'Without Precedent' selected by Amazon.

BREAKING NEWS. :-) Hi All, The Australian Amazon website has selected 'Without Precedent' (https://www.amazon.com.au/Without-Precedent-Commando-Fighter-Australias-ebook/dp/B01HHI04DA)for a one-day promotion next week. Among their millions of t ..

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The QANTAS Boeing 787. By Owen Zupp.

It does not seem that long ago that I was walking about the first Boeing 787s in Seattle. I was there to crew a new Boeing 737 home to Australia, but even then the 787 was stealing the show at Boeing's Everett facility. It is the place where dreams an ..

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The Pilatus PC-21. By Owen Zupp.

This week I was very privileged to be the first 'civilian' to fly the RAAF's new Pilatus PC-21. My most sincere thanks to everyone that made this possible.  ..

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Ansett Revisited by Owen Zupp

Ansett Revisited. By Owen Zupp Unbelievably, sixteen years have passed since Ansett Australia closed both its doors and a significant chapter in Australian aviation history. Yet beneath the headlines and industry fallout, the collapse  ..

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A Father's Day Thought by Owen Zupp

Another Father’s Day is here. 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 and aeria ..

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A New Video Series.

Hi All, In response to numerous messages and questions, I have started a video series on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/ozupp). My kids assure me that this is the best way to communicate in the 21st Century. :-) In these videos I will be examining various 'arte ..

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Remembering Pearl Harbor by Owen Zupp

In writing ‘Without Precedent’ (https://www.amazon.com/Without-Precedent-Commando-Fighter-Australias-ebook/dp/B01HHI04DA), I have become acutely aware of how the sacrifice of our servicemen can be forgotten if history is not preserved. By contrast, th ..

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Why I Write.

I am often asked why I write and where do I find the time? With four children and a full time job, it's not easy, although I must say up front that it wouldn't even be possible without the wonderful support of my wife. In terms of time management, I just ..

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An ANZAC Dawn by Owen Zupp

Looking into the cockpit of her grandfather's jet. It seems like it’s always been the still dark hours. As those soldiers, the “ANZACS”, prepared to land at Gallipoli and the armada positioned off Normandy, the peace of the night seemed juxtaposed ..

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My Next Book.

My next book? A very frequently asked question. :-) Well, after some soul-searching, I have ventured down the path of writing my mother's life story. Edith Blight, as she was known before marrying my father, was a  ..

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Without Precedent at Avalon 2017

Thanks to everyone that dropped by at the International Air Show at Avalon. It was a great event for 'Without Precedent' with coverage in the air show magazine and a good many folks picked up a copy too. It's not too late if you're looking for a copy, just follow th ..

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50 Tales of Flight Turns Four.

With all that went on this week, something other than an F-35 nearly slipped past the radar. My book and eBook '50 Tales of Flight' (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BKEDNMC)- From Biplanes to Boeings, marked its fourth anniversary of publication. In that t ..

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More Than Just Aircraft by Owen Zupp

It's been a whirlwind week. Those that follow me around the social media traps will be aware that i have been at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. News coverage was focused on the appearance of the RAAF's new F-35A Lightning II and all ma ..

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Mac's Hawker Hurricane P2902 To Fly Once More.

The news filtered down today (http://aerodynamicmedia.com/hawker-hurricane-downed-over-dunkirk-about-to-return-to-the-skies/)through various websites that Kenneth McGlashan's former steed, Hawker Hurricane P2902, is set to fly once more. Shot down over Dunkirk ..

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'On Wings of Waste' Takes Flight. by Owen Zupp.

There was a significant flight that took place on Thursday morning at Illawarra Regional Airport at Wollongong. A two-seat Vans RV-9 set course for Tyabb, Victoria under the banner of the “10 per cent solution”. Power ..

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Top 50 Aviation Blogs!

Thanks one and all! The Pilot's Blog has been voted in the top 50 aviation blogs worldwide. At times it can be a struggle finding time to post, but the fact that there are so many supporters out there makes it all worthwhile. CLICK HERE to see the Top 50. (http:/ ..

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Living In the Age of Airplanes. More then a movie...

At the opening of the film, “Living in the Age of Airplanes”, narrator Harrison Ford suggests that you “leave behind everything you know about airplanes”. And while this may seem at odds with the title, it is indeed sage advice, for only wi ..

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Without Precedent. Flight Training...then and now.

Without Precedent. Flight Training....then and now. Following in the footsteps of one's father is not a new concept. In fact, for centuries sons were born into the trade of their elders. Blacksmith begat blacksmith and carpenter begat  ..

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QANTAS Pilot Recruitment

QANTAS Pilot Recruitment. Have you ever considered a career as a pilot with QANTAS? For the first time in quite some time, QANTAS have called for applications for 'Direct Entry Second Officers' to join their pilot ranks.  ..

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Sully -The Movie. One Pilot's Perspective. By Owen Zupp.

For those yet to see the ‘Sully’ movie, I highly recommend it. I came away entertained and as an Airbus A320 pilot, pleased with the technical accuracy. Obviously the culling demands of screenwriting call for year-long investigations to be s ..

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'Without Precedent' by Owen Zupp has Landed.

An ordinary man. An extraordinary life. ‘Without Precedent’ recounts the life of commando and fighter pilot, Phillip Zupp. One man who served in two very different wars. From humble rural beginnings, surrounded by drought an ..

