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Baby Q Airlines

Baby Q Airlines is looking to expand its Air Transport operations.  They have been approached by the Flinders Island Council who are keen to promote new tourist opportunities to the island.  Local businesses are enthused and very supportive but there is significant opposition from some of the locals who are incensed that their calm and quiet are being compromised.  Some have been making anonymous threats on social media about damaging the aircraft when they are at the airfield.  There is also no dedicated RFF at the airfield.  Other local issues include airfield staff no used to RPT operations and a Melbourne parachute school that uses the Island airfield for weekend free fall parachute training camps.

SlingWing Aviation

SlingWing has enjoyed being the only operator the Milford Sound area conducting scenic flights to tourists.  however now there is a new kid on the block offering the same services. While personal relationships between between pilots and management of the two companies are cordial, obviously there is competition for market share, increased air and ground traffic and limited hardstand space.  Other local issues include the local refueller being notoriously slow and unreliable, the new operator contracting SlingWIng maintenance services, and a deteriorating surface condition of the hard stand. In parts it is breaking up and the local council is being recalcitrant in providing a lasting solution.

Mick and Millie Maintenance

For many years, M&M have been an institution at Cessnock airfield, providing quality maintenance to all SE and ME class rated aircraft used for GA.  With declining business in GA, Mick the CEO and senior LAME is bidding for the RFS contract which will significantly increase business and potentially open up other lucrative government tender contract opportunities. However it does require significantly more work for M&M, and it will also require doubling the workforce.  Mick is generally in good health however does have special cardiac medical requirements that require close CASA liaison. Other issues include the need to change from CAR 30 to CASR Part 145, unreliable cell phone coverage and some troubling personality conflicts within the workforce.

SeeBy Flying Training School

SeeBy are a CASR Part 142 fixed wing flying training school operating out of a major regional airfield.  They have recently been awarded a significant contract to train up to 200 foreign students per year to CPL standard.  The contract will require a tripling of the staff and it will be the first time Seeby have trained foreign students.  Seeby have also expanded their maintenance capability to service their own aircraft when previously this was done by an external source.  It is proving difficult to recruit experienced flying instructors as well as retain existing staff who are unsettled about the rapid expansion of operations. The regional airfield butts up against busy capital city controlled airspace and there is regular RPT aircraft and balloon and drone operations in the vicinity.

Paradise airfield

Paradise airfield uncontrolled council owned regional airfield undergoing a major upgrade of facilities.  The runways are being resurfaced as well as the hardstand and terminal upgraded.  The works are being done in a phased approach to allow aviation operations to continue, however workmen and plant equipment will be a constant presence for the foreseeable future. Aviation activity includes RPT movements, a HEMS operation, an Aeroclub and several GA maintenance organisations.  Issues include competing priorities for limited facilities and  tradespersons who have no knowledge of aviation safety.  Another significant concern is multiple instances of poor behaviour and airmanship from members of the Aeroclub and a reluctance of the club to address this.