LOBO Oz on FaceBook

In response to suggestions made at our Goolwa get-together, we have now started a Closed Group on FaceBook! It is to be a place to share events, news, links, ideas and projects among members.

If you are already on FaceBook, then simply go to:


Submit a request to join the group, and if you are a member, you will be able to join the group.

We have already had a few members respond to emails announcing this group, but would love to have more join.

[Note: if you don’t already belong to FaceBook, you can simply make a profile, say for your plane, and use that to link to this group. Then keep this profile private or low key, if you’re not interested in the social aspects of FaceBook or simply don’t have the time. You may have to let us know it’s you via emails though.]

Do think about it though – we have already had a member share photos of his panel upgrade. There’s much more to come! It would also be a great place to set up informal fly-ins among the group, without a lot of forward planning.

[P.S. Many thanks to members who have paid membership fees for 2017/18. It will make planning for events much easier. You can submit $20 via the PayPal link to the right.]

The River Run

The Manning River Aero Club held a comp day yesterday and Linda and I were able to get up and say hi to family and also to fly the comp. The River Run followed by a spot landing.

Instead of flying the comp in the clubs C172 VH-IHK I decided to do it in Zeeyah.

My Dad was a founding member of the MRAC so I try and stay in touch with club members.

Jack a bit of flap out and have fun. Really good coordination needed.

It is almost impossible to do above about 120kts.

You get the idea. Beautiful crisp clear winter day.

The beautiful Manning River Area. Drop in to the MRAC if you are ever in the area.

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.