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3 weeks ago

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** Update - you’re all wonderful humans .... we have got enough offers of help now THANK YOU!! I will be in touch in due course with more info** Putting a call out for HELP We are looking at sending 3 aircraft loads of immediate relief freight down to Kangaroo Island this Saturday 11th January in the late afternoon - sensational work by all of our supporters! I am putting out a call for any interested parties who have a valid RED ASIC card to help with the loading and coordinating of approximately 3.6 tons of cargo onto our aircraft. You must meet the below criteria: 1. Valid Red ASIC card holder 2. Be available in Adelaide from approximately 1530 Saturday afternoon 3. Be willing to donate your time for free 4. Be willing to have any photographs taken of you published to media as decided by relevent parties 5. Be willing to listen to and follow specific instructions 6. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST ON THIS POST PRIOR TO 9PM TODAY - THURSDAY 9TH JAN We will coordinate the task and let you know if / where we are able to use your services by Friday evening. Please no phone calls, write a comment on this post and we will endeavor to get back to you as we are able. Thank you! ADELAIDE BIPLANES Airtours Australia Platinum Aircraft Charter ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Hi Team!!! I am running a small group of volunteers in the Victor Harbor community! We have been making prepackaged meals and freezing them, we have been making hygiene packs for frontline personal and also care packages for victims that have lost everything, I have about 30 volunteers ready and waiting to help, we would love to get our donations to KI, as we have water, non perishable foods and meals ready to go!!! Kindest regards Kaley Felice.

Unfortunatly no ASIC but let me know if more person power is needed in the future as I may have some others that would be able to assist.

I’m in Bonnie let me know anything I can do I’ll pick up Joey bags on the way

Kaley Felice maybe contact these champions and see if they can help what your doing

3 weeks ago

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We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been involved so far in helping to organise equipment and supplies to deliver to the fire affected community on Kangaroo Island .... we couldn't have got this far already without you all and we are totally overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone! Kelair - Amazing donation from this wonderful company based in Melbourne, thank you! South Australian Air Charters - Another amazing donation! Aldinga Timber & Hardware - fabulous donation of tools from this superb family run company Coles - absolutely fabulous donation of 1,200kg supplies to head directly to the Island! Each and every beautiful human being who has donated money, service or supplies to get this happening - true Aussie spirit right there! Currently up to over $7,000!!! ❀️ We are coordinating our relief flights and will keep you all updated as things evolve. ADELAIDE BIPLANES Airtours Australia Platinum Aircraft Charter ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you . job well done.x

Doing well keep up the good work

1 month ago

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Martyn writes .... "Back in the UK circa Y2000, life was good. Career after 20 years of airline flying was at a high point, we had finally achieved our little patch of paradise in Sussex with the modest airstrip at the back door. Then thoughts of returning to Australia started to worm their way in! Dreams of wide open spaces, better weather, aeroplanes and of course FLOATPLANES.

The dream started way back then, however it has taken many more years before we have finally managed to enter the magical world that combines the joy of flight with the excitement of flying on and off the water.

Dear old FHC, our Piper PA18 Super Cub is now wearing her splendid new pair of Wipline 2100 A floats and is getting them wet on a regular basis. The 2100 refers to the bouyancy in lbs and of course the A is for Amphibious, this means hugely increased utility and eases the processes of fuelling and maintaining. This comes at significant cost in $$ and also a weight penalty of course.

To fit the floats meant a good hard think about a few things that would need to be considered:-

Whilst on the ground as a nosewheel Cub with castoring nosewheel, we would be totally reliant on brakes for steering .... better upgrade them then!
A fair amount of time would be spent idling on the water with some increased electrical loads .... better upgrade to an alternator then!
Amphib floats are HEAVY, we need to keep a sensible usable payload .... better upgrade to 2000 lbs MTOW then!

So the upgrade job became significant, but we have finished up with a very usable floatplane, able to start and finish at base, live in her hangar as normal and still lift 2 x 90kg people and almost full fuel.

One of my worries was that we would spoil her as a Cub, as some of you will know a Cub is amongst the sweetest handling of all light aeroplanes, I would be disappointed to lose that.

