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Top Gun Commercial and Military Trainers

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

It’s no news that modern advances in technology have dramatically altered the way we live. Technology shapes the way we communicate and interact with each other, how we work, how we learn and how we enjoy ourselves. And it’s no different in the world of aviation.

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European Odyssey

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

Two men head to Europe for a whirlwind tour of Continental powerplants, props and aircraft maintenance training.

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Behind the Scenes: Evektor

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

Evektor proudly claim to turn ideas into reality, and that’s exactly what they do, with a range of light aircraft that are like dreams come true. Let’s take a look at this incredible Czech aviation company.

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Made at Home: Sum of the Parts

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Featured, Homebuilding | 0 comments

During the hiatus between the Great Wars, Australian aviators were taking to the skies at a frenetic pace.

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Behind the Scenes: Fly Synthesis

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

The most beautiful, agile and reliable ultralights fly out of the factories of Italian manufacturer Fly Synthesis. Over the past three decades they’ve forged a reputation for excellence in aviation. This is the story of Fly Synthesis.

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PARAGLIDING IN PARADISE

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

No feeling in the world is as incredible as hanging 750m above the turquoise seas of Bali, cruising through the sky while attached to a few bits of cord and a length of fabric.

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Behind the Scenes: Foxbat

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Featured, Recreational | 3 comments

When it comes to Aussie success stories in the aviation industry, no names fly higher than Foxbat

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Bat for the Future

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

Forget the Batwing and the Batmobile - if you want to feel like a superhero, you need to get your hands on a shiny new Bat Hawk.

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Welcome to Canberra

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

The downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of plane spotters eager to witness the maiden touchdown of Singapore Airlines into Canberra.

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Behind the Scenes: CTC Aviation

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

When it comes to preparing the next generation of commercial pilots for a life in the skies, one name flies higher than the rest: CTC Aviation.

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The Grumman American AA-1

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

The Grumman American AA-1 series is a family of light, two-seater aircraft known for their quick, responsive and unforgiving handling.

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Four Seater: Ditching the Convertible

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Featured, Singles | 0 comments

Whether flying alone, or with a pretty companion by your side, as a pilot anything is possible.

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Coming of Age

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Featured, What Happens Next? | 0 comments

Drones have come a long way in their evolution from top-secret military tools to the cornerstone of entrepreneurial undertakings.

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Behind the Scenes with Airborne Australia

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

When it comes to the lightest of light aircraft, Airborne Australia are the masters. They offer the best microlights, gyrocopters and hang gliders in the country, and they’ve been keeping the industry airborne for the past three decades.

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WHY BOTHER WITH A LOW LEVEL RATING?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Featured, Intermediate | 0 comments

Ralph Burnett contends that the creation of an LL ‘rating’ under Part 61 just confirms the regulator isn’t listening to anyone in the industry or reading the policy of the government of the day.

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BRM Aero Bristell Tail Dragger

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

It’s been a long time coming, but the first BRM Aero Bristell Tail Dragger (TD) has finally arrived in Australia.

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AERO Friedrichshafen 2016

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

AERO Friedrichshafen is now held annually rather than every two years. The 2016 show saw a whopping increase in stands, displays and traffic – air and foot!

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Defending for Dummies

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

Recently, I was asked to advise in the defence of an aviation criminal charge against a young man who had allegedly committed a form of terrorist crime. I was not asked to legally defend the young man.

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Best Seat in the House

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 1 comment

In the early months of 1972, NASA and the Cape started final preparations for the penultimate Apollo mission – Apollo 16.

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Ditched Designs Between the Wars

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

For every aircraft type which enters production, there are many design proposals which are not developed to the production stage. There are many reasons for this, as will be evident to all those associated with the industry.

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GA to Go?

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

If we are to accept the conclusions in the recent AOPA prepared Eureka Project document. Apparently, GA isn’t dying; it’s being killed off.

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PLANES WITHOUT BORDERS: Survey, Search, Rescue & Recon

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

Aviator takes a look at Australia’s current reconnaissance aviation task force and considers alternative aircraft that might soon be saving lives or safe-guarding our environment.

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Fly Me to the Mooney

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

Mooney has forged a reputation for producing superlative aircraft, and they’ve gathered a rabid following because of it, but the history of the company is really about triumph against the odds.

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A Top End Entrée

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

It’s where Baz Luhrmann filmed his epic Australia, where cane toads are devouring the land and where Australian pilots make their great pilgrimage every year. It’s the Top End.

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Tecnam: Behind the Scenes

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Featured, General Aviation | 1 comment

Tecnam have a reputation for building beautiful aircraft that push boundaries, mixing power and precision with that unmistakable Italian flair.

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GRAB YOUR FLOATIES: Ambidextrous Amphibians

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

With so much rain in our neck of the woods/rainforest recently and seeing some dramatic new aircraft developments, we decided to take a look at all things waterborne this month.

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Time To Remember

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

When he first opened his workshop in Saint-Imier, Switzerland in 1884, Leon Breitling started out on a journey marked by the high demands of an exclusive industry.

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Bell Helicopter: Behind the Scenes

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Featured, Rotary | 0 comments

When it comes to helicopters, the benchmark for excellence is Bell Helicopter: they've designed and built some of the most incredible choppers of all time.

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RAAus – Looking Forward; Looking Back

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Featured, Recreational, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’ve come a long way down the track – but are we expecting too much change in Recreational Flying and from RAAus?

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Flight MH370: An Alternative Hypothesis

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 1 comment

There have been a flurry of articles in the print media by retired airline pilots advancing the hypothesis that the MH370 accident was caused by a deranged captain.

