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Page 18 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC SEPT, 2019 AN AUSTRALIAN Air Force C-27J Spartan transport aircraft conducted training at Mount Hotham Re- gional Airport in Victoria and in the surrounding area in August, delivering Defence personnel to the area by freefall parachute and landing at Mount Hotham Airport to pick them up them afterwards. Wing commander Ben Poxon, commanding officer of No. 35 Squadron, said the training exposed crews to cold weather environments as well as providing ex- perience with joint personnel recovery operations. “The Spartan’s small size and range allows it to reach airfields or landing surfaces that are too small for larger transport,” said Poxon. “We can fly to a remote area, deliver a rescue team, then land to pick them up once they’re ready for ex- traction – this is what we practised at Mount Hotham. “It’s a complex role that involves different agencies and requires careful co-ordination to get right, so this experience will be invaluable for the squadron.” A fleet of 10 C-27J Spartans operates from RAAF Amberley in Brisbane’s outer west. A Spartan can also conduct aeromedical evacua- tion missions or support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. ACE 19 set to break records AIR Charter Expo (ACE19) is set to become the most successful edition of this one-day air charter exhibi- tion so far. Organiser the Air Charter Association (ACA) says the one-day show in September is almost booked out, with aircraft on the static display, registrations signifi- cantly higher compared to the same stage in 2018 and a full day of training and presentations. Everything is in place for an outstanding event, ACA says. There will be more than 60 exhibitors comprising a wide range of supply companies, including airports and FBOs, aircraft manufacturers, charter operators and brokers, aircraft management and technology experts, maintenance providers, finance, insurance and specialist consultancies. The program of training topics and presentations includes some of the most important issues current- ly threatening the industry. These include a panel discussion on illegal charters and two concurrent presentations, ‘The Future of Broking’ and ‘The Future of Operating’. The static display includes a Dassault Falcon 8X, a VIP B737 and a Gulfstream G500 as well as many other aircraft types and exceeds the number of aircraft on display in 2018. ACA chairman Nick Weston said: “The level of interest for 2019 has been exceptional and confirms ACE has become a firm fixture in the schedules of so many executives in our industry. I look forward to welcoming many new and old friends to ACE.” ACE19 will take place at London Biggin Hill Airport on September 17 2019. It is free to attend and to regis- ter, visit www.aircharterexpo.com. Air force chooses Mt Hotham for its cold- weather crew training Korean adds third Viracopos weekly flight KOREAN Air Cargo has added a third weekly flight to Viraco- pos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It means the Korean carrier now flies there Saturday, Sun- day and Thursday on a Korea-Miami-Viracopos route. The Viracopos Cargo Terminal (TECA) is said to be one of the busiest in Brazil, responsible for almost 40 per cent of all air cargo from the country by tonnage.