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Lockheed Martin will be at Avalon 2017 in force

Last week I took part in a media teleconference with Lockheed Martin’s media representatives and a number of local journalists. The purpose of the call was to discuss Lockheed Martin’s presence next week at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace … Continue reading

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Preparing for Avalon 2017

Every two years the Australian International Air Show is hosted at Avalon Airport to the west of Melbourne. Generally referred to simply as “Avalon” or “Avalon Air Show,” the event comprises a trade show (the Australian International Aerospace & Defence … Continue reading

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Geeking Out on Aviation – ROFLCopter

Many years ago I picked up the “ROFLCopter” t-shirt from ThinkGeek in the USA. It’s based on an online meme but for me it’s combining aviation & geeking so hey, double plus good :) Always good for a few fun … Continue reading

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I’m hosting an exclusive F35 Cockpit Demonstrator session :)

Thanks to the folks at Lockheed Martin, I’m getting the chance to host an F35 Cockpit Demonstrator session on Thursday evening (17th March) while I’m here in Canberra for the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. If you’re in town and interested in … Continue reading

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On the importance of checking paperwork & Grade 3 Instructor limitations

First printed in Aeronotes (the Official Journal of the Australian Ballooning Federation) Volume 38 No 1 (March, 2016) as a guide for student pilots, instructors and examiners. There is a phrase that goes something like “Assumption is the mother of … Continue reading

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Talking Ballooning with Adam @ Go Flying Australia

I first met Adam from the Go Flying Australia podcast in Canberra when I was visiting for the Canberra Balloon Spectacular in March 2015. We caught up for beers at a local pub and talked about flying and also producing … Continue reading

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To Fly or Not to Fly? What a Stupid Question

For those of us who love altitude, the question of going flying or not is crazy ‘cos the answer is always: GO FLYING!!! Sadly many things conspire to keep us from the sky including workload, lack of money (a major … Continue reading

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Montgolfier Day, 2014 – Another year done :)

Happy Montgolfier Day once again :) It’s hard to believe that another year has shot past since last I made a post about the celebration of the anniversary of the first manned ascent in a hot air balloon. It’s also … Continue reading

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Never Stop Learning

First printed in Aeronotes (the Official Journal of the Australian Ballooning Federation) Volume 36 No 4 (December, 2014) as a guide for student pilots, instructors and examiners. Do you approach every flight as an opportunity to learn something new? Maybe … Continue reading

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The Airbus A350 XWB in Australia

We were recently contracted by Airbus to shoot video of the A350 XWB on its first arrivals into Sydney & Perth. The aircraft was MSN5 (the 5th test aircraft in the fleet) and it was in the middle of its … Continue reading

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