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 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


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


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


AIPA Annual Report 2017-18

AIPA's Annual Report for the year 2017-2018

09 Oct 2018 | Author: AIPA Communications


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


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


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


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


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