A New Challenge

The Cub I fly in Hastings

The Cub I fly in Hastings

So recently I decided to get a tail dragger rating, what a challenge that turned out to be.
I think the cub is now up there with the coolest aeroplanes I’ve flown….so much fun!

I’ve thrown in a pic of the Cub I fly ZK-BPM which is operated out of the East Coast and Hawkes Bay Aero Club.


I’m Still Here

A cool pic of my base aerodrome taken on a recent flight.

A cool pic of my base aerodrome taken on a recent flight.

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I posted.
Things have been super busy here. I now hold a New Zealand Private Pilots’ License, type ratings on the Cessna 152 and 172, the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk, and the Piper Cub.

I recently passed my Commercial Cross Country flight test too, so busy, busy, busy…

In the background I have started putting together a podcast, so hopefully that will be out for you all to enjoy soon.

As well as all the flying business, my wife has become pregnant! We are expecting a baby boy in June which is very very exciting.

I will catch up soon with posts, photos etc of my flying adventures and update the blog with aviation news and articles.

Thanks for tuning in!

One Six Right – The Romance of Flying

One Six Right – The Romance of Flying

This is a great documentary I discovered which has some great stories and film for anybody interested in aviation.

A great watch!

Back in the Seat

Foxtrot Papa India

I am glad to report that I am finally back in the seat after months and months bound to earth.

On Monday 16th July I started my training out at Air Hawkes Bay, based out of Bridge Pa Aerodrome, Hastings, New Zealand.

There are a few ladies and gents flying out there who are working towards Commercial Pilot’s Licenses, Instructor Ratings, and Instrument ratings. Most are on the PA-38 Tomahawks, a few on the Garmin equipped Cessna 172 and some on the Twin-engine Seneca. This means that I pretty much have the C-152 to myself Mon-Fri.

So far I’ve smashed through the first two (of six) exams. I sat and passed Flight Radio and Air LAw. On the 10th of August I have Aircraft Tech, on the 13th I have Met and Human Factors, so wish me luck. It’s going to be a bit of study…

The hands and feet are coming back quickly which is great. Will be let loose solo this week. First time in ages!

Anyway, thanks for reading.

I’ll keep everyone updated on the flying, the exams, and of course fill the blog with aviation news etc…

Keep an eye out for the podcast coming soon!!

Remember, if it takes full power to taxi, you may have left the wheels up.


High Flight

Sure…a bit random, but for some reason I was reminded of this poem today.

“High Flight”
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air….
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, – Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee Jr.

Lasers (Again…)


It seems that the topic of  lasers being shone at aircraft, particularly around airports, is getting quite some publicity at the moment.

Of course those of us with any sense know that shining a laser in somebody’s eye (yes, even the cheap and readily available ones at the $2 shop…) is just plain dumb.

Not only can a laser do serious harm to one’s eye(s), but the fact that a laser can light up the inside of a cockpit at night can seriously retard flight crews’ night vision, less than ideal when on final approach to land.

For an interesting perspective from the flight deck I recommend checking out Capt Jeff’s “Airline Pilot Guy” Podcast Episode 36, available on iTunes or at http://www.airlinepilotguy.com.

The report at http://avherald.com/h?article=452f4411&opt=0 is also worth a read.