four three day trip around Victoria.
We had originally planned to fly to Point Cook on Saturday 14 April, except the weather had other ideas. This photo shows the conditions at Point Cook. It was the same here in South Australia…
Never Mind, we managed to have a great fly away, thanks to the great organisation by our President, Steve Nelson.
See all the photos in the galleries at the top of the page.
APRIL 14 – Scratched
We had planned to fly all aircraft fly to RAAF Base Point Cook for a tour of the RAAF Museum. This was to be followed by a BBQ put on by the Aero Club. Then on Sunday we were going to Benalla.
Day scrubbed due to WX, now on Plan B.
APRIL 15 – Direct to Benalla
Direct flight to Benalla YBLA (Plan B) today, refuelling if needed.
Weather much better with 5/8 cloud and at 5500 we had a 50kt tailwind at times. Quick trip. Abeam Shepparton the weather ahead looked bad with the holes closing up, so we went under the cloud layer and had to fly around a few showers.
On arrival we were hosted by the Benalla Aviation Museum who treated us to a personal visit to the museum and gliding facilities and very enjoyable BBQ.
Some stayed in the local hotels such as the Glider City Motel (a short walk from the airfield) while others used the barrack style rooms at the gliding club. $25 per night single occupancy with shared bathroom facilities. Very good showers!. They are basic and you will need to supply your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel.
The Gliding Club bar is open from 1730 and it is possible to have food delivered to the bar. But the Bar may not be open for drinks.
Don’t ask Steve or Mark about the new fuel supply at Benalla
APRIL 16 – First Leg – Benalla to Yarrawonga
We departed Benalla around 0900 and fly to Yarrawonga YYWG and visit Peter & Anne McLean’s Hangar 19 Aviation shop who provided morning tea.
Weather again a problem with showers and low cloudbase but we all got there.
An ideal opportunity to stock up on aviation goodies, spare parts and some of the cheapest aviation oil in the country.
After a short stop for coffee and cakes (thank you Peter and Ann) we then departed for Swan Hill YSWH.
APRIL 16 – Second Leg – Yarrawonga to Swan Hill
We had to be ready to catch the bus to Lake Boga Museum no later than 1400 as the company had to fit in a school run while we were touring the museum.
The Museum chronicles the history of the seaplane repair base and secret communications centre at Lake Boga and is a fantastic collection well worth a visit.
The team here have undertaken a staggering amount of work piecing together their Catalina, numerous other exhibits and a magnificent building.
Overnight stay at Swan Hill with an early dinner at the Quo Vadis Pizza House, 255 Campbell St.
We then walked to the Pioneer Village to take in their new evening ‘Heartbeat of the Murray‘ light and sound show.
APRIL 17 – – First Leg – Swan Hill – Nhill
Our bus picked us all up from various accomodation and delivered us to the Swan Hill airfield at 10:00 to fly to Nhill to visit the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.
Home of the Avro Anson rebuild. From some rusty parts found behind a farmers shed they have worked a minor miracle and have mostly completed their rebuild.
APRIL 17 – Second Leg – Nhill – Home
A short sector in beautiful conditions got us home again.
Many thanks to Steve Nelson for organising the trip and also to all those who hosted us along the way and made us welcome.