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A Grand Design

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

Fast, slow, short-field, heavy-lifter. Often an aircraft’s role can be ascertained merely by looking at it. Yet, even when the design suggests the suitability of an aeroplane to a particular task, there can still be much to be discovered when we pause to look a little closer. Such is the Cessna Grand Caravan EX.

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GA Hopes for Reform

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

There was a genuine sense of optimism among delegates at the Wagga Wagga GA Summit.

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Little Gem

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Featured, Twins | 0 comments

While aviation was my first career, it’s been a good 11 years since I’ve been at the controls of an aircraft: there’s a big difference between a Tornado F.3 and today’s subject, the Diamond DA62

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Council Housing

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Advanced, Featured, Training | 0 comments

Australia’s oft-touted pilot shortage is, in some small way, set to be remedied by Qantas’ announcement that they will be opening a brand new Pilot Academy in the near future.

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Stepping Up: The Piper M600

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Featured, Flight Tests, Singles | 0 comments

Have you ever wanted the luxury of a personal touring aircraft with the performance of a turboprop? Piper has made the step up a manageable exercise with the M600.

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Behind the Scenes: Ansett Aviation Training

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Advanced, Featured, Training | 0 comments

With thousands of new commercial pilots needed throughout the Asia-Pacific region in the coming decades, Australia's Ansett Aviation Training is working tirelessly to develop the next generation of aviators.

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Lycoming Thunderbolt

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

Red Bull Air Race pilots demand the very best from their aircraft, and that's why the Lycoming Thunderbolt has been the official engine of the series for the past four years.

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Winging It

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Featured, On the Wing | 0 comments

When you look at modern aircraft design, it’s amazing to think that human flight once balanced on the fragile skeleton of the Wright brothers’ famous and history-making invention, the Wright Flyer.

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America loses its Virginity

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

The Virgin America brand has been officially retired.

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Rust Bust

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

The Pentagon has stopped taking delivery of F-35 Lightning II fighters from Lockheed Martin, including at least one aircraft for Australia, due to unresolved corrosion issues.

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Leonardo Da MRO

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

The Australian Ministry of Defence and Leonardo have set plans in motion to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne.

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Career Break

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Jalal Semoso, a former Queensland state high school student, has landed a job as a flight dispatcher in Papua New Guinea with local airline, Air Niugini.

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CAE Expands in Australia

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in NEWS, NewsHeadline | 0 comments

Canadian simulation and training specialist CAE has inaugurated a new office in Canberra, Australia, to support growth within the market.

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The Lap of Luxury

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

From microlights to superjets, many manufacturers are offering options aimed at making each and every journey more comfortable than ever before.

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Wings Over Illawarra

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Featured, Hot Spots | 0 comments

May is a massive month for Aussie aviation enthusiasts, because it heralds the arrival of the ever-popular Wings Over Illawarra air show.

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ICE, ICE Baby

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

With the advent of modern technology, fuel mixtures and electronics, the Internal Combustion Engine's alleged demise might be decidedly premature.

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Behind the Scenes: Asia Pacific Aerospace

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

There are thousands of glorious planes and helicopters soaring through the bright blue skies above Australia every day, and Asia Pacific Aerospace are responsible for keeping many of them up in the air.

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Flight Files: Tecnam P2008

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

The Tecnam P2008 was introduced back in 2009, but it remains a highly advanced aircraft that provides a glimpse at the future of light sports aviation.

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Making an Exhibition of Yourself

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

In all honesty, who doesn’t like a good day out at the Airshow?

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Made at Home

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

The 1930s saw a number of well-funded Australian aviation organisations scrabbling around for business. Aviation historian Keith Meggs checks out a hornet and a moth project that didn’t get off the ground for long.

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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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Single Scoop: The Popularity of the Single-Engine

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Featured, Flight Tests, Singles | 0 comments

Whether it’s carrying us into to battle in wartime or faithfully delivering us from point to point in peaceful skies, the piston single reigns supreme.

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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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Flight Files: Da Bushcat

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

If there's one country that's as wild and rugged as Australia, it's South Africa. With baking deserts, ferocious coasts and harsh mountain ranges, it's no wonder that some truly tough light aircraft have come out of there.

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Inside Track: Captain Manfred Baudzus

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

Under the spotlight this month is Captain Manfred Baudzus, Senior Sales Director, Asia Pacific at Embraer Executive Jets.

