Out-N-Back rewind—Episode 3

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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 Out-n-Back 1, episode three, we flew from William Creek to Parafield and then onto Horsham, where we spoke to a licenced maintenance engineer (LAME). We continued our journey to King Island via Warrnambool, stopping for the night at Devonport.

In this episode we covered:

  • Operations in controlled airspace
    • Flying into a busy metropolitan aerodrome is intimidating but don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many pilots avoid flying into places such as Bankstown, Moorabbin, Cairns or even Alice Springs for fear of bungling the procedures.
    • The most important point to make is that air traffic control (ATC) is your friend. They’re here to help you, so if you need any assistance whatsoever, use plain English and ask ATC for help.
  • What not to do with your aircraft on the ground
  • Flying over water
    • Island hopping. Flying from island to island makes it much easier to navigate and in the case of an engine failure, you will at least have an alternative to a water ditching.
    • Flying at the highest practical altitude. Remember that, height translates to distance when you’re forced into a glide.
  • Crossing time zones
  • Fatigue management
    • As a pilot, being fit and well rested is not only an obvious advantage to performance outcomes; it’s your obligation, to yourself as well as your passengers. CAO 48 sets out clear guidelines for flight crew member requirements relating to fatigue assessment and management.

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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