Island time

It’s inevitable when you work in aviation that aircraft will have mechanical issues and delays will occur. Most airline pilots will find themselves stuck in a noisy terminal waiting for the engineers to work their magic. Where I work it’s a little more exciting than that! We had a five hour delay on Horn Island Continue reading

Pan-pan, pan-pan, pan-pan

With the reliability of modern aircraft, advanced engineering systems, and components that are replaced long before they wear out most airline pilots will never experience an engine in-flight shut down in their careers. We spend a lot of time planning for that eventuality – completing emergency procedures training, and flying flight simulators where we deal Continue reading

Safe journey

It’s Easter and the flights out of Cairns are at maximum capacity with happy little travellers. If you’re one of the lucky ones flying somewhere for a break then spare a thought for the army of people who make each flight possible. You arrive at 5 am for a 6 am departure, but that army Continue reading

Tiny office, great views

No, I’m not talking about another day at work although I could be 🙂 My guest on the blog today is debut author Ross Isaacson whose book, ‘TINY OFFICE, GREAT VEIWS’, was released earlier this year. For any aviation tragics in your family it’s the perfect Christmas present (hint, hint).  Ross takes a light-hearted look Continue reading

Merry Christmas from the Sim!

I know my husband is convinced I live the high life when I’m in Sydney with work, so just to prove him right here’s a photo from the other night! Cappie (Capt Owen Capp, head of the table in black) has a favourite restaurant – Zia Pina in Mascot – so we all crowded in Continue reading

You can survive a ditching in a commuter jet.

Dominic James did a sterling job today ditching his Westwind jet off Norfolk Island. The ABC story at makes interesting reading – though I’m amused at the file photo they managed to find. That he happens to be  one of Cleo magazine’s top 50 eligible bachelors is academic – unless you’re a single babe on a manhunt…. Continue reading

What price will travellers pay for clean, green aviation?

The aviation industry has spent the last one hundred years dealing with rapidly advancing technology. Is it ready to face the changes that will be imposed by Emission Trading Schemes? Kevin Bullis of Technology Review doesn’t believe so. The article makes some interesting points about how far technology can go to reducing carbon emissions. Continue reading