PCDU Episodes List

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 :)

TeenWorldFlight: Update #1 with Ryan Campbell

Ryan Campbell is a 19 year old pilot from Australia who’s currently flying solo around the world to grab the record as the youngest pilot yet to make the epic journey. Steve caught up with Ryan just a couple of hours after he had arrived in Hilo, Hawaii to discuss the experience of island-hopped his way across the Pacific.

You can follow Ryan’s flight & get more information about him on his TeenWorldFlight website.

NOTE: If you check out Ryan’s sponsor list, you’ll see “Plane Crazy Down Under Podcast – Listeners and Crew.” We’re proud to have helped raise some money for Ryan’s journey and, thanks to the generosity of our audience, we were able to exceed our goal of putting $500 towards his flight.

We’re on the Radio!

Public domain image from Nemo on Pixabay

Broadcasting into the Aether

The Plane Crazy Down Under show is now appearing on Kinglake Ranges Radio every Saturday morning at 9am in Melbourne, Australia. For those of you doing timezone conversions, Melbourne’s at +10Z so 09:00 on Saturday here is 23:00 on Fridays GMT (aka Universal Time or Zulu).

While much of the content is from our online show’s archives with freshly recorded wrappers, some of the interviews & discussions are brand new and haven’t yet made it into an online episode.

You can listen to Kinglake Ranges Radio’s livestream at any time of the day or add them to your channels via the TuneIn app.

Steve & Grant would like to thank the team at Kinglake Ranges Radio for offering us the chance to take our show onto the airwaves & broadcasting to the public. It’s adding to our workload as we produce the shows but hopefully it’s going to help encourage more people to take an interest in aviation.

PCDU Contributing to Ryan Campbell’s Teen World Flight

Ryan Campbell's Teen World Flight Logo

As we mentioned in Episode 108, we’re going to help Ryan Campbell’s Teen World Flight by joining his “500 Club.” This involves making a donation of $500 towards Teen World Flight which then gets your name (or requested text) put on Ryan’s aircraft for the trip.

PCDU are contributing $250 towards the $500 and have asked our audience to provide the rest, allowing us to have “Plane Crazy Down Under and our fantastic audience” written on the aircraft (exact wording still to be determined). Suffice to say, responses have been quick and wonderful as we’ve actually exceeded the $500 amount thanks to our audience.

We have currently raised $550 for Ryan and will be having a formal presentation when Ryan’s next in Melbourne. If any other amounts come in, we’ll pass them on as they arrive. It’s not too late for you to help a great project by using our “Donate” button & putting “Teen World Flight” in the comment text.

The list of people who have helped us get to this amount includes:

  • Peter Baxter
  • Nick Christiansen
  • Gary Clarkson
  • Chris Fenelon
  • Peter Gossner
  • Brian Grinter
  • Ben Jones
  • Gareth Little-Hales
  • Evan Schoo
  • Andrew Van Der Saag
  • Doug Worrall

Thanks so much to all who have chipped in & helped us make this possible.

Our Avalon 2013 Coverage

Our latest Avalon 2013 Video



 

Our latest Avalon 2013 Audio Episode

Avalon 2013 – Globemaster Central

  • RAAF C17 pilot FLTLT Dirk Taylor on flying the C17
  • RAAF C17 techo Sgt David Everett on maintaining the C17
  • RAAF Loadmaster WOFF Paul Lemarshall walks us through the cargo hold
  • USAF Capt Brian Carron on interoperability between USAF & RAAF C17s

Click here to play our C17 Globemaster episode

 

Meanwhile, here’s a little bit of fun :)



 

You can find our full Avalon 2013 coverage on our Avalon 2013 Coverage goodies page.