My best GoPro settings for Hero 4 and 5 for recording flights

As part of my trip to Longreach I’m going to be making daily videos of the experiences I have visiting new towns through regional Australia, but of course I’ll also be sharing a lot of footage of the flights themselves. I’ve recorded my flights from inside the cockpit using GoPros since I borrowed an old […]

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Melbourne to Longreach – a single pilot flying adventure

Ever since getting my Private Pilot’s License I’ve flown plenty of cross-country navigation trips. I’ve flown around New South Wales a fair amount, and more recently around country Victoria too, discovering new airfields and meeting new people along the way. But apart from one trip a few years ago when I flew from Sydney to […]

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Crosswind landing in the Cirrus SR20

On a blustery day in Melbourne I decided to take the Cirrus SR20 (VH-TDS) up for some circuit practise. I brought along Mike Walden, head of Walden Aviation Services and my original Cirrus Standardised Instructor Pilot (CSIP) who did my Cirrus transition last year. Weather conditions were pretty good, but the 14Kt crosswind from around 40 […]

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Safety briefing flying with kids

Anytime you fly with passengers, especially flying with kids, it’s critical to give an informative and easy to understand safety brief. This is especially important when flying with younger passengers. It’s school holidays here in Melbourne so I took my daughter flying for the morning. We shot a video of some of the parts of the safety briefing […]

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The Lost Episode: RNAV approach through cloud at Moorabbin Airport

Flying back from Horsham Airport in Victoria to Moorabbin I spent the last 30 minutes or so cloudsurfing just over the top of an unbroken cloud layer above Avalon and Port Phillip Bay I then had to descend to 2600 feet to shoot the RNAV approach to Moorabbin which meant descending through a layer of […]

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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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