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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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Kiwis CAN Fly!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Featured, Intermediate | 0 comments

Who says Kiwis can’t fly? Unlike their national bird, New Zealanders have spread their wings and taken on the world of aviation, not just as pilots, but as providers of world class flight training.

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Boyd on Board

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Jeff Boyd succeeds Dr Alan Hawke as the new chair of CASA for a three-year term.

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Mustang Tally

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

The Australian National Aviation Museum has been offered a rare Australian-built P-51D Mustang aircraft.

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Childhood Dream Comes True

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Student Jaryd Wetzel has won the Sir Reginald Ansett Scholarship for Aviation at Swinburne University.

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Federal Funding for Townsville Borders

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

The Federal Government have now confirmed that border protection services for Townsville Airport will be funded in the 2015 budget.

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TAE Executives Aim High

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

28/05/11 Air New Zealand has sold its Queensland aviation maintenance business TAE to senior management. The Amberley-based company is now...

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Flash Flying

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

FLYING PRIVATE is just that – private. And confidential. Aviator takes a look at the world of private flying where corporate pilots transport their VIP clients both on short hops and around the globe in absolute luxury.

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The Evolution of Bankstown Airport

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

Bankstown Airport is one of the most significant airfields in Australia. From being known as “Yankstown” during World War 2 to its new name of Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown, Sydney’s second airfield has led a colourful life.

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You Never Know

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Aviation Finance & Insurance, Featured | 0 comments

The old adage that says insurance is expensive until you need it, is true. So, if you own your own aircraft or operate an aviation business with an assortment of aeroplanes on the flightline, what do you do about insurance?

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The Prince and the Tiger?

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

19/05/15 The Australian Army has still not stated whether Prince Harry will take to the skies in a helicopter as we went to press. However,...

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Wreckage Recovered

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

15/05/15 A three day search late last month ended with the tragic discovery of plane wreckage. Experienced Queensland pilot Rob Pavan left...

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Together Again

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Australia’s transport safety investigator and civil aviation safety regulator has placed...

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Droning On

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

10/05/15 No sooner has the unique Martin Jetpack come to market than another pretender pops their head up. Based in Indianapolis, a...

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Survivor

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Featured, What Happens Next? | 0 comments

When it comes to survival, human factors play a critical role.

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Are Pilotless Airliners Realistic?

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

Would a fully-automated cockpit, minus human pilots, prevent manmade tragedies? Will we see automated aircraft in the near future?

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The Tragedy of Pilot Suicide

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

In the wake of the Germanwings tragedy, how common is pilot suicide and why does it happen? Indeed, what can be done to prevent such a tragedy from happening again?

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Chopper Company’s Need for Speed

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

21/04/15 The beauty of helicopters is their versatility and their ability to hover and patrol remote areas without the need for a landing...

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Engineering a Reverse

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

A disallowance motion has been carried in the Senate which will reverse regulation changes that LAMEs claimed were unsafe. Nick Xenophon...

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Top Notch

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

14/04/15 Aussie aviation software outfit AvSoft have been coming on leaps and bounds recently, winning the 2015 National Innovation Award...

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One Jet Set

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

11/04/15 The Royal Flying Doctor Service has just signed a firm order agreement with Pilatus Aircraft for one PC-24 with an option for a...

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Inmarsat on the Fast Track

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

07/04/15 Inmarsat has partnered with Airservices Australia to trial improved flight tracking services on commercial airline flights to and...

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All Set for New GM

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Archerfield Airport Corporation (AAC) has appointed Heather Mattes as the new General Manager of Archerfield Airport. Mrs Mattes’...

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Chris Taylor Scoops Matt Hall Scholarship

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

02/04/15 Chris Taylor from the Queensland Australian Aerobatic Club Chapter has been awarded the 2015 Matt Hall Scholarship for his...

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The Truth Behind the Memphis Belle Legend

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Featured, On the Wing | 1 comment

If you've seen the 1990 film "Memphis Belle," you know the story of the B-17 and her trusty crew. It's a stirring tale. Only problem is, it isn't true.

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Mad About Cirrus

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Singles | 0 comments

Designed specifically for Australian conditions, Cirrus is hoping the Australis will be popular with local aviators.

