The official podcast of Australian Aviation – where we unpack all the latest insights and developments plus the big issues impacting Australia’s aviation sector.
Why it’s time to end snap state border closures
Last week, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk advised citizens not to travel to NSW – but stopped short to shutting her borders.
It meant many businesses were in limbo, denied insurance payments but also unable to travel or put on events.
In this week’s episode, Phil and Adam discuss where Australia’s state border chaos goes. Should there be a national plan, and has the country surrendered its advantage with its slow vaccine rollout?
Finally, the pair talk about the ongoing capacity wars: does Virgin have a chance of knocking Qantas off its pedestal as airlines scramble to reclaim lost market share?
Sky’s The Limit: Paving the way with Deborah Lawrie
Deborah Lawrie is undoubtedly a name you have heard before – She was Australia’s first female pilot for a major commercial airline, following a years-long battle with Ansett Airlines that made it all the way to the High Court.
On this episode of Sky’s The Limit, hosts Anna Grbas and Hannah Dowling are joined by the pioneering female aviator to discuss the details of her early career in aviation, and how her passion for flight began to develop in her teens.
Deb also shares the story of fighting against Reg Ansett himself for her right to fly, how she never thought her discrimination case would end up reaching the High Court of Australia, and the barriers that still permeate through the aviation industry to this day for women.
Finally, Deb reveals her own plans and solutions to getting girls interested and engaged with the aviation industry from a younger age, a feat she believes will see female participation in the industry skyrocket.
Matt Hall talks flying Hornets and becoming Air Race World Champion
How’s this for a life story: Matt Hall was an ex-Hornet pilot, combat instructor and Wing Commander who transitioned into becoming an air race pilot.
In 2019, he become the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
In this episode of the Australian Aviation podcast, Matt talks to hosts Boo and Phil on his 2010 crash, dealing with risk, flying in the RAAF and how he navigated COVID.
Matt also talks about his love of flight, getting into the Air Force, believing in himself and why it’s important to take your chances in life.
Has Rex gone too far with its new Qantas attack?
Last week, Rex released a newspaper advert featuring supposed complaints from Qantas customers struggling to get their refund. It marked a new low in the very public fallout between the two airlines.
On this week’s episode, host Phil Tarrant and guest Adam Thorn discuss the fallout. Is all fair in love and war, or will Rex rue the day it hit below the belt?
Plus, as Melbourne’s lockdown shuffles along, has the Victorian government made the right call?
Finally, it’s snakes – quite literally – on a plane as the critters shelter under Qantas A380 wheels.
Lockdown knocks aviation’s recovery off track
Weren’t things going so well? Domestic aviation had seen record low prices, record high planes in the air and almost all employees back to work.
However, Victoria’s latest lockdown has sent the industry back into crisis mode. This week, Adam and Phil discuss what it means – and how big the damage could be.
The team also discusses last week’s big interview with Rex deputy chairman John Sharp, who talked about the long-running disagreement between the regional airline and Qantas.
Finally, the podcast investigates whether coffee by drone is a good thing, or not.
Rex’s John Sharp talks rivalries, expansion and a passion for flight
What a year Rex has had: from COVID-induced oblivion to fighting for the Golden Triangle via a high-profile falling out with Qantas.
In this episode, we talk to the man in charge, deputy chairman John Sharp, to find out first-hand how it all played out.
We dig deep into the rights and wrongs of Qantas launching flights on previously exclusive Rex routes, how he coped with having to stand down staff and why the pandemic presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand.
Finally, Sharp talks about his passion for aviation and why he loves the industry so much.