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Additional flight training bits and pieces updated 10/06/15

This page contains additional training materials and information to assist with your learning or furthering flight education. There is general information updated 03/09/14, publication update links updated 04/09/14, training tools and aviation resource links updated 10/06/15, Items for Sale including charts, polo shirts, other pilot and aircraft accessories etc. updated 10/03/15

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  Engine Management - be kind to your engine - In both hot and cold weather, be kind to your engine. Monitor the engine instruments and make sure you don't exceed the limits for EGT (Exhaust Gas Temperature), CHT (Cylinder Head Temperatures) and Oil temperature and pressures. Make sure you know the limits of your aircraft and what the normal operating ranges are for the aircraft you are flying. Ask your instructor or check out the Pilot Operators Handbook (POH) for details. In most cases you cannot fly in our light aircraft when the outside temperature is over 35 degrees.
General information updated 03/09/14

Airmanship and circuits in warmer weather... Let's talk about airmanship. In the spring and summer months as the weather gets better (and warmer) everyone wants to be up there flying and having fun. But what about everyone else up there? If you are practising circuits please consider those around you. Consider the speed at which yours and other aircraft fly, are you slower or quicker? If someone is joining a circuit, where are they joining and who will be No 1, No 2 etc? Keep an eye out and a listening watch. Visualise where other aircraft are in circuit and if you can't see them, ask them where they are - don't fly 'blind'. What about aircraft backtracking on a runway? Aircraft on the runway have right of way... so if you are intending to make an approach either allow time for them to take off by extending your downwind or base leg or consider going around if you are too close to the final approach.

Circuits - why do we do so many? It's important to get good practice in for your landings. The more circuits you do, the more practice you get. Every landing is different and on windy days both the circuit and the landings will be flown differently. It is important to get circuit practice in a number of different types of conditions so in the future you aren't caught out by a strange situation you may not have encountered before (such as low level cloud, crosswind circuits or a variation to normal circuit direction or practice or even whether to use flaps or not if a strong wind is blowing). Circuit practice helps to reinforce the correct heights to fly at (standard and low level), the radio calls to be made and to practice maintaining a look out for other aircraft in the circuit.

Circuit legs and acceptable heights - Learn the legs of the circuit, upwind, crosswind, downwind, base and final and learn the correct heights associated with each leg for a standard circuit and for low level circuits. Learning to maintain the correct circuit height early, encourages you to be a good pilot for the future. Practice at home... sit in a chair and visualise yourself flying the circuit and identifying the legs as you fly around it. How is the aircraft configured on each leg and what checks are you doing (flaps up or down, fuel pump on or off, carby heat on or off, gauges in the green, landing gear up or down)? What radio calls are you making and when? What should you be looking out for and listening to around you? 

Eyesight considerations - When learning to fly... consider your eyes. It's a good idea to get your eyes checked if you wear glasses (or if your eyesight is not so good) as perception of depth, especially when learning to land, can make all the difference between landing and going around. If you are unsure about any requirements, please speak with your instructor to ascertain types of frames which don't significantly interfere with your field-of- view and glasses most suitable for flying. Once you progress to your cross country endorsement training, there are the added complications of reading instruments, charts, ERSA and other publications inside the cockpit and then having to readjust your view point and look outside (and into the distance) so your eyes need to be able to quickly refocus to sight other traffic or appropriate landmarks, etc. You might also like to try out Optx Magnifying Lenses.

Flight Note - Who should we leave a flight note with? If you are travelling any distance and staying overnight or longer, it is ideal to leave a flight note with a responsible person, so if you fail to check in at one of your destinations, they can alert any services which may be required to locate you. If you hire an aircraft from the school, you shall be required to leave a comprehensive flight note and all contact details with us before your departure.

Master Switch - Why should the master switch be turned off before I do my pre-flight checks? If the master switch is off, this could potentially save your life. If the switch was on, and you were near the prop, and the engine started, lets say... it could be fatal.

updatedMissed something? - Did you miss (or not hear) an instruction in flight? During flight, if you are not sure of something you have been requested to do, or did not hear or understand what your instructor said, ask them to repeat it again or to explain what they mean. Don't be afraid to say you don't understand something or didn't hear what was said. Often in the early stages of learning you may be so focussed on your current task at hand that you miss what the instructor says to you or you may even miss an important radio call. Remember, everyone learns differently and often at a different pace. It is important you feel comfortable with your instructor to ask for their assistance - if not, change instructors. It might be worth having your hearing tested to have a benchmark assessment done so you understand any hearing limitations you may have.

