New Zealand opts for Seasprite

DEFENCE MINISTER Paul East announced on March 11 that the Kaman SH-2G Seasprite has been selected to replace the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) elderly Westland Wasp HAS.1s.

Although East denied that the decision was influenced by Australia’s recent choice of the same helicopter (AFM, March, p06), he indicated that New Zealand had ‘gained reassurance from Australia’s decision’, as there were obvious advantages in having compatible equipment.

The RNZN will acquire four refurbished SH-2G Super Seasprites under a NZ$274 million deal, with delivery scheduled for the year 2000. In the interim, it will take delivery of four older former USN

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We all know that recycling is important. Reuse your plastic bags, keep energy consumption to a minimum and place your glass bottles in the correct recycling bin. But what about recycling on a larger scale? Recycling for businesses, for example, or recycling in construction? Grand Designs Australia has always supported projects that embrace eco-friendly fundamentals, which is why this recently completed guesthouse in the US state of Texas caught our eye.

«The emphasis was on sustainable strategies,» explains Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects, mastermind behind this compact, but environmental, design.»

Environmental considerations stretch still further into the green zone. For





I his is the second issue regarding my thoughts on living and architecture. This month I want to discuss alpine architecture. We have not featured any Grand Designs Australia episodes on this housing type. However, as a practising architect, I have been involved with dozens of houses at Dinner Plain in Victoria and, probably more importantly, been a very average, part-time skier for most of my life.

This is a unique environment

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Death Row Pardon

When Dean, Jack and Joe Burton spotted an advert for a Land Rover in the classified section of MMI he hoped that the vehicle was what it purported to be, and at the same time hoped no one else had spotted the significance of that particular Land Rover. The advert, which first appeared in the April 2006 issue of MMI read: “1966, Ex-Australian Cut-Wing Series 2A Land Rover, diesel, O/D, FWH, twin fuel tanks, workshop body, ideal camper or to restore as was.”

What Dean had taken special note of were the words ‘Australian Cut-Wing Series 2A’ and ‘Workshop Body’,

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Bush Tucker Trial

Native to Central and South America, the Bushmaster is the world’s largest species of venomous pit viper. This deadly creature is capable of multiple bites, and it has forged a formidable reputation. Large, thick-bodied and with an upturned snout, its typical colouring is light brown with a series of dark brown or black blotches that run the length of the body. I still remember my first encounter with a Bushmaster, with the foregoing description proving fairly accurate. However, my face-to-face confrontation did not take place in the deep jungles of South America, but rather in Australia.

Since the species’ introduction

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BILLED AS ONE of the premier aerospace spectaculars in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian International Airshow 99 took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from February 16 to 21, 1999.

This was the fourth time that AirShows DownUnder, a division of the Aerospace Foundation of Australia Limited, has staged the event. And the Foundation’s chief executive Ian Honnery announced that after successful negotiations with the Victoria State Government at least three more biennial airshows would be held at Avalon, scheduled for 2001, 2003 and 2005. The event is now highly regarded as a major public entertainment spectacle and a valuable showcase

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Australia to purchase F-111Gs

AUSTRALIA HAS FORMALLY requested Congressional approval through the US DoD for purchase of 15 surplus USAF F-111G aircraft as part of a $110 million sale which includes 12 spare engines and logistics support. Four of the aircraft have already been moved to McClellan AFB, California, for preparation, but the remainder are still in USAF service in the training role with the 27th FW/428th FTS at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. The F-111G is now being supplanted by the F-111E in the training role, making all 30 examples of the variant, a conversion of the FB111A, redundant.

The aircraft will join 18

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Australia Retires Hueys from Gunship Role

AFTER 35 years service in Australia, the Australian Army retired the UH-1H Iroquois helicopter from the gunship role in a formal ceremony on June 26. As part of the ceremony, a ‘Heavy Fire Team’ of three UH-1H gunships — dubbed the ‘Bushranger» in Australia — performed a flypast over Brisbane, accompanied by a fourth Huey flown by the current Chief of the Air Force, Air Marshal Angus Houston. Whilst in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service, the Hueys were operated by 9 Squadron, of which Houston had previously been commander. After the flypast they landed at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, in

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Indonesian Su-30MK2 HOLD TRAINING dogfights with Australian F/A-18

Indonesia will send its own front fighters «Sukhoi» for roles in big air exercises in Australia later this month, says that the recent era of expanding military cooperation. Indonesian Air Force was never given to the armed forces of Australia access to the Russian aircraft production to compete with the United States fighters fourth generation. But four Su-30 will be delivered to the North area for a role in the exercise Pitch Black 2012, during which will be held mock fights with Australian F/A-18 fighter aircraft in the airspace of Indonesia and Australia. The exercise, which will be held

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First Indian «Globemaster»

Not so long ago appeared on the Web first photo built for Air India languid military transport aircraft Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. In June 2011, India and the U.S. signed an agreement for the supply of 10 aircraft of this type, the issue of an additional batch of 6 vehicles. Deliveries should begin in June 2013 and completed in 2015.   Currently, eight states are the operators of the C-17 (USAF, Australia, Canada, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and England). U.S. Air Force ordered 224 aircraft (the creation of extended until 2013 in service as of 2007 nahodilosb

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