Temora Aero Club blog
AV Safety Seminar 13th October
An excellent roll up for the AV Safety Seminar with 29 people coming from Temora, Cootamundra, Leeton and Canberra! Teraya and Albert from CASA, reviewed changes in procedure at non towered aerodromes and Pilot Maintenance. A shared meal at the conclusion allowed time for participants to renew friendships with others and to speak further with the presenters.
THE MENINDEE ADVENTURE
Saturday, 2nd October, Mal and his wife prepare the club’s Tecnam for an excursion to Broken Hill for the long weekend. That afternoon the Westmans were sitting out front of their home in the Aviation Estate when Geoff stops outside and notifies them that Mal has landed at Menindee after experiencing sudden rough engine running about 10 mile North of this airstrip. After much thought, Paul and Joan Westman load up their “minibago” with tools and a bit of food and head out to Menindee, via Hillston and Ivanhoe arriving after midnight. The next morning, Sunday, Mal and Kay meet us from Broken Hill in their rental car, after hitch hiking to Broken Hill the previous evening. After a careful visual inspection of the engine, no obvious problem could be detected except for a compression problem in the left piston. Mal and Kay left to continue their holiday and the Westmans continued to check out the problem that could be with the hydraulic lifter. The decision was made that we just had to return to Temora. About 20 K back out on the road to Ivanhoe, we decided to turn around and take the engine out. Checked with Geoff and he concurred that that was the best option.
On Monday the engine was packed on a pallet and trucked to Bert Flood in Lilydale, Victoria. All looked smooth running so that we could get it back for the next weekend. Not to be!! Wally, who works on Rotax Engines, was delayed by a problem which put him in hospital! Thursday arrived and it looked like he was going to be back on deck on Friday. To shorten this story – Westmans packed up again, took off for Lilydale Thursday evening, picked up the completed engine Friday around 1:00pm and headed back up to Menindee. The problem: a broken valve spring! never seen before by Wally who has worked on Rotax Engines for many years.
Robert Maslin, who was back from his holiday in Perth and “Curly” flew out in Rob’s plane Saturday morning and Curly flew back the club Tecnam after the engine was back in place. A beautiful flight back for Robert and Curly and a long one on the road for the Westmans.
All is well, now!
Coming Event – MARCH 2011 90th Royal Australian Air Force Air Rally
On the 28th March, 2011, the 90th Royal Australian Air Force Rally will arrive at Temora on day one of a rally that will take them to three original early training school sites. Members of the Temora Aero Club Committee have been meeting with representatives from Point Cook, the Temora Council and Rod Luke who is the main organiser of this important event. More that 50 aircraft will arrive during Monday and will lunch at the club house. A Special dinner will take place at the museum that evening and then the group will depart through the day on Tuesday after having breakfast at the club.
The Temora Council has been involved in publicity and invitations to school groups to come to the airfield and be part of this special occasion and the aero club will provide meals.
More information about this rally will appear through the following months.
Sunday, September 26th, 2010 was a perfect day for the Club’s Open Day!
The rain had ceased, the sun was out and the wind nil. At around 9:00am some residents of the Aviation Estate started to bring their planes down to the parking area outside the club house and pegged them down for the day. By 11:00am inbound planes started to arrive from other aero clubs. By the end of the day we had planes that had come from a number of clubs in the area: Tumut, Wagga, Moruya and Sydney.
A BBQ at midday set the scene for visitors and club members to gather around and catch up with fellow aviators and happenings at other clubs.
We had a good line up with a variety of planes on display from Sal and Justin’s Luscombe to Sam Richard’s RV. There was a bit of competition between the two on who could get the best “shine”. Sal’s recent gift to Justin of a super duper polisher helped them “win”! What a shine!!!
A very Successful Day!!