I love all your questions, so keep ‘em coming. I’m pretty active on 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, 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 we meet up for a coffee and a chat?
As with people asking to fly in EYZ, I get asked this a fair bit as well. 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.
Follow me on Instagram http://instagram.com/stef747 to keep in touch and hear when I’m doing meetups. Then if you can come along to those, I’d love to say hello.
Is it Stef-ANNE or Stef-Arn?
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)
- NVFR (Night VFR Rating)
- IR (Full Instrument Rating)
- Aerobatics endorsement
- Formation Flying endorsement
- Cirrus SR20 / SR22 certification
- Retractable gear / constant speed propeller (CSU)
- PPL (Private Pilots License)
- IR (Full Instrument Rating – Foreign Pilot)
- I documented how I got my FAA License here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCJ5MpV2PME
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 flying and travel 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.
I also recently setup a new channel called Stef’s World with more stories outside the aviation world.
Why do you talk funny?
Thanks for asking, I really love this question*. I spent half my life in the UK and the other half in Australia. My accent is somewhere between the two. Hard to describe, think “tea drinker who likes vegemite”. Watch a video and you’ll see.
*I do not love this question
Can I send you something?
Of course, thanks in advance. But please note if you’re sending me something because you want me to review or feature it on my channel note I rarely review or promote products unless there’s a serious benefit to my audience or to me as a business. All letters / packages can be sent to me at my business address here:
PO Box 6458
South Yarra VIC 3141
What gear do you use?
You can visit my gear page here. I also made the video below showing a complete guide to my audio and video recording setup in my aircraft showing the camera gear, aircraft mounts, audio recording setup for ATC comms, and more.
If you’re interested in what I take when I travel here’s a ‘What’s in my camera bag’ video from 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wBzsho5xL4
Why do you have two flags on your aircraft?
I fly the Australian and Aboriginal flags on the tail of my aircraft.
The Australian flag denotes the country of registration for the aircraft so people know where I’ve come from when I fly overseas. The Aboriginal flag is to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. I am grateful to call Australia home and to travel by land and air across this amazing country.
If you have a question that’s not answered above you can send me a message using the form below.
If you want to send me something (please see “Can I send you something” above first), please send it here:
PO Box 6458
South Yarra VIC 3141
IMPORTANT: I try and respond to as many messages as possible but can’t write back to everyone. Before you send a message please remember – no I can’t take you for a flight in EYZ, no I can’t promote your business just because it’s aviation related (serious proposals only please) and no I’m sorry but I don’t do personal meetups or chats over a coffee, despite how much I love drinking coffee. Thanks, stef