Qantas is investigating how they can combat long-haul issues for passengers aboard lengthy non-stop flights. (Reuters: Tim Wimborne)
Here’s what you need to know across New South Wales this morning.
Qantas flight touches down from London
A second non-stop, ultra-long-haul flight — this time from London to Sydney — will land at Sydney Airport later this morning.
Last month, Qantas conducted its first non-stop research flight from New York to Sydney, with 49 passengers and crew onboard.
Today marks the second time a non-stop flight has been flown between London and Sydney — the last time was 30 years ago.
Researchers are on today’s flight to collect passenger and crew data about the impact of ultra-long haul flights.
Man charged with intimidating RFS firefighters
NSW Rural Fire Service personnel conduct property protection in Woodford, NSW. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)
A man will face court today charged with intimidation after he allegedly confronted two NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers while they were fighting fires.
Police were told a man approached the volunteers yesterday morning and allegedly threatened them with physical harm and harm to their property.
Police said the volunteers were forced to stop their firefighting activities to address the alleged threats against them.
Police later charged an Elands man with two counts of intimidation and possession of a knife in a public place.
He was refused bail to appear at Forster Local Court later today.
Air quality warning
Smoke from fires that continue to burn north is expected to cause poor air quality across Sydney today.
NSW Health Director of Environmental Health Dr Richard Broome said smoke began affecting air quality in the Sydney Basin late Thursday and into Friday morning.
He said those with conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina were more likely to be sensitive to the health effects of smoke.
“People with these conditions should avoid outdoor physical activity when there’s smoke around,” he said.
Dr Broome said those with asthma should follow their Asthma Action Plan and keep their relieving medication with them.
Replica gun allegedly used in noise complaint
Two men have been charged after tradesmen were allegedly threatened with a replica firearm over the level of noise at a building site in Sydney’s Inner West.
Police will allege the man set up a replica .50 calibre Barrett sniper rifle in the front yard of his Marrickville home and aimed it at tradesmen outside the building site, threatening them due to the level of noise.
The man was approached by tradesmen, who removed the firearm from him until police arrived.
A 27-year-old man was charged with use unauthorised prohibited firearm and a 26-year-old man was charged with possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm.
They were refused bail and will appear before Burwood Local Court today.
Trauma counselling for bushfire victims
New South Wales Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor has reassured bushfire survivors that those who need trauma counselling will receive some soon.
Some residents on the state’s Mid-North Coast yesterday complained they had yet to receive any formal counselling.
Ms Taylor said there was a huge task ahead, especially with active fire fronts across the state.
“This is obviously unprecedented, there will be large volumes of people seeking help, but we stand ready and we stand determined that they will get the help that they need,” she said.
Music festival laws passed
The first pill testing trial in Australia took place at the Groovin’ the Moo festival in Canberra. (Supplied: Jack Toohey)
Music festivals in New South Wales will again be subject to tough regulations, after legislation passed Parliament.
Controversial regulations were put in place by the State Government earlier this year in response to the deaths of six people from drug overdoses last summer.
Labor and Crossbench MPs in the Upper House voted to disallow those regulations, prompting the Government to rush the legislation to Parliament.
It passed with the support of Labor and the Crossbench and it means festivals deemed “high risk” will have to supply a safety management plan and fulfil other criteria.
Organisers who do not comply will no longer face jail time and instead be fined, and an industry roundtable will review the legislation after the summer.
Early smoke haze then mostly sunny.