Up and Away

Chris Frangou

Up and Away is an Australian Podcast all about aviation. Host and student pilot Chris Frangou takes listeners on a wild ride discovering all there is to know about being a pilot, as well as a covering a variety of aviation topics through interviews will special guests each episode.

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Trailer 3 min 56 sec

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We're back! Welcome to the highly anticipated first episode of Season 2 of Up and Away, the Australian Aviation Podcast!This week I'm joined by Henry Ellis! Henry operates a seaplane company down at the waterfront in Hobart called Above & Beyond Tasmania, where he offers charters, joy flights, and day trips in his de Havilland Beaver. When Henry isn’t flying the Beaver he is also a Boeing 737 pilot with Virgin Australia.I was lucky enough to go visit Henry in Hobart over Christmas and go for a fly with him, which happened to be my first ever trip in a seaplane. It was unreal! We then recorded this episode a few months ago, when I was back in Melbourne, but I’m glad I finally have the chance to share it all with you.Check out Above & Beyond Tasmania on their website: www.aboveandbeyond.flights.Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

May 30

1 hr 10 min

Hey everyone!It's been a while since the Season 1 Finale of Up and Away, so I thought I would take the time to fill you in with what I have been up to, and what you can expect from Season 2!I would love to learn more about you all, so I can keep creating great aviation content that you will love. To do so, I have made a quick little survey. It should only take a minute or two to complete, just click this link:Up and Away - Listener SurveyThanks so much!Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Mar 8

2 min 36 sec

Welcome to Episode 15 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation podcast!This episode is the final episode of Season 1 of the show! It’s been an absolute pleasure making this show for you all this year, and I can’t wait to get even more Australian aviation content out to you all next year!This episode I'm joined by RACQ LifeFlight helicopter pilot Natalie White! Prior to LifeFlight, Nat’s amazing career began in the Royal Australian Navy, where she first learnt to fly. We talk about what it’s like flying helicopters, her recent experience flying for LifeFlight, as well as her vast range of operations she has undertaken while in the Navy flying the MRH90, including search and rescue, medevac, as well as humanitarian and disaster relief operations both here in Australia and overseas.Thanks so much to all of you for your support this season, your positivity and engagement as listeners of the show has been overwhelming. I would like to thank all of my guests this season: Barrie Rogers, Dan Bolton, Simon Burke, Shelley Ross, Tim Howes, Deborah Lawrie, Craig ‘Wilco’ Wilcockson, Steve Hitchen, Bevan Anderson, Jeremy Sequeira, Kathy Mexted, Stefan Drury, Marija Jovanovich, Steve Vissher and Grant McHerron, and of course Natalie White, because without you all, there would be no show, and the show is all about you and your amazing stories. Thank you.Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Dec 2020

50 min 50 sec

Welcome to Episode 14 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation podcast!This week on the show we are joined by TWO guests! You might already know both of them due to their legendary status producing another Australian aviation Podcast... it's Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron from Plane Crazy Down Under!Steve and Grant started PCDU in 2009 and aired their last show in 2017. During that time they produced a tonne of amazing content, and the show is a big inspiration for the show you see before you right now!We have a chat about their favourite episodes over the years, what it's like covering the Avalon Airshow, the challenges they faced producing such a large volume of high-quality content, what they are currently up to (including Grant's dance music... you heard me correctly!), and what it would take for there to be a PCDU reunion!You can check out and listen to Plane Crazy Down Under here: www.planecrazydownunder.comThanks again for all your support! Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Dec 2020

1 hr 34 min

Welcome to Episode 13 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation podcast!This week it’s my absolute pleasure to say we are joined by RAAF Wing Commander Marija Jovanovich!Maz has had a stellar career in the Royal Australian Airforce as a P3 Orion pilot and a test pilot. She is now about to take command of No. 10 Squadron, where her career as a P3 pilot first began!The sheer amount of aircraft she has flown as pilot in command is just crazy, from the F-18 to the MiG-15, her story is truly inspiring. We talk about her operational history, her experience at USAF Test Pilot School, tackling mental challenges in intense environments, and the future possibilities of Australian space exploration. Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Nov 2020

