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.

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.

Woo Hoo! We’ve hit 100 Episodes! Who Knew??? :)

Our 100th Episode – a Ton of great content

It’s taken us a while to get to Episode 100 since our first show went live WAY back in July 2009 but here we are! Woo hoo! Go us! :)

For this episode we’ve resisted the temptation to do a retrospective or rehash earlier content (except for a bit at the start & the end of the episode :) ). Instead, we’ve got an interview with Peter Meehan which includes some information about Avalon 2013, a chat with Matt Hall about a big event he’s organising (and an update on the RedBull AirRace) and Damien Rose discusses his recent Biennial Flight Review (BFR), now known as an Aeroplane Flight Review (AFR).

Of course there’s more to the show than just that, but you’ll have to listen to it to find out what that might be (or read the Episode 100 show notes :) )


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

Advertise with PCDU during Avalon 2013

Plane Crazy Down Under will be presenting comprehensive coverage of this year’s Australian International Air Show, showcasing the products, services and personalities of this unique event

Advertising slots are available now for our daily audio and video editions

Our Avalon advertising package is competitively priced and includes:

  1. Displaying your logo along with our other advertisers on a splash screen at the start of all Avalon 2013 video content we produce. At the end of each video we will also have each advertiser’s logo, company name & tag line displayed one after the other as part of the closing credits.
  2. Reference to your company at the start of each Avalon 2013 audio episode we produce (eg: “Our Avalon 2013 content has been brought to you by … “) along with a brief spoken word promotion of your company during the audio episode that includes your company name & tag line.
  3. Inclusion of your banner advert in high rotation on our web sites.

Our special event coverage episodes & videos typically attract significantly higher download number than regular content.  Advertising on PCDU gives you the chance to promote your business directly to an aviation focused audience.

For pricing inquiries and further information:

Call Grant on +61 422 914 949


Email us at comms@southernskiesmedia.com.au today!

Farewell 2012

Dan O'Donnell & Grant getting ready to go fly Matt Hall's Extra 300As 2012 draws to a close come & spend a bit of time with Steve, Grant, Bas & ATC Ben as they wrap up the year with some new content, some discussions and a bit of fun. It’s another long episode but we think it’s a pretty good way to send out the year :)

Check out Episode 98: Farewell 2012 for discussions about the recent administrative groundings of RA-Aus aicraft, interviews with skydivers, a chat with Dan O’Donnell (RAAF F18 pilot) and even a brand new “The View From The Lounge” segment by Anthony Simmons.


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

747 ‘Likes’ and a Reward

An auspicious number

Most of us have a special appreciation for the Boeing 747 (often referred to as the “Queen of the Skies”) so we were rather amused to discover that our Facebook page is currently “liked” by 747 people. Neat! :)

Don’t forget that our 750th “Liker” is going to get a PCDU cap sent out to them while at the same time, we’re going to give away a free “Trial Introductory Flight” with Aus Air Services at Tooradin to a random Australian from amongst all our fans. We’d offer it to all of you but there’s not much point unless you can get down here to Melbourne to claim it, right? :)

So thanks to everyone who’s “liking” our Facebook page. It’s a great place to find out what we’re up to and what aviation news items from down under have caught our eye.

A 747-400ER doing a run up at Avalon

Fighter Pilot: Mis-Adventures Beyond the Sound Barrier with “Serge,” an Australian Top Gun

Check out “Serge’s” book, it’s great

Episode 96 has been released and it features a long chat we recorded with ‘Mac “Serge” Tucker’ about his career as an F18 pilot with the RAAF, his book “Fighter Pilot” and his views on drones & the future of air combat.

There’s lots of great content in this chat including some that’s funny, some that’s contentious and more than a few items that may make you stop & think. Check out the episode and then go out & pick up a copy of Serge’s book “Fighter Pilot”.

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