This is a chronological list of all the posts to date, starting with the most recent.

Southern Explorer Trip

Orange – Tyabb – Melbourne – Ballarat – Stawell – Mount Gambier – Aldinga – Adelaide Hills – Arkaroola – Flinders Ranges – White Cliffs – Dirranbandi On 16th March 2022 Sigi and departed in Cirrus MSF on a “southern explorer” trip. The trip included both IFR and VFR legs and though it was mostly … Continue reading

Checking out potential flyaway destinations

Overflow Estate Winery – Figtree Country Retreat – Toowoomba On 14th March 2022 I wanted to do a short flight in Cirrus MSF to brush up on my skills prior to leaving on a long trip to Victoria and South Australia. I asked Mike Cahill to go with me and we decided to use the … Continue reading

AirChat – Spring 2019

Hong Kong students – Club’s 50th anniversary – ANZAC day dawn patrol – Hervey Bay flyaway – Memories of RAC – Maui flight experience – World balloon championships – Maryborough wings, wheels and warbirds – Oshkosh 2019 – Engine management – Cunnamulla fella festival – Stanthorpe weekend

AirChat – Summer 2020

Wings dinner – Chinchilla flyaway – Touchdown at Oshkosh – A quick trip to 1770 – A Tasmanian adventure – Cirrus Life

AirChat – Autumn 2022

Cape York and Torres Strait islands – Dinosaur infested Winton – Longreach – Darling Downs flyaway escape – SE Qld’s biggest secret – Learning to glide above the Darling Downs.

When does 12 = 7?

Port Fairy – Warrnambool – Peterborough – Port Campbell – Twelve Apostles – Portland In February 2022 while visiting Mount Gambier I hired Bob Rowe’s Cessna 172 to fly over to Warrnambool to see David and Rita from Red Rock Olives who had rented a cottage in the seaside town of Port Fairy for a … Continue reading

Limestone coast, lakes, sinkholes, volcanic craters, and a river

Mount Gambier – Blue Lake – Mount Schanck – Glenelg River – Port Macdonnell – Lake Bonney The Limestone Coast is a name used since the early twenty-first century for a South Australian government region located in the south east of South Australia. It immediately adjoins the continental coastline and the Victorian border. The name … Continue reading

Tail dragger endorsement

While doing my gliding course in November 2021 I was intrigued by the Piper Pawnee, the tug that was used to tow the gliders. Pawnees are a popular aircraft for glider tug duties. Most were originally used for crop dusting or other agricultural duties but have been superseded by more modern aircraft. They can be … Continue reading

More night circuits

On Monday December 13, 2021 it was time to practise night circuits yet again. Another three months had passed so I had to do at least three take offs and landings after last light to be qualified to carry passengers at night. This time I decided to take Cessna 172 VH-IVW as it’s cheaper to … Continue reading

Instrument approach practice

On November 19th 2021 it was time to practise instrument approaches using the GPS again so Mike and I took Brett for a trip to Kingaroy and Hervey Bay. I was PIC for the first leg from Redcliffe to Kingaroy at 6000ft. Perfect weather with a few friendly cumulus to fly through. There was a … Continue reading

Gliding course – 6 days to solo

In October 2021 I took part in a 7 day ab initio gliding course at the Darling Downs Soaring Club. They have a grass strip and clubhouse at Maccaffrey Field near Jondaryan, about 10km from Oakey. This is just over 2 hours’ drive from Brisbane. The course was designed for beginners with no flying experience … Continue reading

Glasshouse mountains scenic flight

What could be better than a flight around the Glasshouse Mountains on a blue sky day? On 14th November 2021 I decided to hire one of the Club’s 172s for a short scenic flight. RAQ has recently been upgraded and is now glass cockpit with a G3X touch avionics suite. It was short flight out … Continue reading

AirChat – Spring 2020

Gold Coast flyaway – Who was Lores Bonney? – Circumnavigating Queensland – Vintage aviation in style – My new Chippie – Queen of the skies

AirChat – Summer 2021

Watts at Biggenden – Controlled airspace violations – FNQ hotspots – A look into the past – St George flyaway – Noosa for lunch – A turf and surf adventure

Airchat – Winter 2021

ANZAC day dawn patrol – Agnes Water and 1770 – Trouble in the Falklands – Night flight to the Gold Coast – RAQ’s Garmin G3X glass cockpit

AirChat – Spring 2021

Air combat engagement – Flight youth engineering – How to avoid excessive hangar rents – Stanthorpe flyaway – A birdy in Bargara – Chinchilla one long table – Electric aircraft the race is on

Yet another breakfast at “Straddie”

North Stradbroke Island (or “Straddie” to the locals) is located off the coast from Brisbane and is a bit of a local secret as a place to escape to for old style beach holidays. The largest town, Dunwich, has a small airfield with a grass and gravel strip. The local aeroclub likes to attract air … Continue reading

Flying out of Parafield

Adelaide – Aldinga – McClaren Vale I grew up in South Australia so ever since I obtained my PPL I was keen to do some flights around the state. After flying to Mildura in 2107 I knew how far it is to get there from Redcliffe so I decided in early 2018 to investigate whether … Continue reading

A trip to the northern most tip of Australia  

Agnes Water – Atherton – Karumba – Cobbald Gorge – Thursday Island – Cooktown In August 2021 my wife Sigi and I took off for a couple of weeks to Far North Queensland, including “the Gulf Country” in North West Queensland, and the Tip of Cape York Peninsula. The Tip is the most northerly point … Continue reading

A birdy in Bargara

Bundaberg – Bargara – Golf Our three day “golflyaway” had been planned for months.  A few other golfers of varying levels of ability who I play nine holes with on a semi-regular basis had agreed with me it would be great to fly down to Coffs Harbour and play on the famous Bonnville course. Initially … Continue reading

Outback Odyssey

Charleville – Longreach – Noonbah Station – Winton – Barcaldine – Shandonvale Station In April 2021 Sigi and I had a trip into the Queensland outback with our friends Anne and Harpur. The idea was to visit a few classic outback towns along with a couple of outback farms (or stations as they are called … Continue reading

St George by george!

