image clearly showing active fire fronts, fire spotting and defined areas of prior burning. Extensive terrain detail is also seen including topography, vegetation cover, creeks and roads. The single image providing a vast quantity of information to assist ground and air fire-fighting efforts. This image was taken at 26,000 feet.


June 2008 - Air Affairs adds Special Mission Learjet 35A to their fleet

Air Affairs has a special mission Learjet 35A available for charter. It has hard points and a large variety of special wiring including Ethernet from the cabin to the wing stations, UHF Radio and a 4 station intercom. It also has internal equipment consoles for computers, video monitoring, recorders, target command and control transceivers and reeling machine operations. There are extra antenna’s available for telemetry and communications and also has a camera door available for high altitude aerial photography or line scanning.

Air Affairs Special Misson Learjet 35A


March 2007 - Air Affairs releases the Phoenix Jet

Air Affairs Australia is proud to announce the release of the most affordable target drone in the 200-300 knot performance range today.

Until now piston engine drones have dominated the market, mainly because of price and because jet powered drones have traditionally been expensive and short on endurance. The Phoenix Jet currently provides performance 100-150 knots faster than equivalent piston engine drones for almost the same price, whilst at the same time, displaying flying capabilities only available from sophisticated and much more expensive drones.

The cost of consumables with Phoenix is virtually zero. It uses an onboard engine driven smoke system to provide visual recognition equal or superior to the traditional smoke generators as used on other target drones. Smoke generators are expensive to purchase and are becoming extremely difficult and costly to transport. The Jet engine also provides an infrared signature for heat seeking missiles and IR fused rounds.

Typical endurance is 60 minutes, however 2 hours is available from the long-range version at an average speed of 200 knots.

The autopilot used in the Phoenix Jet is the UAV Navigation AP04, a rugged and compact unit that provides unmatched performance and versatility compared to other systems. The AP04 is a complete autopilot that includes sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and both static and dynamic pressures) a GPS, dual redundant 32 bit processors, an interface to control servos and other peripherals and a long-range radio link.

The AP04 has 16 functional IO ports, each of these can be programmed to drive flight controls with others performing payload control functions, such as smoke and flare activation and parachute deployment. The autopilot also has the ability to drive and control a stabilised camera platform. All functions of the camera platform are through the GCS02 ground station general user interface as is the ability to control a GPS controlled high gain tracking antenna.

The AP04 is an exceptionally robust and dependable system, housed in a heavy-duty aluminium waterproof case with MIL-SPEC connector and a complete unit only weighs 300 grams. It uses dual redundant processors and advanced estimation algorithms that greatly enhance the navigation accuracy and allows the AP04 to continue flying even after several sensor failures

All the necessary Ground Support Equipment is manufactured in house and existing catapult launcher systems can be adapted with a the addition of a new drone shuttle.

The drone system is designed to be simple to operate and incorporates standard features for auto launch, full autonomous flight and parachute recovery.

An important factor to achieve the performance and lightweight of the Phoenix Jet has been the use and selection of modern composite materials and manufacturing techniques.

This aircraft is significantly stronger than similar sized drones and can achieve high G turns and drone saving manoeuvres to meet the needs and requirements of today’s users.

Careful selection of components and the latest flight control system have enabled the Phoenix Jet to meet and in many cases exceed the original design expectations.

Air Affairs Australia is committed to further developing the Phoenix Jet to eventually equal the low end performance of much more expensive high speed target drones.

Air Affairs releases the Phoenix Jet UAV target drone at Avalon Airshow in 2007


February 2007 - Laser Cutting Machine

We have just commissioned an Amada Laser Cutting Machine which will enable us to profile cut a large range of shapes and different materials. Previously this work has been sub contracted but now we have the ability to carry out this work in-house. This enhances our present capability and both existing customers and other businesses in the area have shown interest in us completing this work from now on.

Laser cutter at Air Affairs Australia