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  • Archive for October, 2011

    Megafauna Fly-away 2012

    Monday, October 31st, 2011

    Finally the Megafauna Fly-away is On.

    The 2012 Megafauna Fly-away is on. The dates are 24th of March to the 1st of April 2012. We will be starting at YFT and heading for Horsham for the first night. Monday we head to Naracoorte, with a trip to the caves. Tuesday we arrive at Goolwa, and we will have three day to fly around or just see the sights. We will be tracking back to Wentworth on Friday, and then Hay on Saturday. We will arriver back at Yarrawonga of Sunday morning. An one wishing to sign on may ring or email YFT for a sign on form. Remember it is first in gets the slot.

    Airborne X Classic for Ron

    Monday, October 31st, 2011

    Ron purchases a Airborne X Classic.

    Ron4Ron has been flying a number of aircraft in the past, from Tomahawks, to Gazelles, and then he flew in a Trike. This was Ron’s chance to buy his own aircraft. Lucky for Ron we just happened to have an aircraft arrive at YFT for sale that fitted the bill. Ron asked and got permission from wife Anne to buy this aircraft. Ron will start his conversion training soon.

    ASA Chocks

    Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

    November Special. Wheel Chocks.

    asachockThese tire chocks keep the aircraft securely parked. A pair of black moulded plastic wheel chocks are connected with 22” bright yellow and black braided nylon rope that won’t rot or retain water. The bottom cleats keep aircraft securely parked, and the concave design fits any aircraft tire. $30.00 each during the Month of November Sale.


    Friday, October 21st, 2011


    Colin5After soloing last week, Colin has flown the necessary hours and passed all necessary exams to retun home tomorrow as a fully licenced pilot.

    Today Colin flew his final Solo Nav, to Deniliquin and beyond, in what, at times, had become marginal weather.  3.4 hours later he was pleased to be handed a hot cup of coffee, but he didn’t sit down for a little while! He hadn’t landed in between leaving Hangar 19 and returning to Hangar 19, and felt a little stiff from sitting so long…

    Today he also achieved his Passenger Endorsement and ordered new aircraft covers to trail his new aircraft home on his new trailer in a few weeks time. It has been a “full-on” fortnight, with studying, flying, doing exams, along with a lot of “retail therapy” as well. It has been a pleasure to help Colin achieve his goal.

    Formation Training Continues…

    Friday, October 21st, 2011

    This week’s formation training at YFT.

    Formation2AThere were two flights this week. David and Peter flew on Tuesday, in Echelon Formation at very close proximity, only two aircraft lengths apart.

    Wednesday saw a four ship formation covering the Tuesday briefing, which consisted of Echelons right and left, and Line Astern. The pilots were Peter, CFI Number One, Gary Number Two, David Number Three and Faye Number Four. The formation was quite tight and we had a number of onlookers along the foreshore, which is now becoming a regular occurence.

    Tecnam Arrives at YFT

    Friday, October 21st, 2011

    A new Tecnam arrives at YFT.

    Tecnam20Last Sunday the weather was really windy and turbulent. However a new Tecnam flew in from Stawell. This aircraft was so new that it had only flown 10 hours. It had been flown to our pilot shop in order to pick up lots of goodies and necessaries. Not sure which things were considered as necessary and which were considered goodies!!! A local pilot is a relative of the new owner, so I think we might be seeing a lot more of this aircraft.

    Solo Man Colin at YFT

    Friday, October 14th, 2011

    Colin goes Solo.

    Colin7Late this afternoon Colin completed his first Solo flight. It was in one of YFT’s new XT-912 SST aircraft. During the days, when the thermals and strong winds have prevented a lot of flying, Colin has been studying and passing subjects required to be completed before going solo. He has remarked that the jargon is the hardest part of the study, because, in the main, the rest relies a lot on common sense.

    The longer Colin stays around Hangar 19, and is surrounded by “pilot talk” and general “flying stuff”, the easier the studying becomes. In a few days, what was initially unfamiliar, is now just a part of his normal discussion. Anne loves to see this “growth” in students.

    Congratulations Colin on a job well done. Now it’s onwards and upwards to the next level!

    Boeing 747-200 Nose Wheel Camera

    Friday, October 14th, 2011

    Boeing 747 Nose wheel footage

    Trike Pilot Starts Training

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

    Colin Starts his training.

    Colin11Colin arrived from Nowra area on Sunday, and on Monday Colin was straight into his training. His first flight was 1.2 hours followed by a second 1 hour flight. The conditions were different on both flights and Colin was able to see the way the XT-912 SST handles in both still air and then in 20kts with thermals. After these flights Colin had four hours of theory to do. I did say to Colin that if he feels that his head was going to explode to let me know! Today Colin got the taste of 35 and 40kt winds…. No Colin did not panic or have any trouble coping with the conditions. In fact with under 3 hours of flying experience he was flying circuits. Oh did I mention that Colin has another 4 hours of theory to do today… Lucky Colin.

    Formation Training

    Friday, October 7th, 2011

    YFT Formation Training

    Formation-2011-10-05Formation Training continues…. Tuesday night was a theory night, and Wednesday we put it into practice. David was No2, Gary No3 and Peter No1. Faye flew back seat with David, because her aircraft is still waiting for its Prop to come back from Bolly Props. No, there was no damage done! Faye is getting her props reconditioned and having Dura-tuff added to them. The mission for Wednesday was Echelon Right and Echelon Left, and then a change of lead aircraft. Mission length was to be one hour, and the mission was completed in this time. Gary, No3, was a bit concerned about the how tight the turns were. This was a bit unfounded as the turns were quite mild, but it was only Gary’s second formation training flight. The training mission ended with a stream landing. The debrief was quite positive and everyone enjoyed their flight.

    David produced a screen capture of the training mission. This shows the formations’ track around Yarrawonga area.

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