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Beautiful Boeings

The QANTAS Boeing 747-400 VH-OJA on its final approach to land with the beautiful Boeing Stearman in the foreground.  ..

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A Father's Death. By Owen Zupp.

More than once I have described writing Dad’s story as a journey. As with any journey, there can be those moments when one sails effortlessly across the stillest of lakes and those days when the ascent of the steepest hill seems too great to conquer.  ..

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Unforgiving. When a Pilot Dies. By Owen Zupp.

Over recent times tragic news seems to have become all too frequent for the aviation community. In recent weeks alone I have known two pilots that have perished and when I tally the number over my career, the number is confronting. In the cruelles ..

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An Incredible Journey.

Join me for the ride.... As I near the end of the manuscript of my father's life, I will begin to share the tale and insights here. Writing the book has been a true journey for me that has lasted more than a decade as I have tracked his journey fro ..

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Time to Think. By Owen Zupp.

I recently had cause to be in the nation's capital and, as usual, I made my way to the War Memorial. Once there I took the time to wander through the magnificent ANZAC exhibition and the impressive Hall of Valour. Before leaving, I visited the post-1945 ex ..

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The Practical Pilot By Owen Zupp.

Hi All, In answer to the many emails, I am pleased to report that 'The Practical Pilot' (Volume Two) is now available through Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/The-Practical-Pilot-Volume-Two-ebook/dp/B01BJ7P2I2/ref=pd_sim_351_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=51jrgCPkUVL&dpSrc=sims ..

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Pilot, Commando, Father. By Owen Zupp.

I recently read a post from the “Aircrew Book Review” that discussed the emotional road certain authors have ventured down in writing the biographies of veterans. By the nature of the relationship, the author can become very close to their subject and gain a  ..

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A Sad Day. By Owen Zupp.

When tragedy strikes any field of endeavour, the effects are far reaching. From personal loss to industry commentary and the maelstrom of social media. For aviation, yesterday was no exception with an accident involving a vintage biplane. What was intended to be a ..

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A Christmas Thought. By Owen Zupp

Perhaps it’s the time of the year. As the son of an aerial ambulance pilot and an ‘Ambo’ in my own right for four years, Christmas always stirs emotions in the vault. I cannot help but think of the selfless guys and girls that will be a ..

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Zuppdate.

Hi All, Well it's been a busy year! Aside from training and checking out on the Airbus A320, there has been the launch of 'The Practical Pilot' series and my major manuscript drawing to a close. I'd like to thank e ..

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When Jets Get Upset. Air Asia 8501. By Owen Zupp.

Air Asia 8501 Wreckage. (Image: Sky News) When Jets Get Upset. By Owen Zupp The findings into the loss of Air Asia 8501 were released yesterday. As always, the loss of a commercial airliner is a devastating event that  ..

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No Turning Back.

No turning back now....after many years of research, volumes of notes and countless interviews, I revisited the manuscript of my father's life this morning. A WW2 Commando, decorated Korean War fighter pilot....and so much more. Today, I printed out the 300 pages w ..

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From Boeing to Airbus. By Owen Zupp.

Airbus A320 Simulator Flight Deck. After a good deal of study, training and the occasional sleepless night, I have completed my conversion onto the Airbus A320 and A321. It has been a learning experience in many ways, but parti ..

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My Chat with the 'Stuck Mic Avcast' Crew.

Hi All, I had a great chat with the folks from the 'The Stuck Mic Avcast (http://stuckmicavcast.com/podcast/smac104-owen-zupp-inspirational-aviator-from-down-under/)'. CLICK HERE to listen to my chat with the 'Stuck Mic Avcast' crew.  ..

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Is this a piece of MH370? By Owen Zupp.

(Image: WSBTV) Can one piece of debris tell us what happened to MH370? The debris has only just washed up on La Reunion Island and speculation is already rampant that this may be the first trace of the missing flight MH370. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went  ..

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Airbus A400M Crash in Spain

The news of the crash of the Airbus A400M at Sevilla is sad indeed. The loss of life aboard the four-engined transport aircraft is a tragedy and strikes a particular chord with me. A year ago I was in Sevilla, Spain at the Airbus facility being shown through the place w ..

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The Airbus E-Fan Electric Aircraft Project by Owen Zupp

(E-Fan Image: Airbus) Aviation took another sizeable step forward this week. The Airbus Group announced that their small two-seat concept aircraft which had first caused a stir at the Paris Air Show in 2013 was set to become the focal point of a new fa ..

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ANZAC...100 Years On.

This is a sacred shrine. Dawn is yet to break and thousands have gathered in silence to remember those who have gone before. The softly lit dome of the Australian War Memorial displays the names of those that have fallen on its sandstone walls. Name after name  ..

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Another Untold Story of the Caribou

A documentary has aired titled, 'The Untold Stories of the RAAF Caribou'. It chronicled the long, proud history of the Caribou in service and some of its lesser known stories. Along those lines, one of its earliest deployments was to Vietnam, where Bar ..

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What is a HUD? Part 2.

Image: Boeing.com The technology employed in modern aircraft continues to evolve at an incredible rate. For the pilot, this is particularly evident in the cockpit. Aircraft, both civil and military, recreational and commercia ..

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