Radio tips - correct terminology
1. IN SIGHT - When asked if you have an aircraft 'visual' the correct terminology to use is "I have the aircraft in sight". When asking another aircraft you would ask "Do you have me in sight?"
2. VACATED ALL RUNWAYS - Once you have cleared the runways, say "vacated all runways". Using the terminology CLEAR is incorrect as this is used by Air Traffic Control (ATC) to advise a pilot they are clear for take-off or landing or some other directive.
3. If you want someone to hurry up (say off the runway and onto the taxiway)... you could say "REQUEST EXPEDITE... [and your request]"

Radio calls - learning them - I know when I began learning to fly, radio calls were initially difficult to remember, so I put together a one page guide that I used and have since passed this on to a number of students... - please check with your instructor to confirm your area and circuit calls especially if you have right hand circuits and are not able to join mid-field crosswind.

Radio use and airmanship - as the weather warms up, more and more aircraft are getting up in the sky to enjoy the journey. Please make sure your radio is working before you leave the ground, that it is plugged in correctly, turned up and that you can hear and be heard. When someone is transmitting, make sure you listen and understand what they have said and can visualise where they are in relation to your position in the sky. Before you transmit, make sure you think about what you are going to say and be clear, concise and to the point when you push the button. Remember 'Aviate, Navigate and then Communicate' - fly the aircraft first and make radio calls when they are necessary, not just because you think you have to make a call. The longer your finger is on the button, the less opportunity someone else has to make a call - which could be critical. Be aware of those around you and don't transmit over the top of someone else - if you are listening to your radio, then this shouldn't happen unless you BOTH push the transmit button at the same time. If you hear a garbled message ask the person to transmit again if you think it is relative to you (especially in a designated CTAF frequency area).

Responsibility and ownership - Are you really the Pilot In Command (PIC)? Being the PIC means taking full responsibility for yourself and your aircraft. This includes the condition of the aircraft: Is it within the maintenance requirements? Is everything ON and IN the aircraft intact? Do you have everything you need for the aircraft if you are going cross country (POH, spare oil, tie downs, PLB, GPS, puncture repair kit, life jackets, etc). Have you planned fuel stops along the way? Have you told a responsible person of your intended plans and provided contact details of yourself, passenger and intended locations? Have you considered your personal minima before flying and do you meet or exceed those requirements? Have you considered the well being of yourself and your passenger: Do you need to take water, food, snacks, warm clothing, wet weather gear, etc? Have you got all your required navigation tools: Are your charts current? Have you rung ahead to your intended landing areas to request permission or ask the condition of the strip?  Have you planned your 'alternates' should the conditions change on the way? If something were to happen, do you know what you would do - in the air and on the ground? Have you left the aircraft how you found it or better? Being responsible is being prepared... if you want to blame 'something' or 'someone else' for your predicament, then you probably shouldn't be flying.

Weather, Hot - How does the hot weather affect flying? As hot air rises you sometimes encounter thermals and the ride up there can get bumpy. Remember land heats quicker than water... so if flying near both you may encounter some 'speed humps' as you fly over rivers or near a coastline. As you get closer to the ground with the undulations in the surrounding landscape (and air flow around them)... you may encounter bumpy circuits... be prepared and keep your hand on the throttle. Remember: "Power is your friend!" Fly the landing, don't SINK into it. Make your choices wisely, get out there and keep having fun.

90 days - Haven't flown for awhile? If it's been awhile since you've flown, it's always a great idea to do a couple of circuits before departing. The first approach should be with the intent to fly along the runway (not to land) to get your hand-eye coordination back in, then the next approach to be a touch and go. These two circuits get you back in the seat and assist with familiarising yourself with standard practice. Don't forget the 90-day rule as listed in the RA-Aus Operations Manual 2.07-6 para 11b. 

