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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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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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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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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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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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