Selfie or Safety?

It started with posing in front of a mirror and has turned into a worldwide epidemic. It seems no other industry has taken to the selfie craze more than Aviation. I guess it is hard to find a job or hobby with better views,…

June 16, 2014

How much does it all cost?

I’ve had many questions regarding what is likely the biggest limiting factor in learning to fly, cost. Reflecting on the cost of training, I realised cost is probably the main reason I created this blog in the first place and something that to date,…

May 26, 2014

Flying Lesson # 38 – Circuits (Revision)

I thought moving up to the bigger aircraft would be easy. It’s still a Cessna, it’s just a bit bigger. As it turns out, it’s not that easy at all. I mean the fundamentals are the same, but the take-off and landing are quite…

May 25, 2014

Top 5 Aviation iPad Apps

As more and more technological advancements emerge, we are seeing once novel items make their way into the cockpit. The iPad is an example of this and has now become an essential part of many pilots’ flight bags, whether student pilot or airline pro’.…

May 21, 2014

MH370 – Seventy one days on and still no trace

While most of the world has started to forget, the mystery of flight MH370 is something that runs through my mind most days. It will prove to be the greatest ‘who done it’ of our time, though for the families of the victims, that’s…

May 19, 2014

Laminating Maps for Navigation

As most Visual Terminal Charts (VTC’s) and Visual Navigation Charts (VNC’s) only cover a small area of land, in order to plan a flight of say 320nm, we need a map that covers a much larger area. This is why we use the World…

May 15, 2014

Modular vs Integrated CPL Training

Modular vs Integrated CPL Training, this is a subject that I’ve considered for many years. There are so many factors to consider and as I’ve recently found out, making the wrong decision can have dire consequences further along the track. Before we continue, we…

May 14, 2014

7 things I can’t fly without

When taking off into the wild blue yonder, every pilot packs the flight bag full of goodies to ensure he’s prepared for anything. There’s essential items and the not so essential items that we all pack in there. Everyone’s different and space and necessity…

May 13, 2014

Flying Lesson # 37 – 3rd Navigation Flight

After weeks of waiting, I was finally booked for my next navigation flight, and this was going to be a big one! The thought of entering controlled airspace in my little C172 was keeping me up at night and, after some soul searching and…

April 9, 2014

Controlled Airspace Briefing

As I continue my journey through the wonderful world of flight navigation, the time has come to enter controlled airspace. Namely, Gold Coast controlled airspace. In preparation for my next navigation exercise (nav), a briefing was in order to ensure I had the knowledge…

March 4, 2014