Airmanship - what does it mean? - Airmanship means many things - here are some things for you to consider:
- Airmanship = Professionalism
- The basics are there for a reason
- Be well prepared and disciplined
- Leave your EGO at home
- Consider others (on the ground and in the air)
- Use the aircraft checklists
- Maintain situational awareness
- LISTEN to your radio
- What are your personal minima?
- Watch your attitude (of the aircraft and of yourself)
- Keep current (with flying and legislation) 

Carby Heat - Why is carby heat so important? When you are flying in cool (or humid), moist air conditions, the moist air can ice in the carby and cause the engine to lose power and run roughly due to fuel starvation. Applying carby heat, warms the carby and prevents ice from occurring. A good tip is, if there is visible moisture in the air (such as clouds, rain or high humidity) then put the carby heat on for a few minutes at a time whilst travelling. Don't forget to use carby heat on a cold day when you are lined up at the hold point for a long time or have a long way to taxi before take off. Not every aircraft has carby heat, so check the aircraft checklist or ask your instructor so you understand the requirements of the aircraft you are flying.

Carby Ice and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - With cold weather things to consider include carby icing and carbon monoxide poisoning. The clue for when to apply carby heat is 'visible moisture in the air' and there is nothing more visible than fog, rain and clouds. So think about keeping that carby warm to protect against icing and fuel starvation - if you are not sure about when to apply carby heat, this is the time to discuss it with your instructor as it is generally included in your downwind checks in circuit and also at run up but also important to remember if you are flying distance on a wet or humid day. If your aircraft has cabin heat... do you have a carbon monoxide detector present in the cockpit and is it current or has it expired since it was installed last year (or the year before, or the year before that)?

Clear Prop - Why do we call 'clear prop'? Calling 'clear prop' before you start the engine is a safety measure to ensure that if someone was/is near the prop or aircraft (and you haven't seen them), then it gives them time to move away. Remember once you have called 'clear prop' to wait a couple of seconds before starting the engine, just in case someone is nearby and needs to move quickly.

Communicating with other aircraft - When you are flying, whether it be in circuit or further way, it is important to listen to your radio to identify what is happening around you and when you transmit, to speak CLEARLY. Sometimes you may not quite catch another pilots transmission, you may miss their call sign, or where they are, but they are on your frequency and you think they may be a potential conflict. You could make a general broadcast of where you are and what your intentions are (to let anyone within the vicinity be aware of your presence) or you could endeavour to communicate directly with the pilot of the broadcast. If you didn't catch their call sign or the aircraft type, just could say "aircraft calling" or "aircraft near xxx what is your exact location? intentions? etc" and endeavour to make contact and voice your concerns. Speak with your instructor and see what they suggest you do and maybe you could practice in your training sessions. The secret is not to be afraid of the radio or other pilots and to understand the radio is a form of communication and if you are in doubt of anyone's location around you, for safety reasons it is a good idea to clarify their or your position and intentions to avoid any potential conflict.

Human Factors - I don't feel so well - should I still fly? This is what we call a 'human factor' and only you can make this decision. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility for yourself and others when you are the Pilot in Command (PIC) and this starts from the moment you become a student pilot. If you don't feel up to flying, then it is up to you to make the call for the safety of all concerned; yourself, your passenger, the aircraft and others in the air.

Learning - Why is it taking me so long? It does take some people longer than others to learn. Everyone learns at a different pace and it's important to appreciate that as we get older our reflexes and responses are not as quick as they were when we were younger. As a result of this, sometimes it takes people more time to consolidate their learning and feel comfortable and confident in the aircraft before they move on or are ready for the next step. Remember, it's not a race, your safety and the safety of those around you is paramount. So take as long as it takes to make you a safe flyer - remember to have fun and relax.

MTOW Jabiru LSA - What is the maximum take off weight (MTOW) of the Jabiru LSA? The MTOW for the LSA Jabiru is 450kg. When the aircraft is empty (without fuel, but with oil), it weighs 240kg. This leaves you with 210kg of available weight however, you must include the weight of your fuel in this figure (50 litres fuel x 0.71 = 35.5kg) therefore this leaves you with approximately 175kg of extra weight you can carry. This remaining 175kg includes: your weight, your passengers weight, plus any publications and other incidentals or luggage (including chocks, tie downs, etc for the plane). Please check your POH for exact details.

