Opportunity Knocks

Our new Lancair owners are looking for someone here in Oz that may be interested in an owner assist shop. If you know a good composite shop let me know.



It’s a wrap! Goolwa – done and dusted.

It was great to see the numbers who turned up to this year’s conference at Goolwa – even though some had to resort to alternate transport due to weather issues. Regardless of the way people arrived, our meeting seemed a great success.

The peaceful surrounds of McCracken Country Club

After challenging weather conditions en route to Goolwa, we were blessed with great weather over the weekend, along with great convention facilities at McCracken Country Club. From reports so far, the program was well-received by conference participants.

After a welcome BBQ on Friday night (to meet-and-greet fellow LOBO OZ members), participants were exposed to a range of different topics from Saturday morning through to Sunday at noon, with only slight variation from the original program.

The presentations were educational and fun; thanks Kevin, Patrick and Andrew.

If the volume of conversations was any indication, then there was a lot of information imparted, mulled over and hopefully taken on board. Sharing experience and practical knowledge is certainly a key element of any LOBO OZ meeting –  even including ways to open your canopy…

Accompanying partners found several social options to pass the time away from the conference – markets, paddle steamer rides, art exhibitions, winery tours and golf, to name a few. Some even attended some of the talks; both for their own interest (e.g. the talk on hypoxia and DCI) and to support their pilots. Many simply enjoyed a bit of time out.

Organisers would like to thank all those who attended to make this such a positive experience for us; we hope it was for you also!

Attendees, keep an eye on emails for a link to an evaluation survey (please give us as much feedback as you can), and look for future links to a forum (details emailed soon) where we can share and discuss many ideas and issues further – all ahead of our next conference in the Devonport area in 2018!

Gary and Diane announcing the 2018 conference at Port Moresby; oops, I mean, Devonport.

If you missed this year, just stay tuned for new information in the coming year.

# Other photos also available: http://www.sportaircraft.org.au/aircrft-galleries/fly-in/lancair-owners-builders-flyin-goolwa/.

# Members photos are always welcome to add to this page, or our gallery. Just email them here.

LOBO Oz 2017 Goolwa South Australia. What a fabulous weekend.

Many of our intrepid LOBO Oz aviators joined us again this year at Goolwa.

Our accommodation

Lancairs everywhere, how good is that.

We had many Lancairs and a couple of other types join us. Several members came airlines due to Wx concerns.

Among the group this year was one Super Legacy and three Legacy RG’s. Great effort guys, as the only other Legacy in Oz is not flying ATM.

A Mooney owner who was converted.

The presentations were educational, interactive and fun – thanks, Jim, Kevin, Patrick and Spally.

We had three L360’s this year – two others that didn’t make it due Wx.

For sale.

See you all in Goolwa tomorrow.

Its a bit damp on the golf course today but clearing for us tomorrow.

Best I can do. I will be listening on the numbers for the flock heading to Goolwa from the east coast, and should be into Goolwa around midday local. Stay Safe and catch up on the weekend.

Updated Program for Goolwa 

Friday 21st April.

Today is arrival day.

Arrive any time you like; check-in at McCracken Country Club is after 1400. LOBO Oz members are arriving from WA, TAS, QLD, VIC , NSW and SA. It is approx. 25 minute drive from Goolwa private airport to the McCracken Country Club. Several of us have organised hire cars so can shuttle into the McCracken. If you are a local and are heading past the airport please call in and see if there are any fellow Lancairians needing a ride.

We have a Welcome Dinner organised in a private dining room for Friday evening. The dinner consists of a gourmet BBQ. Details: an assortment of barbequed meat & chicken (with vegetarians also catered for) with baby potatoes, a selection of seasonal fresh salads and crusty bakers selection bread rolls, served with jugs of soft drink. Drinks are extra, and payment made for the BBQ as we gather in a private dining room.

If any partners are planning a look around the wineries on Saturday, we will have the hosts of the Angus Plains Estate Winery at our BBQ tonight.

Saturday 22nd April. (Please note this program is very flexible and may still change)

 0830: Gather at the conference centre at McCracken Country Club; you will find us at the Hindmarsh room for a 0850 start.

0850: President’s welcome and opening address.

0920: The History of Lancair International. This presentation starts with a 10 to 15 minute video which you will all love – so don’t miss it.

After the introduction video, we look at the history of Lancair over the past 32 years – a most enlightening history it is. Another don’t-miss presentation.

1000: Brief look at engine management, including target EGT for the normally aspirated guys, and LOP ops for all piston drivers. The importance of having your engine’s ignition system accurately timed and (SID 97-3) fuel setup is also discussed.

1040: Coffee break morning tea. (Included for conference attendees)

1100: Jim Whalley, guest speaker… “The Boomerang”

1150: Accident prevention ATSB/NTSB statistics. Why transition training is especially important for new owners, including a brief look at TEM and HF associated with recent accidents.

1230: Lunch time. (Included for conference attendees)

1320: Lancair IV/IVP type specific maintenance items: includes an open discussion.

1450: IFR and Experimental aircraft

1530: Coffee break. (Included for conference attendees)

1550: Lancair mods. What have you changed from standard to make your Lancair, better, safer or faster? (General Discussion)

Conference Dinner – Served in Baudins Restaurant or private dining in Encounter Room – TBC (Paid on arrival to McCracken Country Club)

3 Course Dinner @ $62.00 per person

You will have a choice of 2 entrée, 3 mains and 2 dessert served with bread rolls and garden salads or steamed vegetables

Beverages on Consumption

Sunday 23rd April 

0845: Gather at the Conference Centre for a 0900 start.

0900: DCI and Hypoxia. Maj. Patrick Bridge / Dr Andrew Spall.

1030: Lancair 320/360 and Legacy type specific maintenance items: an open discussion.

1130 Lancair Legacy Canopy presentation. (if needed)

1210: Wrap up…

We already have dates and a location planned for our 2018 event and will be announcing details on the weekend.

Please come along with any suggestions or ideas for 2018. Consider what might interest those not attending the conference sessions, and whether you would like to share your plans with others, to combine a fun day out for everyone.

See you all next weekend.

The McCraken Country Club has now pretty much locked in our catering requirements, we will be well fed and I look forward to a wonderful weekend. If you are planning to attend and have not yet registered please let me know ASAP.

We have organised some good weather, even though Goolwa is starting to get cooler you can see our arrival day is advertised as being “Mostly sunny and pleasant”.

Our Goolwa Fly-In is only 3 weeks away.

We will fly into the private Goolwa airport for this years LOBO Oz Fly-in. If you are looking for an Airpark block there are a few for sale.

There is a lot going on in Goolwa on this weekend, accommodation is filling fast.

We have the opportunity to have some aerial photos taken of our group, running along the coast. Details will follow.

Those who have formation ratings to be high and close to the camera ship with the balance dispersed as comfortably as they feel at lower levels beneath that formation, but roughly in a much wider grouping enabling the photo to take in the whole group. Anyhow let me know if interested.