A Flight Over the Reef

A Flight Over the Reef - The Pontoon Turnaround. The scarlet helicopter is in perfect contrast to clearest of blue skies and aqua waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Time after time it swoops past the moored vessel and holds short of the pontoon, bef ..

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Doing Business.

Doing Business. For a nation of its size, Australia has a proud aviation history. From the solo exploits of Bert Hinkler and the trans-Pacific feats of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith nearly a century ago, this nation has developed a reputation of ..

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Putting it Simply. Flying the Citation M2.

Putting it Simply. Flying Cessna Citation M2 By Owen Zupp The Citation M2 is Cessna’s ‘entry level’ business jet for those looking for the ultimate in personal air travel. As such, it is tasked with both providing  ..

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Flight Without Wings.

Flight Without Wings. 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 has been transformed in ..

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The Roulettes. More than Meets the Eye.

The Roulettes. More than Meets the Eye. By Owen Zupp The Roulettes thrill thousands of spectators every year. Their formation aerobatics and smoke trails beckon every eye to be cast skyward as ‘Roulette 7’ adds commen ..

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5th Pod. Special Delivery.

(Image: QANTAS) Special Delivery. By Owen Zupp For the great majority of endeavours, aviation is the domain of symmetry and streamlining, while weight and drag are the constant enemies of efficient flight. And yet on the rare occasion, n ..

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Drone Pilot

Drone Pilot By Owen Zupp The road to a commercial pilot’s licence is a well-worn path. The challenge of accruing flight hours and passing exams is nothing new to aspiring aviators and the rules, governance and education standards h ..

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Flying the King Air 350i.

Flying the King Air 350i. In every category of flight operations there are aircraft that don’t merely carve a niche for themselves, they create a legacy. This comes about through the successful mating of a quality airframe and powerplant, throug ..

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Growing Wings.

Growing Wings. The Pilatus PC-21 and Pilot Training. By Owen Zupp Reaching back more than 90 years, Royal Australian Air Force pilot training has a very proud tradition. Heralded in by the arrival of the new Pilatus PC-21, a change is  ..

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San Francisco By Air. By Owen Zupp.

What’s one to do, having flown across the Pacific to San Francisco? Well, I guess going flying sounds good. However, to see the city on the bay in all its majesty, I chose to take a scenic flight in a helicopter, although I did manage to organise ..

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A Pilot's New Year. By Owen Zupp.

(https://www.amazon.com/Without-Precedent-Commando-Fighter-Australias-ebook/dp/B01HHI04DA) A Pilot's New Year. A New Year Dawns. By Owen Zupp. An Excerpt from '50 Tales of Flight' (http://www.amazon.c ..

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Airliners and Volcanic Ash. By Owen Zupp.

(Image: Wiki) As Mount Agung spews its ominous ash cloud into the sky above Bali, one's first thoughts must be with the local residents and the uncertainty that such eruptions bring to their region. For those wishing to travel to such holiday destinations, the erup ..

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'Without Precedent' flies to new heights.

(https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HHI04DA) Hi All, This week was an amazing one for my book, 'Without Precedent' (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HHI04DA). Having been selected by Amazon for promotion from more than a million titles, it reached an outrig ..

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Today is the Day!

(https://www.amazon.com.au/Without-Precedent-Commando-Fighter-Australias-ebook/dp/B01HHI04DA) Hi All, Today is the day! As previously advised, the Australian Amazon website selected 'Without Precedent' for a one-day promotion ..

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'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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