International Ferry Pilot Stuart Caling – Flying Over The Pacific Ocean
November 18, 2018 in ,
We have just taken delivery of our 2 brand new twin-engine Diamond DA-42 aircraft, which were built at the Diamond Factory in Canada and then flown all the way to us here at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne by international ferry pilot Stuart Caling.
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Learning to Fly with Balendran Thavarajah: My Flight Story
LTF student Balendran Thavarajah has just successfully completed his first solo flight. We thought it would be a great idea to share his flight story, to show you that it is possible to juggle a busy professional and family life with your dream of flying.
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Sharing Experiences: How I Passed My Singapore Airlines Cadet Pilot Interview
Firstly some background about me – I got interested in aviation about 3 years ago (2015). Prior to that, I had absolutely no background on aviation at all, no flying experience, no education, nothing. What sparked my interest was a rather chance encounter while I was working full time 3 years ago. Back then, I was working full time at my family’s business where we run a car workshop.
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Inspirational Pilot Feature – NZ Pilot Aimee Burn
August 5, 2018 in ,
We came across the story of 20 year old New Zealander Aimee Burn recently, and found one of her comments in particular very inspiring: When people ask me why I wanted to become a pilot, I simply answer, “Why would you NOT want to become a pilot?”
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Joining the Jetstar Cadet Pilot Program
We are really excited to hear that one of our students, Silas Zhang, has been accepted into the Jetstar Cadet Pilot Program. Silas was previously a nurse before deciding that he wanted to make the transition into an exciting career in aviation.
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Fifteen year old Leeanne Kaplan on her first solo flight
Learn to Fly RPC student Leeanne Kaplan won’t be forgetting her 15th birthday in a hurry. She started studying the theory components for her Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) at age 13, patiently waiting until she was 14 to be allowed to take the controls of an aircraft in flight under the guidance of her instructor.
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The LTF team in 2018 Outback Air Race
Late last year we posted a blog story announcing that 2 of our students were going to compete in the 2018 Outback Air Race. The annual event starts in Archerfield (near Brisbane) in QLD and finishes in Broome WA after 8 individual flying legs.
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A successful forced landing. Case study (Part 2)
The case study of the successful forced landing has proved that other than having tremendous flying experience, pilots need to be determined and make quick decisions. Forced landings are simulations that we do when we are down to 500 feet and when we punch the power and overshoot; however, in reality, if your engine fails, you are literally flying the final 500 feet to the ground without training. The instructor did have the fortune to go through specialised forced landing training and he shared some excellent tips to students.
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Flying in marginal weather. A student pilot experience.
As an aviation student, you are constantly placed in unfamiliar situations that test your skill, airmanship and decision making. These Judgements could even determine the entire outcome of a flight. It is paramount for all pilots to attain a weather brief for all matters of flying, including flying circuits.
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How to execute a forced landing: A student pilot experience (Part 1)
On the 26th of February, like any other Sunday, I was sitting in the flight operation office here in Hong Kong. Little did I know, out there in the Tolo Harbour, a Cessna 152 was about to be at the centre of a whirlwind adventure involving a forced landing.
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What to expect from our Trial Introductory Flight
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” —Leonardo Da Vinci For many professional pilots, recounting their first flight was always most memorable. And for them, all it took was one flight see the world differently. Who says you can’t do the same? Learn To Fly Melbourne is here to open your eyes to the world above and make your dream to fly happen, irrespective of how little experience you’ve had.
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LTF enters The Outback Air Race 2018
Learn to Fly Melbourne is pleased to announce that we have put together a team to enter the Outback Air Race 2018. Come August next year, Learn to Fly students Horace and Jack will take to the skies and take on their ambitions in the big race.
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How flying critical incidents can occur
When an aircraft flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) enters Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), critical incidents can occur. In most cases, this is due to reduced visibility or inadvertent entry into clouds, both of which happen because of the loss of the natural horizon.
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Flight departure processes: Part 1
Even in the early stages of the departure, pilots can fall into the trap of doing things by rote. That’s why I’m finally going to give departures the attention they deserve.
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Life as a student pilot at Learn To Fly #9
Solo flying here in Hong Kong is honestly not much different to flying in Australia. The instructor rides along for the first two or so circuits and then before you know it, it’s time for you to fly the circuit yourself! My confidence is growing steadily and I have been experimenting with different power settings on different legs. In light of many new flying experiences, I thought I would share some tips for making smoother landings, which I know will really help you out with yours.
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How we prepare for Trial Introductory Flights
Taking a plane for a spin in a trial introductory flight is one of the most important moments in a pilot’s life, the experience often influences your impression of aviation for many years to come. As a flying school, we have a duty to help you create a fond memory that brings forth a burst of enthusiasm whenever you think about it from then on.
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Travel the world in a Sling
March 17, 2017 in , ,
You don’t need a big jumbo jet to see the world, you just need a Sling! Both the Sling 2 and Sling 4 have proven they’ve got the stamina to last the distance and with room for only a couple of passengers, those who’ve gone before have enjoyed a wonderfully peaceful flying experience.
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CFI Corner #1 | Handling mid-air complications
When things don’t quite go as planned when you’re up in the air, that’s when all your training and preparation come into play. Here’s the story of one pilot who successfully maneuvered a safe landing after his right engine started to release smoke mid-way through his journey.
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Life as a LTF Student #2 | My first two weeks in flight school
Well to sum it up, flight training with LTF up until now has been a rewarding and challenging experience. I’m honoured to be the first student to fly the new Sling 2 training aircraft. I flew the Sling 2 on my second training flight with LTF and I can only say she is a solid, obedient and beautiful aircraft to fly.
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