Fly-in open day cleared for take-off this weekend

Rod Blundell (Tumut Aero Club secretary), Puss (club mascot), Ian Garner (Airport Lodge manager), Craig Cullinger (club president), Peter Ray (club member and pilot) and Danny O’Sullivan (club vice-president and member for 50 years) welcome everybody to Tumut Airport this weekend.

ALL skyways lead to Tumut Airport this weekend when Tumut Aero Club hosts its annual fly–in and open day.

An interesting variety of aircraft will be flying in from the likes of Sunbury, in Victoria, Moruya, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Wollongong, Orange, Tumbarumba and more.

“We are hoping for good weather, not just here but in the places they will be flying from and along the way, because that will determine how many planes we get here,” Tumut Aero Club secretary Rod Blundell said.

Entry is free, and the aim of the weekend is to give the general public a look into the world of flying.

“We want anybody and everybody to come,” Aero Club president Craig Cullinger said.

“We want to promote flying to younger people, to boys and girls.

Learning to fly is affordable.

A lot of people think it isn’t, or that they’re not educated enough, but it is achievable.”

The club is trying to arrange for the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s Caribou military transport to pay a visit, and also for a Tiger Moth, the legendary biplane on which Australia’s World War II pilots trained, to pay a visit, but both of these are unconfirmed at this stage.

Sam Polyak will be bringing his two-seat gyrocopter from Yass, and rides in it will be available.

Scenic helicopter flights with True North Helicopters will also be available, $125 per person for four to six passengers, and $250 per person for two or three passengers.

The Snowy Cruizers car club will have many of their impressive cars on display, and there will be a barbecue breakfast, barbecue lunch and drinks available all day.

The showpiece event is the dinner on Saturday night, and this year’s theme is Women in Aviation.

Accordingly, the guest speakers are Catherine Fitzsimons, chief pilot, chief flying instructor, director and head of operations with Ward Air, and Shelley Ross, Aviation and Travel Writer with Australian Flying Magazine.

Puss the cat, the rabbit-devouring club mascot, will also be there, sporting her winter coat.

The event gets underway at the Tumut Aero Club on Wee Jasper Road at 8am on Satuday, and runs for both days.

There will be plenty of parking on site, and the club is urging visitors not to park out on the road.