Author: Mark Christie

Saved by a World War 2 Airstrip

The monsoon is upon us and because I can’t go flying. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on a flight that we did during the wet season a few years ago. A lot of folks think that flying in the Northern Territory especially in the Top End is best done during the dry season.…
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All pilots flying around Darwin should read this

I stumbled upon this yesterday and after reading it felt I had to share it with our piloting community around Darwin who might not make a habit of trawling through the CASA website. This little guide to flying around Darwin is factual, easy to read and has diagrams, maps, airstrips, sample radio calls, and potential…
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Adelaide River Crocodiles and Barramundi, via Humpty Doo by ultralight aircraft

Greetings! Today I want to share with you my amazing experience of flying over some of the most stunning and unique landscapes in the Northern Territory. Even though I have flown this lap before, each flight offers a different visual spectacle along with the chance to witness something new or seldom seen. I took a…
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Turquoise Blue Waters from 600ft

In the dry season, the waters surrounding Darwin turn into a turquoise blue. Although the horizon is hazy with the smoke from bushfires of this time of year, the waters change from an impenetrable jade green into a clear turquoise blue which allows me to see all manner of fish swimming below the surface. During…
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Top 10 Aircraft at MKT – 3 – Yak 52

The Yakovlev Yak-52 (Russian: Яковлев Як-52) is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976. It was produced in Romania from 1977 to 1998 by Aerostar, as Iak-52, which gained manufacturing rights under agreement within the former COMECON socialist trade organisation.[1] The Yak-52 was designed as an aerobatic trainer for students in the Soviet DOSAAF training organisation, which trained civilian sport pilots and military pilots.  Wikipedia contributors. Yakovlev Yak-52…
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Aerial photos of Zuccoli

It is fitting that I am taking photographs of this suburb from the air as Zuccoli is named after a famous Territorian and aviator. Guido Zuccoli, known as a famous aerobatic and warbird pilot along with his engineering skills. He made the Territory his home in the late 60’s. Here are some photographs of this…
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Top 10 Aircraft at MKT – 2 – Harvard

It was pointed out to me correctly after my last article about the “Top Ten…” that I was using clickbait style titles by using “Top Ten…” and then only showing one aircraft. Although unintentional, it appears to have worked. I now want to avoid a ranking war as these aircraft will appear in whatever order…
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Top End Flying Club in the news archives

I have included the full pages where possible and you can click on each image to view the stories from days gone by. Even though this is the same article below, I wanted to include the front page as it is so typically NT. And so we end this little journey down memory lane. Fly…
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Crocs at Shady Camp

I created these two 1-minute clips taken of crocodiles out at a famous fishing location in the Northern Territory near Darwin called Shady Camp. I did it to test out the zoom capability of software with the footage from a GoPro and also share images of the large numbers of crocodiles that live in our…
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