Solo Flight. Chapter 9. By Owen Zupp.

9. Founding Fathers. The original QANTAS hangar. Day One. Emerald to Longreach. Nine decades in two hours, give or take. That is the equation. No I haven’t found the elusive answer to ‘warp speed’, however I a ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 8. By Owen Zupp.

Chapter 8. Day One. Bundaberg to Emerald. D-Day. Departure Day. It is 5am and all is quiet outside. I hurry to look out the window of my hotel room to see that the high pressure system has won the battle overnight. The sky is ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 7. By Owen Zupp.

Chapter 7. The Final Countdown. So it all came down to this. A few carefully packed kit bags on the floor of my study and one more sleep left in my own bed. The last six months had been so intense from a planning perspective that I now simply wa ..

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Meteors Over Korea. A FlyPast Feature.

Hi All, Just to let you know, the December issue of FlyPast magazine covers a 6-page feature on my father's experiences as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. The layout by FlyPast is great and if you'd like to know more, you can always ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 6. By Owen Zupp.

Chapter 6. Coming Together. The departure date of May 5th had once seemed an epoch away. Now it was closing in with the speed of a missile and I was squarely in its path. And as the date grew closer, so did the media int ..

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Jabiru Dawn. A Video by Owen Zupp.

Enjoy this look back at Solo Flight's Jabiru J230D. (https://www.amazon.com/Solo-Flight-Pilots-Aviation-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00HETIJJ4) Read the full story of 'Solo Flight' here. (https://www.amazon.com/Solo-Flight-Pilots-Av ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 5. By Owen Zupp.

Bert Hinkler. (Photo: State Library of Queensland) Chapter 5. Bert Hinkler, Bundaberg and the Missing Gold Watch. Sometimes luck can be in your favour. And other times not. On this occasion my big slice of luck stemmed ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 4. By Owen Zupp.

Chapter 4. Growing Wings. Armed with a clear vision I took a deep breath and sent off proposals to various aircraft manufacturers and distributors, humbly requesting the use of one of their aeroplanes. Some replied very quickly, o ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 3. By Owen Zupp.

Now I had a rough idea of the route to fly and what was required of the aircraft. What was becoming increasingly apparent was that the project consisted of two main components; the actual flight as distinct from the maze of associated activities. As pilots are pro ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 2. By Owen Zupp.

Chapter 2. Solo Around the World? They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. My journey began sitting down. The credits were still running on the documentary about Ewan MacGregor&rs ..

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Solo Flight. Chapter 1. by Owen Zupp.

Chapter 1. Solo Flight. Another mile and another minute passes. Uneventful and yet awe-inspiring. Perched at altitude in my small two-seat aeroplane, the canvas below me is the vast Australian landscape. Beautifully remote, I sit in isol ..

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Just another flight...by Owen Zupp

Just another flight. In the wee hours and across the continent. And yet in those hours there were so many sights to be seen as the near full moon illuminated the sky and gave form to the landscape below. Although the jet stream of wind was blowing at nea ..

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ANZAC Day's Hidden Heroes by Owen Zupp

(Image: news.com.au) As ANZAC Day approaches once again, I cannot help but think of the different world we live in today. My memories of this solemn day drift back nearly half a century and are of cold, dark mornings and ‘old’ me ..

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In My Father's Footsteps

I was fortunate to recently sit in a Gloster Meteor, the same type that my father flew and that is featured in 'Without Precedent' (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HHI04DA). The photographer endeavoured to match up the back cover sho ..

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The Generation Gap

The Generation Gap Fighter jets are often referred to by their 'generation' as a way of expressing the era and capability that jets of the time represented. Recently, I was fortunate to capture a modern '5th generation' F-22 Raptor taxiin ..

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'Without Precedent' A Very Special Review.

The positive reviews of 'Without Precedent' can be found far and wide on the internet. From Amazon to Goodreads and in magazines around the world. Such kind words mean so much and the fact that dad's story is reaching and touching deeply so many people ..

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Late in the Day.

Late in the Day. The Temora Aviation Museum's Tiger Moth makes a final pass overhead. ..

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Smoke Free Zone.

Smoke Free Zone. Kayakers and ballooners are at close quarters during the Canberra Ballooning Spectacular. ..

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Then and Now

Then and Now. HARS Engineers at work on the Boeing 747-400 with the venerable DC-3 in the Background. ..

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Silent Flight. A Balloon Aloft.

