Reconnaissance mission…less than two weeks away for me…Also Membership due.

I am heading away soon to look around Kununurra and other places on the way. I hope to catch up with a few of our LOBO Oz members during my travels.

I have had a few ask about membership payments. As we are into a new financial year membership is due. Please click on the Membership & payments tab. Put your name on the transfer.

Scenic Flight Options for Sunday.

Option 1 – West Coast Scenic
9:30am Meet at Devonport Aero Club
10:30am Depart to the south and track toward Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak
Countinue south over Lake St Clair (Australia’s deepest lake) and the end of
the Overland Track
If the weather is good, we will head over Mount Field National Park and then
into the Southwest National Park to see highlights such as Federation Peak
and the Western Arthurs Range
We will then start heading back north over the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers
National Park and Lake Pedder before tracking up Macquarie Harbour and
into Strahan Airport for lunch.
12:00pm Lunch at Strahan Airport (Strahan is a 1220m long sealed strip)
1:00pm Depart Strahan and fly over Cradle Mountain on the way back to Devonport
2:00pm Arrive back at Devonport Airport
Total flight distance approximately 300nm.

Option 2 – East Coast Scenic
9:30am Meet at Devonport Devonport Aero Club
10:30am Depart to the east to Low Head and then track south east along the scenic
Tamar River Valley
Countinue over the city of Launceston down the Tasmanian midlands and
then cut across to the East Coast to see the famous Wineglass Bay.
Our track then takes us north up the beautiful east coast with spectacular
beaches and coastline, including the famous Bay of Fires.
Still going north we fly over Cape Barren Island and then past Strzelecki Peaks
and Trousers Point on Flinders Island and into Whitemark Airport for lunch.
12:00pm Lunch at Whitemark Airport (Whitemark has two sealed strips, 1720m and
1070m long)
1:00pm Depart Whitemark and fly back via the Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm Links
Golf Courses at Bridport and then along the coast to Devonport
2:00pm Arrive back at Devonport Airport
Total flight distance approximately 340nm.

Bill Harrelson to Speak at LOBO Oz

Bill Harrelson pictured in his Lancair IV after his polar circumnavigation in January 2015. On February 20, 2016 - Bill Harrelson, LOBO Oz member and EAA Lifetime member, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured guest speaker at the LOBO Oz (Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Australia) fly-in to be held at the NSW Sports Aircraft Club Napper Field airport at Wedderburn over the 19th to 21st February 2016. “Bill Harrelson had a Walter Mitty dream, one of building an airplane in his hangar and flying it around the world in record time,” said LOBO (USA) President Jeff Edwards. “He fulfilled that dream earlier this year while the world watched his adventure unfold on the Internet.” In February 2013 Harrelson concluded a record long-distance flight (7,051 nautical miles) flying N6ZQ nonstop from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. “Bill’s inspirational efforts in designing, building, and flying the plane highlight the unique capabilities and efficiencies of modern homebuilt aircraft when flown by a true aviator,” Edwards added. Bill and his wife Sue are heading off in their purpose built long range Lancair 1V on a little holiday through the Pacific and eventually to Australia. How good is it to be able to jump into the aircraft you built, a proven long range Lancair of course, and fly it away on holidays to any destination in the world? Bill and Sue are on their third build at the moment, and I am really looking forward to having them entertain us at LOBO Oz fly-in in February. If you would like to learn a little about flying for range and LOP operations, or even flying non-stop for 38 hours, then I could not think of a better person to listen to. Folks, don’t miss this one, as we will put together an interesting programme for the weekend.

Bill Harrelson pictured in his Lancair IV after his polar circumnavigation in January 2015.

On February 20, 2016 – Bill Harrelson, LOBO Oz member and EAA Lifetime member, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured speaker at the LOBO Oz (Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Australia) fly-in to be held at the NSW Sports Aircraft Club Napper Field airport at Wedderburn over the 19th to 21st February 2016.

“Bill Harrelson had a Walter Mitty dream, one of building an airplane in his hangar and flying it around the world in record time,” said LOBO (USA) President Jeff Edwards. “He fulfilled that dream earlier this year while the world watched his adventure unfold on the Internet.”

In February 2013 Harrelson concluded a record long-distance flight (7,051 nautical miles) flying N6ZQ nonstop from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. “Bill’s inspirational efforts in designing, building, and flying the plane highlight the unique capabilities and efficiencies of modern homebuilt aircraft when flown by a true aviator,” Edwards added.

Bill and his wife Sue are heading off in their purpose built long range Lancair 1V on a little holiday through the Pacific, and eventually to Australia. How good is it to be able to jump into the aircraft you built, a proven long-range Lancair, of course, and fly it away on holidays to any destination in the world?

Bill and Sue are on their third build at the moment, and I am really looking forward to having them entertain us at LOBO Oz fly-in in February.

If you would like to learn a little about flying for range and LOP operations, or even about flying non-stop for 38 hours, then I could not think of a better person to listen to. Folks, don’t miss this one, as we will put together an interesting program for the weekend.

If you think it is too far to come for a LOBO Oz fly-in, think again – and consider the distance that Bill and Sue will be covering to kindly give their time to our LOBO Oz group. See you then!

Trans Tasman Record attempt

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Lancair IV VH-YFM is heading across the Ditch

LOBO Oz President elect Fred Moreno, along with Gary Burns, will set off early in the morning heading across the Tasman to Christchurch. The plan is to depart Camden, overflying Canberra and then Sydney, before setting course across the Tasman to Christchurch New Zealand.

You will be able to keep an eye on their progress by clicking on this link: https://share.delorme.com/FREDERICKMoreno

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The record attempt which has been registered with the FAI will be from both Canberra and Sydney to Christchurch in the piston powered aeroplane class C-1c.

Back in 1998, Gary Burns flew his then, Lancair IV VH-LKG around the world, and is the holder of many records in this very class.