What could you write about safety?

A $2,000 prize is being offered for the best essay about improving aviation safety. The scholarship is sponsored by CASA and the Australian Society of...

Safety study award honours Mac Job

Aviation safety pioneer and former Flight Safety Australia contributor Macarthur Job is being remembered in a way he would surely have approved of: The...

‘Passion is priceless’ for AME scholarship winner

A ‘can-do’ work ethic and a positive outlook has allowed James Gaha to excel in his career. He has worked hard to establish a...
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IFR Operations Quiz

Test your knowledge with the new IFR operations quiz.

Making it easier to follow the rules

We’ve updated 2 of our popular guides for pilots. The new version of the Plain English guide for the general operating and flight rules makes...

Hard work pays off for engineer

If there was one thing that stood out for Hayden McDonald during his engineering apprenticeship, it was the friendships he made. ‘Strangers stuck in the...
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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...
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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.
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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 itis

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...
Aircraft parked at an airfield. Rear view of a plane with a propeller on a sunset background.

Assumed risk

A former boss once warned me that 'an assumption is the basis of a screw-up'. While I've often repeated that maxim to others, it took 5 white-knuckle minutes to teach myself the wisdom of those words.
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Belting along

In this unexpected and scary incident, the pilot reaches for something familiar to use in an unusual way. I was returning from Condobolin to Moorabbin in a Cessna 182RG with 2 passengers. The weather forecast had been satisfactory and I had filed and flown a VFR plan without any difficulties.