Another cross wind day starts, but today is formation training day for Kyle and Lawrie. The formation started with a briefing and then it was into the sky with Lawrie as Leader. Kyle would take over as Leader later in the flight. The join-up over the aerodrome was good and then the two aircraft flew off in Echelon Left. After a few turns the formation changed to Line Astern, and then a few more turns, before changing again into Echelon Right. It was then time for a Lead change. Lawrie gave the handsignal and Kyle returned it and Kyle became the new Leader. Kyle gave the calls for the Formation to change from one formation to another and Lawrie followed. It was then time to come into land. Kyle gave the calls to join the circuit and once again Lawrie followed. The landing was made on runway 19 and both aircraft cleared the runway and back to the hangar for a debrief and coffee. Everyone was happy with the formation flight, and more importantly, so were the instructors, who were sitting in the rear seats.
Today Lawrie started formation training. The weather wasn’t the best with 20kts and a cross wind on the runway, but Lawrie did really well. The Take-off was a stream type, and then he joined the formation over the aerodrome. He was a little reluctant to get close at first but after 20 minutes Lawrie was in Left Echelon and then Right Echelon and doing well. Weather permitting he will be up again tonight.
This morning Tulsi flew his first navigation flight from Yarrawonga to Corowa. The weather was very good for the flight for a change. After arriving at YCOR Tulsi conducted four circuits on runway 14, before departing over head for YYWG. Arriving back at YYWG the wind was back to being a cross wind and Tulsi did tow more circuits before making a full stop landing. The Air Creation Skypper is getting a lot of flying in lately. Well done Tulsi.
After fifteen days of flying Uwe completed his objectives. He received his unrestricted Australian licence and flew two nav’s. The first was to Echuce and Tocumwal, in 30kt winds. The second Nav was to Mt Bueaty and Wangaratta. The weather was much kinder on his second nav. Uwe is now at home in the UAE and back to flying the A-320 Airbus. Uwe will be on the Megafauna Fly-away in 2016. Well done.
Yes we had another succesful Australia Day BBQ… People flew or drove in to Hangar 19 from two states, in many and varied aircraft.The weather was great, neither too hot nor too windy. The people mixed thoroughly, and provided savoury and sweet dishes to complement the basic BBQ provided by YFT. Helping hands were offered to clean up during and after the event, making the day enjoyable for all. We estimate approximately 80 people attended, and overheard one comment that it must be a “foodies’ fly-in”. If so, that is thanks to the attendees! Thankyou to all for coming, your company has been a pleasure. Hope to see you all again at the Hangar 19 Australia Day BBQ 2016….
It was good to see Bob and Grant arrive in the new Sting S4. I asked Bob if he was trading up from the Topaz? The answer was no, he still likes the Topaz. Grant is flying out of Bacchus Marsh aerodrome. Bob still keeps the Topaz at Penfield. The Sting S4 has more room than the earlier model, and it looks great.
Uwe now has his Australia Licence to fly Trikes. Uwe was flying gliders during the day and Trkes and Gyro’s in the morning and afternoon’s. He has managed to pack a lot of flying in during his stay. Uwe will be heading home next Tuesday. Well Done…
The Citation Sovereign arrive yesterday to pickup the owner from holidays in Yarrawonga. This great looking aircraft both inside and out arrive and then departed in style. Later in the day the Baby Citation arrived for the weekend.