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Old 4th Dec 2014, 01:50
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REX really mean business

For once, a positive aviation accomplishment;

There has been a flurry of activity around Queensland in the past fortnight with REX winning the TMR contract. They have been negotiating parking spots and terminal space at numerous airports, conducting proving and trial flights, and shipping container loads of GSE around the QLD network. They are taking the contract seriously and working very hard to set up a reliable service for Queensland. They are picking up additional staff including pilots, and have been acting like aviation professionals throughout the entire process. In fact they are doing such a good job (considering they don't officially start the contracts until January 1) that a Government source told me that they wished REX had been given the contract 5 years ago!
Good work boys and girls
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 02:14
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One hopes they are better at doing their job than the associated entity that dropped a Westwind, the investigation of which has been discredited and has been the matter of ongoing close scrutiny by the Senate Committee.

I suppose having friends in the right places will always generate the desired outcome.

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Old 4th Dec 2014, 02:15
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rex need any more pilots anyone ?

does anyone know if rex needs pilots , anyone has details , i have 6800 hrs on f50 and looking for work in qld to get home from overseas..
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 02:51
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Tipsy, if one cares to read the audit document that castigated Pel Air and was withheld from the ATSB you would note that it drew a distinct difference between that company and REX when it came to their operations. For some reason the operational standards of REX failed to make the transition to Pel Air.
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 05:21
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Doubt that Soteria

5 years ago was a a labour government and Skytrans had good reliability and wasn't managed by a primary school teacher!

By GSE assume you mean ground power carts as SAAB won't cut it on 40 minute sectors.
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 05:41
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Isn't Sharp ex Fed Transport Minister on board or chairman of Rex ?
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 07:56
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They seem to be doing something right
Best Regional Airline: REX | Australian Traveller

I thought they did one engine running turnarounds in hot conditions.
The SAAB also has the ability to brake the right prop and use the running engine as an apu.
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 11:17
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The Rex SAAB's don't have prop brakes fitted.
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 20:37
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Do they put it into "Hotel" mode?
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Old 4th Dec 2014, 22:52
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North QLD in the middle of summer no APU........maybe this can be the boarding music....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeZZr_p6vB8
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Old 5th Dec 2014, 03:55
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My understanding is they are having the Prop-Brakes fitted to certain QLD based aircraft.
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Old 5th Dec 2014, 05:07
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And that should work just fine, however are they allowed to refuel in hotel?
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Old 5th Dec 2014, 11:23
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My understanding is they are not having the brakes fitted and will be doing single engine turns. In places they can't they will use air cond carts and gpu's.
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Old 6th Dec 2014, 23:14
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Single engine turn arounds are done with prop spinning and the F/O standing out the front in 2 way communication with the skipper. There are circumstances when you can't do a single engine (dpl, um's) but otherwise it works really well. It looks after the batteries and keeps the cabin cool.
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Old 7th Dec 2014, 11:42
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the F/O standing out the front in 2 way communication with the skipper
WTF is the F/O doing standing out the front in comms with the skipper? He should be in the flight deck with the skipper. Don't they have ground crew to do this, like every other airline?
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Old 8th Dec 2014, 01:11
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WTF is the F/O doing standing out the front in comms with the skipper? He should be in the flight deck with the skipper. Don't they have ground crew to do this, like every other airline?
Maybe that is why they don't lose money like every other airline
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Old 8th Dec 2014, 09:09
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Maybe that is why they don't lose money like every other airline
I guess paying your staff crap and treating them as such also helps.

They could just as easily train the ground crew who are already there to do the same task. But no and as usual, they just lump everything onto the pilots.

We are talking about an airline here, not GA.
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I guess paying your staff crap and treating them as such also helps.

They could just as easily train the ground crew who are already there to do the same task. But no and as usual, they just lump everything onto the pilots.

We are talking about an airline here, not GA.
I don't know Jenna, I mean we are talking about remote communities here with populations of sometimes less than a few hundred and you are suggesting that Rex should have dedicated, highly trained and well paid local ground staff to supervise single engine turn arounds maybe once or twice a week...?

No, they couldn't easily train the ground staff. I'd much prefer an FO who is aware and up to date with procedures to supervise than local ground crew.

Get a grip, you obviously have no experience whatsoever in regional operations and if you imagine that it would be better to have both pilots sitting upstairs in crisp white shirts and hats, sipping on coffee and relying on local ground crew to support you must be living in fairy land.

Maybe we aren't talking about an 'airline' here in the strictest sense of the word... perhaps it is a melding of GA and RPT in the unique environment we find ourselves here in Australia, that of large distances, small communities and the essential services that regional airlines provide.

Stick to sipping your lattes in terminal 3 while updating your social media while the rest of us get down and get to work.

All the best
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Old 8th Dec 2014, 21:34
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I have seen Rex operations at three ports and at all of them they used independent contractors for ground handling and both crew were in their respective seats for start up. Further, given what Rex have publicly said about what they require to keep services to a specific port (30'000 pax pa) I cannot see them operating anywhere that doesn't have the ground staff and facilities they require, emergencies and break downs excepted.
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Old 8th Dec 2014, 22:18
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All the ports where rex go have local ground staff. The only time the FO does any kind of ground handling is to stand out the front during the single engine turns. It has been part of their procedure for a long time and there has never been a problem. Why are people getting so wound up over this? Its not like the FO checks people in and loads the bags with an engine turning.
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