June 17th, 2013
Noel starts training on TB13…
Having just purchased his own Air Creation Tanarg, Noel started training on Saturday, in our TB13. Having flown General Aviation aircraft, it won’t take Noel long to get the swing of the new Tanarg. After only two hours, Noel was into the circuit training phase, and settling the aircraft beautifully onto the runway. Noel’s wife, Jan, sat in the rear seat of the XT-912 Arrow, and then sat in the back of the Tanarg, and she said, “I think we might have to extend the budget to buy a Tanarg, if you want me to fly with you ….although you might have to sell your motorbike!” Noel’s Tanarg is red, along with his new helmets.
June 12th, 2013
5 days of Formation.
David, from NSW, decided to start Formation Training at YFT. Day One… David is checked out in the XT-912 Arrow, the aircraft he will be flying. The second aircraft in the formation is an XT-912 Streak 3. The first formation flight was conducted with CFI Peter in the rear seat keeping a close eye on David’s close-proximity flight. The first flight was flown at about five aircraft lengths apart. The next flights would be much closer. After the first hour of formation David was quite pleased with himself. David’s second Day… was much the same with a two aircraft formation. Then came Day three… A four aircraft formation. This is where you really have to be on the ball. David came through with flying colours. That formation was a 1.3 hour formation flight. Days four and five were back to two aircraft formation flights. David has come a long way from his first flight. Well done. Thanks to the other Formation Pilots for your precision flying.
June 7th, 2013
Megafauna Fly-away 2013 Bathurst…
34 aircraft, 53 aircrew, one bus, and a whole ship load of fun. Yes that’s the best way to discribe this years Megafauna Fly-away. We had tail winds for the first three days and rain on the lay day. A really good tail wind on the leg from Bathurst to Parkes, and then head winds all the way home. I didn’t clam the weather until we were on the ground. Thanks to all the crew who joined Anne and myself for this trip. I will write a full article later.
May 30th, 2013
James goes Solo….
James went solo in his X-582 Outback. James has been flying the most unreliable aircraft at YFT for the past week. CFI Peter has made sure of that. Engine failure after engine failure, and then James had to fly into a very short runway. Not once but four times, just to make his CFI happy. The wind has only been a little kind to James, as most day he has been flying in 20kt x-winds. You must also remember that James outback has a Wizard 3 wing, so its not the fastest aircraft in the world. James did a nav to Corowa, and although it took 1.5 hours we did have a 25kt headwind. Well done James.
May 14th, 2013
Ross from Tasmania flies again.
It was great to see Ross and Brenda from Tasmania at YFT. They were on their way home from there latest trip around our big land. They decided to stay at Yarrawonga for a couple of days. Ross had a Edge Executive called “Nightmare” which had nose art which depicted a naked lady with a horses head. Ross sold his aircraft a number of years ago, and hasn’t flown much since. I asked Ross if he would like to fly the Arrow. Well it just goes to show you. Ross hadn’t forgotten how to fly. Well done Ross.
May 14th, 2013
Peter’s first 100 hours in the Arrow.
Peter and his brother flew over from Deniliquin to get there first 100 hourly done. What a flight in the smooth air, and it didn’t take long to find a few little problems. The main task was to replace the fuel lines. They were cracked and wouldn’t of lasted much longer. All in all their aircraft was in great shape. The boys flew back to Deniliquin later in the day.