How many members of EO are pilot's?

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G'day all, how many members are pilot's & what did you fly? Did anyone own their own plane as well?
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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 12:39

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 12:39
Maybe you could show us some pic's
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Reply By: The Landy - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 12:42

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 12:42
Hey Aussiedingo!

After missing out on the airforce and a commercial flying career due to colour deficiencies I eventually learnt to fly and bought an aircraft, a Piper Arrow, to travel Australia in.

Mrs Landy and I flew VH-FTH extensively over a number of years, racking up some 1,500 hours flying into many places we now enjoy visiting via four-wheel drive.

It was a wonderful aircraft to fly…and scrubbed up well after I refurbished and painted it. These days it spends its time around Cessnock with a training college.



Mind you, I was jumping out of planes long before I was flying them, joined by Mrs Landy!

Been a while since we have done either…but still travelling this great country of ours; one way or the other.

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 12:49

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 12:49
As a matter of interest, I wrote this article for the CASA Flight Safety magazine, and went on to gain an instrument rating after this incident!

A Death Trap in the Mountains

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: dean ( SA ) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 13:12

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 13:12
Now that's cool !
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 13:13

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 13:13
a good read Baz
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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 14:35

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 14:35
This is a pic of my Piper Colt I purchased in 1974 & kept it for 13 years! I learnt to fly in it & other Colts at Jack Brabham Aviation Bankstown in the late 60's. In1976 I flew it from Sydney to Perth for the "Benson & Hedges Australian Air Race". This aircraft did not have any navigational instruments at all only a basic compass, other competing aircraft had their instruments covered in "santa snow" to make them all equal - great trip!!
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:47

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:47
Hey Dingo...

If I ever went back to flying the Piper Colt would be high on the list. Simplistic flying at its best.

Mind you towing a "trike" around in a trailer has some appeal for me, but they cost more these days then I paid for FTH...

And on Aero Commanders, I saw Bob Hoover do some amazing things with one at Skyrace 1995 in Tassie.

We flew VH-FTH in the Reg Ansett 50 year commemorative race in 1996 - Brisbane to Hamilton...

Cheers Baz
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:53

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:53
I used to private-hire planes from JBA.
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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 14:46

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 14:46
This is my second aircraft I purchased in 1977 & kept it for 7 years at the same time as the Piper Colt. It had twin 6 cylinder mechanically supercharged engines in it - what a rocket!! In 1982 I repainted it in a bit more modern colours. The original owner was the gent that started Avis Rent a Car in Australia.
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:56

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:56
The Aerocommander is a briliant piece of kit, aussiedingo. The 690 and other turboprop versions are awesome!
Ted Smith really designed some great aeroplanes.
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:58

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:58
this is a pic of the Commander after I repainted it with the hand drawn stripes down the sides!
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:08

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:08
another pic at a dirt strip at the back of Noosa Qld
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:08

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:08
Looks good, aussiedingo. The nose looks a little unusual. Is there some special gear in there?
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:22

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:22
hello jarse, the nosecone covers the all weather radar unit, also the Commander had passenger oxygen fitted
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Reply By: Member - Terry W4 - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:24

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:24
Started flying in 1978; light aircraft ppl - worked for Aviation/CAA for 9 years 7 of those as the inaugural manager of the safety promotion unit. Took a packaged in 1992 but kept flying until about 1998 - eventually in light twins. Never owned an aircraft always hired.

This is me landing a Robin at a small property strip on the banks of Lake George where now the wind farm is. The Canberra Aero Club used to use it from time-to-time for flying comps.

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Follow Up By: Peter K20 - Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 21:56

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 21:56
Would that be the one j Roberts used to be in a syndicate with Terry.
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Reply By: Jarse - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:52

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:52
Yep. Learned to fly in 1981. Started out professionally as a flying instructor, then regional airline pilot, flying Dash 8's.

Changed teams a few years back (best thing I ever did) and flew the Embraer 190 for about 4 years, and now Boeing 737 pilot.

It's the most fun you can have with your pants on.
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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:55

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:55
G'day again, this is a pic of the Colt landing at lightening ridge in 1976 - still with the sponsors signage still on board, norm
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:15

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:15
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Reply By: Life Member Dick B - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:27

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:27
Started flying at Tamworth Aero Club in 1956, then took a break for a few years and resumed at Royal Newcastle Aero Club in Maitland in the early 60's.

Purchased a 182 and flew if for a few years. Joined 2 other friends in setting up a Cessna dealership and started selling Cessna aircraft in NW NSW. Flew almost daily covering a large part of NSW and accumulated about 5,000 hours.

In 1969 I started working for Rex Aviation the Cessna Distributor. In April 1970 they transferred me to Singapore as Manager of the Cessna Distributor in SE Asia.

Today I am still in SE Asia and still selling aircraft.

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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:33

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:33
lucky dick - wish it was me!
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:29

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:29
This post reminds me of a joke.

There is a room full of people, one of them is a pilot, how do you pick which one is the pilot ?


Don't stress he/she will tell you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:15

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:15
Classic quip Steve, but I might mention these guys had the ultimate opportunity to really EXPLOROZ.

Mind you, a few exhilarating flights around the Pilbara & Kimberley some decades past (in the back seat of course) never diminished my fear of heights one bit.

I dips me lid - enjoyable read.

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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 21:04

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 21:04
Yeah I have spent many hours in a small aircraft between the Kimberly Kakadu and Arnhenland.

But apparently it is not appropriate to use the word Awesome once you turn 50. lol
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 19:10

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 19:10
Make sure Baz The Landy isn't the pilot because he said he jumps out.... :-)
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 at 06:42

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 at 06:42
Steve,
if the conversation gets around to work at parties, I tell people I'm into aluminium tubing.
If they ask what I do in aluminium tubing, I tell them I sit in it :)

That usually does the trick.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 02:20

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 02:20
Flew sailplanes competitively for 20 years from the mid 70s.
Part owned this ASW17 VH-GWN (pic is over the Chase Range in the Flinders Ranges) for 12 years. Flew a 1,000km FAI triangle in it.



Also flew many other different and interesting types including this Rhone Ranger Primary glider replica.
TT, 1,000 hours.



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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 08:12

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 08:12
I started my flying career in Temora around56/57. Was secretary of the aeroclub and flew tigers cross hired from Wagga . Got married and that was the end of flying before moving to Gladstone Qld. and got back into it late seventies, bought I.E.T a 172 and cross hired it to Sunbird and learnt to fly in in. Went on to buy U.N.M. (a 78 model 206) and had it for 25 years, great aeroplane, clocked up 2500hrs. and at age 70 I sold it, very sad day. I believe it still lives in Griffith.
Both Pat and I enjoyed flying very much and covered quite a lot of Australia, now doing it the slow way in caravan.
Cheers, Nev.
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Reply By: Graeme - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 15:54

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 15:54
Been fixing them for nearly 50 years and held a PPL for many years in NZ. Have worked and flown in aircraft in many places in the world. A few of those places are no go areas now sadly as they were spectacular places with history.
Favourite aircraft Twin Otter, Pilatus Porter and now Cessna Caravan. To fly was the Piper Cub and Cessna 180.
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 18:44

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 18:44
Thanks Graeme - a cub is the forunner to the colt - hence the trike!
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