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.

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.

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:

Tyabb Airshow 2014 DVD - Pre-Purchase Promotion

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
Email: pac@pac.asn.au


RAAF C130J Flight Over Melbourne

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.

PCDU will be at AusFly 2013

AusFly BannerTeam PCDU will be driving our gear over 800km to attend AusFly 2013 in Narromine, NSW over September 12th to 15th. Once again we’ll be running AusFly Radio over the PA system and, all going well, streaming it to the ‘net & out to a low-powered FM transmitter. We’ll also be providing commentary for the air displays and meeting up with exhibitors to discuss their operations, products & histories.

Commentary from the Perch during AusFly 2012

Commentary from the Perch during AusFly 2012

Sounds like a fun but busy time for sure!

We’re working closely with the organisers to arrange where we’ll be based this year (a little closer to the action, this time :) ) and AusFly 2013 is shaping up to be a great event with lots of enhancements based on feedback & experience from last year.

Will you be there? Let us know and we’ll try to catch up in Narromine :)



It's over 800km & about 10 hours of driving from Melbourne to Narromine :)

It’s over 800km & about 10 hours of driving from Melbourne to Narromine :)

AusFly: What a Fantastic Event

We had a fantastic time at AusFly over the 14th to 16th of September at Narromine Airport. Our AusFly Radio was played live over the PA system and livestreamed to the Internet thanks to LiveATC.net and our Shoutcast feed.

Congratulations to all the organisers & volunteers from the SAAA who helped make it happen, along with the sponsors, exhibitors & display pilots plus all the people who showed up to attend the event. With over 300 aircraft pre-registered it was estimated that over 400 aircraft flew in. The aero club produced over 500 meals on the Friday night in addition to the pizza guy selling out & the burger n chips cart doing a roaring trade. Fantastic!

Now the planning starts for next year’s event. Bring it on!

Joining the 787 DreamTour in Melbourne

Update: Our 787 DreamTour ‘quick cast’ has been released. Check it out at PCDU Episode 88: Dreamtime

At the invitation of Qantas & Jetstar, we spent some time today exploring the 787 ZA003 with its demonstration customer interior. The aircraft is visiting Australia & New Zealand as part of the DreamTour and today’s leg brought it to Melbourne.

In addition to getting to walk around & through the aircraft, we had some time to enjoy the cockpit, record a great interview with Captain Todd Abraham from Boeing and also have some casual chats with a few of the Boeing Flight Test Engineers who were on the tour.

It was a great experience and we’d like to thank Boeing, Qantas & Jetstar for helping to make it happen.

Steve & Grant on the Flight Deck of 787 ZA003

You can see all the photos we took today in our PCDU Flickr Stream.

We’ll be releasing our chat with Todd in our next episode. Watch this space :)

Update: Our 787 DreamTour ‘quick cast’ has been released. Check it out at PCDU Episode 88: Dreamtime

Going to NatFly?

The Easter long weekend will once again see members of the Recreational Aviation Association making their way to Temora, NSW for the NatFly 2012 event. Once again we’ll be in attendance recording interviews with exhibitors, attendees and organisers so we can produce another episode packed full of great RA-Aus content (like we did last year with Episode 63 :)

We’re planning to arrive on Friday & stay until later on Sunday so keep an eye out for the PCDU logo and if you see us, come on over & say HI.

PCDU and Aus Air Services Christmas Fly In – Tooradin Victoria – December 17th

Come and join us on December 17th at Tooradin Airport (YTDN) as we dust off the mobile studio and have some fun with our friends at Aus Air Services

Grant,  Steve and Anthony “The Infrequent Flyer”  Simmons will be in attendance to record an episode of the show,  assisted by Allan Van’t Padje who’ll be setting up an array of speaker towers and running the panel

BBQ, drinks and discounts on flights all weekend!

We hope to meet you there!


Plane Crazy Down Under – Out and About!

The team with the mobile studio at Coldstream

Not all PCDU material is recorded in the studio and over Skype. We also get out and about in the aviation community with our mobile studio. We can attend your aviation event to record interviews or entire shows, provide commentary, or entertain your guests with pre recorded content from previous PCDU shows.

We can also provide up to 12 high quality weather proofed speaker towers to cater for any occasion – enough to stretch along 300 metres of flight line!

Steve & Grant recording at NatFly 2011 in Temora

Recording content with guests and speakers at your aviation event allows your message to be spread more widely through inclusion in our podcast series.

If you’d like to have Grant, Steve and the PCDU team attend your next aviation event, email us at planecrazydownunder@gmail.com