Etihad 470 on approach for 01
Saturday, August 31, 2013
- Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK landed
- Citation 650 VH-DHN arrived.
- Hawker 800XP VH-VRC flew Essendon - Brisbane.
- Global Express VH-LAW was in and out.
- Premier One N7088S flew Mackay - Brisbane.
- RAAF A330-200 MRTT A39-003 ferried from Amberley - Brisbane as Dragon 26.
Citation 650 VH-DHN
Schedules have been loaded into the Qantas system and details are below.
QF1545 BNE-CBR 0835-1125 Day1,2,3,5
QF 1547 1045-1335 Day 7
QF1549 1410-1700 Day 1,2,3,5.
QF1551 1540-1830 Day 7
QF1553 1905-2155 Day 3,5.
These 12 services a week will eventually increase to 22 departures a week to Canberra by March 2014 as all 5 717's are introduced.It is believed that one of these 5 new aircraft will also be based in Hobart.
Friday, August 30, 2013
- Adagold chartered Hifly A340-300 CS-TQM ferried to Singapore as HFY 651P.
- Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK departed north.
- Careflight Learjet 45 VH-VVI flew Townsville - Brisbane - Norfolk Is
- Air Ambulance NSW King Air 200 VH-AMR flew Grafton - Brisbane - Sydney
Learjet 45 VH-VVI
Thursday, August 29, 2013
So how does it work?
Aircraft which are fitted with ADS-B broadcast their identification, position, speed, altitude, velocity, and other data automatically about every half a second. The data is picked up with an ADS-B tuned antenna and sent to the SBS-1er decoder box. The decoded data is then displayed on a virtual radar screen called Basestation.
1090Mhz tuned ADS-B antenna from DPD Productions USA
Not all aircraft currently transmit ADS-B data however Australia's CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) has mandates in place for all non equipped IFR aircraft to be fitted. The mandates are as follows:
- 12 December 2013 - All aircraft operating at/above FL290 (29000ft) requires ADS-B.
- 06 February 2014 - New aircraft flying IFR (Instrumental Flight Rules) placed on the Australian register on or after 06 February 2014 must be ADS-B equipped.
- 02 February 2017 - All existing aircraft flying IFR (Instrumental Flight Rules) placed on the Australian register before 06 February 2014 must be ADS-B equipped.
As you can see eventually all IFR aircraft operating in Australia will be ADS-B equipped by 02 February 2017.
Once the ADS-B data has been decoded it is then displayed using computer software called Basestation. The program displays all aircraft in your coverage area including aircraft not fully transmitting ADS-B data.
Overview of the Basestation software screen
The radar screen above shows aircraft on approach (blue) and departing BNE (greeny orange) using full ADS-B. I have set the program to show the aircraft's rego, type, callsign, speed and altitude. These options are fully customizable with the software. The maximum range I have tracked an aircraft was 335km from Brisbane. Aircraft not transmitting ADS-B will not be displayed.
The aircraft list which displays all aircaft in the coverage area
In the list above you will notice the column labelled "Code" which is a unique aircraft address which consists of a 24-bit code allocated by CASA. This code is usually entered into each aircraft by an engineer at installation and can be expressed in a binary or hexadecimal format.
When a new aircraft enters the airspace which you haven't picked-up before, the 24-bit code is received. You can then populate the 24 bit code using many programs such as Gatwick Aviation Society's SBS Populate. After the code is populated you then have the aircraft registration, type, operator, serial number and more assigned to the 24 bit code. You can also add an operator logo next to each registration for easy identification as can be seen above.
So what happens with all the data?
All though it is addictive, you don't need to watch the radar screen 24/7 to know what aircraft have passed through your airspace, as all the data is collected and stored in a program called Basestation Reporter. Basestation Reporter lists every aircraft you have picked up and enables you to edit any of the aircraft data fields to suit your needs.
Basestation Reporter software
The Basestation Reporter software also enables you to produce a report of all the aircraft received during a specific time frame you specify which is handy when reviewing the daily movements.
Flight report screen
As you can see the SBS-1er and software is an invaluable resource for a plane spotter and many more functions have been added to newer model Kinetic Avionics receiver's such as the SBS-3.
For more information about ADS-B in Australia please visit CASA's ADS-B publication
To purchase the latest Kinetic Avionics products please visit Aircraft Tracking Avionics
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
- Qantas QF98 Hong Kong - Brisbane diverted to Cairns enroute to BNE. Aircraft was A330-300 VH-QPA.
- Beech 58 N581SR flew Toowoomba - Brisbane - Toowoomba
- Challenger 604 VH-URR arrived at 2035 (photo below)
- Gulfstream 4 VH-MBP departed as EVY 61 at 1010
- Citation 550 VH-CCJ flew Brisbane - Mount Hotham - Brisbane
- Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC flew Honiara - Brisbane as LYC 757 arriving 1330.
Challenger 604 VH-URR
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Farewell OJE! - Photo by Lance
- Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD departed in the early hours for Honiara as LYB 745 and is due back early morning on the 25th.
- Gulfstream 4 VH-MBP arrived as EVY 61.
- Qantas QF89/90 Brisbane - Noumea - Brisbane was operated by Boeing 767-338 VH-OGR instead of the usual Boeing 737-800.
- Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC departed for Honiara as LYC 757.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Bay 32A is positioned between bay 31 and 32 and can handle up to a Boeing 747-400 or Boeing 777-300 size aircraft
Ex Air Niugini Fokker 28 VH-XNG parked inside the Aviation Australia hangar
- Australian Air Express B737-300F VH-XML made its first visit in new Qantas Freight colors. Arrived from Melbourne at 0330am and departed for Townsville at 0420am
- Atlas Air B744F N408MC departed for Hong Kong
- Beech 58 N581SR flew Hervey Bay - Brisbane - Toowoomba
- King Air 350 N841KA arrived from Archerfield
- Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC arrived back from Honiara as LYC 740.
- Malaysian MH135 was operated by A330-323E 9M-MTM making its first visit to BNE
Friday, August 23, 2013
- Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE VH-YIV msn 40698 was delivered to BNE arriving from Nadi as VOZ 9506.
- Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC departed BNE for Honiara
- Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD arrived from Manguna PNG
- Premier One N7088S departed for Mackay
- Atlas Air B747-400F N408MC arrived from Honolulu (See main post)
Lynden C-130 N403LC departing for Honiara - Photo by Luke Amundsen