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Why did the RAAF procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?

Two reasons: The airplane is extremely versatile, while having adequate performance, and is a good choice when a small airforce needs a do-everything airplane to replace multiple types. Being ...
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How does helicopter mustering make financial sense?

Two reasons: It is way faster and allows one person with a relatively cheap-to-run R-22 to do the work of several cowboys. You're paying for the cowboy 24-7 if they are on staff, which is usually ...
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Why did the RAAF procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?

Selection of the replacement of the Mirage III was of course carefully considered by the RAAF, and the most suitable airframe was considered for the mission and circumstances typical for a vast, ...
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Where can I find GA VFR maps for Australia?

I have both US and Australian PPLs, and having flown VFR in both countries, there are some real differences in the VFR charts and supplemental data available. Mostly the contents are fairly evident ...
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How is ATC handed for private rural airstrips?

I can’t speak for Australia, but in the United States there are thousands of uncontrolled airports throughout the country, both privately and publicly operated. Larger, better equipped public ...
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Why did the RAAF procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?

Why a carrier-capable plane over a land-based plane? Australia has a history of operating carrier craft beginning in the 1920s. At the moment there are two helicopter carriers in the Royal ...
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How did the two F-35 planes get from Fort Worth to Williamtown?

When Australia received two F-35's in February of last year they were flown by Royal Australian Air Force pilots according to This article. So I would imagine they did the same for the most recent ...
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Why did the RAAF procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?

For the "and others", the documents from Finland have become public as the secrecy period of 25 years has recently been passed. In a major military deal, there are always technological, economical ...
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Where can I find GA VFR maps for Australia?

Airservices Australia now publishes electronic versions for free. Use requires acceptance of an agreement. Access as follows: Click Publications on the Air Services Australia website. Click ...
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How did the two F-35 planes get from Fort Worth to Williamtown?

The two aircraft had been delivered to the RAAF at Luke in September and October and delivered to Williamtown via Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and RAAF Base Amberley, south-east of Brisbane. From ...
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Determining total engine life in relation to SMOH/SFOH

2000 is common but that depends on the engine. The official TBO is what ever the TC/manufacture states, here is the list for of the Lycomings published by Lycoming and here is the continental list. ...
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What is the difference between an RPL and a PPL licence?

An RPL requires less training (i.e. money) but is more restricted in how far you can fly, how many passengers you can carry and how heavy the aircraft can be. You can get an endorsement to fly ...
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How does one become an airline pilot in Australia?

I am pilot and currently work as a flight instructor in Australia In order to become an airline pilot you need to get your initial licenses in light aircraft. No one learns to fly in a big jet. There ...
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Where can I find GA VFR maps for Australia?

Flyermaps provides Australian VFR charts.
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Why did the RAAF procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?

There is a very limited selection of affordable 2-engined fighter aircraft (and the selection was even more limited in the time frame of these acquisitions). Some countries (Canada, Australia) have ...
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How are VFR / GAAP approach points selected?

The reason for VFR approach points is to provide an orderly arrival procedure into busy or complicated airfields. I’ll use the example of Bankstown airport, which is the primary GA airfield for ...
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What are the laws on photographing aircraft in Australia?

There is no law in Australia prohibiting the photography of aircraft. I have been approached by police while doing it just to see what I was up to, but after a polite exchange they were happy and ...
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How is ATC handed for private rural airstrips?

There is very little air traffic control for such airstrips* precisely because there is very little traffic. Even a popular semi-backcountry strip, say Smiley Creek in Idaho, might see a dozen or two ...
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Is it possible to graduate from ADFA and then apply for an airline job?

Whichever route you choose you'll end up having to get type certificates at the very least. Historically the airline would pay for those but ever more airlines won't hire pilots unless they already ...
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How does helicopter mustering make financial sense?

Personally, I don't see how it's financially viable in most situations, but I'm guessing it's financially viable in a few situations or when shorthanded. Although horses are expensive to "...
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Can a company without an AOC hire out pilots to another company that does have one?

The simple answer to your question is "NO". There are 4 different kinds of part 135 operating certificate, many of which have a limited number of pilot positions. These pilots must be listed ...
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What are the laws on photographing aircraft in Australia?

I haven't heard of problems when taking photographs on land. Note that if you are flying and you stray into an "Air Defense Identification Zone" anything that takes a photo may be ...
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Determining total engine life in relation to SMOH/SFOH

TSMOH alone doesn't tell you much. The condition is what matters. There are many examples of brand new engines failing within the first 100hrs and many more examples of decently maintained engines ...
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