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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/the-engine-quit-windsor-pilot-makes-emergency-landing-in-chatham-kent-field/

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Singapore 747 takes off minutes before Melbourne earthquake

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPQ takes off. (Andrew Hunt)
Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPQ takes off. (Andrew Hunt)

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 freighter departed from Melbourne Tullamarine just three minutes before a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the city.

Flight SQ7297 from Melbourne to Singapore was scheduled to take off at 9:20am on Wednesday, however ended up departing eight minutes early, at 9:12am.

This change in schedule meant that the aircraft and its crew narrowly avoided being caught in the earthquake that hit Melbourne and its surrounding regions just three minutes after departure, at 9:15am.

The quake was one of the biggest earthquakes in Australian history, and tremors were felt as far west as Adelaide and as far north as Sydney.

Similarly, a Virgin Australia Boeing 737 performing flight VA827 from Melbourne Tullamarine to Sydney departed just one minute after the B747 at 9:13am, two minutes ahead of its scheduled take off at 9:15am, and two minutes before the earthquake hit.

Of course, once both aircraft were in the air, occupants were unlikely to have even known that the earthquake was occurring, as the seismic waves of the earthquake are not strong enough to travel through the air.

While it is not known the condition of aircraft that were one the ground at the time of the earthquake, there have been no reports of major damages or incidents at airports.

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Further, it appears that by 9:30am, aircraft on the ground were given the all-clear to take-off.

Virgin’s scheduled 9:10am service from Melbourne to Coolangatta, VA733, was delayed to 9:30am before travelling safely to its destination, while flight QF93 from Melbourne to LAX, scheduled for 9am, saw a 30 minute delay.

Qantas’ 9:30am service to Darwin, QF836, was able to take off on time.

A Singapore Airlines A350, SQ237, was the first aircraft to land at Melbourne following the earthquake, after being cleared to touch down at 9:39am.

Traffic at Melbourne’s airports remains significantly subdued to the city’s ongoing lockdown.

Earlier this week, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced that fully vaccinated Victorians would be free to travel domestically once the state’s vaccination rate hits 80 per cent. Current estimates suggest this target will be hit on 5 November.

Meanwhile, the federal government’s national re-opening plan specifies the end of lockdowns and state border closures once 80 per cent of the adult population is fully vaccinated – which is expected to occur on 11 November.

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Source: https://australianaviation.com.au/2021/09/singapore-747-takes-off-minutes-before-melbourne-earthquake/

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Telstra to provide 5G tech to flying car racing series

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Airspeeder MK3 in flight (Airspeeder)

Telstra has announced it will provide the 5G communications technology that will be used by the electric ‘flying cars’ in an upcoming global racing series.

The championship’s organiser, Airspeeder, also said on Wednesday it believes the much-anticipated EXA series will launch later this year, pending regulatory approval.

It follows its first prototype electrical vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) completing its inaugural test flights in June in South Australia.

Christopher Smith, head of the communication giant’s services subsidiary, Telstra Purple, said Airspeeder’s race control system will include network communications, data visualisation, edge compute power, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications.

“The high speeds, low latency and high-capacity connectivity of Telstra 5G will change the way car racing is experienced,” he said.

Matt Pearson, the founder of Alauda Aeronautics, which is manufacturing the Airspeeder series, said there are numerous “underlying technologies” to establish flying racing cars into the market, predominately connectivity.

“If we’re going to have all these things in our skies soon, then we need to be able to control them, talk to them … we need to gather all the data from our races,” he said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

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Pearson said in future, 5G connectivity will enable high-speed links between vehicles and ground control, and that is why Airspeeder chose Telstra Purple.

“Telstra is really a natural partner for the types of things they’re trying to do with low latency links, 5G and edge capability,” he added.

The Telstra system will feed essential technical information to ground crews during flights, assisting pilots – whether remote or on-board – to race safely in proximity to competitors.

Paul Nicholls, Telstra Purple’s digital transformation executive, said the first phase of development will kick-off for 12 months initially.

Both companies will collaborate on joint marketing activities, driving awareness and bringing on new partners.

The service provider will also work closely with developing a “fully immersive 5G powered spectator experience” for consumers.

Through augmented reality and mobile devices, the content and data from the races will be easily accessible for fans of the sport.

“All my life, I really wanted to build flying cars,” said Pearson.

“I really wanted to see a future where our cities are transformed into all the things that have been in our heads from science fiction movies for the last 50 years.”

Pearson said there are significant hurdles to overcome, such as regulatory approvals and infrastructure development.

Other considerations such as training, safety and cost have often been major roadblocks for the many companies that have gone before Airspeeder.

But Pearson said choosing a flying car race would provide a critical “testbed” for developing safety and engineering elements for the future of advanced air mobility.

The company’s first prototype – the Alauda Mk3 – completed its inaugural test flights in June in South Australia.

The test flights were taken place in undisclosed locations in South Australia, but were under the observation of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

All were successful, and according to Airspeeder, uncrewed flying car Grand Prix will begin this year in international locations, yet to be revealed.

