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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First time flying through cloud | flight VLOG

I’m towards the pointy end of my Instrument Rating training. Ask anyone what you can do with an Instrument Rating, and a lot would respond “oh, so that means you can fly through cloud right?”. Which of course is true (under certain conditions), however in the 5 weeks I’ve been training I’ve only kissed the edges of […]

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VOR instrument approach

For my Instrument Rating training today we departed Moorabbin Airport into Class C controlled airspace before tracking over to Mangalore Airport. Mangalore is a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) airport in Victoria with a VOR approach, which is what we were there to practise. Fly along in this video as we get clearance to transit over […]

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Class D procedures at Bankstown Airport

I did most of my training out of Bankstown Airport in Sydney, an airport which relies on Class D procedures to get aircraft safely in and out of the Controlled Traffic Region (CTR). However for those pilots that train outside of a controlled aerodrome, some of these procedures may be a little unfamiliar. Therefore I […]

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How to pass the CASA IREX exam – top 10 tips

I’ve just got back from passing CASA’s IREX – the Instrument Rating Exam. Hooray! Before I pop open something bubbly I wanted to share my top 10 tips for how I passed the CASA IREX exam. IMPORTANT: Before we start, please remember these are just the thoughts of an independent private pilot to try and help my fellow […]

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Aerobatics practise with loops, barrel rolls, stall turns and slow rolls

It’s been over a year since I flew a plane upside down, let alone tried a competition loop or tried to keep my lines sharp on a hammerhead. So whilst I was in Sydney over Christmas I booked an aerobatics refresher flight with Red Baron Flight Training to shake off some rust. We started with […]

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Best (and worst) bits from 2016 – Merry Christmas everyone

This year I’ve been making an effort to film my flights and create short highlight videos to help share my aviation experiences over on YouTube. It’s been amazing to share this with old and new friends and I’ve been incredibly humbled by the interaction and feedback on these clips. I therefore wanted to say a really […]

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VFR Flight Following in the Cirrus SR20

If you’ve ever wondered how to request VFR flight following from Air Traffic Control, here’s a video from a recent flight of mine from Bendigo to Moorabbin Airport. The airspace around Ballarat Airport (one of my waypoints) was pretty congested on this day. I’d heard on the radio and read in the NOTAMs that there would be […]

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