Canberra Aero-Club aims to bring together people with a common interest in aviation in order to enjoy and experience the challenge and freedom of flight as safely as possible. The Club believes that sharing aviation with people from all walks of life not only makes us better pilots but better people too. So come down to the club and have a look at our aircraft, talk to our members or share a flight with one of our pilots.
Operating since 1938, the Canberra Aero-Club is one of the oldest Aero Clubs in Australia. We are situated at Canberra Airport and enjoy being able to fly in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace. We are less than an hour’s flight to the southern NSW coast and close by to the Snowy Mountain ski fields. Flying throughout the wide and scenic spaces of the Murray-Darling Basin is also enjoyed by our member pilots.
The club operates a growing fleet of aircraft available for hire. We try and maintain a fleet that caters across different pilot budgets. With over 100 members, a great location and an increasing fleet of aircraft, we create an ideal environment for members and visitors alike.
Pencil in the last Wednesday of each month for a Canberra Aero Club Pilot Night. Proposed topics for discussion include: Engine Monitors ‘101’, Changing Spark Plugs and other pilot-performed maintenance, Flight Planning Software and visits to the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre. The upcoming topics are:
30 April 14 - Engine Monitors ‘101’. 6pm onwards at the Gate Palace.
28 May 14 - Changing Spark Plugs. Meet at 6pm at the Gate Palace.
Just a reminder that AOPA has invited all members and aviators to a seminar this Sat (7th Feb). Quite a variety of speakers from AvPlan to CASA, so should be worth attending.
See flyer for details on registering.
Our intrepid friends Les and Marg completed a fly-away, over the xmas period, to "the desert and the sea". Like most fly-aways, it was a compromise. Marg wanted to visit coastal townships and Les was keen on outback sights. Their Cherokee 180 eventually took them to places like Rawnlsley Park (near Wilpena Pound), Lake Acraman, Ceduna and Streaky Bay - Satisfying both their ambitions.
Attached is an article (for pilots and non-pilots alike) written by Les Sullivan about their trip, to perhaps inspire your next trip - or just to make us all jealous! Click on the following link: .a-flight-to-the-desert-and-the-sea_opt6.pdf
Having recently become a member of the Committee, I'm keen to contribute in whatever ways I reasonably can.
My ideas for contributing to the Club include:
- organising a visit to the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre (ever wonder why it's important to submit a SARTIME, and what happens if you don't cancel it?)
- showing how to change a spark plug or an inner tube (ever wonder what you should do if the magneto check doesn't work or the tyre's flat in the middle of nowhere?)...
Local comedian Paddy Hornby is donating his services and performing for us at our Xmas party on 24 November (see the pdf notice below). Paddy is heavily involved in COMEDYACT and next years Comedy Festival.
The inaugural Canberra Comedy Festival (CCF) will run from 19 to 23 March 2013. The CCF team are currently in the process of finalising the list of international, national and local acts who will provide the Capital with its funniest week ever. Keep a watch on festival website for more details: http://www.canberracomedyfestival.com.au
In the meantime, if you want to see great live comedy around town go to the COMEDYACT website at www.comedyact.com.au. Subscribe to the mailing list while you are there and purchase your tickets for gigs online.
Blogs concerning aircraft associated with the Canberra Aero Club
As many of you may be aware the CAC supports the Canberra Air League Squadron, which promotes and teaches young boys aged 8-18 all about aviation and even supports them in achieving their pilots licence. The Air League has asked CAC to publicise the following opportunity.
Check out this photo - one of the slickest 152's I've ever seen.
Last year a few members of the Club decided to form a syndicate to purchase a late model aircraft in the US.
Tom Flynn, who put the syndicate together, said: 'After lots of discussion we settled on a Cessna 182T because it has good range and excellent payload. We found a good aircraft in Illinois which was within our budget and met our criteria. We got a US LAME to inspect it. There were no problems with the aircraft so we bought it in early April.'
The syndicate decided to have the aircraft partially disassembled and shipped to Australia. Tom said: ‘We found it was a bit less expensive to ship compared to ferrying. We contracted the company in Kansas which holds the Cessna contract for the export of all shipped Cessnas. They did an excellent job disassembling, packing and shipping. We were very pleased with their work.'...
Here you can share your travel experiences about anything related to aviation. Share your photos of museums, flight shows, displays, anything that you think will be of interest to fellow club members.
Andy Hardy and Sam Kidd are flying a single engine Cherokee aircraft from London to Sydney to raise money for UK-based charity Oxfam. They reached Darwin on 2 November. On the same day Clinton McKenzie set off from Canberra in his V35 Bonanza, to link up with the 'Cherokee Challenge'. Clinton was accompanied by Margaret Travers and Gerald Varley. Clinton, Gerald and Andy served in the RAAF together before pursuing different careers in different countries.
The two groups met up in Alice Springs and did some sightseeing in the local area. The 'Cherokee Challenge' flight is due to finish in Sydney on 16 November.