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  • Archive for December, 2010

    Trike Flying for Erika

    Friday, December 31st, 2010

    Erika flies again.

    Erika Flies Again

    Erika Flies Again

    Willem had a Cruze wing on his XT-912 Trike when he first purchased it. I took Erika up for a flight in their new Trike for a circuit which turned out to be a half hour flight. However the day that Willem took his wife Erika up was a quite thermally day and this was not so good for Erika who suffers motion sickness very badly. Willem decided to upgrade to the New SST wing and since them his flying has taken on a whole new range of experiences. Erika decided to have a go at one circuit yesterday, determined to “get back on the horse”! Well, the circuit turned out to be a local flight of 18 minutes, which she weathered quite well. Well done Erika!! We will try to turn her into regular aircrew one small flight at a time, although I think it will take some doing, as she just doesn’t like any form of motion!

    Trike Chaser Flies again

    Friday, December 31st, 2010

    Chaser Flies Again…

    Glen on RWY 05

    Glen on RWY 05

    Glen Eastment has been working hard to get his aircraft fleet into the air. Glen has been buying a number of older Trikes, that have significant historical value. His latest acquisition was an old Chaser Trike. With a lot of TLC and new parts, it took to the skies at YYWG this morning and it looked good. Well done Glen.

    YFT Microlight flies Tourist Group of 25.

    Thursday, December 16th, 2010

    The Crew

    The Crew

    Twenty five Vietnamese tourists flew with Peter in Xray Tango Six Five today. Wearing protective jackets, helmets and gloves each, in turn, saw the area  they had chosen to visit, from above.  While waiting for their turn to fly, teams were asked to build, and fly, a kit plane. The team whose aircraft flew the furthest distance won the competition. Anne saw teamwork, and heard a lot of laughter from all around the hangar.  Despite a potential language barrier, the organisors and participants alike spent an enjoyable morning at Hangar 19, and thanked Peter and Anne for their time spent at YFT.

    Locust be gone

    Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

    YFT Pilot Shop has Insect Remover Back in Stock.

    Wurth have a new insect remover.

    Insect Remover & Spray Pump Bottle

    Insect Remover & Spray Pump Bottle

    WE SOLD OUT of this product almost as soon as it arrived. However stock arrived again today from Wurth.

    This new insect remover really works! You just spray it on and the bugs just wipe off. The bugs are “melted” but the aircraft is not destroyed in the process!! It even works on Locusts, and you know that they are made of glue. The Insect Remover comes in a 5lt bottle for $45.00. If you want the Wurth Pump Bottle spray unit  is a special price of $40.00, at the moment. YFT will have stock next week. If you prefer, we have small bottles of insect remover concentrate available for $2.50.

    YFT Christmas BBQ

    Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

    Christmas Chat ‘n Chew.

    One of the local Pilots

    One of the local Pilots

    Cessna’s, Piper’s, RV’s, Nanchang’s, helicopter’s flew in for the YFT Christmas BBQ. Local pilots drove and walked in. About 40 people had a real Chat ‘n Chew before moving on to their next activity on these busy days leading into the festive season. There were 12 door prizes, ranging from Maglites to DVD’s, and there was one booby prize. This was won by Reg… He won the full set of Airservices charts including an ERSA. Mind you they were all out of date! Thank to all who turned up to make this day a good one.

    F-111 last flight

    Friday, December 10th, 2010
    Burn Your Name

    Burn Your Name

    The Last Flight of the PIG

    The jet bomber age dawned for the RAAF in 1951, with the English Electric Canberra tactical bomber. The last of these majestic aircraft was withdrawn from service in 1982, a sad day.

    General Dynamics produced a total of 560 F-111 aircraft of all models.               Twenty-four C  models were ordered by the RAAF in March 1965 to be delivered  by February 1967. There were problems with the wing carry-through mechanism and this delayed their delivery until 1973.  I remember the problems the air-force had in trying to get the F-111 into service, and the bad publicity the aircraft got by the time it made it into service.

    And then there were Six

    And then there were Six

    I remember the burns Anne and I received at Edinburgh Air-force base after a new ground crew started the engines without doing their safety checks. Anne and I were filming behind the F-111C when we heard the engines firing up. This was our cue to run. It was too late, and by the time the crew shut the engines down we had been burnt. You don’t know what a kerosene burn is like until it comes from the back of a PIG.

    Anne also remembers the noise of several low flying F-111’s doing a commemorative circumnavigation of the coastline of Australia, and the various effects it had on the kids of our extended family as they flew over Sorrento!

    It’s a sorry day to see these aircraft being decommissioned.


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