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.

Avalon coverage begins (Episode 130) and we went back to school (Episode 129)

We’ve launched our first episode of Avalon 2017 coverage and it contains the following items:

  • Kimberley Turner from Aerosafe
  • Patrick Coleman from Garmin
  • Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg and the Fly for the Kids charity
  • Matt Hall on the F-35A and also on his new aircraft for the Red Bull Air Race
  • Kurt Lyall from RocketRoute and Alan Wilson from AirBP
  • Steve’s F-35A news bulletins for AIR News
  • Kreisha Ballentyne-Dickes from Cirrus Australia
  • Heidi Fedak from Gulfstream
  • Timbo’s Tarmac

You can access the episode and its show notes here: PCDU Episode 130: Avalon 2017 – Alpha

As if that wasn’t enough, previously back in February we’d also released Episode 129 which had both Steve & Grant going back to school on separate occasions. For this episode, Steve spent some time at his old Secondary Collage (Brentwood) with the RAAF F/A-18A simulator and then Grant spent some time with TVSA out at Bacchus Marsh aerodrome discussing options for learning to fly (and flying the very sexy Bristell LSA tail dragger :) ).

You can access the episode and its show notes here: PCDU Episode 129: Going Back to School.

Vote for us in the Cast Away Podcast Awards!

The team at the Cast Away Podcast Awards have recognised that there’s a lot of great content being produced in Australia so they are holding the first ever Australian podcasting awards event. PCDU has been included in the Industry Focus section and we have a number of other great shows that we’re up against.

We’re also in the Popular Vote section (the Peoples’ Choice) where the public gets to vote for their favourite shows. This is your chance to help demonstrate that you’re a fan of PCDU by heading over to the page, setting up an account (annoying but easy to do) and voting for us. You don’t have to be in Australia to vote and every vote helps so the more we get, the more we’re likely to step up our episode production rate :)

Steve’s planning to attend the awards ceremony in Sydney on April 1st (no, really, that’s the date :) ) so expect a report from him in the near future on the event.

Remember folks, as our friends in Chicago like to tell us: vote early & vote often :)

Click here to vote for PCDU

TVSA's Open Day at Bacchus Marsh (Feb 25th 2017)

Our friends at TVSA Pilot Training will be having an open day at the Bacchus Marsh airport near Melbourne on Saturday the 25th of February, starting at 10am and running until 3pm.

They will have a Pilot Panel with commercial airline pilots talking about their careers, a BBQ sausage sizzle and Trial Introductory Flights in the afternoon.

If you’re able to get to Bacchus Marsh airport for the day, you should.

You can learn more about the Open Day by clicking here.

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 :)