Feb 212017
 

Its been all over the news today that Max Quartermain lost his life today when his B200 Super King Air crashed on takeoff after what is suspected to be an engine failure.

Max was well known in the aviation industry, especially around Essendon Airport where the crash occurred. He was a very knowledgeable pilot that was always available to give advice, guidance, or thoughts to any prospective pilot – including those who were struggling to find success in the industry. The aircraft involved in the fatal crash was always well looked after and he took pride in his work.

While I’ve only spoken to him a couple of times, I know many people who knew him well. From those working in support operations, to those who have flown with him over the many years that Max has been doing what he loved. He always left an impression of genuine love for what he did, and the aviation industry as a whole.

You will be missed.

Feb 072016
 

Quite a while ago, I applied to host Flight Radar 24s receiver at my place near Melbourne Airport, Australia (YMML). It started off with the ID F-YMML1 (being the first in Victoria), but a faulty unit saw the handle change to F-YMML4. With it, there was a massive boost in ASD-B reporting for Victoria – being the first receiver that could pick up aircraft on the ground and at the gate at YMML.

I always knew the coverage was fairly wide spread, but never really visualised it – until today. From my location, it covers high flight levels almost as far as Tasmania, and as north as the NSW border. In the attached screenshot, this plot shows all aircraft received by F-YMML4 in red. The normal FR24 feed shows in other colours. Rather good for a tiny receiver box.

FR24 F-YMML4 plot