The Jindabyne Aero Club (JAC) enjoyed a Fly-In at Jindabyne Randall Community Aerodrome on Saturday 11 April 2015. VIP guests were Michael Monck and Michael Linke, respectively President and CEO of RA-Aus (Recreational Aviation Australia). Invitations were sent out to many other aero clubs but inclement weather and prior commitments prevented many aviators from attending on the day.
Nonetheless, there was plenty of activity and a wide range of aircraft from a powered parachute and Trike, a Drifter, an AeroPup, Jabirus, a Pipistrelle Virus short wing powered glider, to Cessnas, a Carbon Cub and a Nan Chang plus a Jetranger and Hughes 500 helicopter. Flights were available in the Nan Chang, a Jabiru and the Jetranger. In between these flights, the recently approved and licenced Jindabyne Model Aero Club flew some entertaining demonstration flights whilst club members prepared an enjoyable BBQ lunch of chicken satays and sausages with salads and deserts. Michael Monck also enjoyed a flight in the Nan Chang with its owner, Paul Duncan, President of Warbirds Australia.
The day was also auspicious for two of the JAC's young members. Bob Young, JAC President, presented 15 year old Tolina Davis with the JAC $1500 Flight Training Scholarship for 2015. Tolina is enrolled in the aviation program at Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) and is delighted at receiving the scholarship so that she can pursue her dreams in the air as well as in the classroom. The JAC has long supported the need to inspire and excite an interest in aviation amongst local youth. As such, members have for some years voted financial support to the aviation program at SMGS and, more recently, offered scholarships to students either resident or at school in the local area.
The day also coincided with the announcements from RA-Aus of the GYFTS (Giving Young People Flight Training Support) scholarships for 2015. These were established in 2008 with funds collected from RA-Aus members donations. The program has grown with the increase in membership and this year provided 25 scholarships. Michael Monck was very pleased to present one of the ten $2500 scholarships to Toby Mallon, a previous recipient of a JAC scholarship in 2014. Sharon Mallon, Toby's mother, accepted the award on behalf of her son who was unable to attend. Toby will continue his flight training with Alpine Aviation Australia and his instructor, Martin Hughes, and Tolina will commence her course with him on 22 April 2015. Tolina celebrated with a FOC flight over Lake Jindabyne.
The Aero Club was very pleased with all outcomes from the day. It was a “no fuss, no frills” day with both locals and visitors enjoying the static and flying activities, an excellent lunch and the opportunity to talk aviation with their fellow pilots and enthusiasts. The weather was kind and everyone had a good time. The JAC is planning on holding similar events in the future. Our thanks go to Mr Michael Monck, Mr Michael Linke and our other visitors for accepting our hospitality and joining us for the day.
Stacey Gibb, a student pilot with Alpine Aviation Australia (AAA) based at Jindabyne Randall Community Aerodrome, successfully completed his first solo flight on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Stacey is 16 years old and a student at Snowy Mountains Grammar School where he is enrolled in the school's aviation program. He has completed 15 hours of dual instruction and is looking forward to obtaining his Pilot Certificate. Stacey is seen receiving his AAA Solo Pilot Pin from his flying instructor, Martin Hughes. Now that is a big grin!