Pilot in the cockpit of an aaircraft

Remember to speak up for safety

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ROY G. BIV has long been one of the world’s most colourful characters, while astronomers were once happy to declare that many volcanoes erupt...

Android RePL now available

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Android users are now able to store a digital copy of their remote pilot licence (RePL) on their devices, using Google Pay. Previously, a digital...
Preelan Naidoo

Supporting the next generation – Preelan Naidoo

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Aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) Preelan Naidoo says receiving one of CASA’s highly sought after scholarships at RotorTech 2021 earlier this year was an experience...

Drone flyer diary – Debbie Saunders

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As she searches from the skies, Dr Debbie Saunders can be on the lookout for animals as diverse as missing koalas, endangered Vietnamese pangolins...

Patty Wagstaff: The sky’s not the limit – it’s your attitude

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In this interview, American aviator Patty Wagstaff gives her tips for staying safe in the skies Patty Wagstaff might be one of the world’s most...
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Now available – guides to help pilots comply with new flight ops rules

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Guides designed to help pilots and operators understand the rules of the air have been updated and refreshed to reflect the new operating rules...

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...
Small aircraft flying in storm clouds with lightning

They say it never strikes twice

This newly minted instructor was jolted out of his complacency by an unexpected thunderstorm There is a difference between foolishness and being foolish. On this...
Lansdcape with grey clouds and a hut nestled within the grass

Twisting the blade

If something can go wrong, it will – so prepare for it It was – and is – a rare fault, but it was almost...
Small plane flying in a cloudy sky

Positioning for a near miss

Don’t get slack about your radio calls, as this pilot did I was flying a white low-wing aircraft up the east coast. It was early...
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...