The comfort of control

The benefit of flying in controlled airspace is you are no longer alone in the sky but have a team working to keep you...

Stay OnTrack: Flying the Adelaide region

We’ve developed another booklet in the popular Stay OnTrack series to help pilots operate in and around metropolitan areas. That can be intimidating and nerve...

Notice a fault with your radalt?  

CASA wants to hear from you  CASA is monitoring the introduction of 5G across Australia following international concern about the interaction between 5G and...
(L to R) Flight Engineer Barry Townley-Freeman, Captain Eric Moody and First Officer Roger Greaves. Image courtesy Eric Moody.

Eric Moody, master of airmanship and understatement

Captain Eric Moody, the pilot-in-command of British Airways flight 9, which encountered the previously unknown hazard of volcanic ash over Indonesia on 24 June...

Mechanic’s skyward shift to aircraft engineer

Scholarship recipient Josh Kilgour reflects on his AME achievements Embarking on a new career journey is a leap of faith that many are familiar with....

Drone Flyer Diary — Roberto Lujan Rocha

Meet Roberto Lujan Rocha: an environmental scientist by trade, and a passionate drone enthusiast by heart.

Dirty plus thirty

A 12-factor classification of maintenance hazards remains as relevant as it was in 1993. Gordon Dupont’s' dirty dozen’, identifies manageable distinct safety problems, breaking a huge vague challenge into 12 smaller ones.
Image Tool-control

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...

One wrong turn

A recreational pilot's first flight after learning the basics of navigation unravels into an embarrassment that could have been a disaster.

Earth, wind and water

The elements humble a newly qualified pilot. I was a freshly minted CPL with the world at my feet, or so I thought. After arriving in...

Planning for remote possibilities

The tiniest change of heading took this pilot out of his comfort zone. As a low-hours VFR-only recreational pilot who is super safety conscious, I...

I didn’t plan on that

Sticking to a rigid schedule when circumstances have changed is the opposite of safe flight planning. I was building hours after my PPL and was...

The still of the night

On a very dark night, not understanding an engine's operating characteristics almost led to disaster. I am a flight instructor for a flying club located...
Illustration from a cockpit approaching a runway to land. While another plane is directly in front.

Aluminium overcast

A low-hours student keeps their cool despite a frightening incident that was not their fault. Sometimes it's interesting to look at how you handle sudden...