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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ILS glideslope failure on country IFR flight

On a flight from Moorabbin Airport to Warrnambool Airport in country Victoria I decided to include an ILS approach at Avalon en route. I’d flown this many times before as part of my Instrument Rating training, and had shot the ILS at Avalon just two weeks ago in the very same aircraft, a Cirrus SR20. However […]

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Pilot Vlog – first solo IFR flight to Latrobe Valley Airport

After several months training, a couple of conversion flights in the Cirrus SR20, examinations, and lots of simulator work it was finally time for me to fly my first solo flights under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). I’d briefed the flight with my Instructor before and had decided to keep things really simple for IFR flight number […]

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Pilot VLOG – I’m changing my YouTube flying channel

Around a year ago I setup my Fly Digital YouTube channel. I’ve always enjoyed making short videos, and being able to fly meant I could combine two things I love and share aviation with anyone interested across the web. However I recently came to the conclusion that my videos were, well, a little dull. So I […]

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ILS approach Essendon Airport and landing

I’ve  flown the ILS approach Essendon Airport a few times now in my Instrument Rating training, but always just to the missed approach point. On this flight we fly the ILS down to the ground for a full-stop landing on runway 26 at Essendon (YMEN). We departed Moorabbin Airport on runway 31R for pretty much a straight […]

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IFR Night Flight Moorabbin Airport to Latrobe Valley

Nearing the end of my Instrument Rating training, one of the last trips we flew was an IFR night flight from Moorabbin Airport to Latrobe Valley. The flight allowed me to practise a few things, including night take-off and landing practise, and night circling around a CTAF airfield. Plus I also got to try a position report, […]

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