July sees the return of two popular events at Watts Bridge. The Queensland Ultralight Association's Fun Fly Poker Run and the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Aerobatics Club's Christmas In July. The poker run encourages pilots to do a fly to some of the local airfields, collect a card and ultimately arrive at Watts for a BBQ lunch. A modest trophy is awarded to the luckiest poker player.
That evening celebrate Christmas In July, guaranteed to drive away the winter chills. Three courses of fine dining served up in the aerobat's club rooms. Simply download the posters for all the information.
20th June 2011
Richard and Glenda have flown around together for a long time. For over 20 years and literally hundreds of hours they have flown a few meters apart in their single place aeroplanes. Sometime back the decision was made that it was time to "come in out of the cold" and travel in the same aeroplane - side by side less than a metre apart. A few weeks ago that dream became a reality with the arrival of a sleek little Jabiru SP500 - at their hangar door.
4th June 2011
On any given day it's always a bit of a lucky dip as to what will turn up at the airfield. But there's nothing like a clear autumn day for a pleasant day's flying. On this sunny Saturday we had the whole range of aircraft drop in - from the diminutive Sapphire to the heavy metal warbirds - the Harvard and the Winjeel. It was also the QUA meeting day complete with a BBQ lunch served up to anyone who cared to drop in. A good day out.
21st May 2011
It rained on Thursday, threatened on Friday and rained again all day Sunday. No doubt about it, we got lucky with the weather, because Saturday dawned fine with just a few mid and high level clouds. The scene was set for a nice day for the All-In Fly-In 2011. The dining marquee was setup and ready to go as were interesting displays by the Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club and the Oakey Air Museum, which included the cockpit of a WWII Spitfire which is currently under restoration.
The early bird fliers started dropping in from before 8:00am, with the rate of arrivals picking up throughout the morning. This year saw the introduction of ground marshals in bright orange vests with matching paddles eager to greet the pilots and direct them to the nearest position in the parking area. This made for a highly efficient and safe parking area and sets the standard for future fly-ins at the airfield.
This year saw a much more diverse range of aircraft types attend the fly-in. There were classic aircraft such as the Tiger Moth and Chipmunk. There were Trikes, Gyroplanes and a smattering of Warbirds. There were Aerobatic Aircraft, Helicopters and finely crafted Homebuilts. And there was a large number of General and Recreational Aviation aircraft. Check out the Photo Gallery for a good cross section of those who attended.
Arthur Marcel was the lucky winner of the QUA Tool Roll Raffle
As lunch time approached the Brisbane Valley Christian Church did a brisk trade serving up hamburgers and the like, while the Queensland Ultralight Association helped wash it all down with a nice cold softdrink. The Aerobatics Club catered for the more refined by serving up Devonshire Teas.
By any measure the fly-in was a great success, with well over 100 aircraft having made the trek to Watts. But more importantly it was obvious that everyone who made the effort to come had a good fun day out. And that’s what the All-In Fly-In was all about – encouraging aviation enthusiasts of all persuasions to get in the air, fly somewhere other than around the “home paddock” and intermingle with the diverse forms of flight and flying machines that others enjoy.
All things being equal The All-In Fly-In 2012 should be a "must do" highlight of next year's Calender of Events. View the All-In Fly-In 2011 Photo Gallery.