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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Farewell to the QANTAS Boeing 767

Today marks the end of an era as the Boeing 767 makes its final commercial flight in the QANTAS livery. Departing Melbourne at 5pm (local time) and bound for Sydney, the classic Boeing will operate under the most appropriate call-sign of "QANTAS 767". Here ..

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Space. A Fatal Frontier?

(Image: Reuters) The images of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two shattered on the sands of the Mojave Desert were beamed around the world in an instant. Almost as quickly, t ..

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A Free '5 Tales of Flight'

Hi All, Thanks again for your support of The Pilot's Blog. It has been another great week with 'Solo Flight' (http://www.amazon.com/Solo-Flight-Aviation-Adventure-Australia/dp/0987495410/ref=tmm_pap_title_0) becoming available in print and '50 More Tales of Fl ..

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'50 More Tales of Flight' Amazon 99 Cent Offer.

Hi All, Amazon are once again offering ''50 More Tales of Flight' (http://amzn.to/1uPr5bk) for 99 cents this week as part of a special offer. Unfortunately, Amazon has only made the offer available to our friends from the United States. 'CLICK HE ..

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A Passion for Flight. First Flight.

In 'A Passion for Flight Inherited' the seed was sown. Now it was time to take flight. Can you remember your first flight? The first time that you sat at the controls and saw the world in a very different way? For my part, I was just a small boy; able to ..

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A Passion for Flight Inherited

Nature or nurture? For me it was undoubtedly both. Both my mother and father had served in the Air Force and as far back as I can recall I was my Dad’s shadow as he walked across taxiways and climbed up air-stairs. As a kid with aviation in his DNA, it was hea ..

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The Loss of Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two.

News is now filtering down the line about the tragic loss of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two. Sadly, it too writes another line in the ledger for the cost of advancement in aviation and aerospace. Earlier in the week NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket was blown ..

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Bomber Down. The Tragic Tale Behind Beaufort 557.

Hi All, The tragic story of the crew of Beaufort bomber '557' is one that is very close to me personally. In fact my given name hails from one of those killed. And while those brave young men did not live to see the war's end, their regular aircraft was eventually ..

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A Passion for Flight Continues to Grow.

For those that follow 'The Pilot's Blog', thank you. ‘A Passion for Flight’ met with a wonderful response this last week, if you missed the first instalment you can read it HERE (http://www.thepilotsblog.com/the-pilots-news-and-videos/a-passion-for-flig ..

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A Passion for Flight Begins. By Owen Zupp.

I cannot remember a time when my eyes weren't cast skyward. By day I would sit atop our garage roof to grab a glimpse of distant aircraft through my father's binoculars and by night I would lie prone on the grass tracking satellites as they raced past the bli ..

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An Update from The Pilot's Blog.

Hi All, Pardon my recent absence, but I have been busily training on a new aircraft type; the Airbus A320. After flying Boeings for the last 20 years, this is quite an experience and one that I will be sharing with you when the final checks are out of the ..

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Have you ever thought of flying an Airbus A320?

Have you ever thought of flying an Airbus A320? For me, after 20 years flying Boeings, that thought translated into an opportunity recently. For the last 7 weeks I have been in the United Kingdom busily training and le ..

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What would the Wright Brothers say?

When the Wright Brothers’ frail biplane left the earth under its own power, the world was forever changed. Those first yards of flight set a tune in place whose beat frantically increased over the next century and ultimately the sand dunes stirred by the Wri ..

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The Sky is NEVER the Limit!

Maybe it’s that mid-life thing. Maybe not. When 2014 dawned on the radar, there wasn’t a whole lot on the schedule other than turning 50. My family life was great but professionally things seemed a little ‘steady’. To date I had been so ..

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"Born to Fly" by Ryan Campbell

There is no denying that Ryan Campbell is a remarkable young man. However, after reading his book "Born to Fly", one must wonder which is his most outstanding achievement - being the youngest person to fly solo around the world or writing an excepti ..

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Investigating MH17. Crash Site or War Zone?

IMAGE: www.smh.com.au The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines MH17 grows more complex and deeper by the day. Families await news of loved ones and authorities await answers. All the while the fighting grows fiercer in the eastern Ukraine. Ca ..

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Aviation - The Invisible Highway.

(http://vimeo.com/101896187) What is it about flight that captures the imagination? To each individual it may be something different and to define it and concisely frame it with words ca ..

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Tragedy from the Skies.

This aviation blog was conceived to share the wonder of flight from a variety of perspectives for everyone from pilots to passengers. Despite its positive goals, there was no mistaking that the shadow of the missing MH370 still existed and then, the day the blog w ..

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MH17, MH370..The World of Aviation has Changed Forever.

IMAGE: www.abc.net.au (http://www.abc.net.au) The world is still in shock days after the loss of MH17. Only months before MH17, the mystery of MH370 had taken place and still no answers are forthcoming. These two events, their timing and significance, fee ..

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An Airline Pilot's Morning. Pre-Flight.

Wake Up! The phone vibrates on the table beside the bed, but to be honest I was already half awake. I have been getting up in the early hours to go flying for more years than I have been driving a car. At first it was to steal a ride beside my father,  ..

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