Flight Office and Kitchen
The Flight Office is open between 0900 and 1700
The Kitchen is open between 1000 and 1600
Adelaide Biplanes have been at Aldinga Airfield since July 2005. We started in the side of the hangar in the old 70's style Flight Office, many of our aircraft are vintage and so we have improved the inside of the hangar as well to reflect our branding. A lot of the work has been done with the help of our students, their parents, Instructors and Pilots. For example, the Dad of one of our students is a Cabinet Maker and he has made our designs and then we have painted, rubbed down, waxed or finished as required. The internal corrugated walls are recycled from gardens in Willunga, rubbed down with wire scourers and painted. The Baltic Pine floor is from another student's demolished house, laid down by the Instructors, rubbed down and oiled by Gaylene with the help of two Dads. Students have helped us and are now sharing in the end results! Their ages range from 14 years old through to our oldest student who is 83. They are an inspiring lot!
So, here we are, very grateful for the help and support, and it is great to see the look of amazement from locals as they come in the door. Yes, well worth the effort!
We have awesome aerial photography. Our Photographer John Drury is a professional from Adelaide, with whom we have developed a close working relationship. Huge canvasses of John's work portraying our aircraft flying over the local vineyards, stunning coastline and hills are hung on the walls.
The Kitchen started for students, their families, the crew and tourists to enjoy a great cappuccino. It has grown to include visiting pilots (the $100 burger!), other airfield visitors, tourists and locals, and we love to see families visiting just like they used to.... to look at aeroplanes up close, watch students of all ages learning, enjoying the challenge, overcoming hurdles and achieving their personal goals without actually having to have a lesson or buying a scenic flight or coffee....all are welcome.....in this way.....we improve safety and discipline by involving everyone!
We homebake everything in our kitchen....just like 'Mum' used to do in her 1940's kitchen....very simple
All Yummy, the cakes vary, but we think about what used to be made and experiment to make sure it is moist, has a twist to it from us, and it must pass the students' and pilots' tasting session first!