Flight of the Uiver – 80th Anniversary Today Today the 24th October 2014 is Albury’s day. Today is the 8oth Anniversary of the most unusual and extraordinary  flight of a DC-2 (named “Uiver) that landed at Albury’s Race Course, New South Wales, Australia at 1:20 am during a thunderstorm on 24 October 1934. The story […]

“Life is short, break the rules” Coral and I invite you and your partner to be our guests at the St Vincent’s Hospital “Life Ball” tomorrow (Friday 10th October) night next to Sydney Harbour.    No tricks.   No charges.   Let me explain …. Yes Man Plan Coral and I believe in the “Yes Man Plan”. […]

Updated October 2014 – Bloodhound wheels and Euro Fighter Engine Updated September 2014 – A380-800 Neo, World’s longest flights A380s, Storm Petrels & Super Sonic Cars The aviation industry continues to  evolve.   The changing political, economic, cultural, technological and communication landscape is forcing continued consolidation of airlines, routes and aircraft types. It’s a case […]

Update – Post Zoo Report The Dinner at the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide, South Australia was a great success. Everyone enjoyed close encounters with panda bears, meeting Paralympic medalists, hearing stories of resilience and supporting two excellent charities. Peter Eaton collected us from Adelaide’s brand new airport in his 1927 & 1929 Whippet cars. These […]

Update IFALPA says “Stop speculating about MH370“ The Empirical Skeptic Viewers of last night’s Air Crash Investigators program (Australia on Channel 7) have asked me many questions including: Why didn’t we evacuate the A380 immediately after stopping on the runway in Singapore? What are my views about the Malaysian incident? My answers centre around how I gather, […]

There has been a lot of recent interest in the production entitled “Air Crash Investigation S13E10 – Qantas 32: Titanic In The Sky”.     This program has been broadcast on the National Geographic channel.  Closing Statement It’s a pity that my final statement (shown at the end of the program) was shortened.   I actually […]

For the aviation evangelists I recommend the issue of Flight dated 7th March 1914, published by the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.   The list Committee members then included aviation notables such as T. Sopwith and J Moore-Brabazon. Frank Van Haste emailed me today: Captain, I note that 100 years ago today (4 Mar 1914), among those […]

Flying east at 37,000 feet over the Indian Ocean (Photo R de Crespigny) Update 22 Feb 2012 I think the Canadian “Air Crash Investigation S13E10 – Qantas 32: Titanic In The Sky” production  (as shown on the National Geographic channel) is better. Mayday Mayday – Terror on QF32 Peter Overton presented “Mayday Mayday – Terror on […]

Flying IS the sport of kings.   Guiding 500 passengers and manipulating $400m worth of the highest technology through congested airspace to the other side of the planet is a privilege that few experience. I’ve just returned from a great flight over the weekend from Sydney to Los Angeles.   I took the photo above […]

Happy Birthday Powered Flight! Today, the 17th December 2013 marks the recognition of 110 remarkable years of revolutionary technology, intrepid exploration and inspirational leaders who (in Bert Hinkler’s words) have “flown the ships off the oceans”. It’s 110 years today since Wilbur Wright flew the Wright Flier for 12 seconds, flying just 36 metres (half the […]

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