Archive News 2019

May 2019 - Phoenix Target Drone used for Army Firing at Woomera

April was a busy time for the Phoenix operational team who once again were deployed to Woomera in support of the Australian Army 16ALR for their annual live firing exercise.

During live firing operations the team completed multiple presentations resulting in 3 targets being successfully shot down. All surviving targets were recovered under parachute without damage.16ALR’s Commanding Officer congratulated the Phoenix team and thanked them for their efforts which resulted in the Army meeting all of their training objectives.

This deployment also included the 200th Flight of the Phoenix UAT which is a significant milestone demonstrating the excellent reliability and commitment by the ADF to continue to utilise the Air Affairs target system.

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 Phoenix Jet Target Drone

May 2019 - Air Affairs flying at Wings Over Illawarra

Air Affairs Australia will be Flying and exhibiting at this years Wings Over Illawarra Air show. The event will be held on Saturday May 4 and Sunday March 5.

Air Affairs will have a learjet on display fitted with special mission equipment. Staff will be available to show people the aircraft and equipment as well as discuss what Air Affairs do. Our aircraft will be located on the right as you pass through the entry gate, see the map below.

The company will also have 2 Learjet aircraft taking part in the flying display on both days. These aircraft will be flying in formation and are scheduled to fly at 1.45pm. This could change depending on the program running to time and weather conditions.


Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5

For more information click here to visit the Wings over Illawarra website

Wings Over Illawarra

April 2019 - Air Affairs, CTSi & Varley Group announce Strategic Partnership

CTSi, Varley Group, and Air Affairs have announced a Strategic Partnership to upgrade the mission capabilities of Air Affairs’ LearJets.  Currently, Air Affairs provides red air support and target towing services for the Australian Defence Force.  The enhancements will afford the Air Affairs flight crew unprecedented situational awareness during the exercises.

CTSi and Varley will design and install the avionics upgrade package that will display the position of other aircraft in the vicinity, so the pilots will be able engage with those aircraft more realistically.  The situational awareness will also dramatically increase the level of safety during the training scenarios.

“We at Air Affairs are now able provide a level of training for our customers that we’ve not been able to before,” says Chris Sievers, CEO of Air Affairs.  “We will still provide a reliable, low-cost platform for the ADF, but now with a capability that will take training to a whole new level.”

Tom Sanders, CEO of CTSi, says, “We are thrilled to be a member of this team, and bring our US-based avionics experience to bear for our key allies here in Australia.”

“Varley Group has a long history of providing key capabilities to our warfighters, and we’re excited to be able to continue that legacy,” says Jeff Phillips, Managing Director of Varley Group.  “Our customers will rely on this Partnership for innovative airborne solutions for years to come.”

With Air Affairs’ operational expertise, Varley Group’s technical skills, and CTSi’s innovative engineering, the Partnership creates a world-class team in the air services arena around the globe.

Air Affairs Learjet Fleet

March 2019 - Air Affairs and PAL Aerospace Announce Strategic Partnership for the South Pacific Region

St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada and Nowra, New South Wales, Australia – PAL Aerospace and Air Affairs Australia are pleased to announce the initiation of a strategic partnership between the two companies for the provision of special mission aircraft and support services within Australia and the South Pacific. The announcement follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two
companies in 2018 to support the pursuit of special mission opportunities in maritime patrol and defence based activities in the region.

“We are excited to leverage our independent areas of expertise and exploit the synergies that exist between the two companies. Air Affairs Australia and PAL Aerospace share similar histories and have become leaders in our respective fields,” said PAL CEO Brian Chafe. “We believe there is significant benefit to combining the knowledge and expertise we can now share in both the Northern and Southern
hemispheres.”

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Chris Sievers CEO of Air Affairs Australia said. “The teaming agreement between Air Affairs Australia and PAL Aerospace represents a significant addition to our capabilities in the region. Our collaboration with PAL Aerospace will further cement the presence of both organisations in Australia’s evolving aviation special mission industry. The ability for Air Affairs Australia to drive technological innovation in Australian aviation is greatly enhanced by this arrangement.

