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Go West

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Featured, Training | 0 comments

If you dream of flying high above the beautiful, rugged coastline of Western Australia, but haven't gained your pilot's license yet, then the crew at Bunbury Flying School are ready to help you take the big step into the world of aviation.

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Behind the Scenes: Aviation Australia

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Featured, Training | 0 comments

The appropriately-named Aviation Australia are dedicated to producing the best pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers in the country.

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A Horrible Warning or an Extraordinary Example?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Featured, Training | 0 comments

John was fuming. This was the third time this month that the flight examiner had failed one of his students. Again, it was some of those damn Non-Technical Skill performance criteria that had been the issue.

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Behind the Scenes: Soar Aviation

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Featured, Training | 0 comments

Training to become a pilot is one of the biggest steps a person can ever make, because it’s the beginning of the realisation of a lifelong dream to fly.

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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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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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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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It’s the Pitts!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Advanced, Featured | 1 comment

The Pitts Special is one of the true legends of the sky. Compact, sleek and racy with 260 horses bucking under the hood, the plane possesses pizzazz.

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Second Chance

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Featured, Student Stories | 1 comment

Returning to the cockpit after a lengthy absence and a massive heart attack, means some major surprises for our intrepid aviator.

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Flight Training On the Up, Down Under

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Beginner, Featured | 0 comments

Flight training in Australia provides opportunities for everyone.

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Back in the Hot Seat

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Featured, Student Stories | 0 comments

Completing a navigation exercise after time away from the cockpit can be a daunting task, especially when the student needs to deal with a diversion and forced landing along the way.

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Having a Good Attitude

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Advanced | 0 comments

Aerobatic training is not only fun: it may also save your life. Aviator gets to grips with life upside down in a pair of safe hands.

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When Things Go Wrong

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Over the course of many training articles, I have attempted to give some basic tips on navigation, starting with the fundamentals of heading and airspeed, clock/map/ground, using big-to-small features and the navigation workcycle.

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Long Time Between Drinks

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Featured, Student Stories | 1 comment

Ever since she was a wee girl, Kathleen Chant always dreamed of being a pilot. But when she began flying lessons, she had no idea that it’d take her 22 years to earn her PPL.

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Keywords and the Student Pilot

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Used in the air by your instructor, these simple words, spoken at specific times, are much more than simple commands. Good keywords are designed to get a student to think for themselves, discover errors and correct them, rather than just react to the spoken command of their instructor.

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Work Cycles and the Student Pilot

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

There is so much to look at in an aircraft cockpit that often students are overwhelmed with information, information that must be sorted into a priority and processed, in order to achieve a desired outcome.

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The First Step

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Sofia Zaborska, Student Stories | 0 comments

From a little girl wanting to grow up to be an astronaut, to a teenager wanting to be a fighter pilot only to be told at the very old age of 17 that she was 'too immature' to join the Air Force by the recruiting officer, a commercial pilot seemed the next best thing.

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My First Day at School

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Sofia Zaborska, Student Stories | 0 comments

For a long time, the oldest working object I knew was my 1979 Nissan 280ZX. When I discovered the plane I was about to fly for my very first time was at least 10 years older I was, to say the least, somewhat shocked.

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Being Brief

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced, Featured | 0 comments

Last time, training introduced the concept of briefing in aviation. The article emphasised the need for any brief to be brief, relevant and to the point. This post I want to look in greater detail at the pre-flight brief from a student’s point of view.

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Be Brief

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced | 0 comments

How much briefing do you think we could do in an aeroplane on a given flight?

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Lookout!

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced | 0 comments

I had a pilot colleague make an interesting observation about my flying recently.

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Visualising Your Flying

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

A number of years ago I wrote an article on the differences between being a reactive or proactive pilot, and demonstrated this with examples of military AP3C Orion students flying into an uncontrolled airfield.

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On the Go-Around

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

Last post I discussed being prepared to go-around. I wrote that this required the pilot to have thought about the go-around before...

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Preparing for the Go-Around

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

One manoeuvre that is often discussed but in practise rarely flown, at least in the commercial aviation world, is the go-around.

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Wind – and How to Use It

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

Living in Australia in the summer brings with it many advantages – especially long balmy days that are often perfect for flying. Summer also brings with it many challenges for the student pilot, namely dealing with heat in an often under air-conditioned cockpit, turbulence caused by thermal heating and sea and land breezes, and depending on where you fly, increased storm activity for those of us who fly through the northern reaches of this country.

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P & A for Performance

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

How many times have you had someone, usually an instructor or some crusty old captain looking condescendingly down over their reading glasses, remind you that power plus attitude equals performance?

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Volcanic Ash

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced | 0 comments

After the recent spate of airlines cancelling flights between various cities due to the volcanic ash from Chile, most passengers were...

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Stall Recovery

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

I previously discussed the symptoms and indications of a stall, leading to my opinion that in respect to stalling, prevention is better than the cure. However, recognition of these symptoms in the real world is not always that easy.

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The E in Threat and Error Management

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

Last post the training article began a discussion on Threat and Error Management (TEM) and looked at what may constitute a threat to your flying operations.

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Don’t Threaten Me

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

After dissecting the various legs of a circuit recently, I intend to take the training articles on a slightly different heading and discuss a model used to assist operational flight crew in understanding the environment they are operating their aircraft in. With this understanding then comes an awareness and an ability to quantify the complexities that confront a pilot when operating his or her aeroplane.

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