Wild Nordics

Adventures, Passions, and Surviving Finland


The Classic Incumbent vs. A Modern Challenger – Which one would you buy?

By on 09/04/2023

I recently watched John Armstrong’s informative video (embedded below) comparing a Cessna 172 with a Diamond DA40 NG, and I wanted to share my own observations and thoughts on these two aircraft. I got my Private Pilot’s License (PPL) in Finland on the DA40 NG before transitioning to Cessna 172s. Almost all of my hours […]

Beachside Airstrips from South Australia

By on 26/03/2023

Compared to the other Australian states, South Australia is not much for building Airstrips close to the beach but I managed to find a few. I will cover 3 in this article. Be sure to check out also nearby Wedge Island which made it on the short list of the 22 best Beach Airports Down […]

10 Aussie East Coast Airports right next to the Beach

By on 25/03/2023

Australia has a bunch of airports right on the coast within a short walk of beautiful beaches. I covered a few of them in the article on the 22 Best Beach Airports of Australia but not all of them could make it in that short list. These 10 airports definitely deserve a mention and maybe […]

What happened to Paradise? 9 Great Barrier Reef Island Airports.

By on 22/01/2023

This article is another in my series on Australian Airports. Most of the iconic Great Barrier Reef resorts have fantastic little airstrips conveniently connecting them to the mainland. The airports remain but most of the resorts lie in ruins waiting for brave investors to return them to their former glory. Growing up in Australia during […]

Australia’s Top End Beach Airports

By on 08/01/2023

If you don’t mind swimming with Crocodiles and you don’t need waves then this list of Top End Airports is for you. I found these airports while searching for Australia’s best Beach Airports. They didn’t make the shortlist but they are definitely worth a look. Of particular beauty are the 3 Western Australian beachside Airports […]

Airports of the Torres Strait Islands

By on 08/01/2023

The Torres Strait Islands Archipelago is located between Cape York in the far northeast corner of Australia and Papua New Guinea. It consists of 133 islands, sandy cays and rocky outcrops of which 38 are inhabited. 12 of those have airports. The most northern island is right to the doorstep of Papua New Guinea less […]

11 Gorgeous Tasmanian Airports

By on 08/01/2023

Tasmania is a gorgeous part of Australia and for us Aviation enthusiasts there are a bunch of spectacular airports that link up the island. What makes these airports so lovely is the surrounding nature. The east coast of Tasmania has lovely beaches, the west coast has the wilderness and the north coast and central belt […]

22 Best Beach Airports Down Under

By on 06/01/2023

If you like the idea of taking a plane to a beautiful beach check out this list of Australian beachside Airports. There is something on the list for every type of pilot and plane. All the 22 airports on the list are within a short walk of the beach and are all unique in their […]

Got the PPL, now what?

By on 17/10/2020

The day I got the my PPL (Private Pilot’s license) felt like a big achievement. Getting the license was a lot harder than I had expected, especially passing the theory exams. Being able to fly with family and friends was awesome. It opened up possibilities for new adventures. At first we did some great trips […]

Aircraft Float Manufacturers

By on 30/09/2020

Being able to land an aircraft on water is a spectacular way to open up a whole new world of flying. Aircraft come in all shapes and sizes and there are a surprising number of float options available. We will explore the float options available for General Aviation aircraft starting from the smallest and cheapest […]