Category: Darwin

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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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 Ten Ultralight Aircraft Makes at MKT

What is impressive about flying at MKT is the number and variety of aircraft we have. In this post which will be part of a series, I want to include photographs of some of the aircraft that grace the skies above MKT airfield in the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia. Even though…
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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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Berry Springs Darwin NT, Speargrass and Crop Circles

Berry Springs is an idyllic hamlet located 45 minutes drive from Darwin or in my case 7 minutes by airplane from our airfield at MKT. These photos were taken over two consecutive weekends in April 2023 after the last of the wet season rains. While I am flying I photograph scenes with my Nikon DSLR…
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Back in the air

It was good to be back in Darwin. I made my way out to the MK T airfield and prepared my aircraft for its first flight in 6 months. Needless to say, I took extra time and care to make sure that everything was fine. Before I left Darwin 6 months ago, I ensured that the…
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What’s at the end of your runway?

On a windy Sunday morning which marked the start day of the NT’s first Covid lockdown during the pandemic (27 June 2021), we took off from MKT Airstrip into a windy morning which although okay for me, was not pleasant for my passenger. This led to one of the shortest flights or longest circuits depending…
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Tigers at Gunn Point

Don’t like reading? Here is the podcast. Click the green play button before the slideshow link if you want to listen while viewing the photos. Gunn Point is a popular destination for pilots from MKT Airfield out for a recreational flight on the weekend. With the dry season upon us. It is also a popular…
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