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Gunnedah Family Flying Days 23 - 24 June 2012

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When you go on a flight, you will see the surrounding area with a bird’s eye view and you can experience what it’s like to pilot a plane! Here’s your opportunity to see if flying is for you. You can


do this and more on the weekend of 23 & 24 June 2012 at the Gunnedah Airport.



Gunnedah Aero Club with support from Airborne Flights, AutoGyro Australia, Billabong Aviation, Lake Keepit Soaring Club, Maxx-G Aerobatics, Middlebrook Air Operations, Thomas Aviation, YBZ Airborne Adventures; are proud to bring this opportunity to you at the Gunnedah Airport. There will be more than 10 instructors, with their aircraft, to take you up for a “TIF” (Trial Instructional Flight) or an Adventure Flight as a passenger. Booking times are on a first come first serve basis; please contact the pilots to make an advance booking. You need to be at the airport terminal office at least 15 minutes before your flight time. There will also be availability on the weekend; just stop by and check in at the office building.



Aircraft available for Training Instructional Flights (TIFs) – for advance bookings call the pilot listed:



· Piper Archer or Cessna 150 ($100 - 20 min flight) Gunnedah Aero Club 0408 453 030


· Piper J3 Cub & Tecnam Sierra ($100 - 30 min flight) Wayne Mathews 0429 422 747


· Microlight Trikes ($60 for 10 min or $100 - 30 min flight) Chris Perdulovski 0428 444 868


· New Generation Auto Gyros ($100 - 30min flight or $180 - 1hr flight) Hunter Jones 0412 048 679


· Glider ($150 - 20 min flight) Ian Downes 0425 796 619



Aircraft available for Adventure/Joy flight:


· Cessna 182 (3 people per flight - 10/15 min flight) Gunnedah Aero Club 0408 453 030


· Yak 52 Warbird ($299 aerobatic adventure by former Navy Fighter pilot) Dave Baddams 0402 123 363 - Amy


· Stearman Open Cockpit Biplane ($299 – 30 min adventure flight) roy Thomas 0428 359 590


· Tiger Moth Open Cockpit Biplane ($199 – 30 min flight) Troy Thomas 0428 359 590




On display; look over airplanes, antique cars, motorcycles, tractors and horse drawn carriages. There will also be an overhead aerial display on both days, kite flying on Sat (12:30 - 1pm, you need to bring a kite) and model airplane aerial displays on Sun (12:30 – 1 pm). BBQ food available from 11- 2 pm. Bring the whole family along, making it a day to remember.










PITTS SPECIAL AERIAL DISPLAY in the skies over the airport at 12 Noon on both

















Saturday and Sunday - 23 & 24 June 2012 (sponsored by Taylor Automotive)








Gold Coin Donation at the gate will go to Westpac Rescue Helicopter or Angel Flight, your choice.









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Well Wayne the weather looks like it will be perfect! Shame all the accommodation in Gunnedah is booked out, must be lots of good things happening there this weekend. Looks like we will have to tent it at the airfield & I just noticed forecast minimum on Saturday night is -3 deg C.



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What a great weekend at Gunnedah! Glorious weather, great company of aviation people, wonderful dinner on Saturday night, with an hilarious Charity Auction followed by an interesting Guest Speaker in Paul Bennett. Well done Gunnedah. Caught up with lots of folk including forum members here Wayne Matthews, David Isaac, Lyle (Old Kooreelah) Scotty (Bubbleboy), Ray (Tracktop) & made some new friends as well.


Here is a video (bit shaky - taken on my phone in HD) I made of the Grumman Avenger display (both days) by Paul Bennett. Many have seen the Avenger sitting at Rutherford Airfield & wonder if it ever flys, well here it is. Incidentally Paul said it used 4 gallons of oil to fly from Rutherford to Gunnedah!




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It was a tremendous weekend here in Gunnedah. And next year is going to be even better. Paul Bennet had such a blast he's going to bring more of his equipment next year.


Paul Bennet's display in the Pitts was amazing. And that Avenger? Holy molly... It's one hell of a single. And the sound as it goes by... Man it gives you goosebumps just listening to it.




Dave Baddam's Yak is a sight to see too when he goes by. A few of our members went up with Dave, and every time, they come back saying things like, "I've seen videos and read about stuff like that. First time I've ever experienced it though." I couldn't decide who had the biggest grin, David the ex Harrier Jump Jet Driver, or his passengers.


At the dinner on Saturday night, there was an auction where one of our local auctioneers, Bert Hewitt, working side by side with one of our local Ag pilots, Peter Middlebrook, sold off a whole bunch of stuff while keeping everyone laughing our heads off. One of the things auctioned was a ride in an S2 Pitts that Ryan and his Dad Col Taylor own. But the Pitts was to be piloted by Paul Bennet.


Ryan's brother, Aaron, paid an astronomical amount for the ride but was too sick the next morning to take it, so he donated the ride to Chris Burgess's wife, Julie. The comment was made as Paul taxied the Pitts out on Sunday morning with Grandma Julie sitting proudly in the front seat, "That Pitts has never been flown so gently and smooth as it's about to be for the next half hour." And so it was. Julie came back with a grin that could have lit up London.



For those who missed it this year, mark down the last weekend in June for next year. The Gunnedah Family Flying Fun Day, Christmas in June, will be on again, and it will be bigger and better...



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