Saturday, May 31, 2008

Terry trying out the new U-Hangar

Terry flew in today in his home built Jabiru to test the new hangar for ease of access. It passed with flying colours!

I'm sure there's an engine here somewhere Ed!

Another lovely Autumn day with temp. at 18 degrees. Dave had 2 long flights while Terry did find the engine and blew the cobwebs out of his self-launching glider with a local flight.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Caravan Park Earthworks

Crawfords men start Earthworks on the Caravan park site today as well as smoothing the entry to the concrete area

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Latest Condor Video from Bernie

Burne sent us this link for the Condor flight last Month on YouTube

Monday, May 26, 2008

Arbor day

Great to see Tony, John & Phil fly in on Sunday in the Piper Saratoga. Tony and John (owners of IIE) and Phil (recent solo Jabiru pilot) called in for a chat and a cuppa on their way to Albury.

Eddie was busy planting trees - over 500 in fact!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Hana's Picture

Hana sent this picture of the old bus taken at Xmas time

Friday, May 16, 2008

Birthday boy!!

Pete from Melbourne had his first lessons in the Jabiru today. Wife Lyn had given him flying lessons for his birthday. Pete really enjoyed flying with Ed. He liked it so much he has decided to continue on and do the full course.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Geoffs back

Great to see Geoff back in Toc after working in the top end of Australia as a commercial pilot. Geoff is pictured here with Alan and Dave who has just spent the day flying.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Dave & Liz head to Deni

Dave and Liz headed off to Deniliquin in the Sportstar for a cup of tea.
Eddie's youngest son Lachlan tried his hand at flying the Jabiru for the first time and reckons he will be back for more lessons.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Graham and Glenda's new toy

Graham who is a part owner of the DG 600 called in today with his new aircraft; Twin Comanche VH-PBH. She is almost as old as Graham, but much better looking!

Also today John from Deniliquin flew his first Solo in the Jabiru J-160c

Congratulations. Well done John!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hisashi Niwa Check out his April visit Website

Hisashi from Japan was here in April to convert his gliding and power licences to an Australian Recreational licence. After conversion Hisashi spent a lot of flying time touring all the places he had flown over in a glider in previous years Check out all the places he visited on his website!

News Flash 7th May

Student pilot, Peter flew solo today!

Peter started his glider flight training on the 18th of April. Congratulations Peter, from all at SportAviation.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Condor first flight 29th April

What a day! The highlight of April was the official launching of the vintage glider Condor. Restored to its former glory by Mike and vintage glider enthusiasts.

A brilliant day saw Eddie in the tug and Ingo flying the Condor. They put on a spectacular display for the crowds below. There where many local and Japanese vintage glider enthusiasts gathered to watch.

Other vintage glider flying on the day included Ken in the Slingsby, Leigh in the Grunau Baby and Jenny in the KA6.

A spectacular dinner was held at SportAviation the evening prior. Mr. Tanokura (a prominent Tokyo restaurateur) cooked traditional Japanese fare for the Japanese and Australian guests. The evening culminated in a "magic show" performed by Mr. Mori from Japan.

Tuesday evening saw an end to a wonderful day with a BBQ held at the Murray Border Flying Club.

ANZAC Weekend 25-27th April

Hi again,

Well another great weekend. A busy time for both gliding and ultra lights!

A mixed bag weather wise, beautiful Friday and Saturday and a bit of cloud and welcome rain on Sunday. The good days had glorious cumulus clouds and thermals up to 6000'.

During the previous week Eddie had put new tyres on his car but it obviously didn't like the pampering because this week the engine blew up! Fortunately Terry arrived in the Sonnerex and he and Laurel flew back to Shepparton where Laurel drove Terry's car back for Eddie to borrow. A big thank you to both of them.

Eddie and Richard had the Blanik and IS28 out with budding glider pilots Helena and Malcolm. Malcolm has previous power flying experience and had a suprise weekend of flying for Helena. They both did several hours of flying and had great time.

Tim was towing in the Maule and Bob and Peter both had good flights of 2 hours or so.

The next day Richard took Nicole for a trip in the Sports Star. The weather started closing in so they arrived back earlier than anticipated.

Regular, Dave has combined both gliding and ultra-lighting recently. After soaring in his glider Dave then jumps in the Sports Star. " It's great to be able to do both in the one day" he says.

When the weather was not so good Tim, Laurel and Graham each took the Maule for a fly. There where smiles all round.

Peter and Ginny dropped in to see what was going on. Peter was looking enviously at the people going flying. I wonder what was going through his mind! It was good to see them around.

Tim and Laurel hosted an evening BBQ at which Tim cooked a chicken in the camp oven over a camp fire - Chicken, a drink or three, delicious!

It was great to see Neil, Glenda and Graham, Nicole and Richard, Bob and Peter. A very enjoyable time.

Thanks for coming everyone.

Hangar News 18th April

Hi Everyone,

The good news for April is that the "U" hangar has been completed and is in use. It works very well and makes the business of getting aircraft in and out quick and easy. Well done to all involved in the construction.

The bad news... All spaces have been allocated and are already occupied! I don't think the paint had even dried! Contact Eddie or Cheryl if you would like to go on the waiting list.