MTOW Tecnam P96 Golf - What is the maximum take off weight (MTOW) of the Tecnam P96 Golf - RA-Aus registered? The MTOW for the Tecnam P96 Golf is 544kg. When the aircraft is empty (without fuel, but with oil), it weighs 304kg. This leaves 240kg of available weight, including fuel (max 96 litres), passengers, luggage etc. Please check your POH for exact details.

Stalls: Matt Hall's Amazing Recovery - How he stalled and recovered in Windsor, Canada June 2010 - a good reminder anyone can stall if they exceed the critical angle of attack.

Stress and tension - a human factor. If you get nervous before or during your instructional flights, remember to take a deep breath and relax as best you can. If you are feeling stressed you may not hear everything that is being said to you. Often when you start to learn you only hear half of what is being said because you are so focused on the task at hand, which may be turning downwind and doing your downwind checks, making a radio call, watching your height or the ASI (air speed indicator). The more relaxed and practiced you become in training, the quicker you consolidate your learning so things start to become automatic to you. Once one part of your learning is consolidated you then become ready to assimilate more information. Relax... this is a normal part of the learning process.

Studying - Why is reading my study guide important? Your study guides are written in a logical sequence and explain the principles of flying in simple terms. If your are reading up on the lesson details before your next flight, this prepares you for what you will experience on the day. This way you can ask your instructors any questions you may have in the pre-flight briefing before you get up in the air. This also shows your instructor you are interested and have prepared yourself before the flight.

Weather, Winter - As we approach winter and the shortest day... the days get cooler and conditions constantly change. Therefore we have different challenges to be aware of in the winter months. For those of us who have flown for awhile... we know and appreciate this is a fantastic time of the year to fly - with cool days the air is often as smooth as silk, however sometimes we may have the challenges of gusty winds to contend with and the rain. 

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General publication update links updated 04/09/14

UpdatedCAAP 166-1(3): Operations in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes - has been revised and republished on August 2014. This CAAP should be read in conjunction with CAAP 166-2 Pilots’ responsibility for collision avoidance in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes using ‘see-and-avoid’.
  This is a revised version of CAAP 166-1(2), issued in December 2013. It has been amended slightly to clarify radio procedures at non-controlled aerodromes and to align it with other guidance and operational documents.
  The amended guidance is in subsections 7.3 and 7.4 of this CAAP. Some of the text has also been moved from subsection 6.6 to 7.3 to make it flow more logically.
  Note: This Civil Aviation Advisory Publication will be of interest to Operators and pilots who operate at, or in the vicinity of, non-controlled aerodromes in all types of aircraft.

CAAP233-1(1) Electronic Flight Bags - as it applies to Registered Operators, Air Operators Certificate holders, and Pilots - Nov 2013 Additional info: The requirements of CAR 233(1)(h) are clear in that the pilot must have the latest documents from an approved vendor readily accessible. It is the readily accessible requirement that prompts the need for backup and all pilots need to ensure how they meet that requirement in the event of a tablet malfunction. An electronic device such as another tablet (or iPhone) is an acceptable backup. Private pilots can use tablet devices as a primary means of in-flight documentation, as long as the documentation is from an authorised source (such as Airservices, AvPlan, OzRunways, Jeppesen or Lido). Both OzRunways and AvPlan are approved data sources as at 12/9/13 Updatedpara 7.2 (p7) Screen Size has been updated - mini iPad and smaller tablets accepted 

Pad not paper - New technology is bringing the concept of the electronic flight bag to life. Are you considering using your iPad or iPhone for in-flight navigation? There is a new article about this in the Flight Safety Magazine May 2012. Also... check out what CASA has to say about Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) in Project OS 11/30 - 31 Aug 2011 and Electronic Flight Bags - Proposed amendments to Sections 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5 of the Civil Aviation Orders - Aug 2012

Operations at, or in the vicinity of non-towered aerodromes - CASA eLearning tutorials as mentioned in the January 2012 CASA Briefing email, updated 2014

Aldinga (YADG) have had right hand circuits on RWYs 18, 21 and 26 since 1st Feb 2012 and they are PERMANENT - now referenced in ERSA

