Don Bateman : engineer and lifesaver

When Don Bateman was a schoolboy in Canada he sneaked out of class to see the result of a collision between two military training...
Andrew Tridgell setting up VTOL aircrafts with ArduPilot software

Drone flyer diary – Andrew Tridgell

The future of managing bushfires with drones The 21st century has proved that drones are highly versatile in serving a multitude of purposes. From thrilling drone...

Subsidy scheme for ADS-B extended

The Australian Government is extending the scheme which reduces the cost of installing safety-enhancing automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment on aircraft.

Cancelled: Significant airspace restrictions – Sydney and Canberra

Airspace restrictions planned for Canberra and Sydney for 22 to 25 May have been cancelled.
Sean Innes was presented with his award by CASA Board Chair Mark Biskin recently in Cairns.

Safety first for SMS manager

It was a humble start as a baggage handler with some of Australia’s biggest commercial airlines that led to Sean Innes becoming one of our inaugural safety manager scholarship recipients.
Airvan GA-8 in poor weather conditions at Cambridge Aerodrome, Tasmania.

Flying ops quiz

You are operating a twin-engine aeroplane and plan to overfly a populous area on your departure. What is the minimum height at...
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Back in the box: the importance of tool control for safety

Technology can assist, but not replace, human thoroughness in controlling this foreign object damage hazard Aircraft maintenance is an unforgiving way to make a living.  As...

Total recall

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...
Photo from above showing blanket of cloud cover

Stuck on top

Up there, wishing you were down here – an often-told story but chilling every time. During the hour-building phase of my commercial pilot licence training,...
Illustration of Piper Saratoga flying over a dark landscape with a small light visible on the ground.

Night fright

By Alan Bradshaw The darkness of regional Australia at night proves to be more than a match for a city slicker’s night VFR rating. My lifelong...
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Too close for comfort

Only luck and a sliver of time prevent a mid-air collision. Some years ago, I was involved in an incident that nearly resulted in a mid-air collision. It happened in the vicinity of the Archerfield Southern Training Area during a training session that I was conducting in a Cessna 172.
low clouds and rain above the ocean.

What did I think I was doing?

One of my first instructors told me never to fly on minimums. 'It's not bad weather, but marginal weather that kills you,' the instructor said. Pilots don't fly in bad weather. I also thought that years of experience could compensate, but nothing can overrule sticking to a bad decision.

Get-there-it is

By a Flight Safety Australia reader After having recently achieved my private pilot’s licence, I decided to take up an offer from a friend to...

Hot and high

By a Flight Safety Australia reader As a fresh PPL pilot, I was always thrilled when I got to navigate across the state all by...