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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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Flying over Leeton in Easter is highly recommended

Back in Easter I was flying the Zolvix balloon (VH-ZOV – aka “Sheep Dip”) over Leeton as part of the Sunrice Festival. Held every two years, the event draws people from far & wide for many attractions to see & … Continue reading

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Space Rocket History: Well Worth the Listen!

(Updated on August 1st, 2014) Thanks to the guys at the Aviation Xtended podcast, my attention was directed to Michael Annis’ Space Rocket History podcast. This fantastic show is covering our voyage into space from the earliest rocket pioneers right … Continue reading

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Heritage Recognition for B24 Restoration Project & its Hangar

In my role as co-host & producer of the Plane Crazy Down Under aviation show, I’ve been fortunate to have a few visits of the B24 Liberator Restoration Project‘s hangar in Werribee. A group of enthusiastic volunteers have been working … Continue reading

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Fighter Pilot: Mis-Adventures beyond the sound barrier with an Australian Top Gun

Some time ago I picked up a copy of Serge’s book on his career flying the F/A-18 with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). If you don’t already have a copy of this book in your bookcase (or e-Reader) then … Continue reading

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Flying in the Hunter Valley Fiesta: another ballooning article

Back in October 2013, Kitt & I went to the Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta north of Sydney where I flew VH-BRR (a Kavanagh E-120) and we got to experience the food, beers & views of the Hunter region. As you … Continue reading

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So, were there EVER any Spitfires buried in Burma?

Back in April 2012 there was a bit of excitement in the aviation world, especially amongst those who love old World War II aircraft. This was when the news was running that a collection of Spitfires had been buried in … Continue reading

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