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  • Archive for August, 2012

    Neil Armstrong Interview

    Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

    To view a rare interview with the Australian CPA, in 2012, type in this URL


    Airborne Arrow has another Solo

    Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

    Brian goes Solo….

    20443After only fifteen hours in conditions ranging from 10kts to 30kts, with turbulence and crosswinds, Brian conducted his solo flight this morning. Yes, Brian became a Solo Man.

    Brian was flying circuits on runway 01 at Yarrawonga, but his CFI decided that he was getting too familiar with the pattern, so Brian was told to change runways and start doing circuits on runway 05. Brian completed three full stop landings and then he was asked if he would like to go solo. He did one more circuit and, on take-off, a bird flew into the nose wheel. This was a test for Brian’s situational awareness. He made a perfect landing and then he went solo.

    Well done Brian… YFT Solo Man.

    Formation Flight Training

    Sunday, August 26th, 2012

    YFT Formation Flight Training.

    Formation250812X-ray Tango Flight is back in full swing, with the days getting longer. Two aircraft formation graced the skies over Yarrawonga, with many people commenting that it was great to see the formation flying over Yarrawonga again.

    Weekend training will be starting soon, and mid-week training will begin in late October.

    Flight Training at YFT

    Sunday, August 26th, 2012

    Flight Training for New Student, Brian.

    R0523Brian arrived from Sydney last Sunday, to begin his flight training with YFT. After one week of intensive training, he is about to go solo. During the week, Brian has been spending every waking hour when he is not flying, studying Air Legislation, Human Factors, Flight Radio and BAK. He has passed all subjects with flying colours. Brian has experienced crosswing circuits in up to 30 knots of wind, whilst training in the Arrow. He comes back beaming from each training flight. Watch this space, there will be a new Solo Man soon! P.S.  Brian had Sunday off to have a Nana Nap….

    Flight Training at YFT

    Sunday, August 26th, 2012

    Training days…

    R0452After flying circuits all week it was time to just go for a fly. Anne and I climbed into Arrow 12 and taxied out to runway 19 for departure to…. who knows? It was just me time. After take-off we turned to the west and headed for Mt Gwynne International, as we call it. Tracking west we passed over the Mighty Murray River, as the water races through the Yarrawonga Weir, and continues on its journey towards Lake Alexandrina.

    We arrived over Mt Gwynne airfield and joined the circuit for runway 09. R0289The canola crops looked beautiful in the afternoon sun. We did a couple of “touch and goes” and waved to Nico, the owner, as he watched us from his motorbike. Then we climbed above the field and tracked for home.

    Once we arrived over Yarrawonga, we decided to do some circuits on runway 19 as the sun sank lower in the west. Well, that was the end of  me time. It’s back to circuit training tomorrow!

    The Lore of Flight

    Saturday, August 18th, 2012

    The Lore of Flight School program is still going after 19 years.

    School photo 001During the week, Peter and Anne were lecturing at schools in Pakenham, Mt Eliza, and Geelong. The Lore of Flight School Program has now been running for 19 years, and if we wanted to, we could still be working in schools five days a week during the school year. Some of the students that Peter and Anne were teaching all those years ago, are now military pilots and personnel, civilian pilots and cabin crew with the airlines, and recreational pilots,… and it all started with a three hour lecture at their school. The lectures change from year to year, but the basic learning content is the same. The students, regardless of age, learn about the four forces of flight and how they work. This is followed by the students being able to see and touch real parts of aircraft. If we are working with wings, the students get to see and touch a number of real wing sections from large and small aircraft, if we are working with engines, the students will get to see and touch real propellers and fan and turbine blades…  either way the students get to play with the real deal. We are now, in some cases, presenting The Lore of Flight to the children of students we taught years ago! Makes you feel old? Sure. But obsolete and outdated? Never. Students even ask us for our autographs at times, (like in the good old days!)

    Avro Anson Mk I flying in NZ July 2012

    Saturday, August 18th, 2012

    Tanarg – Get the Feeling

    Friday, August 10th, 2012

    Formation Flying Starts Again

    Friday, August 10th, 2012

    P1220389YFT Formation Back in the Air.

    With the days getting longer, it was time to get X-Ray Tango Flight back in the air. This week saw three pilot’s flying a familiar formation over the Yarrawonga skies. Once again formation flights, and training with be getting back into a weekly routine. More details and training time tables will be posted soon.

    Airborne Arrow another Solo

    Friday, August 10th, 2012

    Martin goes Solo….

    P1220352Martin went Solo in the Airborne XT-912 Arrow last week and what a smile he had. Martin is now the fourth person to go solo in the new XT-912 Arrow. Martin has now started Nav’s to give him more opportunity to fly into different aerodromes and runways.

    Yes, Martin is a Solo man… Well done.

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