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:


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

Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson visits Perth

Become a pilot from as little as $6460*

We have recently updated our Learning to Fly information page which contains all the updated information about the Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL) and Private Pilots Licence (PPL). This includes indicative costs for each type of licences, the benefits and limitations of each, minimum hours required, etc.

With the introduction of the RPL or Recreational Pilots Licence – students now have access to a much faster and more affordable method of getting flying without the restrictions that were previously placed on the GFPT. The RPL is intended for people who aren’t going to pursue a career in aviation and just want to enjoy the experience of flying for pleasure.

For more information see your Learning to Fly page.

*This is an indicative cost only. Costs vary depending on wide variety of factors and this should be considered a minimum for aircraft and instructor hire for someone with exceptional ability and existing equipment.

Event: RACWA 50 year dinner

When: 21st Feb 2015, 6pm
Where: Royal Aero Club, Jandakot
Cost: $50 unless you are a Racwa member (it’s $40 for racwa members)
More info: http://www.royalaeroclubwa.com.au/events/details/id/156/
Tickets: from Racwa cashier or call them to book over the phone.

Since there’s not really much info on their website I called them to find out what is happening:
I was told the entry fee includes a spit roast dinner, nibbles, drink on arrival and dessert. The bar is open for further drinks pay as you go. In terms of presentations there will apparently be plenty of presentations of photos, videos, etc. from the club and Jandakot history.
Should be quite an interesting night.
Scott Palmer
Club President

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 www.curtinflyingclub.com.au or from the President (Malcolm Roberts 0407242283; email yodel_bear@yahoo.co.uk) Vice-President (Peter Mitchell 0418924931) or Secretary (Peter Taylor 0417097813; email seccfc@curtinflyingclub.com.au). 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 (http://uniflying.org.au/) or by contacting the President (Scott Palmer 0410556387). Note: There is no requirement to be affiliated with a University to join UFC.

Upcoming Events

Club Event: CFC have organised a social event on the 5th of July at the Bull Creek Aviation Museum in includes a tour of the aviation museum and sausage sizzle. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow club members, pilots and discuss your passion for aviation. It would be great to see everyone attend.

    • Where: Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia –  Bull Creek Dr, Bull Creek WA 6149
    • When: 11:30AM Saturday 5th of July
    • Cost: $8 – includes tour and BBQ
    • Contact the committee to RSVP

    Serpentine Annual Fly-in / Open Day – 27,28,29th of September. One of the highlights of the WA Aviation Calendar. Make sure you put it down on your calendar. EZT will be participating in the static display this year.

    Bunbury Aero Club (see http://bunburyaeroclub.com.au/category/events/)

      Jandakot Warbird Display Event 23rd of March 2014

      Warbird Event at Jandakot Sunday 23rd of March 2014

      There’s going to be an event on Sunday the 23rd of March from 11am to 3pm at Jandakot (Northern Apron)

      Location: Northern Apron near Heli West (Aztec Drive, off Compass Rd, Jandakot Airport).
      Time: 11am to 3pm

      Our aircraft VH-EZT will be on display – if you are interested in joining the club, want to see our plane, or find out more about learning to fly please come down and chat with us.

      A number of warbirds will be on display as well as various other light aircraft:
      L39 Albatros Jet Trainer
      T-28 Trojan
      Tiger Moth
      and others.