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Used Craft – Pilatus PC-9

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Featured, Singles | 1 comment

The Pilatus PC-9 is a single engine, low-wing, turboprop training aircraft manufactured by Switzerland’s Pilatus Aircraft. MEGAN KENNEDY takes a look at one of the world’s most popular advanced trainers.

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Still the King

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

A close look at the new acquisitions and the relationship between the flying doctors and the King Air, a machine that remains the best in its class.

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The Bigger Picture

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Featured, Incidents & Accidents | 0 comments

Suffering an incapacitating inflight medical emergency with a non-pilot spouse in the right-hand seat is a recipe for disaster. How can we prepare for such an outcome?

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Who Would Want to Manufacture an Aircraft?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

How can a bolt cause a fatal accident? Our resident solicitor and former airline pilot PAUL CLOUGH investigates.

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Flood Rescue

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

As the southwestern plains of Queensland suffered severe flooding in 2012, the Royal Flying Doctor Service sprang into action and showed just why it is considered to be the leading aeromedical operation of its kind in the world.

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A Lifetime of Flight

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Featured, Homebuilding | 0 comments

The tight-knit homebuilding community recently mourned the passing of legendary pilot, Captain Graham Hewitt. Mike House explains what made Hewitt such an extraordinary aviator.

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The Innovator

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 1 comment

With a second child on the way and the spare cash tin suddenly empty, Bevan Anderson’s wife Rochelle told him that if he wanted to continue flying, he needed to find an income stream to fund his “very expensive hobby”. So he created AvPlan...

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My RA Journey

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Featured, Recreational | 4 comments

Sixteen-year-old Gabby Elias has been fascinated by flying ever since she was a wee girl growing up on the family farm. With an ambition to fly fast jets in the RAAF, Gabby recently took the first step towards achieving her dream when she began training for her RA pilot’s licence.

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The Interview

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Commercial, Featured | 2 comments

Irwin Hodder has flown for the RAAF and Qantas but he was convinced that there was work to be done in developing nations such as Papua New Guinea.

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Any Plan is Better than No Plan

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

When I was a pilot, it was axiomatic that one prepared a flight plan, frequently filed a flight plan and then flew in accordance with the flight plan. Rarely was I expected nor did I just take off and devise what I was going to do when I had fresh air under the aircraft.

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Born to Fly

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Featured, Rotary | 0 comments

For some, following the same career path as siblings or parents can be a daunting task. But for helicopter pilot Johanna Osborne, doing so was a natural progression.

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Nice Job if You Can Get It

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Featured, Rotary | 0 comments

Some helicopter pilots have found callings that not only support important missions, but also deliver a high level of personal fulfillment. AVIATOR takes a look at a few heli jobs that provide a unique and challenging application of flying skills.

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Le Champion

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Featured, On the Wing | 0 comments

As a girl growing up in France, Aude Lemordant dreamed of being a professional pilot. Now a Boeing 777 pilot for Air France, the 32-year-old has certainly achieved that dream. But being an airline pilot isn’t enough for the ambitious Frenchwoman, who also holds the distinction of being the world aerobatics champion.

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The Anti-Apartheid Mission

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

In 1981 the Springboks’ visit to New Zealand caused mayhem in the streets - protesters clashed with riot police and used a Cessna aeroplane to strafe Eden Park and to drop flour bombs during the third and final test match in Auckland.

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Flying for Fun

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

Recreational aviation has come a long way in the past 30 years. From being a disorganised group of enthusiasts to an organisation that has emerged as one that many consider to be the equal of its General Aviation counterpart.

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Money, Money, Money

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

This month our resident solicitor Paul Clough deals with the transportation of millions of dollars worth of cash … and gold.

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The Lap of Luxury

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

So you’ve got some serious cash to spend on a new aircraft. And not only have you always dreamed of owning your own aircraft; you’ve always dreamed of customising your new pride and joy. So what are the options offered by manufacturers when it comes to custom-design?

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Red Bull Pilot

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Featured, Professional | 1 comment

Nigel Lamb is a Red Bull racing pilot, competing against the best of the best on a global circuit in some of the most exotic locations around the world.

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