How to enter controlled airspace and Melbourne City orbits

In this week’s pilot vlog I show you how I request clearance to enter controlled airspace in order to fly a couple of orbits around Melbourne City. Requesting clearance is actually really straightforward if you remember three key things to include in your radio call: Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing OR what […]

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Flight plan mistake and Cirrus SR20 cloudsurfing

I made a mistake when filing an IFR flight plan for the Cirrus Sr20 this week. I had one of the waypoints in the wrong place, but Airservices Australia picked it up and called me to sort out the mistake. This week’s pilot vlog features part of that call so you can hear how great […]

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Cirrus lean assist and making an IFR airborne report

In this week’s pilot vlog we’re departing Shepparton Airport to track Southbound back home to Moorabbin. The departure is from an uncontrolled airport without ATC communication on the ground, so we have to depart visual and pickup our IFR flight plan with an airborne call. En route I also take a look at how the Cirrus Lean […]

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Pilot error, realising I’m an idiot!

Two weeks’ ago I flew the ILS approach at Avalon and my glideslope failed to appear. It took me ages to finally get to the bottom of what had happened. The maintenance team tested the aircraft and all was working fine, so I had assumed it was something silly I had done. I was right. It was […]

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21 tips for pilots in 60 seconds

Sadly this week we’re not going flying, but there are loads of things you can do as a private pilot to make the most of your time when you’re not flying. I made this video of my top 21 pilot tips to try and maximise your time and help prepare you for the next time you are flying. […]

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