Gavin Broadbent with custom gimbal for hyperspectral camera

Drone diaries – Gavin Broadbent

The total impact on Australian homes, people, flora and fauna from this Summer's bushfires will not be known for some time. However, research conducted...
Cessna 172S

The passenger trap

By Greg Ackman It was a lovely day for flying and my two passengers were a husband and wife who owned a business that sold...
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Drones watch over beaches

If you’re at a popular beach this summer, you may see a drone flying overhead. And if you manage to spot the operator, you might...
Clouds

Vertical visibility

The bushfires burning around the country have brought thick and persistent smoke that has affected a number of airports and aviation operations. To help pilots...
Chief remote pilot Anthony Wallgate from Fire and Rescue NSW

Drone Flyer Diaries – Anthony Wallgate

The message from Anthony Wallgate, chief remote pilot for Fire and Rescue NSW, is strong and clear: ‘Using your drone near a fire puts...
Looking down a runway

Runway confusion

Runway confusion occurs when pilots enter, take-off or land on the incorrect runway. This is a particular problem at aerodromes with parallel runway systems,...

Phoney maintenance

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...

The hour cometh

A recent airworthiness directive from the US Federal Aviation Administration highlights the difficult issues surrounding the ageing general aviation aircraft fleet. Some things just seem...

Hot and confused

A tangle of misinformation about engine bay flammable fluid flexible hoses needs clearing up Dangerous ideas are not always outrageous. Sometimes they arise out of...

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