Patrick Bridge was not going to get to Devonport due to an imminent addition to the family. His wife Kelly told him he needed to go, so Pat was in attendance.

Patrick and Kelly announced the arrival of Harvey David Bridge this morning. A huge congratulations to the Bridge family from LOBO Oz and thanks, Kelly.


Matt Hall to speak at LOBO Oz Devonport conference

Thanks to one of our LOBO Oz members, QBE and Matt Hall, we can announce that Matt Hall who is the QBE Safety Ambassador will be joining us at Devonport.

It is now time for everyone to get in and book accommodation as it will fill up quickly. A list with some options will be posted soon.

Planning continues but next year will be a beauty. Guest speakers from LOBO USA, Garmin, QBE, and also including Matt Hall.

Conference Program

Program for Devonport Tasmania


Friday 2nd March 2018.

Today is arrival day for most. Arrive any time you like; you will find fellow LOBO Oz members at the Devonport Aero Club or there abouts. We have LOBO Oz members who are arriving from all over Australia.

It is approx. 20 minute drive from the Airport to the accommodation that you have booked in town. If you are relying on local transport, I am sure we will be able to organise to get you into town so that you can check in.

The Devonport Aeroclub has very kindly offered to organise our Friday evening welcome BBQ, so it will be great to be out with the squadron for dinner. Details are given on the registration payment form that was emailed to the group last week. Meet again at the Aeroclub at 1800.

Please complete and email back to us if you have not already. We need numbers soon.

Registration Payment Form.


Saturday 3rd March. (Please note this program is very flexible and may still change, guidance only)


0830: Gather at the Devonport Surf Club for an early start. You will find the Surf Club around on Bluff Road.

0845: LOBO Oz President’s welcome and opening address. Fred Moreno

0915: A full run down of typical Maintenance and Inspection issues found during Pre-Purchase or annual inspections, covering all models in the Lancair fleet.

This presentation is being done by Chris Zavatson from LOBO USA. Chris is an absolute guru on all things Lancair, in particular the 300 series machines.

1030: Coffee break morning tea. (Included for conference attendees)

1050: An update on the refurb of Lancair IV VH-LKG including LIV/IVP type specific maintenance items: includes an open discussion. Kevin Haydon.

1140: Hydraulics is one of Chris Zavatson’s favourite subjects. Listen to a brief session on our various Lancair hydraulic systems, including nose gear specifics.

1240: Lunch time. (Included for conference attendees)


1330: An update on all of the latest and Garmin products for our Lancairs.

If you are considering a panel upgrade you will enjoy what is on offer here. Stuart Hills. Garmin Australia.

1420: Dr Andrew Spall talks to us about spatial disorientation, how it can affect the safe outcome of a flight and sleep apnoea.

1500: A look at 2D and 3D approaches and discuss how best to set up for flying these and other approaches. Even if you are not an IFR pilot, you will enjoy this open forum on how we get the job done. Gary Weeks.

1540: Coffee break

1600:Drag Reduction. We all want to know how to tweak some extra speed from our Lancairs. Look at some mods. and details that can make your Lancair, better, safer or faster?  Chris Zavaston.

1715: Wrap up for the evening dinner.


1900: Conference Dinner – Served in The Surf Club. Renowned local chef, Vanessa Belbin (Brown Bear Café) will provide us with dishes which highlight signature Tasmanian produce. You will find these details on the registration form that you filled in and returned to us.


Our guest speaker tonight is Matt Hall who needs no introduction.

3 Course Dinner @ $70.00 per person

Beverages on Consumption

Sunday 4th March


0930: Gather at the Devonport Aeroclub for a briefing on our scenic flight around the Island today. We have two possible options, weather permitting posted on the website.

Don’t forget to order your lunch hamper. Again details on the registration payment form.

We would appreciate payment up front for all activities…check out the form for bank details and also so that we have the required detail for catering.

Registration Payment Form…..



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.

Have you registered (and paid) for Devonport?

It’s only weeks till our convention in Devonport – have you registered yet? We desperately need numbers for final planning (catering and room bookings), so check out the last couple of posts here, and register your commitment here (click on the heading or the image):

(Many thanks to those who have done this already)





Once that is done, please complete this form to register which other activities (BBQ, dinner, etc.) you and your partner wish to attend, and follow instructions to pay your registration fee upfront.


Devonport – Partners’ Program

With the convention in Devonport fast approaching, we have given some thought about activities for partners who will not attend the programmed sessions.

Since we are unsure of numbers, we have decided to manage ourselves – i.e. self-drive rather than commit to a tour.

The area has lots to offer, so on Saturday we will get together to do a tour with a flexible itinerary but perhaps including the following (weather and interest dependent):

Meet at Devonport Surf Club
8:30am Departure
8:45am Morning Hot Chocolate or Coffee at House of Anvers and perhaps purchase
some delicious truffles
10:00am Stop at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm to sample & purchase some local cheeses
12:00pm Lunch at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
1:00pm Visit Dove Lake to view iconic Cradle Mountain and perhaps take a short walk
along one of the many trails.

Return journey to be decided.

This is an example, and the rest of the afternoon is also dependent on a group decision.

Hopefully, we don’t eat too much as we are looking forward to a wonderful evening meal back at the surf club for our Convention dinner! It will be great to enjoy your company again – around this beautiful part of Australia’s island state.

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