Archive News 2018

September 2018 - Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific

Air Affairs Australia attended the Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific conference in Wollongong in August as an exhibitor and a bronze sponsor of the event. The Air Affairs team had an exhibit set up in the main exhibition area with staff on site to discuss fire scan operations and their Breeze Eastern Rescue Hoist repair centre capability.

Through the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC), Air Affairs provides Airborne Strategic Intelligence and Reconnaissance (ASIR) services for NSW and Victorian fire and emergency management authorities.

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.

Air Affairs Chief Pilot Andrew Edwards spoke at the conference, giving an talk titled "Flying the Line" based on an actual bushfire mission explaining the processes and Air Affairs bushfire mapping capabilities .

 

Air Affairs Asia Aerial Pacific Fire Conference 2018

August 2018 - Air Affairs Learjets flying from Kununarra in Exercise Pitch Black

Special Mission Learjet flying has commenced for Exercise Pitch Black 2018.

Air Affairs Australia has based seven Learjets and 28 personnel in Kununurra to support the exercise. AAA aircraft are employed as “Red Air” or adversary forces, that is “the bad guys” for the exercise.

Kununurra offers a suitable airfield conveniently located to the west of the exercise airspace and allows the Learjets to efficiently transit to and from exercise missions. The locality of the airfield aids to the realism of the exercise. 

It is the first time AAA has deployed to Kununurra, and we have appreciated the support and services provided by the airport staff and local community.

Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial three week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal. The exercise hosts up to 4000 personnel and up to 140 aircraft from around the globe and will include day and night flying.

Exercises such as Pitch Black are pivotal to ensuring Air Force remains ready to respond whenever the Australian Government requires. The training and integration of forces that occurs during this exercise directly supports Air Force’s ability to conduct operations.

Click here to visit the Air Force Exercise Pitch Black website.

Air Affairs Learjets Pitch Black 2018

July 2018 - Air Affairs Learjets to participate in Exercise Pitch Black

7 Air Affairs learjet aircraft will participate in Exercise Pitch Black which will be held from 27 July to 17 August 2018.

Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial three week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal.

Air Affairs learjets will be based at Kununurra and will be used to provide training support tasks including tactical flight missions in support of the Air Force.

Exercises such as Pitch Black are pivotal to ensuring Air Force remains ready to respond whenever the Australian Government requires. The training and integration of forces that occurs during this exercise directly supports Air Force’s ability to conduct operations.

Click here to visit the Air Force Exercise Pitch Black website.

Air Affairs Learjet Fleet

June 2018 - 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.

Phoenix Jet UAT Air Affairs Australia

May 2018 - New Paint Scheme for Air Affairs Australia Learjets

Air Affairs Australia is currently updating the paint scheme on its fleet of Learjet 35 aircraft. This scheme update will see the entire fleet in identical colours. Two aircraft have already been completed. VH-SLE in its new colours pictured below on a recent target towing operation.

Air Affairs Learjet VH-SLe new paint scheme

Air Affairs Australia Learjet 35A VH-SLE in new company colour scheme.

April 2018 - Minister for Defence visits Air Affairs Australia

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne and Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis visited the Air Affairs Facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park on Friday March 23 and officially opened the new head office building.

The Defence Minister was briefed on the Leonardo AW Hero unmanned helicopter that was on display and also had a tour of the Air Affairs facilities and was shown the many defence related capabilities the company provides.

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne and Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis were introduced to representatives of Kratos which has opened an Australian office at Air Affairs.

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March 2018 - Hero UAS on Display at Air Affairs

Air Affairs Australia and Leonardo will be displaying the latest generation rotary wing UAS at Air Affairs Australia facilities at Yerriyong NSW from 15 to 23 March 2018. Should you wish to view the display and have a briefing on the AWHero please contact Dennis Hinds on +61 (0) 488 016 144.

Air Affairs Australia Hero
  • Designed to fulfil the spectrum of short-range military missions, either Battlefield or Maritime including:
    • ISTAR
    • Force Protection
    • Combat Support
    • Route Clearance
    • Cargo Re-Supply
    • BLOS Comms Relay
    • Mine Clearance
    • Anti-Submarine Warfare
    • Migration Control
    • Anti-Piracy
    • Riot Control
    • Covert Operations and Surveillance
  • Designed to the latest international aeronautical standards to optimise Aviation safety in the maritime and land environments including launch and recovery operations, advanced safety critical system redundancies, automatic failure management and fight termination systems
  • The only OEM that designs and manufactures both the Air Vehicle and Payload Options to ensure lowest risk for systems integration as well as the flexibility of underbelly and nose payload configurations which will not impact Centre of Gravity envelopes, fuel payload and range.
  • Modular architecture to ensure easy interface to existing user networks.
  • Fully maintained, operated and supported by Australian Industry enabling new Defence Export opportunities for Air Affairs Australia .
  • February 2018 - Flying Resumes - Singapore Airshow

    Pilot training and aircraft maintenance has continued over the Christmas / New Year low activity period and full operations recommenced on Monday January 15th. Air Affairs operates a fleet of Learjet 35 and 36 aircraft to provide Jet Aircraft Support for Australian Defence Force training.

    They also provide Airborne Bushfire Reconnaissance services and flew several scanning missions capturing line scan imagery of bushfire activity over the christmas/ new year period. Representatives from Air Affairs will be attending the Singapore Airshow which is being held at the Changi Exhibition Centre from February 6 through to February 11. If you would like to catch up with our representatives at the show, please contact us to arrange a meeting.

    Air Affairs Flight Operations facility