Virgin CBR-SYD flights restarting

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Took VA 0641 CBR-SYD this week, . Left and arrived on time with friendly Hostess and Pilots. Bus shuttle on Sydney tarmac, left gate 2 CBR.. For newbies to the Saab, wise to utilise the ear plugs on them, as they can get rather noisy. great views on this route of the Blue mountains etc for a Northern 16R approach. Just a 'Health" cookie and water offered, but what else do you want for around 40 mins in the air?
 

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WRT noise levels within the Saab 340 cabin, I measured 86dBA in 2008 on a Rex flight from Mt Gambier. Such was the highly noticeable level of noise, uncomfortable even in IMO, that I was prompted to whip out my sound level meter. Looking at the data, there's a large tonal spike at 80Hz, hence the noticeable annoying character of the noise, of 108dB (~84dBA).

The WHS criteria for 8hours exposure is 85dBA. There won't be any flights long enough to exceed the criteria for pax, but crew may need to manage coughulative exposure to avoid hearing damage.

I'm happy that VA CBR-SYD flights are happening but I won't be forgetting my NC headphones (which have a frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz).
 

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WRT noise levels within the Saab 340 cabin, I measured 86dBA in 2008 on a Rex flight from Mt Gambier. Such was the highly noticeable level of noise, uncomfortable even in IMO, that I was prompted to whip out my sound level meter. Looking at the data, there's a large tonal spike at 80Hz, hence the noticeable annoying character of the noise, of 108dB (~84dBA).

The WHS criteria for 8hours exposure is 85dBA. There won't be any flights long enough to exceed the criteria for pax, but crew may need to manage coughulative exposure to avoid hearing damage.

I'm happy that VA CBR-SYD flights are happening but I won't be forgetting my NC headphones (which have a frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz).

Somehow I don’t think the APS staff will flood to this service.
 

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Nice that you at least get a free cookie (and earplugs!) on these flights. You don't get any food for free on VA mainline these days.
Probably better for the Link crew to offer a small snack than nothing at all. Can’t imagine the Saab’s would have much room to keep all the stock for the buy on board menu either.
 
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Somehow I don’t think the APS staff will flood to this service.
They didn't the first time they set up the flights when Rex was first formed, after Ansett had folded. They even set up a lounge in Canberra to counter the excuse that they didn't have a lounge. However, the APS couldn't even book on the Rex flights - maybe as Qantas Business Travel had the all-of-government contract at the time?
 

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They didn't the first time they set up the flights when Rex was first formed, after Ansett had folded. They even set up a lounge in Canberra to counter the excuse that they didn't have a lounge. However, the APS couldn't even book on the Rex flights - maybe as Qantas Business Travel had the all-of-government contract at the time?
QBT is required to follow best fare of the day rules, they are a travel agent that just happened to be owned by QF. If ZL didnt make their flights available through the relevant GDS link to QBT, then they wouldnt be able to be booked.

Of course, there's a million tricks which APS staff are aware of that ensure they end up on QF (and ideally on a jet service).
 

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