“This agreement is testament to how PAL works to develop partnerships that grow beyond single contracts into lasting and mutually beneficial global relationships,” said PAL Aerospace Senior Vice- President of Business Development John Turner. “Air Affairs are an extraordinary partner to have in the region and their commitment to the Australian aviation industry is unquestionable. The establishment of this partnership will facilitate resource sharing and knowledge transfer that will expand capabilities in the
region and benefit Australian industry.”

“Air Affairs is pleased to announce our partnership with PAL Aerospace,” said Dennis Hinds, manager of business development, for Air Affairs Australia. “This agreement represents a paradigm shift in the special mission industry in Australia and exemplifies the robust relationship between our two companies. This alliance will empower both organisations to seek out opportunities throughout Australia and the world. We look forwards to an enduring, mutually rewarding relationship with a truly world class aerospace company.”

A combined PAL Aerospace and Air Affairs Australia offering facilitates the delivery of global in service support capacity and consolidates worldwide experience in the maintenance and operation of a variety of special mission aircraft and configurations. Both companies believe this cooperative ability to provide customers with world-class solutions from the factory to the airfield and beyond creates a tremendous 2 value proposition. PAL Aerospace and Air Affairs are looking forward to jointly pursuing a variety of new domestic and global commercial opportunities.

About PAL Aerospace

PAL Aerospace is an international aerospace and defence company with a focus on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions. Recognized by governments and militaries for on time/on budget delivery, and high reliability rates, the company has grown globally. This record of accomplishment has led to operations in Canada, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. PAL Aerospace offers a single point of accountability for its programs and takes pride in being the trusted choice for clients worldwide.

About Air Affairs

Air Affairs Australia is an accomplished and highly competent aviation special mission organisation and is able to leverage its significant proven experience to deliver highly tailored, high reliability special mission solutions to its Defence and Government clients throughout Australia and the world. Coupled with our considerable aerospace design, manufacturing and engineering capability, Air Affairs Australia brings dependable, customer-centric products to the Australian aviation market.

March 2019 - Air Affairs at the 2019 Avalon International Airshow

Air Affairs Australia has just returned for exhibiting at this years Avalon International Air show. Air Affairs Australia displayed their Phoenix Jet target drone, teaming with the NSW Department of Industry on their stand.

The team reported a busy week with a lot of interest in their services and products highlighted by two media announcements. Australia's Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall also dropped by the stand to catch up with the Air Affairs team.

Avalon Airshow 2019

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February 2019 - Air Affairs on Display at the 2019 Avalon International Airshow

Air Affairs Australia will be exhibiting at this years Avalon International Air show. The event will be held from Tuesday February 26 through to Sunday March 3. 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 2G6.

In partnership with Kratos defense, a Firejet drone will also be on display at Runway Jericho as part of the Austrlaian Airforce display.

If you are visiting this event please come to NSW Trade & Investment stand or visit our outside display 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 26 through to Thursday February 28 4, 09:00 – 17:00 , Friday March 1 09:00 – 12:00

Avalon Airshow 2019

January 2019 -Multiple State Fire Scan Operations

During the Christmas / New Year holiday break, AAA Fire scanning aircraft provided continued operational support in bushfire intelligence gathering.

Between Christmas and New Year's Day, multiple aircraft were placed on emergency standby due to extreme fire conditions in Victoria, NSW and Sth Aust. Fortunately the service was not activated. However the bushfire situation changed at the end of the first week of 2019 with more extreme fire weather, leading to multiple emergency fires in NSW, Vic and Tasmania.

During the following week, 4 firescan aircraft conducted numerous flights mapping active fires in all 4 states. Combined with the east coast flight operations was the deployment of Firescan 124 (VH-LPJ) to Western Australia.

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 now uses multiple Learjets as primary response aircraft backed up by Kingair B200's.

Fire scan operations