What a start to 2015! The MAAA, the leading body for aeromodelling in Australia, through its membership with Air Sport Australia Confederation (ASAC), is now formally recognised by the Australian Sports Commission as the National Sporting Organisation for Aeromodelling. In short, the MAAA has secured Sporting Status.
QANTAS has recently gifted a B747-400 (Jumbo) to the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) which is based at the Illawarra Regional Airport (Wollongong) YWOL. The airplane is to be flown from Sydney to Wollongong at sometime between the 7 – 13 March 2015 with the most likely date being the 7th March; weather permitting. In order for this flight to take place, a temporary restricted area (TRA) will be put in place around the Illawarra Regional Airport and it is currently expected that the TRA will cover a 15 Nm radius up to 5000 ft.
UPDATE 3 March 2015:
The planed flight of the B747 into the Illawarra Regional Airport is now scheduled for Sunday 8 March 2015. The airspace out to 8 Nm and up to 4500 feet AMSL will be closed for the arrival of the aircraft between 0730 – 0830 hrs.
The Tingalpa Model Aero Club has held its 2nd Norfolk Challenge on Norfolk Island. The event was supported by members of the TMAC Inc as well as members from North Queensland and New Zealand. The challenge was the brain child of Allen Danvers from the TMAC as well as Gary (Foxy) McCoy and Hayden Bell residents of Norfolk and country members of TMAC
From displaying large scale model aircraft at Science and Technology week in A.C.T. to a successful Open Day and being a pivotal part of the Australian Airmail Centenary Celebrations, the National Aeromodelling and Aviators Society has been working at the grassroots to promote model aircraft flying.
With more than 11,000 members and 300 clubs, the MAAA represents a large cross section of the community. We recently spoke to Secretary of Grafton Model Aircraft Club Bob Tomlinson and President of Namadgi Sports Flyers Club John Ellis and asked them to share some insights into their clubs.
Andrew Barrett (member) talks about ticking off one of his "bucket list" items.
My wife and I finally ticked off one of our most awaited "Bucket List" items this year. We spend two weeks on the south island of New Zealand touring enjoying both the scenery and the air museums. A fitting finally to a wonderful overseas trip was spending the last few days at the Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow.
MAAA President Neil Tank talks about a new direction for the MAAA.
During my time as president of the MAAA I've been working hard to ensure we have clear conversations with our members and that we provide the tools that our clubs need to make it easier to get out there and enjoy flying!
Last year, the MAAA went through a process to approve a new strategic plan that will see the organization move in a new, considered direction.
The awesome sound of jet aircraft and the smell of burning kerosene will be part of the excitement when Maryborough Airport hosts the Queensland Turbine Flyers Association QTFly-in from August 1 – 3. The fly-in is Queensland's premier event for all model turbine aircraft including jets, turbo props and helicopters.