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OAM for man who revolutionised RAAF pilot training

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Squadron Leader Scott van Ginkel is an honourable recipient from Air Force Training Group of the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Squadron Leader Scott van Ginkel is an honourable recipient from Air Force Training Group of the Medal of the Order of Australia.

The man who oversaw RAAF’s transition from training pilots on the ageing CT-4B Airtrainer to the modern Pilatus PC-21 has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Squadron Leader van Ginkel, currently Standards Flight Commander at No. 1 Flying Training School, RAAF Base East Sale, became one of 1,190 Australians recognised as part of the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Defence said he played a critical role in the implementation of Project AIR 5428, the name for the plan to revolutionise the way pilots are developed by integrating the training among RAAF, RAN and Australian Army pilots.

“It is very humbling to be appreciated for the job you do,” Squadron Leader van Ginkel said.

“The introduction of the new Pilot Training System has been a challenging task that has resulted in a paradigm shift in the way pilots are trained in the Australian Defence Force.

“In some ways I feel like I am accepting this award on behalf of all those who have been involved with the development and implementation of the Pilot Training System.

“Receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia for doing something I enjoy has come as a surprise and it is still sinking in.

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“When you enjoy what you do and can see the purpose in it, it doesn’t feel like a job.”

Squadron Leader van Ginkel joined the RAAF in January 1995 from Geelong.

“I have been fortunate to see a lot of Australia and the world throughout my career, particularly flying the C-130J and then again with the introduction of the Pilot Training System,” he said.

“There are so many highlights, it is hard to narrow it down.

“The thrill for flying started when I was young, I had wanted to be a pilot ever since I first travelled on an aircraft as a kid.”

Before Project AIR 5428, flight screening and basic flying training was undertaken by the ADF Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) at Tamworth, NSW.

Operated by BAE Systems Australia with a mix of Defence Force and civilian staff, at BFTS pilots from all three services trained on the CT-4B Airtrainer.

On completion of their basic flying training, RAAF and RAN pilots then moved on to 2FTS at Pearce for advanced flying training on the Pilatus PC-9/A, while Army students complete their training at the School of Army Aviation in Oakey, Queensland.

Under AIR 5428, BFTS and flight screening and basic flying training for all three services moved from Tamworth to East Sale, with pilots now flying the PC-21.

The PC-21, designed to prepare recruits for fifth-generation aircraft such as the F-35, has a pressurised cockpit, air conditioning, anti-G system, on-board oxygen generator and can fly at low-level speeds over 320 knots.

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Source: https://australianaviation.com.au/2021/06/oam-for-man-who-revolutionised-raaf-pilot-training/

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Hilton Grand Vacations’ Timeshare Test and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

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Throughout the week we are posting original stories night and day covering news and travel trends, including the impact of coronavirus. Every weekend we will offer you a chance to read the most essential stories again in case you missed them earlier.

How Hilton Grand Vacations Digests a $1.4 Billion Takeover Will Test Hot Timeshare Market: The timeshare sector is underway with overdue change. Chasing changing traveler tastes, millennials, and eventually Gen Z buyers means pushing into cities and offering more flexibility.

United Airlines Eyes Blockbuster 2022 With Plans to Be Larger Than Pre-Pandemic: United has big aspirations for 2022 as the travel recovery continues to accelerate in the U.S. But very real concerns about the Delta variant and the broader recovery outside of the airline’s control could set those plans back.

Tripadvisor Plus Creates Less Friction and Lower Costs for Hotels: Adding channel managers to bypass global distribution systems Amadeus and Sabre isn’t a super-duper game-changer for Tripadvisor Plus, but less friction and lower fees can lead to greater traction.

Kayak Is Missing a Golden Opportunity With Its New Corporate Travel Platform:
In what could be the travel industry’s most drawn-out launch of a booking tool, the final version will appeal to many small companies — but it could have offered so much more.

