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  • Archive for July, 2011

    Formation Flying

    Friday, July 29th, 2011

    Formation Flying Track

    Formation Track

    Formation Track

    After more formation flying yesterday, David has done a screen capture of one of our training sessions. Its quite interesting to note that this track is from one aircraft only. There were four aircraft in the formation following that track.

    Yesterday David started training of Formation Landings, at Corowa, where we have a much wider strip than Yarrawonga. This practice culminated in a formation flight back to YYWG, and a formation landing on Runway 19.

    Aircraft Tyres Special

    Thursday, July 28th, 2011

    August Special
    Aviation Trader adMichelin Condor 600-6 T120 tyre $135 each

    Michelin Condor 500-5 tyre $98 each
    Matching tubes also available.

    Ring 03 5744-1466 or email yft@yarrawongaflighttraining.com.au to order

    Some of the Idiots you meet flying

    Monday, July 25th, 2011

    Some Idiots you see flying!

    JabiruYes as the title reads, I do see some idiots flying…. You may have seen some of these pilots flying in your area. I am sure most of you have your own stories to tell. Just remember that we all have a duty of care to keep our skies safe. The pilots described below are not just recreation aviation licenced pilots, they are also GA, and I still call them all Idiots. I am the CFI of Yarrawonga Flight Training and I do not apologise for my comments. However most of the pilots I have met in my flying career have been responsible and safe ones. It is a small minority that give us all a bad name.

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    Young YFT Fliers

    Monday, July 25th, 2011

    Young YFT Fliers

    Cade1It is a few years now, since Peter was carrying out the daily tests at the Shell Avgas facility at Yarrawonga, and he had to “speak” to some local boys who could potentially become unwanted nuisances around the aerodrome.

    He invited them to visit our Hangar 19 complex, and they took up his invitation. At that time the boys were aged 12, 11, 10 and 9 years. They lived close by and often rode their bikes to our facility and watched, helped, and learned. They became familiar with radio calls, circuit procedures, maintenance and cleaning routines. Their parents allowed them to attend many of our skills workshops, so all have passed the air law, radio, human factors and BAK theory exams, putting their knowledge into practice more often than many “weekend warriors”, and they were taught about situational awareness and airmanship as well as how to do a thorough pre-flight check on several types of our trikes. Occasionally Peter would put one or another in the rear seat and fly a circuit or two, and each of the boys kept an exercise book as a log book which Peter duly signed as they accrued time in the air. Always respectful, they are always a welcome addition to our facility.

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    Jennifer is back in the Air

    Sunday, July 24th, 2011

    After being in the back seat for 12 months.

    Jennifer in he SST

    Jennifer in her SST

    Jennifer took to the air again today, after being in the back seat for just over twelve months, and she flew as if she had flown only yesterday.

    Formation Flying at YFT

    Sunday, July 24th, 2011

    Four Aircraft Formation.

    YFT Formation training is going well, with another training section on Saturday afternoon. Four aircraft, two XT-912 Streak 3’s and two XT-912  SST’s made up the formation. The Flight was made up of pilots David, Kelvin, with observer Jennifer, Faye, and CFI Peter. The training session consisted of formations Echelon Right, Finger Four, and Diamond, and was followed up with a circular approach and landing.

    David in the leadThe section of aircraft departed on runway 19 with David and CFI Peter conducting a formation take-off. The four aircraft joined up at 2000 feet over the lake and made a 3nm orbit around the town and the aerodrome. After that, the four aircraft changed their  formation into finger four, and then into a diamond formation. After conducting a number of aircraft and lead changes, the formation made its way back to the circuit area for a circular circuit and recovery. As we approached the turn onto down wind, Faye got a little high in the formation and went into the wake turbulence of the other aircraft. It looked very impressive from the slot pilot’s view as Faye’s wings wobbled, and then down and across the formation she went. David, who had taken the lead and was making the radio calls at the time, saw Faye disappearing across the formation. I called,” No-joy”, but by Diamond Formationthis time it was too late and Faye was rejoining the formation again. (and the entire training session, including Faye’s little mishap, was all captured on DVD for the team to review later.) After dinner, Faye must have encountered a bit more cross wind, because her hot chocolate went west and spilt all over the table and Anne. Faye is not going to live this day down in a hurry!

    Jump Shak Lunch

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    YFT goes to the Jump Shak for Lunch.

    Lunch at the Jump Shak

    Lunch at the Jump Shak

    Last Sunday, 17th July 2011, enthusiastic pilots and passengers arrived at Hangar 19 to fly to Corowa to socialise and enjoy a lunch at the Jump Shak. Aircraft were pulled out, refuelled and preflighted. The time was drawing near for departure…. and then it rained! The visibility dropped to less than two kilometres, so the decision was made, “We drive!”

    Heading towards Corowa, where we would normally make our ten mile radio call, the skies cleared, and there was much cursing in the vehicles. However we believed that the right decision had been made, for we may not have been able to return to Yarrawonga. It was good to note that when we reached Corowa, nobody else had been able to fly through either. It was only a thin band of rain, but it was very effective.

    We enjoyed a great cooked lunch from the Jump Shak Cafe.   As it was cold, Tabitha and Co. turned on the

    Jump Shak Aircraft

    Jump Shak Aircraft

    gas heater and lit the Coonara, so it was nice  and warm, as we ate and chattered, and people packed parachutes at the other end of the building.

    We drove back to Hangar 19, where the weather had cleared sufficiently for several keen people to enjoy a local flight before tucking their aircraft away and heading home to more warmth.

    Wing Aerial Attachment

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    Aerial Airband Rear Keel Mount

    Aerial Airband Keel kit

    Aerial Airband Keel kit

    Airborne have released a new Aerial Keel mount. This mount means your aerial can be mounted on the keel rather than on the king post, which gives you better hangar clearance, and makes no difference to your radio reception. There is no problem with prop clearance either. The kit comes with all the components and a step by step guide to fitting the unit. YFT Pilot Shop has the new Aerial Keel Mounts in stock now. Price $129.00 ea Part number AB110715

    Michael goes Solo

    Friday, July 15th, 2011

    Michael becomes a Solo Man.

    Michael The Solo Man

    Michael The Solo Man

    Only a day after his son, Jacky, Michael goes Solo. Another cold  but sunny day, perfect for flying at Yarrawonga, and great weather conditions to take that all-important step of going solo! Michael worked with dedication to master spoken English in order to gain his radio licence. His Chinese-English accent is much better than our attempts at English-Chinese. In fact it is “Very rice”… Well done Michael!

    YFT Youngest Microlight Pilot to Solo

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    Jacky goes Solo.

    Jacky goes Solo

    Jacky goes Solo

    Earlier today, Jacky became a Solo man. After doing a number of circuits floorlessly his CFI Peter climbed out, and off he went. There were two other aircraft in the circuit and Jacky handled the traffic well.

    Jacky, and his father Michael have been working in the coldest windiest flying weather we have had for some time, but have progressed well. Today was still cold, but sunny, and the wind calmed down enough for Jacky to solo. Jacky is not our youngest student, but at just 15 years and 6 months, he is the youngest student to solo.


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