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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Cirrus SR20 Moorabbin to Bendigo | traffic avoidance, autopilot & GPS

About the flight I wanted to make the most of a beautiful clear day in Victoria for my first solo flight in the Cirrus SR20. The video below shows my departure from Moorabbin Airport, tracking to Sugarloaf Reservoir where I had to overtake a slower Cessna up the VFR lane to Kilmore, then tracking direct to Bendigo. I used […]

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Cirrus IFR cloudsurfing in the SR20

During my Cirrus certification I had an opportunity to fly the Cirrus IFR between Moorabbin and Avalon. On this training flight the low clouds meant we chose to navigate some of the flight in IFR. This was only my second time in ‘real’ IMC whilst sitting in the cockpit. Conditions were perfect. A low but very […]

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Biggin Hill Airport flying over Kent with The Flying Reporter

On a recent trip to the UK I got in contact with Jon, a fellow pilot and owner of the YouTube Channel ‘The Flying Reporter‘ to organise a private flight out of Biggin Hill Airport. Jon flies Piper Cherokees and is often posting footage over the county of Kent, which is where I grew up. So I contacted Jon […]

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