An oldie but a goodie

I know this has been around for quite a few years, but every now and again when I need a giggle, I dig it out and it never disappoints. This is arguably the best complaint letter ever written. It’s said that Sir Richard Branson…

October 2, 2014

First Solo Navigation Flight

Nervous probably doesn’t quite sum up how I was feeling that morning. It’s not that I doubted my abilities, it’s just the thought of leaving the safety net of Archerfield and my instructor scared me a little. It’s like when going circuit solo for…

September 29, 2014

Flying Lesson # 42 – C172 Familiarisation (Circuits)

With all of my PPL navigation training out of the way, the only task remaining prior to my solo cross country was to be signed off in the Cessna 172. Initially, we decided to see if I could just pick it up in my…

September 7, 2014

My Time in the QANTAS Club

As a first timer in the Qantas Club, I’ll admit, walking in was a little intimidating! Will my complimentary pass work? Will they ask me questions? Nope. ‘Come on through, sir. Enjoy your stay’. Suddenly the airport wasn’t chaotic or rushed, it was calm…

August 29, 2014

This is why we fly

Yesterday, for the first time since I started flying, I took a moment to appreciate what I was flying over. Yesterday, without my instructor knowing, I took a moment. I stopped frantically navigating and I just looked out the front windscreen. A few moments…

July 28, 2014

Instagram and Photo a Day Explained

Technology evolves so quickly these days, and it can be difficult to keep up. Consider this; in 2002, the first camera phone had a 0.3 megapixel capacity and had to be connected to a computer in order to view images. Nowadays, we take it…

July 16, 2014

The wonder of the moving map

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the moving map and that OzRunways is my weapon of choice. It wasn’t until I had a communications failure, however, that I really learned to appreciate its true wonder. The paper maps on my lap…

July 7, 2014

Chemtrails or Contrails?

Chemtrails… Ah where do you start with this one? Chemtrails are a well-documented and largely debunked conspiracy theory, wherein long-lasting trails left by aircraft are believed to be chemicals or biological agents used to stunt population, modify or create weather patterns (Geoengineering) or for…

July 2, 2014

When is feedback no longer feedback? (edited)

As an avid reader of aviation magazines for so many years, recently I found myself somewhat disenchanted with the content of my favourite publication, Australian Flying. So much so that I decided to write a letter to the editor to voice my concerns. This…

June 29, 2014

Flying Lesson # 39 – 4th Navigation Flight (with mid-flight incident)

Days of preparation would lead to the longest nav to date; Archerfield, Toowoomba, Gayndah, Gympie, Sunshine Coast and then back to Archerfield. What would actually ensue however, one could never be prepared for. Other than entering the controlled airspace of the Sunshine Coast, the…

June 26, 2014