2 JULY 2010
Air Cruising Australia 27 June 2010 marked the last leg of a 12-day tour charter operated by Pel-Air in Saab VH-OLM on behalf of Air Link for Bill Peach Tours. The first sector from Sydney to Charleville was on 16 June 2010 and the following sectors were flown:
Argyle diamond mine
Saab at Kununarra
The crew for this flight: Captain Wayne Cudmore, Captain Scott Wregg and Flight Attendant Erica Kuskopf. There were massive issues to be resolved as they operate to a very prescriptive tour itinerary and we had to organize handling and logistics at every port. The Rex Flight Operations Engineering department had to arrange for special approvals to operate to Oenpelli and permissions had to be gained from the local Aboriginal land council. As can be seen, this was quite a logistical exercise and the flight went very well thanks to many who organized the charter – Gay Webster, Andrea Leach, Rex Flight Operations Engineering department, Mike Allen and his Maintenance Controller (who was awaken early on a Sunday morning). Well done guys!
Escarpment at Kakadu
Erica’s new ride
Captain Wayne Cudmore
Captain Scott Wregg
Rex Helps Fight Crime ZL3684 and 3689 (Melbourne to Mildura and return) on 18 June 2010 had a group of crime-busting passengers on board as the Operations Response Unit of the Victoria Police flew in a group of 30 to relieve 30 extra manpower that had been stationed in Mildura for one of the biggest traffic and public order blitzes in Mildura’s history. This is part of Operation Community that the Unit is running. These police personnel were also involved in a murder case that occurred in Buronga the week prior. Captain Justin Partenza, FO Jordan Moras and FA Suzanne Vowels crewed the flight and the police unit sent a short thank you note to Rex for the good service on the flight. This news made the front page of the Sunraysia Daily (Mildura’s very own newspaper).
Special crime-busting flight
David Crooke, Engineering Assistant, DPLs had some Far North Queensland trucking fun as he travelled around the N1 & N2 route outports in June. His job was to put in all the DPLs (Disabled Person Lift) into the outports. As the DPLs were too large to fit on a truck, David had to bring all the parts stacked into pallets, and build them at the outports itself. This whole process took him 8 days of driving around and building the DPLs.
Truck with the DPL parts in the back
David wasn’t alone in his trip
The highway out west
All’s not just dirt and dust in FNQ
Friday Files will feature a series of staff profiles from various departments across the Rex Group network. Many of us work with other staff across the network, only knowing them through emails or the radio. We bring your fellow colleagues to a more personal level as we get to see their faces finally in our ever-popular Friday Files. In this feature, we introduce the Network Strategy department. The Network Strategy department is headed by GM Network Strategy and Sales, Warrick Lodge. The department designs the Rex aircraft schedules and determines the prices passengers pay by constantly analysing the Rex performance and that of competitors.
Marc Trotter Senior Commercial Analyst
Jed Davies Senior Analyst
1. How long have you been in Rex? 7 years.
1. How long have you been in Rex? Since it started in August 2002.
2. What were you doing before you joined Rex? Working for a telecommunications company in London for a couple of years trying to get in as much travel around Europe as I could. Before that, I was working for Caterpillar in Melbourne.
2. What were you doing before you joined Rex? I was part of the Kendell Airlines operation, had been since May 1979.
3. Why did you decide to enter the aviation industry? I thought it would be interesting especially joining Rex soon after the company was formed. 4. What is the most challenging aspect of your current job so far? Dealing with things out of our control such as actions of competitors and airports, high fuel prices etc.
3. Why did you decide to enter the aviation industry? The $99.00 a week Don Kendell offered me was twice what you got on the dole! 4. What is the most challenging aspect of your current job so far? Keeping the revenue flowing in when the world’s finances are crumbling. 5. In a few words, how would you describe your time in Rex so far? It’s been quite good, The Chairman has kept the business very sustainable and we love the new office he built for us!
5. In a few words, how would you describe your time in Rex so far? Interesting and enjoyable to have worked with many friendly and down to earth colleagues .
INSIDER 1. How long have you been in Rex? Since day one. 2. What were you doing before you joined Rex? I was with Kendell Airlines. 3. Why did you decide to enter the aviation industry? It wasn’t a deliberate decision, it just kind of happened that way.
Bill Robertson Network Schedule Analyst
4. What is the most challenging aspect of your current job so far? Accommodating our ever increasing operational requirements whilst still maintaining a good commercial schedule. 5. In a few words, how would you describe your time in Rex so far? The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down!
All the Best Bruce Bruce Reilly, Engineering Training Manager, bade farewell to Rex this week after 3 years. He will be moving to Melbourne as he takes up his new position in CASA as Air Transport Investigator. Rachel Newton, Engineering Administration Officer, organized a delicious caramel and chocolate cake for Bruce. She also organized for some collective farewell gifts of a purple hat, a purple scarf and a couple of Rex mementoes. Bruce made a great speech as he starts his move to a new chapter in life. All the best Bruce!
Bruce in his purple hat making his farewell speech
Enjoying some cake with Lorraine Tighe, Flight Attendant Recruitment Manager
Wagga Rotary Visit On 10 June 2010, 53 guests from The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga visited the brand new campus of AAPA. A talk was conducted in one classroom, followed by a tour of the campus and concluded with a dinner in the canteen. The busy canteen kitchen did well to impress the guests with only two staff on deck. GM Network Strategy and Sales Warrick Lodge hosted the guests together with Maintenance Control Manager Dale Hall.
