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Aust Antarctic Division A319ACJ Arrived Yet?  
User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9101 posts, RR: 75
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Previous thread Aust Antarctic Division A319ACJ Arrived Yet? (by Australia1 Jan 21 2007 in Civil Aviation) and Australian Antarctic Division A319 (by Breiz Feb 8 2007 in Civil Aviation) are archived, I am unable to add to them.

Update to those threads, the aircraft has completed a number of trips to the ice runway in Antarctica, some details here http://www.aad.gov.au/default.asp?casid=29240 , 11 hr return trip without refuelling.

The aircraft is a Airbus A319-115X CJ, registered VH-VHD formally (F-GYAS)


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"Airbus A319 takes to the skies over Antarctica

The welcome arrival of the Airbus A319 to Hobart last week signified a major milestone in the establishment of an intercontinental airlink for Australia's Antarctic programme.

Just two days later, after scores of interested Australian Antarctic Division staff had inspected the aircraft, the A319 took off for Antarctica. It carried out a successful eleven hour return flight between Hobart and Casey, flying over the Wilkins Runway and the Vanderford Glacier before retracing its path to Hobart with plenty of fuel in its tanks.

Although weather forecasting is more accurate than at any time in the past, the 'A' (for Antarctic) factor is always a force to be reckoned with. A major criterion for the selection of the plane was its ability to fly to Casey and back without refuelling, in case the weather closes in at its destination and prevents landing.

Its return to Tasmania coincided with that of the two CASA-212 aircraft which had returned from a summer in Antarctica.

Members of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC), meeting in Hobart at the time, took advantage of the opportunity to inspect the two aircraft and were impressed with their potential for scientific operational support. The Airbus then flew back to Melbourne, where it will undergo modifications to ready it for Antarctic operations next season.

The plane will be dressed in a new livery, the exact colour and design yet to be decided. Many of the seats will be removed and the rear re-configured to make it more suitable for cargo stowage, and, should the need arise, to carry a stretcher in the event of medical evacuation.

Specific polar navigation software and hardware will also be installed in the cockpit which will improve its suitability to fly in Antarctica.

Initially, the Airbus will have a regular seating capacity of 20 passengers, although it could carry up to 40 if required. Once fully operational, it will operate between October and March, a flying season determined by the weather conditions at the runway rather than the capacity of the aircraft.

The modified A319 will return to Tasmania at the beginning of next season, when it will ease into a regular flying service between Hobart and Casey. "


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User currently offlineEasyas321 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

so what's aircraft going to be doing from March to October ?

ETOPS ceratinly not an issue, so could it be used for charters?

Think max capacity of an A319 with 1 overwing exit is about 145 passengers. Can anyone confirm that?


User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9101 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

Quoting Easyas321 (Reply 1):
so what's aircraft going to be doing from March to October ?

Refit for their specs

Quoting Easyas321 (Reply 1):
ETOPS ceratinly not an issue, so could it be used for charters?

Each flight will be operated as a charter, ETOPS is an issue.

Quoting Easyas321 (Reply 1):

Think max capacity of an A319 with 1 overwing exit is about 145 passengers. Can anyone confirm that?

The aircraft will have a max capacity of about 40 pax, it will be used to carry a lot of cargo both directions.



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User currently offlineEasyas321 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Quoting Zeke (Reply 2):
Refit for their specs

who's specs?

Quoting Zeke (Reply 2):
Each flight will be operated as a charter, ETOPS is an issue.

Why would ETOPS be an issue if it can fly to Casey 4 1/2 hours & if it can't land it can flfy back to HBA with its long range fuel tanks.

Quoting Zeke (Reply 2):
The aircraft will have a max capacity of about 40 pax, it will be used to carry a lot of cargo both directions.

. Max capacity for flights to Casey but for other 6-8 months of year, presume it will be looking for work & it would have to be all passenger configuration & max seating at that to get the most charter work surely ?


User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9101 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Quoting Easyas321 (Reply 3):
who's specs?

Australian Government, Australian Antarctic Division

Quoting Easyas321 (Reply 3):
Why would ETOPS be an issue if it can fly to Casey 4 1/2 hours & if it can't land it can flfy back to HBA with its long range fuel tanks.

Because they are outside the 60 minute single engine distance from an airport.



Quoting Easyas321 (Reply 3):
Max capacity for flights to Casey but for other 6-8 months of year, presume it will be looking for work & it would have to be all passenger configuration & max seating at that to get the most charter work surely ?

That would depend on the terms of the contract they have, I do not know if Skytraders has the ability to use the aircraft for other operations, and with the modifications made I do not know if they would be allowed to do general charter.

It would be useful to deploy aid for natural disasters with a quicker response than the C130s, and for medivac of people.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting Zeke (Reply 4):
Because they are outside the 60 minute single engine distance from an airport.

But doesn't the A319 have certification for ETOPS 180?


User currently offlineEasyas321 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 5):
Because they are outside the 60 minute single engine distance from an airport.

But doesn't the A319 have certification for ETOPS 180?

but they've flown HBA/Casey already haven't they? Or r u saying that for commercial ops, they have to have diferent ETOPS?


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