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Australian Flying

Australian Flying

November/December 2020

Australian Flying is Australia's premier General Aviation magazine, dedicated to educating and entertaining those at the sharp end of aviation. Each issue of Australian Flying delivers hands on tips to better flying along with advice and reviews on the latest technologies, accessories and techniques on the market. Australian Flying also brings you the latest news and most current topical issues affecting the aviation industry. Australian Flying is staffed by an experienced and dedicated team of writers and pilots who share a common goal to inform and inspire better pilots.

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6 Issues

in this issue

8 min.
transavia’s baby elephant

I an Bell is a man of diversity: grape-grower, sheep and cattle farmer, pilot, aircraft owner and builder. He is not short of projects. However, like so many aircraft owners before him, he has had his heart and imagination captured by one aircraft type; in Ian’s case, it’s the Transavia PL-12 Airtruk. As a child, Ian vividly remembers watching ag aeroplanes working off the family farm airstrip at Maragle in rural NSW where he grew up. When he was seven, he saved up his pocket money for a joy flight in Wagga Wagga with aviation legend Don Kendell. Despite being the first pilot in his family, aviation was somehow in his blood, and he commenced flying lessons straight from school. While balancing a busy vineyard and farm with his flying, Ian…

10 min.
the power of two

General aviation's traditional twins have been under pressure in the past decade from new entrants that leverage new technology in their construction. As a result, once all-conquering metal twins are being overtaken by the newcomers, reflecting trends also seen in the single-engine market. Established manufacturers have adopted new technologies in glass cockpits and three-axis autopilots, which has propelled their airframes into the 21st Century, enabling customer to select a tried-and-trusted airframe with modern capability. However, the market has clearly preferred the newer designs with their sleeker looks and lower per-hour costs. Potential owners of new twins are hardly spoilt for choice, with very few available on the market compared to singles. Australian Flying has collated data on all the new piston twins being offered new to make a buying decision slightly easier. “the…

10 min.
competitive spirits

This definition from Australia Aerobatics Club (AAC) sets the scene: The sport should not be confused with the kind of aerobatics seen at air shows, commonly known as “stunt flying.” Competition aerobatics is a very exacting sport which demands high levels of skill, discipline, and concentration on flying. A predetermined sequence of manoeuvres is carried out in a small cube of airspace known as the “aerobatic box”. Competition aerobatics, according to Mike Heuer, former president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), is like skiing or figure skating “where you first have to learn to stand up, then move, turn, stop, and eventually leap. The more you learn, the more demanding the sport becomes and the more you can enjoy a sense of accomplishment. “Ask a gold medallist if it’s worth the effort.” David Pilkington,…

13 min.
approaching the stall

Perhaps the most telling line in the final investigation report into the crash of Air France 447 over the Atlantic in 2009 is this one: The angle of attack, when it was valid, always remained above 35 degrees. The aircraft involved was an A330 carrying 228 people. All on board died after a crew that had a cumulative 20,000 flying hours between them failed to recognise and recover from the stall before impact with the water. Two years later, Airbus magazine Safety First produced a detailed article on the very basics of aircraft stalling, almost as if they thought their pilots needed to go back there. Maybe we all do. According to CASA, stalling leading to a spin still accounts for 25% of all fatal GA accidents around the world. It’s basic stuff…

12 min.
from little things

Millions of words have been written about Qantas. John Gunn wrote the official history of Qantas in four 400-page volumes, the last of which was published in 2010. Qantas founder Sir Hudson Fysh wrote a trilogy of books on the airline and followed up with two more memoirs. A search on Amazon returns dozens and dozens more titles, including children’s books. Some recent titles include Jim Eames’ Courage in the Skies, and Elizabeth Fysh’s When Chairmen were Patriots. Writing a four-page summary of 100 years of Qantas is a difficult assignment, so this article focuses on the relatable period when Qantas was driven by aviators, visionaries and engineers, with flying in their blood; before jetliners, booking systems, loyalty schemes and yield management. In 2020, aviation means something completely different to what it…

4 min.
years of achievement

As we reflect on a difficult 2020, it is timely to take a positive stance and mention some of the significant achievements and milestones of the ABAA in recent years. Despite COVID-19 induced setbacks this year, the ABAA is very confident that business aviation has a bright future in Australia and around the world. Advocating for business aviation During recent years, the ABAA has been represented at several aviation forums. These include the Deputy PM’s General Aviation Advisory Network (GAAN), the Australian Strategic Air Traffic Management Group (ASTRA), The Australian Aviation Associations’ Forum (TAAAF) and CASA Technical Working Groups (TWG). Also, the ABAA has met on many occasions with Federal ministers and Departmental officers. And, productive meetings have been held with the lessees of several of the 22 government-owned airports, which were privatised in the…