About Achtung, Skyhawk!*
A project borne out of a life-long love of light aircraft, Achtung, Skyhawk! is intended to be a portal for all things General Aviation, focusing primarily on events in Croatia, but also not shying away from their equivalents in other countries of the region (and beyond). Rather than operating as just another news source, I’ve always steered this site into becoming a window into the regular world of light aircraft, aiming to provide my readers with a personal, humorous – but still factual and hopefully interesting – insight into just what is going on out there.
As such, purely documentary reporting on day-to-day happenings and industry developments would always be relegated to the back seat, replaced instead by photo stories (using my own, fresh material), rare aircraft reviews and a broad range of historical topics that I believe might catch an enthusiast’s fancy – all the while also helping to promote both GA as a whole and the somewhat slow, but rarely dull, Croatian aviation scene :).
Additionally, some of my readers may have noticed that my posting frequency can vary quite a bit, from two-three articles a week to two-three week pauses between posts. Given the postulates laid down in the previous paragraph, I’ve long ago decided to publish articles only when I have something of worth to publish – and when the material concerned meets my own standards of quality. Simply put, I refuse to write purely for the sake of form and/or punctuality.
* somewhat unusual as they go, the name also warrants a bit of explanation. In line with my intention that it be factually correct, intellectually engaging – but also easy, pleasant and interesting to read – I’ve decided from the outset that the portal had to contain some form of good-natured humor, intended to put the reader at ease. To that end, I’ve decided to customize the title of the 1997 computer game “Achtung, Spitfire!” (or General Heinz Guderian’s 1936 book “Achtung, Panzer!”, whichever works better), adding a personal touch to intrigue the visitor and have a bit of fun at my own expense along the way… 🙂
My name is Boran Pivčić and I am from the city of Zagreb, situated in the aforementioned Republic of Croatia straddling the western edge of South-Eastern Europe. I’m 31 and a former aviation student, holding Bacc.Eng. of Aeronautics (Air Traffic Control) and M.Eng. of Air Traffic (Airport Operations) degrees from the University of Zagreb. I am also a commercial aeroplane pilot, holding an EASA CPL(A) license – and at 17 years of age once one of the youngest motor pilots in Croatia – with some 1500-ish hours logged so far. Furthering that out a bit, I’m currently a Dash 8 Q400 First Officer at Croatia Airlines, and would generally be quite content to find myself behind the controls of my own Pilatus PC-6, Sukhoi Su-26 or Lancair Legacy sometime in the future.
Dabbling with aviation photography since 2002, my first attempts at something serious were made with a point-and-shoot Olympus film camera, shortly afterwards supplanted by a slightly (but only) more advanced digital Fuji S5000 – the cumulative results of which were not all that encouraging. After some experimentation and much frustration, in 2003 I’d upgraded to my first proper camera, a Canon EOS 20D mid-range DSLR, which would in 2010 give way to the high-end Canon EOS 5D Mark II I’m still using now. Lenses used with the two include the Canon 17/40 f/4 L wide-angle, the Canon 24-105 f/4 L general purpose, and the Canon 70-200 f/4 L and 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L telephoto units.
In addition to the literary works mentioned above, I also maintain my own online aviation photography portfolio, Mach .2 Photography, as well as a gallery on Flickr. Like Achtung, Skyhawk!, both are intended to showcase my work, but include only the (subjectively) best photos I’d taken over the last decade. Both of these also came together in my role of photojournalist for local aviation magazine Aeronautika, where I was – rather unsurprisingly – unofficially in charge of General Aviation topics 🙂 (sadly though, the magazine had since shut down).
I think that covers all the relevant bases; so enjoy your visit here and happy browsing!
Photo & Text Copyrights & Usage Information
All photos featured on this site were taken by me unless otherwise indicated (usually under each photo), and are as such copyrighted and protected by all relevant national and international laws – as are the texts themselves. Each photo is marked with a visible watermark in one corner, as well as an embedded digital one that cannot be removed through either crop, re-size, rename or similar.
In addition, the photos and texts posted on this site are for the user’s personal viewing and enjoyment only; any wider distribution to third parties or any form of commercial usage requires my prior written permission (usually by email). Failing to acquire that invokes all – and immediate – legal action specified by the above laws.
Should you like to use any image presented here for commercial purposes – or would like to privately comment, commend, criticize, or inquire about any post or information presented therein – please feel free to contact me at achtungskyhawk(at)gmail.com.
- owner, editor & author: Boran Pivčić
- photography: Boran Pivčić (unless otherwise stated and credited)
- e-mail: achtungskyhawk(at)gmail.com
- based at: Zagreb, Croatia, SE Europe
- hosted at: Automattic Inc (WordPress.com), USA
- first article published: 23 April 2009
- posting frequency: every one to two weeks (depending on the amount of news)