UpdatedCASA Flight Planning Kit - In 2011 CASA released the Flight Planning Kit for pilots operating to the visual flight rules (VFR) - The kit, which has been very popular, has been reviewed and updated. It is designed to assist low-hour VFR pilots with good flight planning habits. Includes a handbook outlining eight stages of a flight; kneeboard; flight planning notepad; personal minimums card; time in your tanks card and more. Purchase direct from the CASA online store - limit one per customer - 2014

UpdatedCASR Part 61 – Flight crew licensing - new regulations effective as at 1 Sept 2014

CAAP 166-2(1): Pilots’ responsibility for collision avoidance in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes using ‘see-and-avoid’ - has been revised and republished on December 2013. This publication was written to provide advice on the limitations of ‘see-and-avoid’, and on the use of radio to provide ‘alerted see-and- avoid’, in order to enhance and maintain separation in a busy air traffic environment. It provides practical advice to pilots on their role in collision avoidance through the see-and-avoid principle to prevent mid-air collisions or airprox events, particularly in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes.
  This document supports CAAP 166-1 Operations in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes. Note: This CAAP applies to all student, private, commercial, air transport, sport and recreational pilots who operate at, or in the vicinity of, non-controlled aerodromes. This includes gliders, ultralights, balloons, and gyroplanes flown on pilot certificates issued by the Australian Ballooning Federation Inc. (ABF), Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association Inc. (ASRA), Hang Gliding Federation of Australia Inc. (HGFA), Gliding Federation of Australia Inc. (GFA), and Recreational Aviation Australia Inc. (RA-Aus).

CASA Education Site - Loads of interesting links: AviationWorx, Safety promotion resources, Seminars and workshops, Safety Advisors, Advice for travellers, and the Online store - Sep 2013

UpdatedICAO aircraft type designators - Search the ICAO database for the official designator of your aircraft - Apr 2014

CASA Civil Aviation Order 95.55 Instrument 2011 main text and explanatory statement - with regard to maximum weight, carriage of emergency locator beacons, flight over water, and flight over land, (lifting of the 5000 ft ceiling) - 16 April 2011 - A detailed explanation of the changes that have been made to a range of rules covering sport and recreational aviation operations has been released. CASA has issued a notice of final rule making covering the changes made in April 2011 to eight Civil Aviation Orders in the 95 series. The changes allowed the early implementation of policies developed by CASA and sport and recreational aviation groups over a number of years. It had been hoped to introduce the changes in the new Part 103 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, however this part has been delayed due to legal drafting priorities. People and organisations in the sport and recreational sector had given strong support to the proposed rule changes and CASA received a number of requests to introduce the reforms as soon as possible. Amending eight Civil Aviation Orders in the 95 series was achieved more quickly as legal drafting for these types of amendments can be done by CASA's in-house legal team. By making changes to the Civil Aviation Order the need for a range of personal and group exemption instruments was removed, reducing the regulatory burden on the sport and recreational sector and CASA. The changes to the rules cover the operations of gliders and powered sailplanes, hang gliders and paragliders, low momentum ultralights, single place privately built gyroplanes, two place gyroplanes, weight shift aeroplanes and powered parachutes, manned balloons and hot air ships. They also apply to single and two place aeroplanes registered with Recreational Aviation Australia. The existing policy that requires pilots flying sport and recreational aircraft in controlled airspace to hold a CASA issued pilot licence and medical is unchanged. Similarly, the current policy which prohibits aircraft registered with Recreational Aviation Australia doing aerobatics continues. Aircraft categories with a previous altitude limitation of 5000 feet can now operate up to 10,000 feet.

For some other interesting education articles also refer to the Articles of Interest section on the Stories page.

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Training tools and aviation resource links updated 10/06/15

AOPA - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia: purchase Pilots Touring Guide & National Airfield Directory and many other useful resources for pilots, travelling etc

AOPA (US) Air Safety Institute Online Courses - Get a password then log in and get started on some great aviation related training courses

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) - Knowledge Centre - very useful articles from an aviation perspective

Australian Women Pilots' Association - A voluntary association started in 1950 by a charter of 35 women in Bankstown NSW, also now on facebook but you must be a member of AWPA to access

Aviation Medical - If you require an aviation medical, suggest Dr Geoff Bryant, 44 Tynte Street, North Adelaide - ph: 8267 2244

Clear Prop Shop - Aviation Pilot Supplies - often discounted

UpdatedDegrees, Minutes, Seconds to/from Decimal Degrees  - This tool permits you to convert latitude and longitude between decimal degrees and degrees, minutes, and seconds. 3/15

