Out-N-Back rewind—Episode 2

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Out-N-Back—a mini-series following a VFR flight around the southern parts of Australia—is back due to popular demand, with the sequel, Out-N-Back 2, filming later this year around the country’s north-east.

Looking back at series one, in episode two we landed at William Creek, South Australia where we made it with plenty of light to spare and attended one of CASA’s aviation safety seminar.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Last light
    • It’s a good idea to always know when last light will occur at your destination that day, even if you plan to be on the ground well before late afternoon. You may encounter stronger than forecast headwinds, or need to make a time-consuming diversion, or even an unplanned stop which may extend your ETA significantly.
  • Planning your route and ordering charts
    • Always consult the En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) first when searching for great places to fly to—it’s the bible! Updated every three months, it’s an Airservices Australia publication containing procedural information vital to your planning, emergency procedures and in-depth pre-flight briefing information.
  • Career options for new commercial pilot licence (CPL) holders
    • Your flying school will be your first port of call for advice on which companies or stations or areas might be worth approaching, then it is up to you to speak to as many people in the industry as it takes to find the opening that is going to be appropriate for your skill level.
  • Survival kit
    • Paul Shrubb, our survival expert says, ‘survival kits are essential. And the Aeronautical Information Publication and ERSA actually recommend that they’re carried and they give guidelines for the minimum requirements.’ Also important:
      • First aid, so you can look after yourself and others.
      • Being able to light a fire for warmth, cooking and signalling other aircraft.
      • Always carry additional water wherever you go.
  • Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs)
    • Accessing and reading current NOTAMs is an integral part of your flight planning. They are an effective means of advising pilots of changing circumstances at a particular location, and the time frame, areas and levels that these changes will affect.

Have your say and tell us what you would like to see covered while we travel to north-east Australia. Comment, Email us at safety.promotion@casa.gov.au or contact us via our Facebook page.

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