Monday, November 12, 2007

Fly Away...To Horsham

The fly away to Horsham Aerodrome by our visitors from the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland was great success. Eight planes arrived on Saturday 10 November, bring 16 guests to enjoy our hospitality. The aircraft were a mixture of 5 Jabiru's and 3 Van's RV's. Most of our guests stayed in town at motels and a couple in the bunk house. We managed to get photo's of all the visiting aircraft after they had tied down. All aircraft were able to fit on the new partly sealed light aircraft tie down area.

Many visitor spent the afternoon around the clubrooms, chatting and sharing stories. Others nipped in to town or rested up for the BBQ in the evening. A few brave souls even gave gliding a try. We did a few launch flights in the Twin Astir and a couple self launched in the Janus. The evenings meal was attended by about 34 people, so there was a good balance between our visitor and local members and their friends. The evening was going so well that an emergency dash had to be made into town for more cold beer. The evening finished up around 10.30pm with a few stayers hanging in a bit longer.

Sunday started with Mike Hogan cooking breakfast at around 8.00am. Bacon and eggs cooked on the BBQ. Most of our guests headed off for home around 9.30am. Daryl and Gayle Hooke were the last to leave later in the morning. Many of our visitors on the way to Horsham and on the way home again enjoyed the scenic route around the the top end of Port Phillip Bay to avoid controlled airspace.

Those club members around for Sunday lunch dined regally on BBQ leftovers. (Sausages and burgers heated in the microwave) The whole weekend went very well. A chance to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones. A number of our members and thinking of a return visit to Latrobe Valley some time in 2008.

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