Downunder Pilot Shop - Pilot and Aviation supplies for sale 

EasyVFR -  This is a quick and easy tool to use for Flight Navigation by PocketFMS is available for both iOS and Android - but remember it is not CASA approved and therefore you must carry charts - thanks Tyson for advising us of this app. 25/10 

FlightAce Country Airstrips - This online software presents the information about Australian airstrips along with 3D satellite photos of country airstrips

Flight Safety Australia - Topical, technical, but reader-friendly, articles cover all the key aviation safety issues – safety management systems, maintenance, runway safety, human factors, airspace, training, aviation medicine – and more

Plane Finder - Real Time Live Air Traffic Flight Radar - tracks current flights globally including Australia

Qantas Virtual On-line Flying - IVAO & VATSIM all exist to provide real time ATC (Air Traffic Control) in a simulated environment - you are able to see other aircraft, join voice communications with roger wilco and fly in a very realistic environment!     

Seaplane Pilots Association Australia - a non-profit organisation whose primary mission is to provide a national representative body, a source of support, information and communication positively promoting seaplane operations

Sport Aircraft Club of South Australia - Members of the Sport Aircraft Club of SA (SAC) enjoy all categories of sport and recreational flying and related social activities - regular meetings 2nd Wed night of each month - Lockleys, South Australia - Secretary: Chris Moore

Straight and Level Down Under - designed specifically for pilots of any description, at any level, as well as those that just dream of flying! The forum is aimed mainly at Australian pilots, but it doesn't really matter where you are from! There's even a section for Flight Simmers! Thanks Chris.   

Universal Weather & Aviation - For more than 50 years and over 2.5 million trip legs, we have delivered solutions to meet our clients' unique requirements around the world.

Aircraft Pilots (old Recreational Flying OZ website)
- Aircraft Pilots Online Flight Planner - free online flight planning tool, simple to use - You must be a member to login and use the flight planner (Mar 2012)

Airport Nav Finder - find loads of information about various airfields, if you know the IACA code you can list runways, lengths, view them in Google Maps etc

UpdatedAirports in Australia - find out information on airfields not listed in ERSA, search by state or by name (Jun 2015)

Landings Flight Route Calculator - online flight planning tool - no login required

AirServices Flight Planning Sheets - Flight Planning Sheet Front (portrait), Flight Planning Sheet Back (portrait), Flight Planning Sheet Back (landscape) July 2012

AusNav Flight Planner - created by Terry Mann (fellow RA-Aus and GA pilot) - Free to use Excel spreadsheet format

Aviation Quizzes - put your aviation knowledge to the test with these interactive quizzes from AvWeb

Country Airstrip Guides - buy A5 size country strip guides online - 5 available NSW, QLD, SA/NT, VIC/TAS, WA or purchase online subscription

Daylight Savings Australia - A list of start and finish dates for daylight saving in Australia

Jabiru website - The home of Jabiru aircraft, including service bulletins, aircraft for sale and general Jabiru information

Kwik Navigation Plotter - listing Australian airfields and information about runways etc

OzRunways - Flight Navigation app for iPhone and iPad including ERSA and all charts - now CASA approved data source for in-flight use - now also available for the Android 12/14

Optx Magnifying Lenses - if you are not quite ready for glasses these lightweight stick on lenses might be the first solution to reading charts in the cockpit and then refocussing outside into the distance - stick them onto your current sunglasses for a quick fix.

Passenger Briefing - CASA have released a Passenger Briefing video on YouTube - important information to share with your passengers.

RA-Aus - Recreational Aviation Australia website
- Flight Crew Certificates - Levels
- Examinations and Tests   

Security Regulated Airports - a list of airports which are security (ASIC) regulated as listed by Aust Govt  

Screw It's - fabulous light weight tie down kits for your aircraft, grab a pack and leave them in your aircraft - the lightweight pack only weighs 0.65 kgs - no excuse to be caught without them - I have a set in both the aircraft - also click here for a simple tie down lesson

Tying a good knot - a great instructional video for how to tie a knot when tying down your aircraft

World Clock Daylight Savings South Australia - Start and finish times for daylight savings - from the World Clock website  

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