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Flight Planning – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

7 March, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Captain Allen Dickinson FRAeS
Head of Flight Operations Systems
Qantas Airways Limited

PROFILES: Allen was born and raised in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. After completing High School he enrolled to study aeronautical engineering at the University of Sydney before joining the Royal Australian Navy in 1980 to complete aircrew training. He graduated from No. 112 pilots course in 1981 and flew a variety of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft with the RAN. He qualified as a Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Examiner and Maintenance Test Pilot with the RAN. He joined Australian Airlines in 1990 initially flying the B737. Following the merger with Qantas in 1992 Allen undertook command training on the B737 in 1996 and completed conversion training onto the A330 aircraft in 2013. He has held a number of management positions within Qantas including Manager Flight Crew Audit, Manager Compliance and Industry Relations and Head of Operations Support before commencing his current role as Head of Flight Operations Systems.

Allen has extensive international experience and sits on the ICAO Fuel Use Sub-Group, The ICAO Cargo Compartment Fire Suppression Sub-Group and the ICAO Rescue Fire Fighting Services Sub-Group. He also has an open invitation to attend the ICAO Fight Operations Panel as an industry advisor. He also is Vice Chair of the IATA Flight Operations Group, Chairman of the IATA Technical Group for the IOSA Flight and Dispatch Group and is a previous member of the IATA IOSA oversight Committee.

Allen was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2016.

SYNOPSIS: Flight planning has evolved from the rudimentary plotting of a planned flight path to a highly scientific process involving multiple systems and advanced maths to achieve levels of optimisation demanded by modern air carriers.

Several years ago, Qantas embarked on a project to replace its’ current flight planning system. In partnership with the University of Sydney and the Australian Centre of Field Robotics, and vendors in Austria and Poland, Qantas has built a new flight planning system that fundamentally redefines the methodology that it uses to plan flights.

This talk will explore some of the changes that have taken place over the years and describe the development and planned introduction of the new system due for deployment in early 2018




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