PCDU Episodes:

Here is a full list of all PCDU Episodes since #1 back in 2009. Click on a title to visit the episode page & download or listen to the episode from there.

Balloons, books and TopGun: Episode 128 is live!

Balloons and Tiger Moths. Gotta love old school flying :)

Balloons and Tiger Moths. Gotta love old school flying :)

Grant’s pulled out a big collection of ballooning interviews including discussions with military & commercial fixed wing pilots who enjoy the challenge of flying hot air balloons. We’ve also got a fun chat with Owen Zupp about his new book: Without Precedent, our tribute to Hannes Arch and the Infrequent Flyer finally gets to see TopGun (in 3D at the IMAX, no less).

This is our biggest episode ever (even bigger than Episode 51’s “Farewell to the Pig” tribute to the RAAF’s F-111s.

Click here to access the episode.

Episode 127 is Live featuring lots of great detailed content

A Montage of Fun from Episode 127

A Montage of Fun from Episode 127

We’ve released out latest episode at last and it’s got a stack of great content, including some very detailed information about planning & performing the F-18 Handling Display at the Tyabb Air Show in 2014 and doing an F-18’s preflight inspection. All that plus information about the Triton and Fire Scout unmanned aerial systems, managing the C-17 in the RAAF, the Japanese Air Self Defence Force KC-767, MAF and Mahindra’s GA-10.

Click here to access the episode.

Lachlan Smart is on his way round the World

Lachlan Smart with VH-IBC

Lachlan Smart with VH-IBC

Eighteen year old Lachlan Smart has departed the Sunshine Coast in Cirrus VH-IBC and is on his way into the record books. The teenager from Nambour is attempting a solo circumnavigation of the globe which, if successful, will see him become the youngest person in history to do so.

With support from a his family and a team of mentors & advisors (including Ryan Campbell), Lachlan has started on the first leg of his world spanning route and his heading for Nadi in Fiji.

You can track Lachlan’s flight via the SpiderTracks LIVE Tracker on his Wings Around the World website.

The team at Plane Crazy Down Under wish Lachlan all the best on his epic journey and are looking forward to his safe return and entry into the Earthrounders club :)

F-35: From the Cockpit with F-35 Program Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman

F35 Cockpit Demonstrator

F35 Cockpit Demonstrator

Exclusive PCDU F-35 event limited to 30 places – first in first served

Plane Crazy Down Under is proud to present:

F-35: From the Cockpit with F-35 Program Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman

 

When: 5:20PM, Thursday, 17 March 2016

Where: Dialogue, 4 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

 

You’re invited to learn more about the unique capabilities of the F-35, the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter aircraft.  At this exclusive event, you’ll have an opportunity to ask Al questions, before Al puts Grant through his paces in Lockheed Martin’s F-35 interactive cockpit demonstrator, a visually and audibly interactive simulator that highlights the fighter aircraft’s advanced technology and combat capabilities.

This is an exclusive opportunity open only to PCDU followers.  Spaces are limited so please send an email to contact@planecrazydownunder.com to secure your spot. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Chief F35 Test Pilot Alan Norman

Chief F35 Test Pilot Alan Norman

A bit about Al

Prior to assuming his F-35 Chief Test Pilot responsibilities in 2011, Al was a Lockheed Martin Experimental Test Pilot for the F-22 Program for 12 years as well as Lockheed’s Chief Pilot for the TX program.  Al has flown more than 6,000 flight hours in over 70 different kinds of aircraft. He was an operational F-4 and F-16 fighter pilot in the USAF in Korea and Germany. He served as an F-16 RTU instructor pilot at MacDill AFB for 5 years and then attended the USAF Test Pilot School in 1994. Subsequently, Al was an F-16 experimental test pilot for the USAF.

 

A big thanks to Lockheed Martin for making this happen.

Quickcast: Melbourne Airport Photographers

Carparks at airports are often great places for photos and Melbourne is no exception

Carparks at airports are often great places for photos and Melbourne is no exception

Does Melbourne Airport have a policy covering use of their car parks for aviation photography? We speak to the airport’s manager of communications & corporate relations, Anna Gillett, to find out.

Click here to listen to this QuickCast episode

NOTE: This Quick Cast will be included in a future episode of the show but we wanted to get out it early for our friends in the Melbourne Airport Spotters group.

PCDU are at Avalon 2015

Oris Immortals at Avalon 2015

Oris Immortals at Avalon 2015

Team PCDU were at Avalon 2015 and they captured lots of great content once again. With three episodes already released, there’s still more content to go in a future episode or two.

As we release each Avalon 2015 episode we’ll include a link below:

A350 XWB Themed Wallpapers for your Phone or Tablet

Our first A350 XWB themed wallpaper

Our first A350 XWB themed wallpaper

Our friend Paul from Project 64 liked the A350 XWB shots so much, he decided to create some wallpapers for our phones & tablets.

