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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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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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