1 hr 6 min

Welcome to Episode 12 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation podcast!This week I'm joined by YouTuber and Private Pilot Stefan Drury, aka Stef747!Stef produces some incredible content online covering aviation, travel and technology. We have a chat about how he got inspired to get into aviation, what it’s like creating his content, his favourite things to do as a private pilot, and some tips for all of you pilots out there wanting to do more with your license.You can subscribe to Stef on YouTube here:https://www.youtube.com/c/StefanDrury/Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Nov 2020

59 min 17 sec

Welcome to Episode 11 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation Podcast!On this week’s show we have author and aviation writer, Kathy Mexted!Kathy has written a brilliant new book entitled ‘Australian Women Pilots’ that shares the unique stories of 10 women aviators spanning the past century. Some of the stories include early aviation pioneer Nancy Bird Walton, Australia’s first woman airline pilot Deborah Lawrie, Gaby Kennard who was the first Australian woman to circumnavigate the globe solo, to ag pilot Georgia Maxwell, and more!I’ve been lucky enough to read it, and it’s a fun and exciting book with some great adventures and it will leave you wanting more. So I encourage you all to pre-order a copy from your local bookstore, or online.Meanwhile, have a listen to my chat with Kathy. We talk all about the book and her life as a pilot and aviation writer so far. Trust me, we didn’t put in any spoilers!I’m also excited to announce I will be hosting the online book launch party on the 1st of November! So we hope to see you there. There is a link to this and to order the book below!Book Launch Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/369341030853970/Order a copy of ‘Australian Women Pilots’ here:Booktopia: https://www.booktopia.com.au/australian-women-pilots-kathy-mexted/book/9781742236971.htmlDymocks: https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/australian-women-pilots-by-kathy-mexted-9781742236971Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Oct 2020

54 min 35 sec

Welcome to Episode 10 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation podcast!On this week’s episode I'm joined by flight test engineer Jeremy Sequeira!Jeremy has had a really unique journey through aviation as an engineer and a private pilot. We talk about how he studied a degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of Sydney, to his work as an aircraft mechanic, and up until his career path took him to the Department of Defence where he is now today as a flight test engineer. We also have a chat about some of his goals and achievements as a pilot, as well as some of the great places he has flown so far!Oh and I can’t believe we are already at Episode 10!I want to say a sincere thanks to absolutely everyone who tunes into the show every week, I'm constantly overwhelmed by the support of the aviation community. I would also like to say an extra special thanks to all my guests so far too, you are all amazing, and I am constantly inspired by your stories and moved by your generosity and willingness to share your time and stories with us all. Thank you!Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Oct 2020

1 hr 25 min

Welcome to Episode 9 of Up and Away, the Australian Aviation Podcast!This week I'm joined by Bevan Anderson, the founder and creator of AvPlan EFB and AvSoft.Many of you might be aware of EFBs and perhaps are already even using them in flight. For everyone else, EFB stands for Electronic Flight Bag, and it is essentially an app that gives you everything you need to plan a flight!Bevan founded AvPlan EFB back in 2010 and since it has become one of the most popular EFBs available. We talk about how he came up with the idea, how the software has developed over the years, and how he sees the future of digital technology in the cockpit.If you’re thinking of giving AvPlan a go, head over to their website www.avplan-efb.com, or search AvPlan in the App store on your preferred device.Once again, thanks for your support!Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Oct 2020

59 min 45 sec

Welcome to Episode 8 of Up and Away, the Australian Aviation Podcast!This week we are joined by the editor of Australian Flying Magazine, Steve Hitchen!Hitch’s experience as an editor and an aviation writer has given him the opportunity to cover some amazing stories and have some incredible experiences. We talk about his favourite stories he has covered over the years, his encounter with the legendary Chuck Yeager, formation flying, and why he has desired to have nothing more than a private pilots license (a few endorsements) and to just have fun in the sky!Australian Flying is a great publication that has been around since 1963 and covers the broad field of general aviation here in Australia. I suggest you all check it out!Once again, thanks for your support!Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Sep 2020

