Archive for the ‘flying’ Category

Utility vs. Style: a closer look at PBY bow designs

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I just published my latest article: “Utility vs. Style” is a compilation album focusing on the different PBY Catalina bow designs from the type’s inception in the 1930’s to the present day. The file is a PDF and you will need Acrobat Reader to open it. Read more…

Many thanks to all those who helped me get it online. 🙂

Introducing the “Duckmeister”

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

So for my comeback post I’ve chosen to present my latest little dream concept, a Cessna 337 Skymaster Amphibian. I call it the “Duckmeister”… Want to know more? Discover it on!

Cañon del Rio Lobos

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Cañon del Rio Lobos

Cañon del Rio Lobos


Monday, October 4th, 2010

I have quite a few pictures of the last week-end, I’m still compiling the best of them for publication here.

I will leave you with this first one, and it’s one of G-PBYA of course:

G-PBYA, the PBY-5A operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd - Sabadell 10.2010

G-PBYA, the PBY-5A operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd - Sabadell 10.2010

Ain’t she a beauty? 🙂

Festa al Cel

Friday, September 24th, 2010

It’s that time of the year again! 🙂

The Festa al Cel is back next week for two days of aerial fun. And I’m thrilled to see the Cat will make an appearance, in the form of the Duxford PBY!

© Catalina Society

© Catalina Society

This is such exciting news 😀


Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Hugo Pratt

the Cat Pack — a Colombian story

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This series of posts will retrace a few of the surviving airworthy (or close) PBYs around the world, and their history.

I have been lucky enough lately to be in contact with two people who allowed me to use their words and pictures to tell the story of a plane. More precisely, a PBY-6A, whose lineage is shrouded in mystery.

In the city of Villavicencio, Colombia, airport code VVC, resides one of the few surviving Catalinas in the world. Her story would make good material for a movie, if movies today were about a story and not special effects.

You can read it here.

With many thanks to Javier Franco Topper and Michael S. Prophet.

oh no he’s doing it again…

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

When I initially looked around and eventually settled for the SKA 350ER, I knew about DC-3 conversions and I had read about Dodson’s Turbo Dak, but I discarded it as the range was not sufficient for my (inexistent, I know) needs. However, I recently came across more than a conversion, pretty much a complete rebuild of the plane, so much that they don’t call it a DC-3, they call it a Basler BT-67.

Basler BT-67 turbo DC-3 conversion

As I understand it, a DC-3 single-pilot type rating would be ok to fly this bird. Also, with the optional ferry tanks you can get over 2,000 nm range. And it looks fantastic to boot.

If it really can be flown SP, I’m sold. 😀

for the fun of it…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009


The biopic of Amelia Earhart with Hillary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston.
OK first off I’ll admit that I’m biased in that there are gorgeous scenes of vintage flying machines and that automatically rates it above average for me, but although it’s not as bad as some critics say, it’s still indeed rife with inaccuracies and I get the feeling, while I enjoyed it, that it’s a missed opportunity.
Mira Nair is no Scorsese, and her Amelia is far from being the parallel to The Aviator that it certainly had the potential to be. Her film seems to go through the motions, when Earhart’s life was so extraordinary for her times that this production could have been much, much more.

I also get the feeling it would have been a better movie without stars. Gere and Eccleston admittedly pull the best performance of the lot, but the latter is the only one I saw as Noonan. Speaking of whom I’m glad they didn’t the easy way and portray as a drunkard he’s so unfairly often thought as. The others I saw as themselves playing the part.

All in all, it’s an average, it’s nice but dull, it lacks life. What saves it is the score and above all, the film’s splendid photography. The scenes of the Electra flying over Africa are dreamy. 🙂

Here’s the L12 they use to stand in for Amelia’s L10:

Lockheed Electra L12

Beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂

cloud nine

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

This week-end’s race has been the coda to an epic week on many levels.

When I got home and unloaded my SD card, I realized I had taken 456 pictures. In the space of like 6 hours over the two days. Thanks to burst mode for fast snapshots! 🙂 I’d say about 100-150 or so are actually good enough to be posted here, I’m still sorting through them. I also have about about 1h40 of HDV footage that I have to edit and although I didn’t bring the tripod and it’s a tad shaky-camy in places (hey it’s aerobatics!), I’m pretty happy with the raw results.
I’ll post the vids on YouTube when it’s done.

Yep. Right now I’m Barneyfied, everything’s awesome, and this weekend was LEGEN-wait for it…