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  • Archive for June, 2011

    Aviation Museum Benalla & YFT

    Sunday, June 26th, 2011

    YFT visits Benalla Aviation Museum.

    Sunrise at Yarrawonga and then THE FOG”…. Oh well at least it didn’t stay as long as Saturday. By 0800 hours the fog was all but gone.

    Moth Minor

    Moth Minor

    The hangar doors were open and the pilots started to arrive. Today was the day that YFT was flying to Benalla Aviation Museum and then on to Wangaratta Aero Club for lunch. Each time we closed the hangar doors another pilot would arrive to join the group. By 1000 hours seven aircraft took to the skies,and two stayed behind due to flat batteries. After forming up on the way to Benalla, three of the aircraft formed up into a VIC formation and continued to over fly Benalla aerodrome

    Museum staff

    Museum staff

    with the Tiger moth and Moth minor flying 500 foot beneath them in the opposite direction. It looked great from the air and apparently looked even better from the ground. After all the aircraft were on the ground we had a good look at the museum where members kindly offered a cuppa and biscuits and took the time to show us around their facility. The members are restoring a Tiger Moth, and Mark Carr has his Winjeel and Moth Minor as flying exibits at the museum. After a great morning, it was time for the YFT pilots to get into the air again and head to Wangaratta for lunch. With seven aircraft all ready to go, they taxiied to runway 08 Right for departure. After take-off, four of the aircraft moved into the finger four

    Winjeel in the Museum Hangar

    Winjeel in the Museum Hangar

    formation on the way to Wangaratta. The formation joined up wind and completed the circuit in formation and then conducted a stream landing. As the aircraft were being pushed back into the parking area a voice rang out, “Lunch is ready…” and what a lunch it was! A big thanks to Terry and other members of Wangaratta Aero Club for putting on a great spread. After lunch and a bit of socalising with Wangaratta Aeroclub members and some members of Holbrook Aeroclub who also flew in to join us, the YFT pilots once again hit the sky for the flight back to Yarrawonga. What a day and what a flight. The next YFT lunch will be at Corowa’s Jump Shak on the 17th of July. You should join us.

    Formation Flying at YFT

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

    Formation Training Ramps Up

    Faye and Peter in close formation

    Faye and Peter in close formation

    Over the last few months YFT student pilots have expressed an interest in the Formation Courses available at Hangar 19 Yarrawonga Flight Training. Gradually they have been receiving one -on -one formation flying training from Peter McLean, YFT’s formation qualified CFI.

    Perfect weather and a public holiday weekend combined to give several pilots a chance to come to train together, flying as a team for the first time. First three, then four flew in close proximity on a flight to Wangaratta and back on Sunday. On Monday two more Formation trained pilots got leave passes to Formation 764join the fun.  So, Willie, David, Michael, Kelvin (with self-proclaimed “Bag of Cement” in the back, Jenny), Faye, for her first formation flight, and CFI Peter, took to the skies for a six aircraft formation. The briefing was to fly a race-track pattern from the airfield to the lake, and back, with all the aircraft in a right-echelon formation. Vehicles began parking on Cahills Road at the end of the runway for a good vantage point, once the six engines had fired up. One by one the aircraft leapt into the sky, and began to form up over Lake Mulwala until the formation was complete. Listening to the instructions from their leader, they conducted turn after turn with a growing crowd watching. By the end of forty Formation 899minutes of this demanding discipline, the formation completed a “pitch and recover” exercise, and landed one by one for a well earned cuppa before debriefing. Everyone agreed it was demanding to stay on station, but lots of fun, and are looking forward to the next time that everone can get together.

    YFT Maintenance Day

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

    Is it 100 hourly, 200 hourly, or just time to do some maintenance?

    100 hourly771It was maintenance day on Monday and three aircraft needed  some regular maintenance done. After a formation training flight to Wangaratta and back, it was “dump the oil” , and let’s get into it! Kel was doing his 75 hourly on his new aircraft “Diversion”, Willie was doing his 200 hourly and adding the new quick-release drain plug, and Michael was rotating his tyres, a wonderful job that everyone thoroughly enjoys doing. Oil Change150There is usually some “blue -air” involved by the time that task is completed! All the maintenance had to be completed by mid-afternoon ready for a briefing for a six ship formation flying training exercise.

    WAC Breakfast

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

    YFT Flies to Wangaratta for Breakfast.

    Parking at Wangaratta

    Parking at Wangaratta

    Sunday 12th June 2011, Queen’s birthday long weekend, a time for pilots to come out to play! Meeting at 0830 hours to fly to Wangaratta for breakfast, the weather was clear but very cool. Willie had already flown across from Wangaratta Aerodrome. (Was it to make sure we were escorted back there? or just because he likes the extra flying? or because he wanted to fly off the last bit of time so he could come back tomorrow to do his 200 hourly service on his trike?) Five trikes were all airborne in good time for a cooked breakfast at the end of a short flight in crystal clear air. On the way, some formation flying was practised by the pilots who have had formation training. From Wang Breakfast137where I was sitting in the back of  our 912SST it was pretty impressive, for two formation flying students to be in a three ship formation, and flying as a team together for the first time. After a social chat over a delicious breakfast cooked by members of the Wangaratta Aero Club, the YFT formation flying students couldn’t wait to have their briefing and get airborne again to practice their new flying disciplines and ever increasing skills. It is interesting to hear everyone expressing their need for a cuppa and a rest after each formation flight. It shows their dedication to the discipline.

    Rotax 912 Quick release Sump Drain

    Monday, June 6th, 2011

    Quick Release Sump Drain.

    Rotax 912 oil sump drains.

    New Quick Release Oil Drain

    New Quick Release Oil Drain

    The new quick release oil sump drains are in stock now…

    The new sump drain replaces the sump plug in your Rotax 912 oil tank for a quick oil change. No more holding a funnel over pipes to stop the oil making a mess.

    The kit comes with crush washer, new quick release oil drain, and anti-seize in a tube.

    In Stock Now for $59.00


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