Hungry Guests being served their food
Certificate of Appreciation from The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga
All tucking in to a delicious dinner
july BIRTHDAYS 1
GARY BENNETT JACQUELINE PAK MIA ROTONDO CARLA SEYCHELL JEFFREY SMITH ENGIN TABAKOGLU
LUKE FOUGH TIM JOHNSTON SCOTT WREGG
TROY LOZO MICHAEL WALSH
MARK BENNETT BROCK HARDCASTLE RICHARD MURRAY DON TOWNSEND
WENDY BLACKWOOD ARCHIE LIU IAIN RANDALL LETITIA SMART
BENJAMIN JONES ANDREA LEACH
ELISS KONG ELIZABETH OXLADE VANESSA PILLAY ROBERT VAUGHAN
SAMUEL COWEN MARK ANTHONY COX
WAYNE CUDMORE LOUIS DA SILVA BOBBY RUSHBY
JOANNE FLETCHER KIMBERLEY THOMAS
GRAEME JACKLIN MICHELLE LAUDER
FRANCIS HALL CRAIG JOB CAROL RILEY
GLEN BILLINGTON NADINE GEWARGIS
LISA ANDERL KIM BARENDREGT ROBYN WILL
IAN DANSON BASHIR HAIFA RENAE LLOYD-JONES DAMON NICHOLS CATERINA PAN
SANDRA APOSTOLOU KENNETH BUCH EDDIE DUBSKY LISA WESTCOTT
CARL DIXON RUSSELL HODGE PETER KESTLE KRISTINA PRINC
JAMES BREUST CHRIS MIROW
MATTHEW BOWLER ZACHARIA LOURENS MATTHEW PHILLIPS
ANDRE WASSNIG YIP KHUEN WHYE
IYSHA FINNERAN NATASHA SFETKAS
Internal Vacancies The following vacancies are now available: Job Title Receptionist (based in Sydney) Technical Publications Assistant (based in Sydney)
Closing Date 5 July 2010 7 July 2010
For more information, please visit our website at http://www.rex.com.au/Jobs/JobList.aspx. Applications should be forwarded to [email protected]
by the closing date.
s r e d l o H e i b Stub Brand new: Rex and AAPA Stubby & 600 ml Bottle Holders. Only available within the Rex network. This is a great initiative by a few of the Wagga Wagga staff – show your support today! $6.50 for Stubby Holder $8.00 for 600 ml bottle holders Orders can be placed by emailing: [email protected]
Special Gym Promo Dear all,
We are pleased to announce that we have recently registered all Rex Group staff to a Corporate Fitness & Wellbeing Program at the “All Sorts Fitness & Wellbeing Centre”. They are located in Alexandria, NSW on Level 1, 184 Bourke Rd. Please visit their website to check out their location and facilities: www.allsortsfitness.com.au.
Introductory Free 7 Day Membership To launch the partnership, “All Sorts” is offering the opportunity to all Rex Group staff to take up a free 7 day membership if they visit before the end of July 2010. To get your free 7 day membership, please call “All Sorts” on 02 9469 5688, to make an appointment and bring a copy of the card.
One of the benefits of being registered for the program is that they are now offering all Rex Group Staff a specially discounted membership rate and they’d like to invite everyone to visit them and check out the facilities and services that are on offer. Membership options The month to month (no lock-in contract) corporate rate offering for Rex Group staff starts at $68 per month. And, they have no joining or start up fees – ever! Alternatively you can pay for a yearly membership of $650 (which equates to approx $54.17 per month) To be eligible for the discounted membership rate, you will need to provide some form of identification that you are employed with Rex. Personal Training Special Special rate on Personal Training packages at the moment to help everyone stay motivated throughout winter; 5 x ½ hr sessions are now available for only $129.
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Port Agent (organizer)
MHS Relay for Life Millicent High School did their part for the Cancer Council SA by participating in the Relay for Life fundraising event on 13 and 14 March 2010. A total of $8,605 was raised. Rex contributed 2 return tickets between Mount Gambier and Melbourne.
From: Wendy Thomson Sent: Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:05 To: Eliss Kong Subject: Thanks from MHS Dear Eliss Having now completed our fundraising an taking part in the Relay For Life, I am happy to inform you that we raised $8605 for Cancer Council SA. The Relay was a wonderful event, joining hundreds of people together in the fight against cancer. Thanks once again for the contribution of air flights. Janet Simpson of Millicent was the lucky winner and was thrilled to receive the package. Many Thanks Wendy Thomson MHS Relaying for Spirit
Travel date: 23 March 2010
Lost & Found Travel date: 25 March 2010 Hello, I would like to leave some positive feedback in regards to a Rex staff member. I flew from Adelaide to Mount Gambier last week and left my iPod on the plane. I hadn’t even realised I’d left it there until I received a call from Colin. He had determined my contact details from my seat number and given me a call. If he hadn’t have done this, it would have taken me a long time to work out where I’d lost it (as I don’t use it all that often), or worse, I would have simply lost it for good. It is reassuring to see this kind of honesty and impressive to see someone make an extra effort to return something. From an impressed customer, Angela Thiel
Thumbs Up Service and Beyond Travel date: 1 April 2010 I would like to express my appreciation to Aaron, the Rex airport manager at Townsville for the way he handled the issue with the offloaded luggage. Aaron phoned as promised to keep me updated with what was happening with my luggage. Called when he was on the way to deliver same and drove 30kms to my home north of Townsville to deliver my luggage. - Earlyne White
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