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Viking Floats 400S Seaplane Derivative of Series 400 Twin Otter

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Viking Air is to introduce the world’s first dedicated seaplane in the 15 to 19-passenger category, the Viking Twin Otter 400S Seaplane.

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Daher Upgrades the TBM 900

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Daher unveils new features of its Model Year 2016 TBM 900 very fast turboprop aircraft.

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Mooney Rolls Out Significantly Redesigned Acclaim for 2016

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

New M20V Acclaim Ultra boasts re-imagined interior and composite-wrapped cabin, as well as addition of a pilot door, and major avionics upgrades.

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Beechcraft signs T-6C contract for the UK Military

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Beechcraft has announced that it has signed a contract to provide 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II to the U.K. Military.

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Hawker Pacific Debut the King Air 350i with Pro Line Fusion avionics

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Hawker Pacific announces Asia Pacific debut of Beechcraft King Air 350i with Pro Line Fusion avionics.

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Around the World in 28 Days

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

Inspirational Italian Roberto Bisa zooms from one end of the planet to the other in a FlySynthesis Syncro, on the way to his second Guinness World Record.

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The Diamond DA62

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Featured, General Aviation | 1 comment

Diamond Aircraft had a hit on their hands when the company introduced the five-seater DA52 back in 2012 but they’ve made it even better: meet the DA62.

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Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall: Cessna SIDs

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Aviation Law, Featured | 1 comment

The Cessna SIDs have fluttered a few feathers recently with much controversy surrounding their application, necessity and financial implications. Our pugnacious legal eagle takes a gander.

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RAZZLE DAZZLE: Talk of the Town LSAs

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

The best recreational and light sports aircraft money can buy - available in Australia and better than a cold beer on a hot day.

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The DAHER TBM

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

The TBM is one of the greatest planes ever built: a mix of style and strength. As beautiful as a supermodel; as powerful as a steroid-fuelled pro wrestler.

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Arctic Adventure

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

I've have been on many adventures in my auto-gyro. I've circumnavigated Australia in 12 days; crossed the Alps at 13,000 feet. Now I needed a new adventure.

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United Colours of Aviation

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

For those interested in general aviation, the skies are a reflection of the world beneath them. The aircraft that soar amongst the clouds are infused with the qualities and characteristics of their homelands. That certain ‘je ne sais quoi' that that makes all the difference and simply makes a plane feel special.

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Winged and Wingless Wonders

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

LAST month we dived headfirst into the wonderful world of recreational aviation - here we are with another heaped helping of RA goodness.

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Made at Home

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

Sydney-based Tugan Aircraft was one of the major operators during aviation’s halcyon years of the 1930s. As a tentative successor to the Codock, Smithy tinkered with the design to name and create the Gannet…before losing his life.

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RETURN TO PARA-DISE

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

There's nothing like leaping off a mountain strapped to three kilograms of fabric and a bucket seat and, as I looked down at the landing zone 550 metres below, I had to question whether I was crazy enough to go through with it.

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Engineering a Healthier Future

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

There's been a surge in interest in Australia around upgrading and extending the life expectancy of airframes which were intended for 10-20 years’ service, either for re-sale or for continued use of an aircraft past its use-by date.

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Winged Wonders

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

Many pilots think they'll never own a plane but you don’t have to be Richard Branson to start zooming through the sky in your shiny new aircraft.

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Pilgrimage to Oshkosh

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Where can you experience flying demonstrations of an F35, Airbus 350, Harrier Jump Jet, together with veteran aircraft in huge numbers and a re-creation of the Pearl Harbor attack, all in the one day? Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2015!

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Cutting Edge

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

Aviator takes a look at the role flight simulation has played in aviation and discovers a cutting-edge industry that just gets better and better.

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I Have a Drone

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Unmanned aerial vehicles have been copping the wrath of many in the aviation industry lately, but the reality is, they’re here to stay. Aviator takes a look at a concept that has the potential to push the envelope of human imagination.

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TWO DEAD AS F-16 AND CESSNA COLLIDE

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 1 comment

Last month, an F-16 fighter jet collided with a private plane in midair.

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Feral Fighters

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Australia has around a dozen invasive feral species and an Australian company, Ninox Robotics, wants to send military-grade drones chasing after them.

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Drone Pioneer

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 1 comment

Aussie drone operator, Australian UAV, is going from strength to strength.

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Alps Double Crossing

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Elektra One Solar from PC-Aero recently crossed the Alps, travelling from Germany to Austria in just over two and a half hours.

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Ground Control Totally Gone?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Older air navigation devices at 23 Victorian country airports will be replaced by modern GPS devices fitted to individual aircraft.

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Fresh Voices in RA

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

in Australia, we have a handful of superb aircraft distributors and manufacturers as well as some forward-thinking flight schools. Easy on the eye and on the wallet – an attractive proposition.

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The Truth: How Hard is Learning to Fly?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Beginner, Featured, Training | 0 comments

Nothing worthwhile comes easy but learning to fly is mostly determination, not brain power. Aviator explains the ins and outs of becoming a pilot.

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Driven to Succeed

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

French Red Bull race pilot Francois Le Vot is one of these guys who seems to have done it all. Fighter pilot; Top Gun instructor; a member of the French military’s aerobatics team; world aerobatics champion. Is there anything this man cannot do?

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Skydive!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Flying a skydive plane might look like a routine exercise from the ground but it’s not until you actually fly a jump sortie that you realise how complicated it is.

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Far North Flying

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Featured, On the Wing | 0 comments

Is there a more beautiful and diverse haven for aviation than tropical North Queensland? The locals consider it to be their own version of Utopia.

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