Presidents Report – July 2023

A fairly quiet month for the club this month with a lot of wet weather around so not a lot to report.

Behind the scenes your committee has been getting on with things including purchasing a new set of scales for doing aircraft weight and balance.

Our old ones were not holding their accuracy and were a single pad only making them tricky to use. The new ones are a multi pad type so each undercarriage leg can be weighed simultaneously, making the process simpler. Once they arrive from the USA they will be made available to members only, with some conditions on their use. Thanks to Chris Moore for researching and organising their purchase.

We have now secured speakers for the remainder of this year’s normal meetings. More on that later.

Events coming up include the South Australian Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide, and lunch on July 22nd. All places for lunch are taken but if you wish to turn up at the museum for the tour only at 1000 am you are most welcome.

The date for the next club BBQ at Murray Bridge has been set for September 16th so put that in your diaries with more details to follow.

Another event coming up at the end of July is the annual EAA Oshkosh Airshow in Wisconsin USA. I know several Adelaide aviators attending this year so hopefully we will get a first-hand report when they return.

If you are an Antique Aircraft enthusiast be reminded their much delayed and rescheduled National Fly-in is at Temora NSW on 1-3 September. Closer to home another washed out event rescheduled from last year is the Jamestown airshow on October 8th. Google both of these events for more details.

Our speaker for the July meeting is member Greg Robertson who will present a slide show with dialogue of the recent club safari all the way to Thursday Island and return. It will be interesting to see what everyone involved got up to and I know a lot of good photographs were taken.

If there is some spare time following the talk Rob Wintulich has compiled some short aviation videos on different subjects that we can watch afterwards. I hope to catch up with everyone on July 12th.

Blue skies,


‘All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics’- Sir Sydney Camm, designer of the Hawker hurricane, about the cancelled TSR-2