We thought you might like them too, so here’s the first one showing a rather unique view of one of MSN5’s Trent XWB engines. You can click on the links below to get to the full sized versions ready for you to download for your phone/tablet:

A350 XWB Wallpaper #1 (Trent XWB) sized for your phone
A350 XWB Wallpaper #1 (Trent XWB) sized for your tablet

Our second wallpaper features MSN5’s nose gear. You can click on the links below to get to the full sized versions ready for you to download for your phone/tablet:

A350 XWB Wallpaper #2 (Nose gear) sized for your phone
A350 XWB Wallpaper #2 (Nose gear) sized for your tablet

Our Second A350 XWB themed wallpaper features the nose gear

Our Second A350 XWB themed wallpaper features the nose gear

We’ll also be releasing other wallpapers from the A350 XWB in the near future so watch this space :)

The Tyabb Air Show 2014 DVD is out at last!

(Updated on September 1st, 2014)

It’s been months in the making but we’ve finally completed production of the Tyabb Air Show 2014 DVD and it’s available for purchase for AUD$25 (plus postage & handling) through the Peninsula Aero Club. You can call them on +61 3 5977 4406 or email them at pac@pac.asn.au to place your order.

Even the cover looks great :)

Even the cover looks great :)

Featuring stunning in-cockpit video from a number of aircraft (including the F/A-18) along with beautiful slow-motion footage & pilot commentaries, the Tyabb Air Show 2014 DVD does more than just recreate the crowd’s view of the airshow. The main air show feature shows:

  • Planning & Preparation
  • Show Opening (with Southern Knights & Paul Bennet)
  • Tiger Moths & Pups
  • RAN Taipan Pairs display team
  • RAAF trainer formation
  • Wirraway & Boomerang
  • WWII Fighters
  • Chris Sperou’s aerobatic routine
  • CAC Sabre
  • Vietnam battle re-enactment
  • Sky Aces formation aerobatics
  • GA-8 Airvan
  • Pitts Special vs Mercedes AMG race
  • US Trainers
  • R22 demonstration
  • F/A-18 Hornet handling display
  • Hornet & Mustang heritage formation
  • Missing man formation & show close

In addition to the air show main feature, the DVD also includes the following extras:

  • Chris Sperou narrates his aerobatic display
  • Paul Bennet takes you through his solo aerobatic display
  • WGCDR Tim Alsop tells you how the F/A-18 handling display is flown
  • Tyabb in Slow Motion

The DVD is getting great reviews from early purchasers and at this price, it’s a no-brainer to buy a copy :)

Update: September 1st, 2014:
The DVD has been spotted in the wild with these photos showing it on the shelves at Skylines Aviation Supply shop at Moorabbin Airport. Woo hoo! :)

Tyabb Air Show 2014 DVD on the shelves at Skylines

Tyabb Air Show 2014 DVD on the shelves at Skylines

Tyabb Air Show 2014 DVD getting ready to display on the screen

Tyabb Air Show 2014 DVD getting ready to display on the screen

Alex Fisher & the Flight of Solidarity

Alex Fisher is a 17 year old who is currently flying solo around Australia to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and become the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by aircraft in the process.

Alex has named his project “Flight of Solidarity” (www.flightofsolidarity.com.au) and thanks to sponsorship from Spidertracks, you can track his progress on the “Alex’s Location page” of the website.

When we caught up with Alex, he was over-nighting in Weipa after the 3rd day of his two week journey. We spoke briefly about what inspired him to do the project, how long he’s been flying, the help he’s received and his sponsors.

This chat was released as one of our Australia Desk segments for the Airplane Geeks podcast. You can listen to it on the site where we host our collection of Australia Desk segments:

Click here to listen to our chat with Alex Fisher from the Flight of Solidarity project

PCDU Go In-Depth on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

PCDU Episode 119 Cover Art: F-35A, B & C models (Image supplied by Lockheed Martin)

PCDU Episode 119 Cover Art:
F-35A, B & C models
(Image supplied by Lockheed Martin)

Australia has recently confirmed that it will purchase a total of 72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for use in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) but how will these high-tech new aircraft be integrated with our current operations? Will someone just click their fingers and voila?

Naturally, there’s lots of items to consider ranging from staffing & training through to tarmac upgrades and there’s something about ALIS…

We’re joined by Andrew McLaughlin from COMINT to discuss the F-35 aircraft, the program and its potential operations within the RAAF. We also feature a number of interviews with Lockheed Martin staff and AVM Kym “Koz” Osley gives us an in-depth coverage of the huge project that will bring the F-35 to full operational status within the RAAF.

It’s a big topic and we’ve put together a big episode about it: Episode 119: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: The RAAF Approach.

Click here to go to the show notes & play the episode