So you want to fly to Rottnest Island?

Many people dream of being able to fly themselves and their family or friends to Rottnest Island for the day. And with UFC it’s possible. Learning to fly isn’t as hard or as expensive as you might think. Our club has been helping people get their wings for over 50 years.

First up take a look at our learning to fly page – there’s now two different types of licences available (Recreational Pilots Licence and Private Pilots Licence). The recreational is a good starting point and is essentially a limited version of the PPL which lets you ‘add on’ extra privileges as you progress through training. The PPL allows you to do more but costs more and takes longer to acquire. You can also find a helpful article about the costs of learning to fly at Jandakot, Western Australia in our aviation blog.

The best way to get a taste of what it is like to learn to fly and actually experience first-hand what it is like to fly to Rottnest Island yourself is to take a 1 hour Trial Introductory Flight. You will fly the aircraft with the help of an instructor and experience the thrill of piloting an aircraft.

Learning to fly is a fantastic and rewarding experience you meet great people and learn many skills that will stay with you for life. If you want to know more contact one of our committee members.

Check out some of our Club Members photos from Rottnest Island:

EZT landing at YSEN Serpentine Airfield 2015 Fly In

2015 Serpentine Fly in and Bunbury Fly-away Photos

A collection of photos from the 2015 Sport Aircraft Builders Club Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) Fly-in on the 27th of September and preceding fly-away to Bunbury Airport (YBUN) with lunch courtesy of Bunbury Flying School. Photos provided by Scott Palmer of UFC with Airborne photos of EZT courtesy of David Eyre and Keith Anderson of AviationWA. Check out AviationWA’s excellent coverage of the event http://www.aviationwa.org.au/sabc-annual-fly-in-serpentine-airfield-27-sept-2015/. Thanks for the photos guys!

Kalbarri Fly-in 2015

Bunbury Aero Club are organising a fly-in to Kalbarri in late October.

Most aircraft will be departing Friday 30st October and returning 1st November for a weekend of fun, relaxation or whatever you may choose. BAC have club aircraft available for hire and bookings for rooms at Pelican Shores Villas. Call or email to register your interest and to book accommodation. There is usually a dinner on the Friday night (and sometimes pilots also meet on Saturday too but it’s not scheduled as some people like to do their own thing on the second night).

For more info contact 08 9725 4377 or admin@bunburyaeroclub.com.au

 

Outback Air Race 2015 kicks off

UFC wishes all the participants of this year’s Air Race a safe trip around Australia. The race raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. As of the time of writing (20/8) collectively the teams have raised 331,388 an incredible amount of money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“collectively the teams have raised 331,388”

This year UFC Member Ed Jones has entered a team in the race and we will be eagerly tracking their progress across the country over the coming weeks. Ed’s team has raised over $12,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service to date, a terrific achievement. If you’d like to help support them reach their goal of $15k you can do so here https://oar2015.everydayhero.com/au/robin-safari

You can follow the Ed’s team progress on Facebook and on their website:

You can also follow their flight status and that of all the teams on AvPlan EFB’s live traffic page here (it’s also embedded below):

For more info about other teams and race news see the OAR Website here:

Live Traffic Feed

New Webcams Page

Check out our new listing of Jandakot and Local Webcams:

http://uniflying.org.au/home/webcams/

If you know of any others at or near WA Airports let us know so we can add them to the list.

Serpentine Annual Fly-in 2015

The SABC Annual Fly-in will be held on Sunday September 27th at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN in the ERSA)
As always it promises to be a great day out, well worth attending.

When: September 27th

Where: Serpentine Airfield (YSEN). 10 minutes south of Jandakot, WA.

Cost: Free

Further detailsSABC YSEN Serpentine Fly-In Poster 2015

Trip to the Lily Dutch Windmill 2015

On the 14th of June 2015 the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA) Albany Chapter (Chapter 1) held a fly in to the Lily Dutch Windmill just north of the Stirling Ranges near Albany. The airfield owners Hennie and Pleun Hitzert put on a great BBQ lunch, coffee and Apple Pie. There was a great turnout as you can see from the photos and we hope this ends up being one of the regular events on the WA aviation calendar. It’s a great destination for a weekend stay – they even have a Dakota C47 which has been converted into a hotel room. There’s two runways 09/27 and 14/32. Runway 14 slopes down 2.5% and has a large drop-off about 1/3 of the way down the runway. It’s better to land on 32 if the wind is negligible. All the runways are well kept. If you are flying around this area it’s definitely a spot to visit.

Check it out here: http://www.thelily.com.au/

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The Photos (click to enlarge):

Visit to Miami Bake House / Midway Airstrip WA

On 30th of May 2015 a number of UFC members and some friends from Serpentine Airfield set off to check out the Midway Airstrip (which conveniently has a fantastic pie shop right next to it). Bunbury Aero Club had organised a fly in a week earlier but it was put off due to bad weather so we decided to head in the following weekend with a smaller group. Permission was provided by the property owner who also advised the strip was in good condition and regularly used, the farm animals were separated by a fence and separate gate and should not be on the strip, however, best to do a strip inspection – which we did to confirm all was good. The Club Aircraft VH-EZT and the 172 departed Jandakot in the morning and met the others at Serpentine Airfield for a coffee and quick look around. There was a bit of activity and we got to see the kit-built mustang which is progressing nicely. We then departed Serpentine and headed off towards Midway which is just to the South East of the South-eastern-corner of the Peel Inlet. Caleb and Gerry were in the Cessna and was the designated strip inspectors on the day we were advised that all looked to be in order and the rest of us joined the circuit after the 172. The owner had advised us to use the Murray Field and Serpentine CTAF 119.1 as the airfield is close by – a Jabiru transiting the area heard us on the radio and joined in. We met the Miami bakehouse owners who were very welcoming and sampled some of their pies and coffee. A great day out.

Aircraft in attendance:

2x Piper Cherokee 140, Cessna 172, Pipersport and a Jabiru J-230

Coordinates: -32.672433, 115.789426.

Owners prior permission is required and experience with grass strips is advised.

Google Maps Link

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Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson visits Perth

Photos from Valley View 2015