Media releases and aviation articles which communicate the views of the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) and the Australian Airline Pilots’ Association (AusALPA), of which AIPA is a cofounding partner, are available below. You can also catch up on the latest aviation industry news.

Journalists should contact AIPA’s media consultant, John Hill on +61412 197 079 or

Qantas issues ultimatum to force Project Sunrise

AIPA President Mark Sedgwick said the letter from Mr La Spina was “unfortunately characteristic of the long haul discussions”. “It shows how this business would apparently prefer ultimatums to building consensus at this critical juncture,”...

14 Feb 2020 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


Suspected Tail Strike and Speedy Flight Amid Storm

Qantas’ flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner service – QF10 from London Heathrow to Perth International Airport – returned to Heathrow on 9 February due to a suspected tail strike, while taking off in adverse weather conditions at the UK hub.

10 Feb 2020 | Author: Chris Frame writer for the Australian Aviation


Qantas Update on Project Sunrise - 13 Dec 2019

Airbus A350 selected as preferred aircraft (no order placed) | Deadline for confirming delivery slots extended by one month | Regulatory support for ultra long haul routes, pending formal application | Discussions with pilots ongoing

13 Dec 2019 | Author: © The Official News Room of Qantas Airways Limited


AIPA's Annual Report 2018-19

AIPA's Annual Report 2019

31 Oct 2019 | Author: Glen Hunter, Treasurer


Qantas pilots urge 'significant caution'...

The union representing Qantas' international pilots says data collected on three test flights to assess potential non-stop services from New York and London to east-coast Australia will not be enough to fully understand the risk of pilot fatigue on...

17 Oct 2019 | Author: Patrick Hatch


AIPA and Qantas Conduct Special Flights

The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), representing pilots employed by the Qantas Group, has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the airline to conduct three special flights to assess ultra long-range flying (ULR). The...

16 Oct 2019 | Author: John Hill


Qantas 747 gets second life

When one door closes another one opens. After a near 20-year career with Qantas, Boeing 747-400 VH-OJU will have a second life flying as a Rolls-Royce test aircraft...

16 Oct 2019 | Author: Jordan Chong for the Australian Aviation


IATA CEO says airline collapses show fragility...

This article, from Australian Aviation, highlights the fragility of the aviation industry. IATA CEO, Alexandre de Juniac shares his thoughts on this topic amid the recent collapse of UK-based Thomas Cook and two European airlines folding.

02 Oct 2019 | Author:


Challenges for Pilots in Ultra Long Range Flying

OpEd by Mark Sedgwick, AIPA President Qantas has been understandably enthusiastic about the airline’s non-stop flights between Perth and London, with bookings showing the 17-hour flights are very popular with passengers and highly profitable for...

06 Sep 2019 | Author: Mark Sedgwick


Pilots keen for aviation policy certainty

When operating smoothly, the aviation industry largely remains outside the political limelight. This was certainly the case at the recent federal election.

07 Jun 2019 | Author: Mark Sedgwick


AIPA Team at IFALPA 2019 Conference in Berlin

The 2019 IFALPA annual conference held in Berlin this year. AIPA was represented by our President and some of the Safety and Technical team, along with other AusALPA delegates flying the Safety and Technical flag for Australia.

30 Apr 2019 | Author: AIPA Communications


Aviation industry losing appeal

Aviation should be an attractive industry for young Australians to join. And yet the number of Australians learning to fly continues to drop. Read the rest of Mark Sedgwick's article in The Australian here.

26 Apr 2019 | Author: Mark Sedgwick


Amendments to the AIPA Rules

AIPA is undertaking a multi-stage approach to amending the AIPA Rules, read more about this here.

12 Apr 2019 | Author: AIPA Legal


Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max crash findings

Australian and International Pilots Association President Mark Sedgwick said further investigation was needed but the preliminary crash report's findings were worrying. Read the rest of The Australian's Robyn Ironside's article here.

