Aeroprakt CEO at Avalon Airshow

Terrific news! Yuriy Yakovlyev, CEO of Aeroprakt, 2018 World Ultralight Champion and designer of the A22 Foxbat and A32 Vixxen aircraft will be joining us at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport near Melbourne.

Show dates are Tuesday 26 February to Sunday 03 March – with trade days from Tuesday to Friday and public days Friday to Sunday. Yuriy will be with us from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive – come along to our static display at area EN13 near the main entrance and say ‘Hello!’.

Foxbat Australia will have a high spec A32 Vixxen and an A22LS Foxbat on display.

Next to us, our new venture partners, AeroEdge Pty Ltd, will be launching the DirectFly Alto 912TG in Australia.

We still have a few trade tickets left but hurry, it’s first come first served!

Women Pilots’ Relay of Flight

Women Pilots cancer FlightHeather Haynes, owner of A22LS Foxbat 24-9100 (officially the 100th Foxbat delivered in Australia) is taking part in the ‘Women Pilots’ Relay of Flight’ to raise awareness and money to fight cancer. This is part of an official Cancer Council of Australia fundraising activity.

Starting on the day after the Avalon Airshow finishes – Monday 2 March 2015 – aircraft are departing Avalon with a relay baton to begin what is hoped will be a complete anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Australia. In the end, there will likely be several dozen different relay ‘legs’ flown, with the baton being passed from one pilot/co-pilot to the next, all along the way.

Heather’s flight, with her friend Nathalie, is due for Sunday 8 March, carrying the baton between Caboolture – her home base – and Bundaberg. She’s hoping to raise at least $1,500 for her leg of the flight.

Here’s a link to her Cancer Council page: Heather Haynes Cancer Council Flight. Here you can sponsor her flight. Please donate some money to help her reach and exceed her target.  Just click on the ‘Sponsor me’ button towards the top left side of her page and follow the prompts – you can enter your credit card details and the amount you want to donate.

Here’s a link to the Women Pilots’ Relay of Flight Facebook page which gives more information on the fundraising activity.

And finally, here’s a link to the Women Pilots’ Relay blog page, which will cover their progress.

Upcoming attractions for your aviation diary

Avalon 2015As it’s 2015 already, here’s a brief list of some upcoming air events for your diary. If you know of any others in 2015 worth a mention – please let me know and I’ll publish an update.

January 11 – Amelia Earhart Family Fun Day,  Kyneton Airport, Victoria, Australia

January 14-17 – Sport Aviation Expo, Sebring Florida, USA

February 24-March 01 – Australian International Airshow, Avalon Airport, Melbourne, Australia
Look out for the Foxbat Australia static display area EX9 next to the ADF near the main entrance. Also, I’m hoping to have the Interstate Cadet on display at the AAAA display area.

March 15 – Clifton Airfield Fly-in, Clifton, Queensland, Australia

March 27-29 – Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia National Fly-in, Echuca, Victoria, Australia
I’m planning to take the Interstate Cadet to this fly-in, which has literally dozens of older aircraft attending. Come and have a family day out!

April 21-16 – Sun ‘n fun Expo, Lakeland, Florida, USA

July 20-26 – EAA Airventure, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

September 2-7 – Antique Airfield Annual Fly-in, Blakesburg Airfield, near Chicago, Illinois, USA

And don’t forget – the Aviation Museum at Temora, New South Wales, Australia, has something going on most weekends during the year. In particular, look out for their ‘Warbirds Downunder’ show, currently scheduled for 21 November 2015. Come and have a look at their static and flying displays of old aircraft – many of which have been restored to better than new flying condition.