Coonabarabran Aero Club monthly meeting: lunch at 12:30pm followed by a meeting to discuss club matters from 2-3pm.
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It is the enthusiasm and generosity of our members that makes this a great club. Thanks to Jason, Ian, Andre and Glen for taking people up for flights all day. Thanks to Alex and Geoff for having planes on display and Geoff running the flight sim sessions, Paul for firing up the BBQ and Tash managing things at the club house.
Big shout out to WardAir who made a special trip up to Coona to give our community the opportunity to take the planes for a fly, and learn about becoming a pilot in Coonabarabran.
Once again the team has pulled of a very successful day of aerobatics, displays, markets and talks at Coonabarabran Aero Club. Despite the rain making every attempt to pull us up we scored a (mostly) dry day which made for a great day out for the Warrumbungle community. After the success of last year's event, we knew we could pull off something much bigger this year.
With the help of our flying teams; Matt Hall Racing, Mustang Flights Australia, Warrior Warbirds, The Red Star Roolettes and North West Helicopters we were able to put on an aerobatic display which wowed the crowd. Adults and children alike were impressed by the powerful P-51 Mustang which was a hit on the day and will be returning in coming years, as well as the agility of Matt and Emma from Matt Hall Racing who returned for the second time with a new and improved display. The Red Roolettes were incredible to watch, having not flown together for some time before our event they were happy to get out here and are keen to get back as soon as possible.
Market stalls and community groups made sure everyone was entertained and fed while the planes were getting ready, and the day would't have been the same without them. The Coonabarabran Car club put on an amazing display showcasing the wide range of heritage bikes, cars and utes in the area.
Big thanks to the Warrumbungle Shire, in particular Jo and Brandon, who made sure the event could happen, the VRA who were on the gate all day and made sure no one was bogged while parking, the bus drivers who spent their day moving people between town and the aerodrome so everyone was able to attend, to Helen and Owen Rushton, whose photos now feature heavily on the website, who came all the way from QLD to be our photographers for the event, and the members of the club for all the hard work which went into making the event possible.
Lastly thanks to all the community members and aircraft enthusiasts who attended from across the state! The laid back and friendly attitude of our community is what makes these incredible pilots want to come back, so we thank you, the event couldn't happen without our amazing community!
See below for pictures of the day...
On the 16th of July the Coonabarabran Aero Club held a Christmas in July dinner. An opportunity to catch up with members and friends of the club over a casual meal. The event was hosted by the Coona Club, who provided a delicious three course meal which received brilliant reviews.
Entertainment for the night was provided by Catherine and Shelley from Ward Air, who we have come to know quite well over the years as they continue to bring valuable knowledge and experience to the club through their flight training. Their presentation was an enjoyable display of the opportunities a career in aviation can bring. Inspiring to all our members.
The fun of the evening was topped off with a presentation of life membership to Ian "Munnsy" Munns, who has displayed dedication and commitment to the club for many years. His quick wit, humor and depth of knowledge as well as many, many stories are so valued at the club, he is a joy to be around and has provided other members, young and old with lessons in aviation, and life, which will stick with them forever. Congratulations Munnsy!
See some pictures from the night below!
In the early months of 2021, the Coonabarabran Aero Club in collaboration with Warrumbungle Shire Council made the decision to expand the club's horizons and put on an event which could be enjoyed by both pilots and the general community, thus, Wings and Things was born.
The event brought together local community groups such as the Coonabarabran Car Club, VRA Rescue Squad, Rotary Association, Coonabarabran High School and local vendors selling food, homewares, plants and jewellery, as well as approximately 1500 people from Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Mudgee, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Gilgandra, Narrabri and Sydney. The turn out was greater than the club could have expected and we were truly astounded by the success of the inaugural Wings and Things event.
The drawcard for the event was the attendance of 2019 World Champion Red Bull Air Racer Matt Hall who put on a brilliant aerobatic display, gave a motivational speech about his career, and gave a number of private joy flights which blew the socks off those who participated.
The club also hosted Warrior Warbirds' Nanchang CJ-6 and a helicopter both of which were doing joy flights all day. For those who preferred their feet on the ground, the Coonabarabran Car Club brought out their beautiful cars, trucks, busses and bikes, old and new, for the community to browse and the Coonabarabran Rotary put on their ever-popular bbq which hit the spot on a cold april day.
Attendees from near and far had only lovely things to say about the day, which couldn't have gone ahead without the tireless work of the Club and the Shire to pull it all together.
We look forward to Wings and Things 2022, which is sure to be bigger and better than ever.
See some pictures from the day below!