DirectorPhillip Tarrant
EditorAdam Thorn
Business Development ManagerSinead Reilly
Head of StrategyBenjamin Foster
Sub EditorJake Nelson
Graphic DesignerJack Townsend
ContributorsAero Circus, Colin Dadd, Hannah Dowling, Robert Dougherty, Andrew Eddie, Liam Garman, Stewart Gould, Amanda Harrison, Jesse Kane, David Parer, Hamish Paterson, Victor Pody

Issue #393: The Adventure Issue

Strap in for the adventure issue

Amy Johnson was one of the world’s most pioneering female aviators. Born into a family of fish merchants, she undertook a series of adventures. But the most famous was flying from London to Darwin in a Gipsy Moth, becoming the first woman to make the trip solo in 1930. This month, a fantastic book crossed my desk from Amanda Harrison, telling the story of her attempt to recreate the flight in a Tiger Moth in 2019. “She had this mad idea of buying an airplane and flying it down to Australia,” Harrison told me. “Her saying was, ‘If I can, you can’, and I very kindly borrowed that from her.” Amanda is cut from the same cloth as her forebearer, and the book contains wonderful anecdotes showing her passion for flying.

At the same time, another fantastic tale reached us. Hayden McDonald became the first autistic pilot to fly a lap of Australia. During the trip, the then-22-year-old spent more than 80 hours flying more than 8,000 nautical miles in the cockpit. It was particularly challenging given he was forced to pause the trip at Kununurra because bushfires kept his J-120 Jabiru grounded. Jake Nelson spoke to McDonald both before and after his adventure, and in this issue, he tells his story in full.

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