Well, I need not have worried, since flying her with the 'boats' on she has proved to have retained all those sweet handling qualities. Certainly it is noticeable that the aeroplane is much heavier, climb performance has taken a hit, the days of 1500 fpm up have gone! However, with Steve and myself and full fuel on board a solid 5-600 fpm up is seen and surprisingly at 2400 rpm we are seeing 80-85 kts in the cruise. It is early days for all of us on the water as yet, but the floats seem to be very well behaved with a good wide 'sweet spot', we are off the water in quick time even on hot days and still with the cruise prop. We have tested them in some fairly choppy Finnis River water and all has been well.

For now the only insurable Instructors are myself, Steve and Karl, and of course there will not be any hire and fly option. The risks of floatplane flying, and particularly amphibious floatplane flying are obvious and well documented. Landing on the water with the gear down whilst likely survivable, will be catastrophic for the aeroplane. Students will need to develop an understanding also for the effect that the centre of bouyancy has on directional stability. A fast flat touchdown on the water is an absolute NO NO ! The aeroplane is mostly operated into the wind on the water and is straight forward in this sort of benign condition, whilst during endorsement training we will look at more advanced techniques, at an entry level it is pleasantly easy.

Good discipline, process and procedure will be essential in avoiding the pitfalls of gear in the wrong spot for the surface, expect us to be paranoid about it!

We are now able to offer flying under instruction in the Cub on floats, either on the way to a full endorsement (around 7 hours) or simply as a 'taster' for an hour or 2.

Call us as normal in the Flight Office if you would like to sample this awesome new addition to the Adelaide Biplanes fleet."

Martyn took me flying yesterday morning, and yes, it still felt like the Cub, and definitely odd for the first landing on water having flown lots in a Super Cub before!

I thought of our young son Matt's words in a poem that he wrote at 9 years old after flying in the P51 Mustang, 'Big Beautiful Doll' ....

"I wish I could fly, just like any bird can fly!
I wish I could fly, as graceful as a bird.
It would be fantastic, to see all the Earth,
the grass rushing by, as we zoom above the ground.
People saying good luck as I go up, up
I say to myself, what a thing this is.

Matt Smith 1997
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Martyn writes ....  Back in the UK circa Y2000, life was good. Career after 20 years of airline flying was at a high point, we had finally achieved our little patch of paradise in Sussex with the modest airstrip at the back door. Then thoughts of returning to Australia started to worm their way in!  Dreams of wide open spaces, better weather, aeroplanes and of course FLOATPLANES.

The dream started way back then, however it has taken many more years before we have finally managed to enter the magical world that combines the joy of flight with the excitement of flying on and off the water.

Dear old FHC, our Piper PA18 Super Cub is now wearing her splendid new pair of Wipline 2100 A floats and is getting them wet on a regular basis. The 2100 refers to the bouyancy in lbs and of course the A is for Amphibious, this means hugely increased utility and eases the processes of fuelling and maintaining. This comes at significant cost in $$ and also a weight penalty of course.

To fit the floats meant a good hard think about a few things that would need to be considered:- 

Whilst on the ground as a nosewheel Cub with castoring nosewheel, we would be totally reliant on brakes for steering .... better upgrade them then!
A fair amount of time would be spent idling on the water with some increased electrical loads .... better upgrade to an alternator then!
Amphib floats are HEAVY, we need to keep a sensible usable payload .... better upgrade to 2000 lbs MTOW then!

So the upgrade job became significant, but we have finished up with a very usable floatplane, able to start and finish at base, live in her hangar as normal and still lift 2 x 90kg people and almost full fuel.

One of my worries was that we would spoil her as a Cub, as some of you will know a Cub is amongst the sweetest handling of all light aeroplanes, I would be disappointed to lose that.