06 Apr 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


Time to review Australia’s aviation safety regime

This is the unedited version of the article by Mark Sedgwick that was published in The Australian today. The version that appears on their website and in the paper was edited by their editorial team: 'Whenever an airliner accident happens, pilots...

29 Mar 2019 | Author: Mark Sedgwick


AIPA submission to Proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument

AIPA President Mark Sedgwick has put in a submission to CASA’s proposed CAO 48.1 on behalf of the membership.

28 Feb 2019 | Author: Mark Sedgwick


CASA 'ignores pilots' in fatigue trial

"No one knows fatigue like pilots - they live and work it every single day of their lives and we're best placed to inform the regulator on the actual effects oflong-range flying," Mr Sedgwick said. Read more from The Australian's Robyn Ironside.

22 Feb 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


Qantas Trials New Fatigue System

Qantas has been given the go-ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority for a 12-month trial of a new fatigue risk management system.

15 Feb 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


Pilots on long-haul flights fatigued, says report

One in four long-haul pilots gets less than five hours sleep the day before a commercial flight .... AIPA's Safety and Technical Director Shane Loney said the report’s findings were timely, with the CASA due to finalise new fatigue risk management...

23 Jan 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


AIPA & ATSB sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

On Friday 16 November 2018 the ATSB signed new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian and International Air Pilots Association (AIPA) and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP). Chief Commissioner Greg Hood signed for the...

30 Nov 2018 | Author: AIPA Communications


A Note from the new AIPA President, Mark Sedgwick

Every two years the positions in the AIPA Executive come up for re-election and I am pleased to be able to take the chair of President for the next term and to serve the Pilot group - Mark Sedgwick

15 Nov 2018 | Author: AIPA Communications


AIPA Annual Report 2017-18

AIPA's Annual Report for the year 2017-2018

09 Oct 2018 | Author: AIPA Communications


AusALPA reply to CASA's response on Fatigue Rules

In reply to the release of the CASA's response to the Independent Report on Australia’s Fatigue Rules, the Australian Air Line Pilots Association (AusALPA) has expressed disappointment in CASA’s ability to conduct itself as an Independent Regulator.

25 Sep 2018 | Author: Murray Butt


CASA Response to CAO 48.1 Independent Review

The CASA Board commissioned an independent review of Australia's fatigue rules for operators and pilots in 2017, to provide an informed basis for CASA to continue with a reform of the rules.

21 Sep 2018 | Author: CASA


Qantas switches NY flights from 747 to Dreamliner

The 747-400 will disappear from the route completely from December 1, with the 787-9 to operate on Brisbane-Los Angeles 11 times a week.

03 Sep 2018 | Author:


AIPA responds to the 2018 Record Bonus

Following my Altitude Magazine Article on Friday, we did not have to wait long to see Qantas management’s intentions around rewarding employees for their efforts to achieve yet another record result.

27 Aug 2018 | Author: Murray Butt, AIPA President


Next generation aircraft under evaluation

Qantas says next generation aircraft such as the Embraer E2 and Airbus A220 plus Boeing’s proposed new mid-market airplane (NMA) are under evaluation as part of a fleet renewal program that is focused on “maintaining competitiveness of technology”.

23 Aug 2018 | Author: Jordan Chong for Australian Aviation


The 747 Clocks up 47 years in the Qantas fleet

Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 747 on August 16 1971, which means the type has been in the airline’s fleet for 47 years.

16 Aug 2018 | Author:


NASA app gives Qantas pilots fatigue test

Australian and International Pilots Association president Murray Butt said airlines had been left to self-manage fatigue, with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority yet to enforce new fatigue risk management guidelines.

10 Aug 2018 | Author: Robyn Ironside, The Australian


Qantas pilots reject plan to hire foreign pilots

MEDIA RELEASE: The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) does not agree that the purported pilot shortage in Australia is sufficient to warrant an agreement struck between Qantas and the Federal Government to relax restrictions on...

