Max managed to get the boys back into the studio to record an Australia Desk segment for the end-of-2017 “Bits n Pieces” episode. By the time they’d cleared out the dust, fired up the generators and caught up on what they’d each been doing since the last Oz Desk (way back in March), there was only time to talk about the Australian Government relaxing 457 Visa requirements for foreign pilots to help address the shortage of qualified pilots within Australia.
After that they have a chat about the future of the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast and admit that, perhaps it’s run its course and needs to be closed down as Steve’s working in aviation (including producing the Australian Aviation magazine’s podcast) and Grant’s being kept very busy working in Defence in addition to his Australian Ballooning Federation work.
That’s it from us for 2017. Hopefully we’ll have another Oz Desk before the end of 2018 :)
We’re back, babies (well, at least for this year :) ).
Steve and Grant are at the Avalon Air Show 2017 and they interview Ben Morgan, CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia who is working hard to increase membership and champion improvements to the General, Recreation and Sport aviation environments in Australia.
They also talk about the arrival of Australia’s first two F-35A aircraft (A35-001 and A35-002) that made their public debut at the show. Yes, they’re loud. Yay! :)
RAAF F-35A (A35-002) arriving at Avalon
Meanwhile, this show Steve and Grant are working at the air show on tasks other than Plane Crazy Down Under:
- Grant’s attending workshops, having business development meetings and presenting to senior RAAF staff.
- Steve’s hosting video interviews for AOPA Australia, including:
That’s about it for this year’s episode. We’ll be back next year … maybe :)
Once again it’s Qantas all the way but this time our friend Richard Muirden was on board the first Qantas flight to San Francisco since 2011 :)
CASA goes for awareness rather than registration for drones.
To wrap things up, we have sad news: It’s taken some thinking and some angst but Steve & Grant have decided it’s time to pull back from the Australia Desk and take a break. While the regular weekly (or at least, mostly weekly :) ) episodes are going on hold, they’ll no doubt be back here & there if super important news from down under needs to be mentioned.
For now it’s so long and thanks for all the laughs as the boys sign out & take a well earned break. It’s Summer, it’s Christmas so it’s time to fire up the barbie and go hang out at the beach. Thanks to everyone for all the fun and who knows, we may be back before you know it :)
Grant’s been flying a balloon which means getting up at stupid o’clock and then trying to get his body clock back into synch. Sadly he failed so he’s having an early night and the AusDesk gets to take another break.
Steve’s back in the studio so the sound quality is up and so is the number of stories: