Mark Binskin, Frank Watkins and Pip Spence

Frank fixes so others can fly

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Frank Watkins recently received his CASA 2021 scholarship certificate from CASA Board Chair Mark Binskin. The opportunity to present Frank with his certificate in person...
person flying a drone

Five tips when hiring a drone professional

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More and more industries are now using drones to improve their business. From farming and mining to wedding photographers and search and rescue, they are...

Drone technology – the next step forward for safer beaches

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A shark is spotted. The alarm echoes. You run out of the water. You’re safe! Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes...
Scarlett McNab at an ATC console

Scarlett’s choice: a life in ATC

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Playing three-dimensional chess with real aircraft for pieces isn’t for everyone, but Scarlett McNab excelled, despite no background in aviation. Most people who become...

Flight Safety Australia winter edition out soon

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This winter we explore electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, plan an air safari, revisit a de Havilland Mosquito crash from 1944 and learn lessons...

Preparing for tomorrow’s skies, today

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Are you working on something new for aviation? If so, we’d love to hear from you. We’re calling on designers, manufacturers, inventors and other people...

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...
aircraft flying over ocean

Taking the low road

A pilot flying at an incorrect level in a busy lane making garbled radio calls creates a wake of confusion and danger Recently I embarked...
aircraft in a paddock with a cloudy stormy sky

Down to the wire

Flying alone, a recreational pilot falls prey to confirmation bias, and ends up lucky to tell the tale Back in mid-2017, some friends and I...
Image: pilot instructor in a light aircraft in the sky

Andante, andante

Purely by accident, an instructor learns that taking your time can be the key to survival  By Douglas Robertson Long ago and far away I was...
image of a pilot hang-glider

More than enough excitement

This pilot was stunned by an inadvertent loop in a hang-glider The air was just different one week at a Forbes hang-gliding competition a few...
Illustration of a plane flying toward a tightening vice.

A tightening vice

Trapped between walls of cloud, this pilot was racing against sunset to find a safe landing. It is sobering to reflect on a flight that...
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...