Silent Flight. A Balloon Aloft. By Owen Zupp The sun is still some time away from showing its face, but amidst the occasional spotlights and the hum of generators the lakefront parkland is a hive of activity. The city of Canberra h ..

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Highways in the Sky. What is an RNP Approach?

Let's start today by watching this wonderful 'RNP' approach into Queenstown, New Zealand...then we'll get to the explanation....... As passengers we have all looked out the window to see nothing but a shroud of cloud engul ..

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A Final Formation. By Owen Zupp.

It was not just another day at the flight school – the film cameras were testament to that. In the pre-dawn darkness, the normally mundane act of pushing open hangar doors was met with the dramatic silhouette of an aircraft lit by stage lights, radiatin ..

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Dawn Arrival. By Owen Zupp

The night has been quiet. The hum of the engines has been rhythmic and bordering on hypnotic in these small hours. Departure is now a memory - our destination grows slowly closer as the miles countdown and the stars continue their ar ..

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Blue Skies Ahead. By Owen Zupp.

2015 has been and gone, while 2016 lies ahead untouched and full of potential. Yet as this new year dawned, it was like a good many before. The alarm clocked buzzed at 3am and a day’s flying needed to be flown. Four sectors – two south, two north ..

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Flight Checks and Sim Rides. By Owen Zupp.

Flight checks and sim rides are considered the necessary evils of aviation. At opposing ends of the scale, complacency and lack of currency are lurking threats to safe flight. We can all appreciate ‘being rusty’ when we haven&rsqu ..

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Thunderstorms at 37,000 feet. By Owen Zupp.

It’s that time of year. Harmless white clouds grow into towering cumulus and trough lines push fronts through with a rapid pace and gusty winds. Either way, the afternoon brings those impressive walls of water in the form of thunderstorms that are admired fro ..

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A Pilot's Father's Day. By Owen Zupp.

Another Father’s Day has come and gone. On one hand it was a reminder of the void left by my father’s passing and on the other, the hope and promise in my son’s eyes. My father flew everything from biplanes and fighter jets to airliners ..

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Plane Crash! Aviation's Image Problem. By Owen Zupp.

As ‘plane’ is one of the most common aviation search terms, I decided to Google it just now. When I flipped to the ‘News’ page, 8 of the 10 ‘plane’ items listed related to dramas in flight. The words crash, forced landing, horror ..

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The Next Flight. By Owen Zupp.

The Recovery Team Does Its Job. A date slipped by unnoticed recently - it was the anniversary of my forced landing in rather inhospitable terrain. At the time I swore that I would never forget the date and celebrate my fortunate escape as if it were my  ..

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Would you fly in a Pilotless Plane? By Owen Zupp.

(Title Image from 'Skytechnics) “Would you fly in a pilotless ‘plane?” is a question I am being asked frequently lately. It’s a simple question regarding a rather complex issue. Planes, airplanes, aeroplanes, aircraft or whatever y ..

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The Pilot's Theatre. By Owen Zupp.

Flying allows us mere mortals to tread lightly about the threshold of another world. The sky is a vast expanse that shrouds our planet in alternating shades of blue and darkness. By night, it is peppered with a billion shards of starlight and by day the solitary s ..

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Old Warriors. By Owen Zupp.

RAAF 'Sabre' before restoration.... (Image: Fighter World) You can drive by them without even a second thought. An incongruous piece of elevated man-made metal, lost among the branches and  ..

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Aviation, Airplanes and Aeroplanes by Owen Zupp

Aircraft, aeroplane, airplane, helicopter, gyrocopter, trike, airship...the list goes on. Aviation goes by many names. It also changes its form over the span of years, or even a day, as it relates to our lives.There are times when aircraft shrink the globe to ..

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Vale an Aviator by Owen Zupp

Dad (Far Left) and Jim (2nd from right) Earlier this year aviation lost a true gentleman and an aviator with an incredible history. James Hilary Flemming was the first Australian to fly through Mach 2 in an F- ..

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'The Aviation Blog' by Owen Zupp

The Pilot's Blog has taken on a slightly new look. As of today, 'The Aviation Blog' has appeared within the ranks. Following my recent magazine features, it seems that most of our new readers have been looking for us as an aviation blog, so we thought it would ..

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A Passion for Flight. Ready to Fly. By Owen Zupp.

In addition to being an experienced flight instructor, my father was a gifted handyman. The shed where our car normally resided now became an aviation facility. Briefing boards were mounted on walls and aircraft models crafted and soon a fully fledged flight train ..

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