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Four (4) new Beech 360 King Air's for RFDS Nth Queensland

Old 11th Feb 2021, 07:23
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Four (4) new Beech 360 King Air's for RFDS Nth Queensland

Ch 7 news reports that RFDS has purchased four new Beech 360 Super King Airs.
Interview with local manager suggests two this year and two in 2022.
Additions to fleet; not replacements.

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Old 11th Feb 2021, 08:47
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News item here on their website!

RFDS QLD Website
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 22:26
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“The autothrottle automatically manages engine power from the take-off roll, through the climb, cruise, descent, go-around and landing phases of flight. This enhancement reduces pilot workload and supports them to prevent over-speed or under-speed, over-temp and over-torque conditions,” he said.

“Another update in the cockpit is the new digital pressurisation controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurisation during both climb and descent, reducing pilot workload and increasing overall patient comfort.”
Now I know why I felt stressed flying the B200 and B350.
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Looks nice.....
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Couldn't afford the coloured knob option?
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They should do what Ford and other manufactures did under their bonnet and colour the things that you are allowed to touch, in yellow.
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I never knew that!
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 08:18
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It was just a year ago that the RFDS QLD was bemoaning that they couldn't afford to pay their pilots the award rate and shouldn't have to, cos, you know, they're special.
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Originally Posted by Squawk7700 View Post
They should do what Ford and other manufactures did under their bonnet and colour the things that you are allowed to touch, in yellow.
Everything was painted yellow.... so what was the point?
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Everything was painted yellow.... so what was the point?
The things you were allowed to touch were painted yellow, sort of defeats the purpose in an aircraft, but based on that pic everything does look the same, even the throttles.

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Old 12th Feb 2021, 10:03
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Originally Posted by Squawk7700 View Post
They should do what Ford and other manufactures did under their bonnet and colour the things that you are allowed to touch, in yellow.
iIf you’re in the driver seat of a KA and can’t tell the condition lever from the prop lever without colour, you shouldn’t be there.
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Old 13th Feb 2021, 00:45
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iIf you’re in the driver seat of a KA and can’t tell the condition lever from the prop lever without colour, you shouldn’t be there.
Oh, I think those comments were tongue in cheek.. you know, dry Aussie wit and all that. Besides I think those two hark from the original monochrome era.... including what was laughingly called weather radar
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Originally Posted by Kagamuga View Post
Ch 7 news reports that RFDS has purchased four new Beech 360 Super King Airs.
Interview with local manager suggests two this year and two in 2022.
Additions to fleet; not replacements.
They will be replacements, at least some of them
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Old 13th Feb 2021, 11:54
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Does anyone know if the 360 is available ex-factory with the -67 engines, 5 blade props and HGW option (I think it was 15,900 lbs) as the 350 was.

I hear MT are soon to certify a 7 blade prop as they have done for the PC12.
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Old 14th Feb 2021, 07:35
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The QLD 360’s are coming from the factory with all of that and are 16500lbs MTOW just like the current 350’s they have now. The -67 will add a decent time to climb and a little speed compared to the -60.
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Originally Posted by deja vu View Post
It was just a year ago that the RFDS QLD was bemoaning that they couldn't afford to pay their pilots the award rate and shouldn't have to, cos, you know, they're special.
Care to support that with some evidence? Particularly given that RFDSQ pay well in excess of the 'award' and were doing so way before the last EBA which was in 03/2019 BTW. Last year RFDSQ pilots were one of the very few groups anywhere to get a pay rise.
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Care to support that with some evidence? Particularly given that RFDSQ pay well in excess of the 'award' and were doing so way before the last EBA which was in 03/2019 BTW. Last year RFDSQ pilots were one of the very few groups anywhere to get a pay rise.

RFDS feeling effects of global pilot shortage

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Old 15th Feb 2021, 07:56
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The 360 so airline jockeys can fly them! Auto everything and all.



(yes a little tongue in cheek).
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Old 15th Feb 2021, 15:42
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What's the difference between a 360 and a 360ER. The ER gas a 1900lb higher MTOW according to the website specs 16,900 v 15,000, extra tanks and a gear mod that gives the MTOW. So am I reading it that you can get a straight 360 with the mods of the ER but without the nacelle tanks?
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Do not know where you folks are getting your info but here is the actual RFDS Qld numbers

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Aeromedical Pilot: Base Rate effective 1 July 2018 $119,946.52

increases per year x WPI to and including 2021

Retention Tiers - In addition to the Role Base Rate applicable to the Employee's classification, the Employee will receive the Retention Loading for completion of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 years' Continuous Service with the Employer, as set out in the table below:
2 years 4%
4 years 11%
6 years 12%
8 years 13%
10 years 14%

Additional allowances for Remote Area $10k gratuity, ~$10k accommodation, Refuelling allowance ca $900, LoL $2K, and vehicle allowances. Superannuation at 12.5%, 6 weeks annual leave, personal leave, study leave, URTI leave, annual medical expenses, Salary Packaging to GUV $30K, FRMS approved roster so basically 2 days, 1-2 nights, Grey day and 4 days off.

Far above the Award and actually pretty good on any terms of comparison.
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