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Source: https://australianaviation.com.au/2021/09/telstra-to-provide-5g-tech-to-flying-car-racing-series/

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World first: Wellcamp to host Loyal Wingman manufacturing facility

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Boeing Australia has unveiled the launch of a new manufacturing facility for its Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft at Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was onsite at Wellcamp to welcome the announcement, noting that it’s the first time Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing has constructed such a facility outside of the US.

“This is a massive coup for Queensland,” she said of the partnership.

The new facility, based at what will now be called the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct, will manufacture part of the aircraft, as well as complete its final assembly.

The facility’s initial development is set to take place over the next 12 months. It is not yet known when the facility will be operational.

“In choosing Wellcamp Airport, Boeing has taken an important step towards delivering their purpose-built final assembly facility,” Premier Palaszczuk said in a statement.

“This has the potential to greatly improve our state’s advanced manufacturing capability and help shape a workforce of Queenslanders with the skills to build some of the world’s most cutting-edge aircraft.”

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Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick said that Boeing had “scoured the state looking all over for the best place” to manufacture the aircraft.

“They have decided that the Wellcamp precinct at Wellcamp Airport is the best place for that facility to be constructed,” he said.

Boeing Defence Australia vice president and managing director Scott Carpendale said, “The Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct location is attractive due to its access to a flight line, clear flying days, commercial flight access from major cities and ability to support the rapid pace at which the Airpower Teaming System program is growing.

“Sustainable aerospace is a critical focus for Boeing, and Wagner Corporation’s use of sustainable construction methods supports our vision to create a leading sustainable aerospace manufacturing facility from the ground up, including renewable technologies and human-centric design.”

Notably, Wagner Corporation also recently penned an agreement with the Queensland government for the creation of a 1,000-bed purpose-built quarantine facility for overseas arrivals, also located near Wellcamp Airport and within the Wellcamp Business Precinct.

Wagner Corporation chairman John Wagner said Boeing’s selection of Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport for its newest uncrewed aircraft production facility was a major boost for the region, bringing at least 300 new local jobs.

“Attracting investment and global companies such as Boeing to Toowoomba is recognition of the strategic advantages the Wellcamp Airport site offers, including access to the future Inland Rail,” Wagner said.

The Loyal Wingman unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the first military combat aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

It measures 11.7 metres long, has a range of 2,000 nautical miles, and is expected to deliver fighter-like performance, while also offering intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

The drones are designed to leverage artificial intelligence to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other jets.

The Australian government initially ordered three aircraft, but has since doubled the size of the fleet, following the Loyal Wingman’s first successful flight in February 2021.

With the announcement of the new facility, Wagner Corporation also announced that Wellcamp Airport would also now be home to the new Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct, with Boeing Australia as the foundation tenant.

“With governments and the private sector in Australia and internationally making massive investment in aerospace, advanced manufacturing and defence capabilities, the timing is absolutely right for us to develop a precinct of this calibre so that investment can be made right here in Queensland at Wellcamp,” Wagner said.

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Source: https://australianaviation.com.au/2021/09/world-first-wellcamp-to-host-loyal-wingman-manufacturing-facility/

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Airlines pounce on easing domestic borders

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Australia’s airlines have launched a number of major sales ahead of the planned easing of travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers later this year.

Qantas and Jetstar are now offering low-cost flights between NSW and Victoria, as border restrictions between the two populous states are expected to finally ease for the first time in nearly three months in November.

Meanwhile, rival Virgin Australia continues to focus on Australia’s non-locked down states, and has introduced new routes connecting tourist haven Hobart to both Adelaide and Perth. Just last month, Virgin also introduced new routes between Adelaide and Launceston.

Virgin has welcomed its new Hobart routes by offering one-way fares on offer from just $49.

The sales come as Australians look ahead towards the inevitable easing of state border restrictions, with current modelling suggesting that the nation could fully re-open by Christmas.

Earlier this week, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced that fully vaccinated Victorians would be free to travel domestically once the state’s vaccination rate hits 80 per cent. Current estimates suggest this target will be hit on 5 November.

Meanwhile, the federal government’s national re-opening plan specifies the end of lockdowns and state border closures once 80 per cent of the adult population is fully vaccinated – which is expected to occur on 11 November.

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Queensland and Western Australia remain wildcards in Australia’s planned national reopening, despite both agreeing to terms with national cabinet.

Setting out his own roadmap out of restrictions, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has said that the state’s ‘hard border’ with much of the country will remain up until 80 per cent of all citizens (including those aged 12-18) are fully vaccinated against COVID. This could see WA’s border remain closed to the rest of the country until March 2022.

Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has continued to suggest she will “listen to the modelling”, however rumours have surfaced that Queensland may wait until 90 per cent of its adult population is vaccinated before re-opening.

Tasmania’s director of public health, Mark Veitch, has similarly said that the “closer to 90 per cent … the better”, in relation to its opening of state borders, while Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has said the NT would likely introduce green, orange and red zone quarantine categories for interstate arrivals, which could vary depending on vaccination status.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has said his state will follow the federal plan as outlined by national cabinet, which would likely see borders reopen before Christmas.

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Source: https://australianaviation.com.au/2021/09/airlines-pounce-on-easing-domestic-borders/

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