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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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Outside In & Inside Out

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

With remote townships and establishments dotted throughout our parched country, traversing the remote reaches of the Australian environment can be a difficult undertaking - aviation has become a matter of necessity not a recreation.

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Behind the Scenes: Archerfield Airport

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

For nearly a century, Brisbane's Archerfield Airport has been an integral part of the city's transport infrastructure, growing and evolving as the population surrounding it has boomed.

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Solving a Sorority Minority

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Featured, Professional | 0 comments

A Women’s Technical Camp was recently held by the Air Force at RAAF Base Wagga. The intention was to give young women a taste of a technical career in the Air Force.

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Just Landed: New Models Hitting the Runway

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

From commercial jets to light sports aircraft, we are living in a bountiful era of aircraft and technology.

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Who Watches the Watchers?

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Have you ever noticed that pilots, who are pretty stylish as a rule (see – bomber jackets, aviators, jumpsuits and Tom Cruise) sport some seriously technical looking watches, often on a day-to-day basis?

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The Rec Check

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Featured, Recreational | 1 comment

It's one of the most important decisions a new pilot can make, and will greatly affect his or her aerial adventures for many years - whether to move into RA or GA

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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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Behind the Scenes: Dassault Aviation

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

For the past nine decades, Dassault has proudly flown the flag for French aviation, with a superb lineup of aircraft that are loved and respected across the planet.

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The Interview: Brett Anderson

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

If you're the proud owner of a beautiful Bristell aircraft, then you'd already know about Brett Anderson from Anderson Aviation - he's the sole distributor of Bristells in Australia, and has a true passion for these very special planes.

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Un Affettuoso Addio, Luigi

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

The aviation world is in mourning following the sad passing of the legendary Luigi Pascale at the age of 93. The flamboyant Italian left us after a brief illness, and was still heavily involved in the aviation industry until his final days.

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Slimming Down: Less is More

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

In the world of flight, weight is everything.

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INSURE FOR SURE: Manufacturers and Pilots Making Safe

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Aviation Finance & Insurance, Featured | 0 comments

As modern advances shape the technological landscape, the maximisation of safety and safe-practice are integral to every aspect of aviation, from engineering and design to flight training and the safe practice of pilot and crew

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Behind the Scenes: Hawker Pacific

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell and Diamond are some of the biggest names in aviation, and one company puts their aircraft in the hands of Australians - Hawker Pacific.

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Inside Track: Mark Diaz

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

These people are at the front line of aviation, know every rivet and bolt of the aircraft they sell and have a special insight into what prospective customers are looking for in an aircraft. First up, is one of our favourite aviation personalities, Mark Diaz

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Top Gun Commercial and Military Trainers

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured, General Aviation | 0 comments

It’s no news that modern advances in technology have dramatically altered the way we live. Technology shapes the way we communicate and interact with each other, how we work, how we learn and how we enjoy ourselves. And it’s no different in the world of aviation.

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European Odyssey

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

Two men head to Europe for a whirlwind tour of Continental powerplants, props and aircraft maintenance training.

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Behind the Scenes: Evektor

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured, LSA | 0 comments

Evektor proudly claim to turn ideas into reality, and that’s exactly what they do, with a range of light aircraft that are like dreams come true. Let’s take a look at this incredible Czech aviation company.

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Made at Home: Sum of the Parts

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Featured, Homebuilding | 0 comments

During the hiatus between the Great Wars, Australian aviators were taking to the skies at a frenetic pace.

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Behind the Scenes: Fly Synthesis

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Featured, LSA | 1 comment

The most beautiful, agile and reliable ultralights fly out of the factories of Italian manufacturer Fly Synthesis. Over the past three decades they’ve forged a reputation for excellence in aviation. This is the story of Fly Synthesis.

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PARAGLIDING IN PARADISE

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

No feeling in the world is as incredible as hanging 750m above the turquoise seas of Bali, cruising through the sky while attached to a few bits of cord and a length of fabric.

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Behind the Scenes: Foxbat

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Featured, Recreational | 3 comments

When it comes to Aussie success stories in the aviation industry, no names fly higher than Foxbat

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Bat for the Future

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Featured, Recreational | 0 comments

Forget the Batwing and the Batmobile - if you want to feel like a superhero, you need to get your hands on a shiny new Bat Hawk.

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Welcome to Canberra

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Commercial, Featured | 0 comments

The downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of plane spotters eager to witness the maiden touchdown of Singapore Airlines into Canberra.

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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 | 2 comments

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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