Barrosa Air Show

Some readers will remember that the Barossa Air Show was cancelled back in May 2011 due to bad weather. Well, it’s back on again and the date has been set at November 6th 2011. From 10am to 4pm visitors will be able to view static displays, aerobatics and a variety of aviation related personnel.

Special appearances by Matt Hall (Red Bull Champion), Roulettes Aerobatic Team and Chris Sperou, 13 time Aerobatic Champion.


Adults $20

Children $5

Family $50

Also, the evening before on the 5th November is the Matt Hall Dinner. For booking contact the St Jakobi School on

8524 4137.

 For further information visit the Barossa Air Show web site.

New AFP Building – Adelaide Airport

Artist's Impression of New AFP Building


15 September, 2011



Construction has started on a new Adelaide Airport office complex, which will house the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and its on-airport operations.

The 2,400 square metre building within the airport’s Export Park precinct includes two storeys of office space, undercroft car parking, and will have a 4-star Green Star and 4½-star NABERS rating.  The premises will be leased exclusively to the AFP.

Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) Managing Director, Phil Baker, said the project will be undertaken by Sarah Constructions and is scheduled for completion in mid 2012.

Mr Baker said investment in commercial property development was a very important part of AAL’s business.

“The AFP building is the latest in a number of recent on-airport developments. These developments and commercial leasing opportunities significantly contribute to our ability to upgrade our core infrastructure, such as the new multi-level car park and planned expansion of Terminal 1,” Mr Baker said.

“We’ve recently seen the completion of the 18,000 square metre Manuele Engineering steel fabrication complex in the Morphett Precinct, and Boart Longyear has moved into its new office and technological warehouse in Burbridge Business Park.

“There have also been several strategic relocations over the past year to make way for the new car park and pedestrian plaza, and associated changes to the road network.”

Mr Baker said commercial property opportunities had proved popular at Adelaide Airport because of its excellent multiple transport links and its close proximity to the CBD.

The airport also offered a range of on-airport services including cafes, retail precincts, a supermarket and even a childcare centre.

Significant commercial development opportunities still remain at the airport.

Keep up-to-date with developments at Adelaide Airport, latest aviation news, video, photos and information at

South Australia Spring Aviation Events for 2011

Port Augusta Aero Club (Fly-in)
First up on October 29th we have the Port Augusta Aero Club Fly-in held in conjunction with the RFDS. There will be a Hangar Dinner on the Saturday night to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Roulettes and the Air Force Balloon will be making an appearance on the day. This is a FREE COMMUNITY EVENT. Tickets for the Hangar Dinner are available from the Port Augusta Aero Club. Please see the main web site for contact details.

Barossa Air Show
Next, the Barossa Air Show is to be held on the 6th of November at Rowland Flat just out of Lyndoch, South Australia.

The day begins at 10:00am and finishes at 4:00pm.

  • See aircraft from all vintages, old and new.
  • Three of Australia’s top aerobatic champions will be there giving displays that must be seen to believed.
  • Helicopter rides will be run all day by local business Barossa Helicopters.
  • The RAAF Roulettes will be on display.

There will be plenty to see in the air and on the ground too.

  • Food & wines.
  • Art & craft stalls.
  • Sideshows and interesting exhibits.

See for more details.

Aldinga Aero Club Dawn Patrol 2011

This Sunday, September 11th the Aldinga Aero Club will be holding it’s annual DAWN PATROL to commemorate the Battle of Britain. Members will take their aircaft on a mock sortie and return to base. there will be a static display of vintage and current aircraft. Breakfast to follow the sortie. Breakfast BBQ free for club members. Flight briefing at 0600.

Visitors welcome.

Aldinga Aero Club Dawn Patrol

Photo: Cesna VH-DOO departs on a Dawn Patrol sortie from Aldinga Aerodrome as part of the
Aldinga Aero Club’s Battle of Britain commemorations 2009.

Cathay Pacific direct Adelaide-Hong Kong

Last week Aviation Media produced a video for about the upcoming changes to Cathay Pacific’s routes from Adelaide. As of November 24th 2011, there will be 3 direct flights to Hong Kong from Adelaide each week.

The video is and overview with information by John McArdle, Adelaide Airport’s Corporate Relations Manager.

The interview used footage of a Cathay A330 shot previously (stock footage) and a current interview with Mr. McArdle.

5DME Premier Adelaide Aviation 3rd Anniversary

Nearly 3 years marked the starting of construction for the 5DME aviation web site. Well, three years later it is over 120 pages, thousands of photos and all the stories on the latest aviation news from South Australia fill the pages.

The team has grown from just David and Rob and the site now covers several airfields from Goolwa to Edinburgh RAAF base and abroad.

5DME have endeavoured to include everyone from aviation, no matter what their job or where they fit in. All too often everything and everyone but the planes and pilots are forgotten. It has been policy to promote aviation as a whole.

5DME have moved from just photographs to the production of informative videos using David’s 25 years experience in television. This has added another facet to the web site to generate interest in aviation.

Enough said, just take a look for yourself.

Adelaide Airport Video 2-8-11

This week there were some major changes going on at Adelaide Airport with the opening of the new Western Link Road. On Monday night, 1st August 2011 the WATPAC construction crews adjusted the barricades to close off Sir Richard Williams Avenue to allow further construction of the new Multi Level Car Park. Traffic is being redirected down Jame Schofield Drive and the new roadway that was constrcted across the old General Aviation (GA) area.

Patricia and I were there at about 2330 hours producing a video for which you may have seen on the front page of this site. We used some new gear that I have mentioned in the Blog before, a suction/limpet mount system on the car for the cameras.

The limpet mount performed excellently! Vibration was at a minimum and the Active Steadyshot in the camera took care of the rest. The 3 points of contact with the mount increased the stability enormously.

Also, we did not use any lighting for the talking head pieces as we wanted to reflect the hour of the day. The street lighting was enough for the Exmor sensor in the camera.

Here is the video:

Changes at Adelaide Airport

With all the current changes at Adelaide Airport, Aviation Media will be there this week and next week producing video segments for 5DME.NET.

In the coming week, around the 27th of July 2011 Sir Richard Williams Avenue will be closed so construction crews can proceed with the multi level car park. Aviation Media will be showing the construction progress and holding interviews with Aviation Historian, Nigel Daw.  

Our crew has been documenting all the changes including the new control tower which is due to be in service early next year. The material will be available on the web site next week.




New Control Tower Coverage by 5DME.NET

Local aviation web site has been covering the new state-of-the-art control tower construction since the ground breaking ceremony in 2010. Aviation Media has been providing many of the images you see relating to the new tower. Our images and video for 5DME has been the only complete coverage of the project.


Adelaide Control Tower Footings

Concrete piers were set down some 29 metres into the ground.


Adelaide Control Tower Metal Work

A substantial amount of wire mesh and steel rods were installed for the footings.


Continuous pour concrete core

Concrete was continuosly poured day and night until the core reached about 21 metres in height.


Main Tower Core

The 21 metre core had a pre-cast concrete flared section added and the cabin will be built on top. This will make the overall height around 44 metres.


5DME Coverage

There are over 400 images in the 5DME Galleries and many videos about the construction on the 5DME web site.

For a complete listing of images that date back to the beginning of construction you can visit the 5DME PHOTO GALLERY


Aviation Media Involvement

Aviation Media was proud to be a part of this worthy 5DME project to record history in the making at Adelaide Airport by providing video and imagery for