Trip to the Lily Dutch Windmill

By Scott Palmer – originally published in SABC newsletter.

On the 13th of July Bunbury Aero Club organised a fly-away to the Lily Dutch Windmill and a BBQ lunch at Narrikup near Albany I was keen to join in as I’ve never been down that way (last attempt to visit the PC9 at Albany several months ago we were met with a wall of thunderstorms south of Bunbury so we gave it a miss that day and returned to Jandakot).

The forecast was for bad weather all week and I had a feeling we’d be missing out again but on the day we were greeted with clear skies and a perfect weather forecast for the rest of the day after a little morning fog.

Gerrit and I arrived at icy-cold Jandakot at 7am prepped for an early get-away in VH-EZT. Somehow luck never seems to go our way and joy of joys during the walk around I discovered the landing light was loose so that needed to be sorted out first which delayed us a bit. Once that was sorted out we fuelled up and departed Jandakot to the south east heading out over Boddington Mine and direct to the Lily.

We had clear blue sky and the views were amazing. We had a nice tailwind to boot and got down there in just under an hour and a half. The air was silky smooth the whole way and before long we found ourselves chatting with one of the BAC Cessna’s as we approached the Lily. We overflew to get a good view of the place then dropped down to join the others on runway 32. I always find these little unpaved runways exciting and the approach for 32 was slightly uphill. I put EZT down and taxied up to the windmill where a small group had formed to watch everyone coming in.

A few more arrived after us and we parked got out to take pictures of the amazing landscape. Wow what a view! This is definitely somewhere to come back to for a longer stay.

We were then distracted by the smell of Apple Pie and Coffee and headed inside for morning tea. We met the owner Pleun and he gave us a fascinating tour of the windmill. I was in Kinderdijk a few years back so I was expecting to see something similar; however, Pleun’s windmill was something else – absolutely immaculate inside and out. The workmanship was incredible. This guy really has some skill and patience 😀 Next up we had the briefing for Narrikup and then headed over to check out the Dakota where more amazing workmanship was on show. The Dakota is almost finished and the fit-out looks great. I managed to get a shot of Bob Main’s RV departing through the wind-shield of the Dakota.

After watching the others depart Gerrit took over the reins and we departed off runway 27 planning to fly around the ranges then head over the Porongurups then on to Narrikup. Again we were met with some striking views; however, the wind had picked up and it was a bit bumpy.

As we approached the Porongurup’s we heard the same BAC Cessna on the radio approaching the circuit for Narrikup. To our surprise we then heard that the previous aircraft had ‘had a problem’ on landing. We assumed they might have burst a tyre or something. We carried on around the Porongurups. We heard another radio call from an aircraft joining the circuit and then on downwind there was another radio broadcast with more info about the previous aircraft which was apparently damaged. We were told everyone was ok. The second aircraft made a go-around and headed back to Bunbury, we decided not to land and overflew the airfield first to get familiar with it for the future. What a fantastic looking runway!

We headed back to Bunbury. We now had a 30kt headwind so it took us 2.3 hours from wheels off at the Lily to landing in Bunbury. The other aircraft flying with us reported much the same at various altitudes.

We landed at Bunbury refuelled and went inside to catch up with the other pilots and grab a quick coffee before heading back to Jandakot. From Mandurah onwards the wind started to die down. It was a quiet afternoon at Jandakot so we were given a straight in for 06L, we landed and packed up the plane. What a day – 5 hours in the air.

I strongly recommend a visit to the Lily if you haven’t been. Unfortunately we didn’t get to check out Narrikup but the runway looked to be in top condition. Next time!


UFC and CFC Reciprocal Membership starts July 2014

After some negotiation, University Flying Club (UFC) has entered into an affiliation agreement with the Curtin Flying Club (CFC). This is seen as a reciprocal arrangement giving members of each club access to each other’s aircraft to the benefit of all. For members of both clubs, there will be no change to the fee structure initially. However, club membership fees will be aligned in due course so as not to disadvantage one club over the other. Aircraft usage costs will be as determined for each aircraft by their respective clubs. Each club will maintain their own committees and operate independently of one another.

For aircraft usage, each club will maintain the existing application, induction and checking procedures. How to go about these, contacts and aircraft location are detailed below.

About the Curtin Flying Club (CFC)

Curtin Flying Club commenced operations in 1975 with a leased C150 and the view of offering affordable flying to its members. It currently owns two C172SP aircraft: CYQ and KXW (G1000 equipped). Both aircraft are housed and managed through RACWA. Further information on the club can be obtained from the web site or from the President (Malcolm Roberts 0407242283; email Vice-President (Peter Mitchell 0418924931) or Secretary (Peter Taylor 0417097813; email Access to the aircraft generally involves an introduction to club procedures at YPJT including the booking system and, depending on experience, a trial flight usually with a committee member. These are not mandatory and are based on merit. For those who wish to fly the G1000 equipped aircraft, a two hour introductory course on its operation is required (free of charge to club members) for those who are not familiar plus a short trial flight. Headsets can be hired from RACWA and the club has its own lifejackets for hire if needed.


About the University Flying Club (UFC)

University Flying Club was established in 1964, as a non-profit organisation with the aim of providing more affordable flying to members and the University Community. Over the years UFC has operated 20 aircraft, including various C150s, C172/RGs, Victa Airtourer 100s, PA38 Tommahawks and the Grumman AA5B.

The club currently owns a 2011 PiperSport VH-EZT. The aircraft is a 2-seater with modern 3-panel glass avionics. The aircraft is based at Jandakot Flight Centre (JFC). Hire approval involves a club induction at Jandakot and completion of check-ride with one of clubs nominated instructors. Headsets / lifejackets are provided free of charge and after-hours access is always available

More information can be found on the club website ( or by contacting the President (Scott Palmer 0410556387). Note: There is no requirement to be affiliated with a University to join UFC.