1 hr 22 min

Welcome to Episode 7 of Up and Away, the Australian Aviation Podcast!This week we are having a chat to jet air racer and warbird pilot Craig ‘Wilco’ Wilcockson! Wilco has flown and has become familiar with a long list of amazing historic warbird and jet aircraft. We talk about what it’s like to fly these planes, how you could get into flying them yourself, and his day job as an avionics technician with the RAAF. We also talk about his recent experience competing in the jet class at the Reno Air Race, where he was flying as low as 50 feet and at over 500 miles per hour! Crazy!We have created a special blog post to go along with this episode to show you all the cool aircraft we discuss and give you a little more background to them.Check it out at:www.upandawaycast.com/post/episode7This week we ticked over 2000 downloads! Thanks for your support!Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Sep 2020

56 min 8 sec

Welcome to Episode 6 of Up and Away, the Australian Aviation Podcast!On this episode, I'm thrilled to announce I'll be joined by airline pilot and Australian aviation pioneer Deborah Lawrie!Many of you might already know Deborah, who in 1979 won a landmark anti-discrimitation case in Australia’s high court against Ansett Airlines, becoming the first woman to be a pilot with a major Australian airline.We have a chat about her journey up until the famous battle with Ansett, including working as a flight instructor and air-racing! We also discuss her career at three major airlines spanning two continents, how we can inspire women to pursue a career in aviation, as well as her passion for flight safety.Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Sep 2020

58 min 51 sec

Welcome to Episode 5 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation Podcast!On this week’s episode we have bush pilot Tim Howes! Tim doesn’t like airports, or runways at all! His style of flying sees him landing in places you wouldn’t ever imagine seeing a plane. We discuss his story of taking the affordable path into aviation, and how it can be inexpensive for you too. We delve into what bush flying is exactly, and what you need to do and know to keep yourself safe.We would like to note that the style of flying described in the Podcast can only be achieved safely through dedicated training and experience. It’s also important to note, some of these highly-skilled maneuvers, including partial water take-offs and landings are not permitted in Australia. So ensure you obey rules and regulations outlined by CASA, and stay safe!Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Sep 2020

1 hr 5 min

Welcome to Episode 4 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation Podcast! On this week's episode we have outback pilot Shelley Ross!Shelley has flown to some of the most amazing and remote destinations across Australia, sharing all these experiences on her website, Flying the Outback. On top of that, she spent 9 years as the editor of Australian Flying magazine. Shelley talks about discovering her love for aviation later in life, as well as all the excitement that draws her to outback exploration.Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min

Welcome to Episode 3 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation Podcast!On this week's episode we have Simon Burke, aeromedical pilot and musician! After a long and successful career in music, Simon has now had an equally exciting and fulfilling career as a pilot, which includes being a flight instructor, flying freight, as well as now being a pilot for ambulance Victoria. We talk about maintaining a life-style balance in aviation, the equally dubious earning capacity of music and aviation (the music side of which I know too well...), and share a cheeky John Denver joke.Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Aug 2020

1 hr 3 min

Welcome to Episode 2 of Up and Away, the Australian aviation Podcast!On this week's episode we have Dan Bolton aka That Mallard Guy who talks about his humble beginnings in aviation flying for his dad's seaplane business, to flying with Air Whitsunday, a stint in Vietnam, and to where he is now... a Grumman Mallard flying boat captain! We also discuss his own Podcast all about seaplanes, called On the Step.Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Aug 2020

1 hr 12 min

Welcome to the very first episode of Up and Away!This episode we are up and away with Barrie Rogers where we discuss his diverse career in aviation. From owning a Robinson helicopter franchise in the US, to managing one of the busiest airports in Australia, as well as his latest venture Eyre to There Aviation which will be the first company in Australia to build electric aircraft. Barrie gives us an insight into what the future of electric aviation in Australia and beyond could look like.Don’t forget to subscribe, as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you love the show, please leave us a review!

Aug 2020

1 hr 2 min

...and we’re Up and Away!Here we are at Episode 0 - Meet The Host, where (you guessed it!) we meet our host, Chris Frangou. Join Chris as he chats about his passions in life, why he decided to start a podcast dedicated to aviation in Australia, and how he sees it flying for the long haul!

Aug 2020

3 min 56 sec