Well, I need not have worried, since flying her with the boats on she has proved to have retained all those sweet handling qualities. Certainly it is noticeable that the aeroplane is much heavier, climb performance has taken a hit, the days of 1500 fpm up have gone!  However, with Steve and myself and full fuel on board a solid 5-600 fpm up is seen and surprisingly at 2400 rpm we are seeing 80-85 kts in the cruise.  It is early days for all of us on the water as yet, but the floats seem to be very well behaved with a good wide sweet spot, we are off the water in quick time even on hot days and still with the cruise prop. We have tested them in some fairly choppy Finnis River water and all has been well.  

For now the only insurable Instructors are myself, Steve and Karl, and of course there will not be any hire and fly option.  The risks of floatplane flying, and particularly amphibious floatplane flying are obvious and well documented.  Landing on the water with the gear down whilst likely survivable, will be catastrophic for the aeroplane.  Students will need to develop an understanding also for the effect that the centre of bouyancy has on directional stability. A fast flat touchdown on the water is an absolute NO NO !   The aeroplane is mostly operated into the wind on the water and is straight forward in this sort of benign condition, whilst during endorsement training we will look at more advanced techniques, at an entry level it is pleasantly easy.

Good discipline, process and procedure will be essential in avoiding the pitfalls of gear in the wrong spot for the surface, expect us to be paranoid about it!

We are now able to offer flying under instruction in the Cub on floats, either on the way to a full endorsement (around 7 hours) or simply as a taster for an hour or 2.

Call us as normal in the Flight Office if you would like to sample this awesome new addition to the Adelaide Biplanes fleet.

Martyn took me flying yesterday morning, and yes, it still felt like the Cub, and definitely odd for the first landing on water having flown lots in a Super Cub before! 

I thought of our young son Matts words in a poem that he wrote at 9 years old after flying in the P51 Mustang, Big Beautiful Doll ....

I wish I could fly, just like any bird can fly!
I wish I could fly, as graceful as a bird.
It would be fantastic, to see all the Earth,
the grass rushing by, as we zoom above the ground.
People saying good luck as I go up, up
I say to myself, what a thing this is.

Matt Smith 1997Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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I miss the Microlight days back on the farm, year1981&2&3 may be 4?, near Cuckfield Sussex, they were good days. Martyn you have done very well. Good Luck for 2020. Kind regards Les. And my very best wishes to Gaylene and Bonnie.✈

Martyn and Gaylene, great to hear your flying operation is doing well with the addition of the amphibious Super Cub. I still remember well our 2009 vacation there; Especially your hosting the pizza dinner and sport cub flight with Martyn. But every pilot should experience flying Cubs off water. Best wishes for the New Year!

What fun it would be to have that experience. Martin and team you will be offering something very unique to the Aviators of SA. Yo must have a special bond with that Aircraft after all these years.

Tom is so excited to be getting his endorsement !!! - with second lesson today with KARL Everyone has been waiting in anticipation for so long for the flats arrival and I hear ‘it’s awesome!!’

What a great story.Small world,I'm from West Sussex,U.KπŸ˜ƒ

Beautiful words from Matt and great to hear about the flying from Mart. I’ll be booking in for second half of January.

So much fun! Thank you Martyn and Gaylene πŸ˜ƒ

Fantastic...can’t wait to see this machine πŸ‘

Do it..its Wonderful...πŸ‘Œ

Happy New YearπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ‘

She is beautiful πŸ’–

Fraser Rigby this looks awesome

Shannon Archbold this looks amazing!

Yes

Dianne Hart James Hart surely lets do this

Laura Soarer my next endorsement!

I need to make a date to head over !

I hope we get to see some video of the take off.

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1 month ago

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First load of pasture hay on it’s way to Oakbank to donate directly to our neighbors who have been devastatingly impacted by the Adelaide Hills Cudlee Creek bushfire over the past few days

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First load of pasture hay on it’s way to Oakbank to donate directly to our neighbors who have been devastatingly impacted by the Adelaide Hills Cudlee Creek bushfire over the past few days

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THANK YOU ❀❀❀ I know a lot of people will be very greatfull

Awesome work guys! Well done and Merry Christmas

Great to hear, good on you 😊

You guys are awesome πŸ‘

Well done guys

Well done πŸ₯°

Kirsten Mitchell Sharron Noske

Fantastic, well done guys xx

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