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Qantas CEO calls for advanced air traffic system in Australia

4-Jun-2010 11:13 AM

Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, stated Australia needs to introduce an advanced air traffic system to guarantee the viability of the country’s aviation industry (The Australian, 04-Jun-2010). Mr Joyce stated no other developed country relies on aviation as much as Australia and a shut down such as the one in Europe due to volcanic ash would have enormous affects on society and the economy. The CEO also noted Australia needs to be more serious about environmentally sustainable aviation and the need to adjust the industry to satellite navigation for all aircraft using instrument flight rules. The industry also needs to make a full transition to automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B), Mr Joyce stated.

Qantas: “We must deliver on efficiencies that make aviation economically viable. And frankly, that economic viability is not a given. There is an old joke that a fool and his money are soon starting an airline … With these twin achievements, we know that our industry will be able to deliver better safety through greater visibility of aircraft as they track through the sky. More efficient flight paths can cut travel time, reduce congestion and delay and make life better for flying passengers. Fuel burn will be lower and noise emissions can be reduced for better environmental outcomes. And the outlay to achieve this great outcome can be substantially, if not totally, offset by savings in capital and operational expenditure on redundant systems: the elimination of en-route radar and the significant reduction in radio beacons,” Alan Joyce, CEO. Source: The Australian, 04-Jun-2010.