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 firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.
Light refreshments will be served.
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.
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.
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:
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
We’ll also be releasing other wallpapers from the A350 XWB in the near future so watch this space :)
(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 email@example.com to place your order.
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 getting ready to display on the screen
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
With the Tyabb Airshow 2014 only just around the corner, you might want to know that the airshow DVD is being marketed for pre-purchase. You can beat the rush & reserve your copy so you get it as soon as they’re produced.
For only AUS$25 (plus postage & handling) you can reserve your copy. Just call the folks at the Peninsula Aero Club or email them and they’ll process your order.
Phone: 03 5977 4406
As part of the RAAF’s promotional events in the lead up to the Centenary of Military Aviation Air Show being held at Point Cook on March 1st & 2nd, we were invited to join them for a C130J media flight. As Steve was still recovering from his knee surgery and Grant was out of town, we sent Steven Pam & ATC Ben along to get video & stills plus record some interviews.
On Friday 7th of February, Steven & Ben were at Point Cook to record the arrival of two C130Js, capture the official announcements and then ride on the trailing aircraft as the two C130s flew around Melbourne’s CBD and the bay. After the flight they were able to record a couple of interviews with aircrew.
Steven then took the content they gathered & produced the video below. Full audio from the interviews can be found in PCDU Episode 116: High Performances.
We would like to extend our thanks to the RAAF for inviting us on the flight and giving us the opportunity to capture more great content for our audience. We’re very much looking forward to the air show which promises to be a major event and a great showcase of the RAAF’s aircraft from the past 100 years.
Steve’s been hooked up to one of these lately
Unfortunately Steve’s surgery & post-op recovery have left him rather worse for wear and unable to record let alone edit. Meanwhile, Grant’s even busier than normal with work and preparing for his pending wedding, so he’s got almost no time to record or edit.
All of which has added up to a complete failure to produce a single real episode of the PCDU Show. As an apology and to help explain why this is so, we’ve produced a little explanation story that you can listen to here.
Fear not thought folk, we have lots of great content ready for editing and over February & March we’ll be working hard to get some episodes out (& record more content, of course :) )
You can click here to listen to our ‘explanatory story’ about why we’ve not released anything so far in 2014