PCDU Episodes List

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

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

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.

Management apologises for the lack of new content

Steve's been hooked up to one of these lately

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

Jetstar’s new 787 is here

Jetstar 787-8 Arrives in Melbourne

Jetstar 787-8 Arrives in Melbourne

Jetstar’s shiny new 787-8 arrived in Melbourne on October 9th and we were there to greet it. From being beside the runway to video the arrival, near the fire trucks for the water cannon salute and in the hangar for the celebrations, Team PCDU captured lots of content from the event.

We’ll be including the interviews we recorded in our next episode (in final production at the moment) and loading photos on our Flickr stream & videos on our YouTube channel (as soon as Grant gets them loaded :) ).

Our thanks to Jetstar Australia for inviting us to attend and helping coordinate our access to staff for interviews.

How does Aviation stack up in the 2013 Federal Election?

It's time to vote!

It’s time to vote!

It’s time for Australians to vote for their favourite (or least disliked :) ) politicians and, once again, we’ve gone into bat for our audience to present information about the transportation policies of the main parties.

Unfortunately, our cunning plan to wait for the parties to have revealed their policies has not been as successful as we’d like as a) some parties are still holding their cards close to their chest and b) all the candidates are running around frantically to shore up support & win voters to their side.

Oh well, on with the show as we review a written response from Anthony Albanese, chat with Lee Rhiannon and review the Coaliition’s aviation policy document in Episode 112: Federal Election 2013 :)

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

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 :)