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

My aviation journey continues... So now I had flown solo. I was well and truly infected by aviation but the medicine would come at a cost. As a schoolboy, a paper-run was never going to be able to pay for flying lessons and my parents weren’t in a ..

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An Aviation Degree. Is it Worth It? By Owen Zupp.

Should you sit in a hotel room for any period of time and have the pleasure of hunting through 500 channels of cable TV, it becomes apparent that one can undertake a ‘college course’ in just about anything; from leg waxing to law enfo ..

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What is a HUD?

Whether through the grainy footage from actual combat or the Hollywood hype of ‘Top Gun’, most have seen the tumbling gun-sights and symbology as a fighter rolls about the horizon in the midst of a dogfight. To the pilot, these numbers, arrows and s ..

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'50 Tales of Flight' Double Giveaway.

To celebrate the second anniversary of '50 Tales of Flight', The Pilot's Blog has given away the pair of titles in this series in paperback to 5 lucky readers. The 5 lucky recipients are.... David Fuller Keith Smith Norton Weir Zoe from 'Lo ..

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Germanwings Flight 4U9525.

Image:flightradar 24 The news is just filtering down the line that a Germanwings Airbus A320 has crashed in the French Alps, killing all on board. Such loss of life is devastating and our thoughts are with the ..

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If MH370 is Found. By Owen Zupp.

Image: emergingequity.org Where is MH370? That is the question. One year on from the tragedy we are seemingly no closer to an answer. The search continues and high-tech sensors scour the ocean floor as experts scour ..

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The Fellowship of Flight.

I have often written of the impact of aviation beyond the cockpit. The people, the places and the memories that are created by this wonderful field of endeavour. There have been times of unbridled enjoyment and solemn moments of loss when a fellow pilot has failed to re ..

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Women in Aviation. By Owen Zupp.

Image: Bernie Proctor As International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8th, a number of events took place around the world to celebrate women in aviation. From conventions to baton relays, all manner of functions were organ ..

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The Centenary of Air Mail.

Things weren’t looking good. The next morning I was scheduled to depart Essendon and re-enact the historic air mail flight undertaken by Maurice Guillaux in 1914. As I sat in my air-conditioned hotel room and logged onto the digital servic ..

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