PCDU Episode 44: Hannes, Bas and the Rhino

In an effort to reassure you that we’re not trying to cut any corners as we build towards our 50th episode, this episode comes in at over 2 hours in length (our longest ever, in fact). It’s jam packed with great content, including:

  • A chat with Bas Scheffers about:
    • The impact of the Class D changes at Parafield
    • The flying he’s been doing lately in his Evektor Sportstar
    • The Parafield Airshow
    • How the Aeroscene Flying Group is going
    • A review of some of the latest RA-Aus developments (Recreational Aviation Australia)
  • A chat with Hannes Arch (Red Bull Air Race pilot) where we discuss his 2010 season and his plans for 2011/2012
  • An interview with an F18F pilot that David Vanderhoof recorded at the Oceana Air Show
  • A discussion between Steve & David about the history of the F18, its current status with the Super Hornet (aka Rhino) and the implications of the F35 JSF
  • Controllers Corner #2
  • The View from the Lounge: “Monkey in Business”
  • We read some mail & forum items:
  • We give a set of Shout Outs to:
    • The Flying Ant podcast by Anthony Crichton-Browne (a 767 pilot) who also has a blog
    • The Flaps Podcast from the UK is an awesome new show – we highly recommend it
    • Andrew Offen from Brisbane took Grant & Nykolai for a flight in his Cirrus SR22 with the new Avidyne Release 9 package – an amazing aircraft & systems and a lot of fun catching up with Andrew for a flight
    • Brendan Viti is getting his IFR rating – wow!

Please note that our sound effects come from SoundSnap.com and our theme music track is “YouNameIt5″ by Brian Simpson (aka t3cat5).

8 comments to PCDU Episode 44: Hannes, Bas and the Rhino

  • Alex

    Hi Guys,
    Just recently on some of the of the Pod casts on aviation that are recorded throughout the World there has seemed to be be a notion of “Dumbing Down” the requirements of airmen (sic) and the maintenance of aircraft. It all seems to brought about by the FAA rules which seem to be “easier” than other countries. My questions are can we afford to always follow the educational system in America? Look at what happened in our schools in Australia. Okay is money the problem? Is the educational standard too high with these “Old Systems”? Steve always talks about how the US was easier for him getting his Pilots licence and cheaper. Australia, as I mentioned in a comment I made (after Dick Smiths interview)had a very good educational system for pilots and as Grant commented to me that Australia has got so expensive to learn to fly etc, but on the downside the educational requirements have slid..? Yes?, but we aren’t any cheaper actually I looked at what is charged for a R22 and they want $495 plus GST AUD per hour for a Robbo!!!
    I really think there should be a lot of debate about this “Dumbing Down” of Pilots and the stupidity of the cost of learning to fly and flying to keep current.
    I teach English in China and I really try to make sure my students think of me as a Professional teacher and not just a tourist, education is more important to me than saying to someone you give me the cash and you will get the ticket!!
    Just some thoughts
    Take care

  • Hi Alex

    I like your observations here, although with respect, I would take issue with a couple of your interpretations.

    In my case, the decision to do my training in the US was made for two reasons; first, I was young and the opportunity of an adventure presented itself, and second because the cost of flying training at the time (circa 1990) was decidedly cheaper by comparison to Australia. At no stage did I go there with the thought that it would be easier to achieve my ratings, and I apologise if I’ve ever given that impression to our audience. The point I often try to make in this debate is that the US system is geared to handle the much larger volume of traffic there. That’s not to say their system is perfect, but by comparison to the way things worked here at that time, it was generally more efficient, and yes, easier to use.

    Coming back here in 1991 and trying to make sense of the often archaic flight rules & procedures was extremely frustrating. And the culture among many pilots back then was that our system was superior, simply because it was ours. It was inefficient, unnecessarily over regulated, and most importantly, never questioned.

    It’s not a matter of “dumbing down” people in order for them to achieve ratings, and frankly, as a holder of a US licence, I find that observation annoying at the very least. It is true that I found some aspects of the US training syllabus different – for example, US pilots are taught to fly circuits differently to Australians, and our pre flight inspection technique is far more thorough. The benefits I feel I gained from training in Australia and the US run in both directions. My ab initio instructors here were thorough and taught me good basic airmanship before I went overseas, and I often recieved praise from US instructors because of this. On the flip side, flying in the type of congested airspace you just can’t find in Australia, gave me invaluable experience.

    So I hope this in some way clarifies where I’m coming from. People will always resist change, and I’m sure the system as it stands now can always use improvement. I take your point that some aspects of the old system may have had their place, but it’s my belief that bringing our airspace management to a more common standard with the rest of the world is a good thing – as long as safety is never compromised.

    Thanks for continuing to participate in the PCDU community. It’s great to have a bit of debate now & again. I’d love to have a chat to you some time about the aviation scene over there in China. I’m sure it would be fascinating.



  • Alex

    Hi Steve,
    My appologies Steve I never meant to imply that you did it because it was easier, and quite frankly I thought of going to the states to do my ratings etc as it was cheaper for flight hours. I actually didn’t make myself clear, I was talking about getting a Commercial licence rather than the PPL. My comment was more driven by the standard of the system in Australia now, compared to when I learnt in the mid 80’s (CPL H, A)
    When CASA changed the rules there were a lot of my colleagues disenchanted with the break down in the CPL syllabus. Sure we need PPL pilots, but we also need Professional pilots and I think that the two are very much different in there outcomes.
    I could take you up on the offer of a chat, last year we had a Helicopter from Australia working here in Shaoxing right near my University!! Wow!
    I am truely sorry for any offence to you or any of your listeners
    Next time I will proof read it better.

  • Hey, don’t stress mate! It’s a really interesting debate, and life would be boring if everyone had the same views. Having done my CPL & instrument rating in the US, I can’t really comment on the syllabus here – then or now. Through a quirk of finances, I never converted to an Aussie CPL, and probably won’t bother now because I’m quite settled in my current line of work.

    Getting my PPL current is a goal I hope to achieve soon though. Basically, I just want to fly again!

    Drop us an email so we can set up a time and method to talk. The stories from China sound great.

    All the best


  • Hey Steve,

    Thanks for giving us a shout on this episode of the Crazy Plane Down Under podcast. Dave and I are back in the studio and we’re bringing out some new episodes really soon. I hope you can join us for a show to talk about this podcast too.

    James Williams
    Host, PodcastersEmporium.com

  • Alex

    Hi Steve,
    Not sure if you and Grant got my email, but yes I would like to chat and I can do it on Skype. It seems as if China is trying to open up their airways for GA.
    Let me know and I can get some material to talk about!

  • Hi Alex

    Yep, got the email…sorry for the delay…will get back to you in the next day or so. Looking forward to speaking with you!

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