St George – Vineyard – Cotton Farm Well, it was a beautiful spring day in October 2020 when we had the first Redcliffe Aeroclub flyaway to St. George. St. George is on the Balonne River, about 500 kilometres to the west of Brisbane in cotton farming country, just north of the NSW border. Originally Mike … Continue reading

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef

Town of 1770 – Lady Musgrave Island – Agnes Water Beth had been wanting to go on another trip with us since the trip to St George in 2020 so we arranged that she and another friend Sandra join us for a few days at Agnes Water/1770, one of our favourite destinations. This time there’d … Continue reading

Grand orbit scenic flight

Moreton Bay – Stradbroke Island – Sunshine Coast March 14, 2021 was a perfect day to fly so Vonnie, Ros and John accompanied me in MSF on a “grand orbit” of Moreton Bay, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Taking off from Redcliffe we flew up to Bribie where the radio was just full of chatter. … Continue reading

Night circuits at Redcliffe

March 13, 2021. It was time to practise night landings. To be able to carry passengers I have to have undertaken at least 3 take offs and landings by day in the previous 90 days. That’s not a problem with the regular flying I do. However if I want to take passengers at night I … Continue reading

CPL test day

So this was what all the training was for. March 9, 2021 was the big day. It was finally time for my Commercial Pilot Licence practical test. After 12 months of theory study and 7 exams followed by 12 months of practical training that was interrupted by COVID-19, the day had arrived. My plans of … Continue reading

CPL pretest

Boonah – Kingaroy – Sunshine Coast – precautionary search – lost procedure – FLWOP On March 5, 2021 I had an opportunity to do a pretest exercise. It was another cross country practice in ROC, once again accompanied by Brett. This time was different however. The testing examiner had given me the route we’d use … Continue reading

More cross country practice

Wondai – Bribie Island – FLWOP – steep turns – stalls – dead reckoning The CPL training continued on February 27, 2021. As they say, practice makes perfect, so I was off on another cross country flight in ROC, accompanied by Brett, fellow Cirrus pilot, who for once agreed to fly in an aircraft that … Continue reading

Steep turns, stalls and forced landings

On February 22, 2021 I continued my CPL training with more air work as I progressed towards the CPL test. An instructor and I flew up to Bribie Island for a series of steep turns (60deg bank) then stalls (clean, approach configuration and wing drop) at 3500ft. Definitely improving but still not quite up to … Continue reading

Watts for breakfast, Brisbane and Mary River valleys

Watts Bridge – Brisbane River – Mary River Sunday February 21, 2021 was another perfect flying day. It was time for the monthly breakfast at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield and I wanted some more practice for my CPL test so I gathered up a crew and we headed out to Redcliffe and were soon taking … Continue reading

Practice CPL Nav (cross country) flight

On February 16, 2021 I continued the preparation for my CPL test with a cross country (nav) exercise in VH ROC. We started with a dead reckoning leg (using compass, watch and map) from Redcliffe out to Eskdale homestead where we did some steep turns. Next there was more dead reckoning to Nanango with a … Continue reading

Practice (pretest) flight to Boonah

February 12, 2021 was a mild summer day. More like autumn really. A good excuse for a flight to Boonah. I’d never landed there before but knew it was likely to be on the route for my CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) test in the coming weeks. Nestled in amongst the hills of the Scenic Rim, … Continue reading

Practising instrument approaches

IFR – RNAV – Maryborough – Bundaberg – Hervey Bay – QADCAPS It was December 2020. I’d decided it was time to brush up on my instrument approaches. Private instrument rated pilots have to practise them at least once every 6 months to stay current but it’s best to do them more often. I had … Continue reading

Cattle station and beaches

The Old Station – Agnes Water – Town of 1770 In October 2020 we flew back to a couple of our favourite spots – The Old Station, west of Gladstone and Agnes Water/Town of 1770, on the coast north of Bundaberg. This time we took Ann and Harpur with us to share the delights of … Continue reading

SIDS and Deps

Instrument departures – IFR – Archerfield – Redcliffe – Sunshine Coast On 14th September 2020 I passed a test for another instrument endorsement on my private pilot licence. This one was for “SIDS” and “Deps”. It allows you to depart from airports with low cloud and/or visibility and climb through it to safe levels where … Continue reading

Watts for breakfast and Biggenden for lunch

Watts Bridge is a small airstrip in the Brisbane Valley near Esk. It’s home to a number of aerobatics enthusiasts and has hosted airshows from time to time. It’s also well known for its monthly “Watts for Breakfast?” flyins during normal (non-Covid) times. On 13th September 2020 they had the first one for a while. … Continue reading

FNQ Safari Day 11 – Emu Park to Redcliffe

Day 11 of the FNQ trip was the proverbial washout. The good weather couldn’t last forever and so instead of enjoying a day in the sun at the Emu Park beach, we had a day in the rain. The forecast was for showers and thunderstorms in the morning and up to 30mm of rain in … Continue reading

FNQ Safari Day 10 – Cooktown to Emu Park

Day 10 of our FNQ trip and it was time to head back south. Our destination was Emu Park, a small coastal town south of Yeppoon. It had an airstrip on the edge of town that made it a great option for a fly in stopover on the way home. It also had beaches that … Continue reading


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