QVAG is holding a seminar open to everyone to discuss all aspects of building and flying WW1 Replica Aircraft. There will be a number of guest speakers and 3 replica projects on display. Following the seminar a workshop visit will show what's involved in constructing this type of aircraft.
The seminar is being held in the QVAG Clubrooms on the 26th January, commencing at 10:30am. Attendees are asked to RSVP QVAG to let the organisers know your coming along.
More information can be found on the QVAG Website.
The Christmas - New Year break. That little bit more time on your hands.
What a good opportunity to catch up on the latest aviation publications !!
Pacific Flyer - Australia's premier independent fun flying publication. The December 2013 Issue features President Bruce's WW1 Replica on the front cover and inside you will find a multi page spread dedicated to the Gathering Of Eagles Fly In. Head on down to the local newsagent and get your copy.
And then, for your down-loading delight are the December newsletters for the Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group (QVAG) and the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club (BVSAC). Honestly, what more could you want?
AVAN December 2013
BVSAC December 2013
Sometimes it can be pretty hard to see just exactly where all those hard earned annual membership fees go. Especially when they are buried 10 foot underground. For several years the airfield's sewerage system experienced considerable problems in the Homebase Clubrooms and TB1 Precinct. In October major maintenance and refurbishment work was undertaken to set the problem right - once and for all!!
The photographs above document some of the work which was undertaken. Simply click each photo to see it full size - complete with an explanation of what is being shown. As can be seen, it was a major undertaking requiring several days work.
Photographs and explanations courtesy of Peter Freeman.
20th October 2013
The sound was unmistakable. Multiple slow revving Gipsy Major engines announcing the arrival of the Pythons Formation Team made up of no less than three DHC-1 Chipmunks, a pair of de Havilland Tiger Moths and a Genairco. A rare sight indeed !
If you were fortunate enough to be at Watts Bridge on the morning of the 20th October you would have seen the Pythons go through their formation practice routine before landing for morning tea at the QVAG Clubrooms.
Photographs courtesy of Ray Vuillermin and Ross Stenhouse.
Over the last couple of years a great deal of volunteer work has been performed on Runway 03/21. Firstly the drainage was improved with significant earthworks designed to channel storm water under the main entrance road and away from the airfield. Then the south eastern side taxiway was reworked to provide much better surface conditions for all aircraft.
Recently attention has turned to improving the runway surface itself. Mike Smith generously donated and delivered a double load of "crusher dust". Rod Mill and Peter Freeman then set about filling the ruts and undulations.
Give it a month or two and a couple of showers and the grass will grow over the fill. You'd never know it was there. But the undercarriage of your airplane will be eternally grateful for the tireless work of the maintenance teams who keep the airfield in tip-top condition.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is strongly committed to a "Fly Neighbourly" policy ensuring good working relationships with other land owners in the district.
Pilots are requested to download the Fly Neighbourly Chart to be aware of and avoid where operationally possible, noise and over-fly sensitive locations adjacent to the airfield.