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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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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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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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Bringing Up the Rear – a Tail Gunner’s Story

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Featured, On the Wing | 2 comments

Given the tail gunners’ job during World War Two was not only dangerous but statistically challenging (survival rate was around 30 per cent), a living tail gunner is a rare individual.

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You’re Never Too Old

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Featured, On the Wing | 0 comments

As a seasoned private pilot with more than 1,000 flying hours logged and endorsed in various light twins and singles, I often think back to the beginning of my flying journey.

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Brain Overload

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Featured, On the Wing | 0 comments

That feeling of everything rushing into your brain but having none of it make sense lasts for only a short time in any new situation, but it is very real and affects just about everyone to a certain degree.

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Ferry Tales

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in On the Wing | 1 comment

Flying aircraft on a one-way trip is often called a ferry flight and calls for a ferry pilot. But, as a ferry pilot explains, not all ferry flights are straightforward A to B flights.

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A Different Era

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Featured, On the Wing | 0 comments

I do sometimes wonder about the values of many in Australia today as they seem so different from mine. I have often speculated what my mates who did not share my good fortune to survive would think, were they able to see the direction this freedom they fought and died for is taking.

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The New First Class

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Featured, On the Wing | 0 comments

Corporate jets and helicopters have become the new first class, the new millennium’s version of the car-and-driver. Little wonder those fortunate to fly such luxurious machines often say they have the best job in the world.

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If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in On the Wing | 0 comments

As a keen observer of human behaviour I am always amused by the habits of the common hangar dweller. This species of aviation enthusiast...

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Mind Your Manners

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in On the Wing | 0 comments

I’ve been horrified lately by an ever increasing drought in aviation manners and etiquette. It seems we’ve all forgotten the lessons...

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Dedicated to All Those Who Flew Behind Round Engines

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in On the Wing | 0 comments

Cranking a round engine requires skill, finesse and style. You have to seduce it into starting. It's like waking up a lovely mistress.

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