Welcome to my blog.

In 2008, I received a trial flight in a light aircraft - a flight which changed my life. After a mere thirty minutes in an asthmatic old Cessna, I decided I would become a pilot. It was love at first flight. As Leonardo Da Vinci famously said - Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

However, like any relationship, there were highs (and there were puns!) and there were many moments where I thought I would never grasp this new skill.

After fifteen instructors, six flying schools and enough tears to fill a dam, I became a private pilot. And, because of a strong masochistic streak, I decided to study for my Commercial Pilot's Licence.

This blog is a working narrative of my time as a pilot, through my personal writing, my round Australia trip and my career as an aviation journalist, magazine editor, customer engagement manager for AvPlan EFB and aircraft salesperson for Cirrus Sydney.

Aviation has changed my life: through learning to fly I have discovered a part of myself that is resilient, organised and capable of great joy as a result of hard work, setbacks and learning.

In the words of Socrates, “Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.”

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to email me with advice and suggestions on


Monday, September 10, 2012

e-AOPA News Flash

eAOPA News Flash

An important message from AOPA Australia ...

AOPA Appoints New Editor for Australian Pilot Magazine

Appoints New Editor for Australian Pilot Magazine

Dear member,

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is happy to announce the appointment of Kreisha Ballantyne as the new editor of Australian Pilot magazine.

Kreisha is the former deputy editor, and has been a contributor to Australian Pilot for three years, and the editor of ePilot Extra for one.

The magazine will be now managed and produced in-house at the Bankstown office, where the editor will be contactable within office hours.

The magazine continues to aim high, remaining relevant to our members and attractive to new readers.

Kreisha welcomes submissions at editor@aopa.com.au
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