Sunday, October 28, 2007

Selwyn Ellis Solo's in the 230

One of the club's newest member, Selwyn Ellis made his first solo flight in the club's J230 Jabiru on Friday 26th October. Selwyn is a former member of the old Wimmera Soaring Club and was an Instructor and Tug Pilot for a number of years. Naturally Selwyn picked up his flying from were he had left it a number of years ago. PW only required a small number of dual instructional flights before letting 'Sel' off on his own again.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Laying on the bog not the blog

Bill Fry and his son Gavin are laying on the bog. Really they are working on Bill’s Lightning project in the clubs workshop.

So there has been much mixing of body filler, waiting for it to go hard and then sanding it all off again.

It all makes sense to people who build there own planes. But the work is progressing well. Stay tuned to more news.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Phil's Jabiru Project Takes To The Air

At 11.00am this morning Phil Colquhuon passed a significant milestone with his Jabiru J200 project. After much hard work and many long months, Phil's little baby has at last taken to the air for the first time.

After some final checks and a high speed taxi run Cliff Banks gently lifted off for the first flight. Everything went very well, the plane handled perfectly and only required some minor fine tuning before its second and third flights.

Michael Sudholz and Peter Weissenfeld report that Phil was 'Very happy' with the test flights and had a smile on his face from ear to ear when Cliff applied the power and gently eased off the runway for the first test flight. Congratulations Phil. Phil is pictured below with Cliff Banks after the successful test flight.

Unfortunately a small stone was picked up by the prop and hit one of the mail wheel fairings. So now Phil has his first repair to fix. Oh well such is flying. Phil is pictured below inspecting the damage.