Nathan Parker after passing his commercial pilot licence flight test in May 2020. image: supplied

When one door closes, another opens

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Flying a plane can be intense at the best of times – you’re hyper aware of your surroundings, intently monitoring your systems and listening...
Production Company Owner, Corey Roberts filming from a helicopter in the early days of his career.

Drone Flyer Diary – Corey Roberts

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Architect’s career takes off with drones For many commercial drone operators, flying drones was once a hobby that merged into something more. For Corey Roberts, flying...

Safety is always our destination

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Airport safety week, which begins today, is tailored specifically to engage with people working on an aerodrome. It is a collaboration between the Australian Airports...
Two maintenance engineers in aircraft hangar examining dismantled part

Sponsorship grants are now available

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CASA’s general sponsorship program is now open. It’s an opportunity to support aviation organisations or individuals that want to advance and promote aviation safety. Sponsorship usually...
Jabiru J120

RAAus promotion month puts safety front and centre

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October is Recreational Aviation Australia’s (RAAus) National Safety Month, a serendipitous bit of timing, given that lockdowns are easing in eastern Australia. The theme...
Adam Grant with drone

Drone Flyer Diary – Adam Grant

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Drone operation offers ‘next level’ skillset In this edition of Drone Flyer Diary, we talk to Canberra cinematographer Adam Grant about how drones are fast...

Total recall

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If not for an experienced engineer’s long and detailed memory, a serious in-flight incident might have remained a mystery By Robert Wilson It’s something not meant...

Phoney maintenance

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by Roger Alder ‘Never, in the history of aviation maintenance, have so many been distracted by so little.’ With apologies to Sir Winston Churchill, who was...
Image of blue sky with storm clouds forming

Yes? Actually, no

When the weather turned quickly, this pilot was scud running I restarted private flying for fun in the mid-2010s, after having flown for a while...

Without ever leaving the ground

A pilot having a bad day decides it is better to cut his losses after nearly cutting himself I have always read with interest the...
night view of aircraft cockpit with duck feathers outside

Ducking and diving

After an engine is destroyed during a night take-off, a corporate jet struggles to stay airborne By Andrew McDougall We started the take-off roll at approximately...
Cessna aircraft

Bowled out by a bouncer

A series of dubious decisions led to a frightening crash landing From a safe distance I surveyed the depressing scene – the Cessna 182 crippled...
Cessna 172

It’s a health hazard

This pilot pushed on as the visibility gradually reduced – until he was flying blind By Andrew Clarke My close call occurred in late 2006. At...
Cessna 172 taking off at Bathurst Airport. | © Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Good as new?

Friday flashback: a Close call from Flight Safety Australia, January-February 2008 By Max Fenton It was a clear and cold July winter morning as I ruefully...