The RED Airlines fleet continues to ebb and flow to meet our changing needs and to align with our strategic directions.
In addition to our recent acquisition of a second A333 and the Lockheed L049, RED is about to convert one of our two DC3 passenger aircraft into a DC3T, a Basler turboprop version of the DC3. The Basler engines increase the aircraft range, doubles the cargo payload along with providing a small increase in passenger load. There is an excellant freeware model available at flightsim.com which works perfectly with FSX and almost perfectly with P3d.
One of our experienced pilots derserves some recognition for quiet achivement. Henry flew quietly into YBBN on 24 January to complete his round the world journey in the B377 Stratocruiser. More on this to follow.
At the same time, Matthew Allen completed his own round the world trip in his new Airbus A333. Again further details will be shared shortly.
Well done both!
Microsoft Flight Simulator, the game(?) that uses satellite imagery and live weather data to let you virtually travel from your house to the grocery store in record time, is now accepting applications for its next alpha test.
Signing up for the alpha takes more effort than just agreeing to some Terms of Service, but it will all be worth it once you're cruising comfortably at 30,000 feet. Head to the official website, click the menu icon in the upper right, and hit Insider Login. You'll need to sign in with your Microsoft account, then return to the website and click "Flighting Signup". Fill out the surprisingly thorough survey and submit a DxDiag file to attest to your computer's specs. No idea what that means? Don't worry, the website will tell you what to do.
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People fly for many reasons. Qantas connects Australians with the rest of the world and with each other. Aviation matters more in Australia than it does in most other countries due to vast travel distances at home and overseas. Some of the busiest domestic air routes in the world are Australian.
During WW2 Qantas evacuated non-combatants from the line of fire and kept open Australia’s only civilian air link across the Indian Ocean with Catalina and Liberator aircraft.
In 1944, Qantas Liberators were the first to carry the flying kangaroo symbol. Constellation aircraft first flew all the way to London from Sydney in 1947 and Qantas routes circled the earth via both hemispheres from 1958.
Recent developments suggest that by 2023 we will have the ability to skip time-critical and congested routes by opting for an aerial ride-sharing service.
Many eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) organisations around the world are currently prototyping and testing these aircraft. However, in order for us to safely use this ride-sharing option, they will need certification.
Melbourne is set to be one of the first cities in Australia to trial flying taxis, with Uber Air announcing it will be testing flights as soon as 2020.
If you’re stuck in traffic or in a ride-sharing vehicle, be sure tune in and listen to Natasha’s report on delivering this fully autonomous or piloted service to our skies within the next decade.
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Pilot Bonus Award
The top three pilots by flight! According to the monthly flight report will have
Month : December
flights : 13
Miles : 18,244
Score : 237,172