Japan’s Tourism Reality From Olympics: Build It and Maybe They Will Come Later: The 2020 Tokyo Games will be a big financial hit for Japan’s tourism sector, but vaccines now under way plus pent-up demand and infrastructure boosts could make it come out of this tough stretch a winner — sooner than one might think.

Canada to Lift Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers From August 9: The decision by Canada to open its border to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors is a massive boost for the country’s economy. While businesses in Canada have lost billions of dollars due to the absence of U.S. customers, the reopening’s timing in early August allows them to salvage something from the summer.

Travel and Fintech Are Colliding in New Exciting Ways: Fintech is trending, and likewise for superapps in certain parts of the world. Getting into travel is too delicious to resist, but the world is not ending for incumbent travel competitors.

Hilton Sees Bigger Meetings and Events Role in All-Inclusive Resort Growth: All-inclusive resorts are always going to be dominated by leisure travel, but it’s a smart move by Hilton to position these properties for some level of corporate meetings and events. Leisure traveler tastes aren’t the only ones that changed over the span of the pandemic.

Why American Airlines Lags Delta and United on a Key Recovery Metric: American likes to tout its strengths from more flights and a broader domestic network when it talks about the recovery. But with higher costs than competitors, it will continue to lag its peers even as some forecast profits in the coming months.

Hopper Sells Travel But Its Fintech Hedging Drives the Growth: Hopper makes more money on add-on, fintech-oriented services than on selling travel — even the usually juicy hotel business. The business isn’t profitable but who cares when grabbing market share is on the agenda.

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Source: https://skift.com/2021/07/24/hilton-grand-vacations-takeover-and-9-other-top-travel-stories-this-week/

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Air Canada: Welcome aboard this flight to Tokyo

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22 July 2021

We’re proud to fly Team Canada to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and wish them the best of luck! #FlyTheFlag

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/air-canada-welcome-aboard-this-flight-to-tokyo/

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YVR arrivals terminal splits passengers by COVID-19 vaccination status

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BY DENISE WONG AND BAILEY NICHOLSON | Jul 23, 2021

(Courtesy: Twitter @yvrairport)

SUMMARY

  • Passengers arriving at YVR from outside Canada will find themselves divided into two lines: Vaccinated and unvaccinated
  • People who have received both COVID-19 vaccine doses have a different process upon arrival than those who have not
  • Regardless of vaccination status, passengers from outside Canada need to provide information in the ArriveCAN app

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you’re flying into YVR from outside of Canada, you’ll notice some separation inside the airport. There are now one for passengers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and another for unvaccinated travellers.

Robyn Vicker, vice president of Passenger Journey at YVR, says dividing passengers this way helps determine the next steps upon arrival.

“For vaccinated passengers, if they meet the criteria of having had a Canadian-approved vaccine, at least 14 days prior to travel, then they don’t have to do the two weeks of quarantine upon arrival into Canada. Additionally, there’s no longer a government-approved hotel that they have to stay at,” she explained.

If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’ll need to set up 14-day quarantine plans with airport staff. People who only have one dose will be considered unvaccinated.

Vicker says it will be a faster process for Canadians who have received both doses, noting all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, need to provide travel information in the ArriveCAN app.

The separate queues at YVR are only at the international arrivals terminal, not at the departures terminal.

“When people are departing YVR to another country … they will all go through the same process,” Vicker confirmed, adding people flying to other countries are responsible for adhering to their destination’s entry requirements.

Anyone arriving into Canada must have a negative PCR test completed 72 hours before departure.

Right now, only Canadians and others with exemptions (such as the immediate family of Canadians or permanent residents and international students with valid paperwork) are allowed into the country without the need to quarantine, provided they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Aug. 9, it’s Americans, and then if all goes well and we’re still meeting all of the criteria, then after Sept. 7, that opens up to the world,” Vicker noted.

Masks are still mandatory in the airport and aboard flights. Vicker notes starting Aug. 9, departing passengers will no longer be subject to temperature checks.

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/yvr-arrivals-terminal-splits-passengers-by-covid-19-vaccination-status/

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