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Mid-air bat strike leaves a pilot bleeding (and getting rabies shots)

A North Queensland crop dusting pilot named Josh Liddle has recounted a bizarre incident where a bat smashed through his aircraft windshield, leaving lots of “blood and guts” all over the place that he thought may have belonged to him: Apparently, Josh was coming back from a spray run over sugar cane crops and he […]

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Airship Ventures Looks Set to Fold. On November 14, Airship Ventures, the operator of the world’s largest passenger airship, announced it was ceasing operations immediately. Airship Ventures was founded in 2007 and brought a Zeppelin NT (“New Technology”) airship to the USA to operate out of Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, for flight-seeing, science missions, […]

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The Taylorcraft Auster: Britain’s forgotten wartime aircraft

When you think of British aviation during World War II, Spitfires are probably the fist aircraft that come to mind but the Gympie Times in Queensland has recently brought our attention to a nearly as important but forgotten British aircraft from the war: The Taylorcraft Auster. Unlike the famous Spitfire, Taylorcraft Austers weren’t used as […]

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GA flight from Sydney to London on a fuel made from plastics

Few pilots are probably also readers of Plastics & Rubber Weekly or BusinessGreen but both publications have articles about Pilot Jeremy Rowsell who intends to fly from Sydney to London in a Cessna 182 powered from a fuel made out of plastic waste. Specifically, Jeremy’s “On Wings of Waste” project will attempt to break two […]

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“Spirit of Aviation” Photo Competition: Win a Private Pilot’s License (PPL). Swiss luxury watch brand Breitling is launching a global photo competition on Facebook with the top prize being a Private Pilot’s License (PPL) while the runner up will receive a once-in-a-lifetime flight with the Breitling Jet Team. Moreover, the judges will include pilot/actor John […]

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Aussie pilot has a close encounter with an Emu

Sylvia, the blogger behind the Fear of Landing blog had recently posted an interesting video of a near-miss involving an aircraft landing in Australia and an Emu. However, she went a step further and contacted the pilot in the incident to find out his side of the story about what happened. According to the pilot, […]

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Australia’s helicopter cowboys

Hat tip to Sulako, the blogger behind Sulako’s Blog, who has recently posted this amazing video of Australia’s helicopter cowboys. Apparently, they lose an average of TEN helicopters per year to crashes from which not all pilots walk away from. However, commenter Steve at the Pub added that: The nature of that documentary, & the […]

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