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  • Archive for January, 2011

    YFT Australia Day Breakfast

    Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

    YFT Aussie Day Breakfast

    How Aussie is this

    How Aussie is this

    It was a typical Aussie summer day. HOT! But people began to arrive for our annual croissant breakfast to celebrate being in the best country on earth, by 8am. Most came by car, but Willie arrived from Wangaratta in his beloved trike, complete with Australian flags to decorate his chariot, a red T-shirt that screamed “I love Aussie”, and a hat with corks to disperse the ubiquitious flies. We are very proud of him, because Australia is his adopted country… he emigrated from South Africa. But now he’s more staunch an Aussie than most express outwardly! Just needs the Southern Cross stars he has planned to put under his gold and green wattle coloured

    Tony's new toy

    Tony's new toy

    trike wing, to complete the statement!! Cathy and Tony also flew in from Albury, in their new aquisition, a fine looking Cessna 180. From toddlers to Septegenarians, everyone spent a couple of hours chatting and chewing, before dispersing to enjoy the rest of Australia Day in their chosen manner. Thanks to everyone for turning up and making it another great social  event at Hangar 19!

    YFT BBQ

    Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

    David going for a flight in the Drifter

    David going for a flight in the Drifter

    YFT Sunday BBQ

    The Sunday BBQ was another good day with about 40 people attending.

    It was another great day for flying, with Shane and Paula flying their Drifter over from Wangaratta. Before and after the BBQ a group of YFT pilots flew to Wangaratta and Beachworth and then onto Benalla before flying back to Yarrawonga. it was a great to see the sky full of aircraft . A number of aircraft decided to fly over new student pilot At

    Katrina landing the Drifter

    Katrina landing the Drifter

    DuPlooy’s place at Bundalong. At had placed a South African flag in his back yard, so they would easily find his house. The tricky part here is At hasn’t told his wife about the flying lessons, so when his wife asked about why all the aircraft were flying over their house, At replied “that’s all the pilots who are member of the wood working club.” It seems to have worked so far. Just remember that YFT is now a wood working club.

    CASA Avsafe Seminar at YFT

    Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

    Avsafe Seminar at YFT

    Pilots at Avsafe Seminar

    Pilots at Avsafe Seminar

    Thirty-two interested people responded to an open invitation to a CASA safety seminar on AIRMANSHIP this evening, despite rather “ordinary” weather, and national disasters of floods and fires. The Atheneum delivered really hot pizzas and garlic bread right to Anne’s Smart car as soon as she parked outside the shop, and the hot food was quickly devoured as soon as it was put on the table at Yarrawonga Flight Training’s Hangar 19. Tim and Michael gave a very well received presentation with not only “powerpoint ” but videoclips and quite a bit of audience participation. “Commonsense and courtesy” was a very simple definition which emerged from a plethora of suggestions. And we were all asked to examine our own ideas of what Airmanship is, and just how high is our own standard of Airmanship as we perceive it….

    A tea and coffee break with sweet nibbles was enjoyed before an open forum was offered for the participants to ask for answers to queries which they wished to address. Questions were asked about flying through Avalon’s new airspace,  through to how to talk on the radio. Both Michael and Tim handled them really well. Thanks again to all who attended the Avsafe Seminar at YFT, and a special thanks to Tim Penny and Michael White from CASA, for making this possible.

    YFT First Flight of 2011

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

    YFT First Flight of 2011!

    By 0630 hours on 1/1/11 pilots were gathering at Hangar 19 YYWG, for a flight from Yarrawonga to Albury, over the Hume Weir and return, through G class airspace before Albury Tower opened at 0900 hours and became controlled airspace.

    Inbound to Albury

    Inbound to Albury

    Most of us had enjoyed New Year’s Eve at a local party together the night before, but the New Year’s Day flight had been planned for several weeks. Glen drove in with an early Pursuit trike which he had worked on to get flying again, but after test flying it on New Year’s Eve, he chose to back-seat in Faye’s XT-912 Tourer Streak 3. Ian and Elaine flew down in their XT-912 Tundra Streak 3. David also flew his XT-912 Tourer Streak 3 along with Gary with Frank as his passenger. Willem flew to Yarrawonga in his SST Tourer to fly out with the group. Kel and Jen flew their near new SST Tundra, along with Peter and Anne in one of their SST Tundra trikes. Twelve people, seven aircraft, no hangovers, but a suspect weather outlook.

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