08 Aug 2018 | Author: AIPA


Risks attached to ‘two in the cockpit rule'

Australian International Pilots Association president Murray Butt said the rule’s introduction was an overreaction and the ­organisation welcomed CASA’s recommendation. “The rule was introduced without any analysis of the risk factors of having a...

03 Aug 2018 | Author: Robyn Ironside, The Australian Business Review



Jetstar group chief executive Gareth Evans says there are a number of potential new routes that could be opened up with the addition of the Airbus A321LR to the fleet in two years time.

01 Aug 2018 | Author:


Network brings the A320 to Qantas

A new flying kangaroo has taken to the skies with Qantas-branded Airbus A320s commencing services in Western Australia in April. Sourced from fellow Qantas Group subsidiary Jetstar, the aircraft are flown by Network Aviation under the QantasLink...

29 Jul 2018 | Author: Chris Frame for Australian Aviation


Qantas plans Darwin to Hong Kong freighter service

Qantas plans to operate a once-weekly freighter service from Darwin to Hong Kong that can transport fresh produce from Australia’s Top End to Asia’s supermarket shelves and dining tables.

25 Jul 2018 | Author:


Qantas names HK as 787-9’s first Asian route

Qantas has scheduled Hong Kong as the first Asian destination with its Boeing 787-9 fleet, with flights to the Special Administrative Region to begin in mid-December.

24 Jul 2018 | Author:


Pilots in for the long haul on fatigue as CASA seeks input

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority should “urgently” outline rules on crew composition and rest requirements specific to ultra-long range flights, the Australian and International Pilots Association has declared.

20 Apr 2018 | Author: Annabel Hepworth, The Australian


SBAS Position Paper - Benefits to Aviation

This paper outlines AusALPA's position on SBAS in Australia and its benefits to aviation.

28 Feb 2018 | Author: AusALPA


Senate ignores pilots to screen ground crews

The government has passed on a call by unions, pilots and terrorism experts to require airside staff — including baggage handlers, caterers and cleaners — to go through the same personal and baggage security screening as air crew and passengers. ...

11 Aug 2017 | Author: Ean Higgins, The Australian


Terror plots sets course for security overhaul

Australian Airline Pilot’s Association (AusALPA) Safety and Technical Director Shane Loney said while increased security and restrictions have been part of international flight procedure for some time, domestic flights remained vulnerable. “The...

07 Aug 2017 | Author: Farrah Plummer, Fairfax


Pilots call for ID checks on domestic flights

The peak airline pilots body has demanded the federal government require domestic airline passengers to produce photo identification before boarding aircraft , as part of a three-pronged strategy to tighten airport security. The call, made in...

04 Aug 2017 | Author: Ean Higgens, The Australian


Pilots worried about aircraft security

The Australian Airline Pilots Association is questioning why its 5000 members are subjected to stricter screening than others with aircraft access, including baggage handlers, cleaners and catering staff. "It's an inconsistency that needs to be...

04 Aug 2017 | Author: Dan McCulloch, Australian Associated Press


Pilots call for additional airport security

Australia’s airline pilots are calling for changes to airport security to bring our aviation security regime up to world’s best practice. Australian Airline Pilots’ Association (AusALPA) president, Captain Murray Butt said while airline crews,...

02 Aug 2017 | Author: AIPA Press Release


Pilots slam Boeing's 'pilotless' plane trial

Australian and International Pilots Association vice-president Shane Loney questioned why Boeing was even developing such technology. “Airlines around the world are having some difficulty getting enough pilots to fly aeroplanes — is this Boeing’s...

16 Jun 2017 | Author: Robyn Ironside, News Corp Australian Network


CASA extends deadline to review fatigue rules

The aviation regulator is delaying its deadline for compliance with new pilot flight and duty time limits for the second time in 14 months, instead holding an ­independent review into the necessity of the rule changes. The Civil Aviation Safety...

17 Oct 2016 | Author: Michell Bingemann, The Australian