I love all your questions, so keep ‘em coming. I’m pretty active on Twitter, Instagram and of course YouTube. But there are some questions that come up fairly often, so I figured I could save you some time by listing answers to them here. If this doesn’t help, ping me a message using the form below and I’ll see what I can do to help.
(Also those are fake glasses in the picture. I figured they made me look smarter. I don’t wear glasses, just in case anyone from CASA Medical is reading this. Stef)
Can I fly with you in the Cirrus?
If I had a dollar every time I was asked this, I’d buy an SR22T and take you ALL flying. I wish I could fly with everyone who asks, I honestly do. Sharing the love of aviation is a big part of what I’m trying to do. However there are some practicalities here. Mainly timing and being fair to everyone. It wouldn’t be possible for me to fly with everyone who asks, and I don’t want to choose to fly with people based on when they asked, or location, or how many times they asked, or how many subscribers they have, or any other factor. I want to be fair.
So I’ve concluded the fairest thing is to (sadly) politely decline every request to fly with me. I really REALLY do appreciate the requests though. Like way more than you know.
Can I meet up with you?
Similar to flying together, I want to be fair to everyone. It’s incredibly humbling to be asked to catch up for a coffee or to have a chat about getting into aviation, but it’s not fair to do this on an ad hoc basis. So instead I do formal meetups at various aviation events like airshows or talks that I do.
Can you fly with me in my plane?
Now this is slightly different. If there’s an opportunity to fly to an airfield somewhere, hang with other pilots, and fly in other aircraft (especially if I can focus on filming and you can do all the hard work flying) then that’s definitely an option. Get in touch and tell me what your idea is, and let’s see if we can get some more fun aviation content out there.
Is it ‘Stef-Anne’ or ‘Stef-Arrn”?
Either, either. I get called both. Just call me ‘Stef’, rhymes with ‘breath’ (if you’re from London).
Are you a Commercial Pilot?
I have a Commercial Pilots License but I don’t fly commercially. I wanted to get a CPL in Australia to improve my skills and fly to a higher skill level than if I stopped at a PPL. That’s just a personal thing though, it was more of a challenge to myself to get a CPL rather than something I think everyone should do.
If you want to fly privately, then a PPL (or RPL) are perfectly good for that. But I don’t have any intentions on flying commercially. I kinda like deciding when and where to fly on my own, rather than having someone tell me what to do. I talk about that some more here. Guess I’m just stubborn like that…
What pilot ratings or licenses do you have?
- PPL (Private Pilots Licence)
- CPL (Commercial Pilots Licence)
- IR (Full Instrument Rating)
- Aerobatics endorsement
- Cirrus SR20 / SR22 certification
- Retractable gear / constant speed propeller (CSU)
Why do you vlog other stuff, I just want to see planes and flying?
Whilst I started my YouTube channel as a place to share flying videos, it’s evolved to more than that. There are LOADS of great pilot YouTube channels out there, many of them making awesome flying content. My channel is my place to share videos on the things I like, the stuff I do, to hopefully entertain and inform you.
I treat it as a “Lifestyle channel with an undertone of aviation and travel”. It’s not a flying channel. It’s not a travel channel. It’s a “Stef channel” (but with lots of flying and travel, of course, because you know, I love that stuff).
If you don’t like a video that’s released, I’d politely ask you to simply ignore it. I vary the content a lot so I’m sure there’ll be another one you do like very soon.
Can I send you something?
Sure. Well of course, within reason. If you want to send me something aviation/travel/tech related to review or feature on my channel go ahead. I’ll take a look, and will give my honest opinion on it. I want my YouTube channel to reflect my likes and dislikes, so please only send me something if you’re happy to have my talk openly and honestly about it.
You can send things to:
PO BOX 8423
VIC 3143 AUSTRALIA
What gear do you use?
I’m planning a whole video on this soon, so watch this space. I’ll link to it here when I’m done. Meantime here’s a video on the GoPro setup I had for my trip to Longreach and back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQJ7p_am8cw
And here’s one on how I record audio in the cockpit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAzwcrv6NA4
And here’s my latest ‘What’s in my camera bag’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wBzsho5xL4
Can I get in contact with you?
Of course, if you have a question that’s not answered above or just want to get in touch, then send me a message using the form below.