Presidents Report June 2018

A few items to report on this month. I have just returned from a 2 week interstate driving holiday where I visited several aviation museums around South Eastern Australia including the RAAF Museum at Point Cook, Victoria.  You may recall this museum was originally on our itinerary for the Club Flyaway in April which we were unable to fly to due poor weather that Saturday.

It was certainly worth a visit. It has been fully refurbished since I last visited many years ago.

The exhibits in the 2 main hangars are well presented and laid out. The RAAF bomber hangar was a highlight. The only place possibly in the world when one can see an F111, F4 and Canberra side by side.

Some aircraft are maintained in airworthy condition and small flying displays are put on 3 times per week. A very nice Harvard demo was produced on the day I visited that included meet the pilot with question time.

The museum is open 7 days a week and best of all entry is free.

I have posted some photos of Pt Cook and the other museums I visited on the club website.

Ted King reported that the Lightning Bug has now flown for the first time with several follow up flights. He says the aircraft is extremely sensitive, especially in roll and quick.

Ted will give a report of his experiences at next weeks club meeting.

This month we have 2 visits to Parafield Tower organised at 10am on the 19th and 26th June. Numbers have been capped at 10 persons per visit due limited space in the Tower. The first visit on 19th June is fully subscribed and we have just 3 places left for 26th June. Please let me know if you want to come along. Also, both visits will be followed by lunch at the Roulettes tavern on Kings Rd right next to Parafield Airport. Could you let me know if you are NOT coming to the lunch afterwards as it will help with organising the booking.

Bob Scrymgour is organising a road trip to the Jamestown Airshow in October from 20th-22nd. It includes overnight stays in Caltowie and Peterborough and visits to museums as well as the airshow. Bob is interested in hearing from you if you want to join the group in your own car or if you don’t drive and are looking for seat. Details on the website.

Chris Moore has submitted an entry into the Stratco “What’s in your Shed?” competition which could win a cash prize for the club.  Of course he talks about Dr. Dan’s Shed and the Club Sonex project that was built in it. I don’t think there will be too many others who have done that!

So please put in your vote and we may win some money for the club. Click on this link to go to their site and vote.

Every so often we hear of a proposal that threatens the enjoyment and safety of our sport. We have just been informed of a proposal to build a giant solar cell farm immediately off the southern end of Murray Bridge Airfield. It appears that no consideration has been given to the effect of the project on operations at the airfield. We will discuss this proposal at next weeks meeting and I will hear your views with the intention to give the Club’s perspective on the proposal to the developer.

Our guest speaker for June is Paul Kerrison, a senior flying instructor at Flight Training Adelaide. He will give us an overview of his experiences working at one of the largest flying schools in Australia.

Remember to book your meal. See you next Wednesday.

Blue Skies,


The only time an aircraft has too much fuel is when it is on fire – Charles Kingsford-Smith