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3 weeks ago

ADELAIDE BIPLANES

Jason Frost .... First Solo in the SportStar

"This is something that I've always wanted to do. I have only been in Australia for nearly 3 years, settling in McLaren Vale here in South Australia. In the UK, learning to fly is more challenging due to weather and the financial cost.

Stewart took me up for my first lesson on a Trial Instructional Flight in the SportStar and no-one had to say anymore ....

Solo is scary, but once you are up there doing it, I just concentrated. Taking off for my solo was a commitment! Landing was exhilarating! I definitely felt that I wanted to do it again!

What is there not to like??!! "
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Jason Frost .... First Solo in the SportStar

This is something that Ive always wanted to do. I have only been in Australia for nearly 3 years, settling in McLaren Vale here in South Australia. In the UK, learning to fly is more challenging due to weather and the financial cost.

Stewart took me up for my first lesson on a Trial Instructional Flight in the SportStar and no-one had to say anymore ....

Solo is scary, but once you are up there doing it, I just concentrated. Taking off for my solo was a commitment! Landing was exhilarating! I definitely felt that I wanted to do it again!

What is there not to like??!!

 

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Congratulations, oh what a feeling 🀣🀸🏻‍♂️

Congratulations Jason.

Well done Jason, you must be feeling so proud. Congratulations. Still not going up with you though!

Congratulations Jason, when's the trip to KI πŸ˜‰ Stu says well done Biggles 🀣🀣🀣🀣

Wow well done Jason that's brilliant definitely living the dream xx

That awesome moment when you get airborne solo and everything seems to happen 4 times faster than normal. So worth it. Gratz on soloing ✈️

Congratulations

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3 weeks ago

ADELAIDE BIPLANES

You know when you have that annoying little itch? The one that one day you just know you are going to have to scratch? Well, that's how we are with floatplanes! Always wanted to, did the endorsement and ............ one day we are going to operate one!

DRUM ROLL ..... The time has come! We are pleased to announce that as we write the premier company of float manufacture Wipline are busy building a set of 2100A amphibious floats destined for Adelaide Biplanes and a certain PA-18 Piper Super Cub, our much loved VH-FHC.
www.wipaire.com/aircraft_page/piper-pa-18pa-12/#floats

Having agonized over the increased usability set against the decreased payload, we have decided that amphibs are the way to go, flights can start and finish on land, refuelling is easy, maintenance also much easier and all round utility is enhanced. The new laser based gear warning system is a very useful back up in the battle to avoid that biggest mistake of all .... water landing with the gear down! That always ends in tears and is to be avoided at all costs.

As we get 'into' the project, we also decided to upgrade the electrical system to an alternator to ensure plenty of straight volts and amps to ensure the retracts are properly powered, also, we will upgrade the brakes to allow for the reliance on brakes for steering when on wheels. Finally, we will apply the 2000lb MTOW STC to allow operation on the floats and still retain a good usable payload.

The initial plan is to build a little more float experience in-house ourselves, and then in due course we will plan to offer floatplane endorsements as well as retractable design feature training and endorsements. Most of us enjoy boating, most of us enjoy flying, now it will be possible to enjoy both at the same time .....
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You know when you have that annoying little itch? The one that one day you just know you are going to have to scratch? Well, thats how we are with floatplanes! Always wanted to, did the endorsement and ............ one day we are going to operate one!

DRUM ROLL ..... The time has come! We are pleased to announce that as we write the premier company of float manufacture Wipline are busy building a set of 2100A amphibious floats destined for Adelaide Biplanes and a certain PA-18 Piper Super Cub, our much loved VH-FHC.
 https://www.wipaire.com/aircraft_page/piper-pa-18pa-12/#floats

Having agonized over the increased usability set against the decreased payload, we have decided that amphibs are the way to go, flights can start and finish on land, refuelling is easy, maintenance also much easier and all round utility is enhanced. The new laser based gear warning system is a very useful back up in the battle to avoid that biggest mistake of all .... water landing with the gear down! That always ends in tears and is to be avoided at all costs.

As we get into the project, we also decided to upgrade the electrical system to an alternator to ensure plenty of straight volts and amps to ensure the retracts are properly powered, also, we will upgrade the brakes to allow for the reliance on brakes for steering when on wheels. Finally, we will apply the 2000lb MTOW STC to allow operation on the floats and still retain a good usable payload.

The initial plan is to build a little more float experience in-house ourselves, and then in due course we will plan to offer floatplane endorsements as well as retractable design feature training and endorsements. Most of us enjoy boating, most of us enjoy flying, now it will be possible to enjoy both at the same time .....

 

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The excitement never stops at ABP and pleased you are for filling another passion. Good luck with ‘Project Float’ when is delivery expected? xx

I looked a one of those. it wasn't in that good of condition

Awesome. I think Karl will be very happy about that!

Awesome news! Sign me up when your all sorted! Well done abp team I know it’s been a long time coming.

Well done Guys...πŸ‘πŸ¦…

That is fantastic can’t wait to use my float endorsement at Adelaide Biplanes

I can’t wait put some rods in the floats and carp fishing on fhc on the lake. Let a new exciting project begin she’s gonna look amazing πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Denia Phoenic Rob Wicks

Bloody excellent news, looking forward to seeing her on the water.

Oooooh.......look out beloved Charlie (as I know him) is going to make like a duck πŸ¦†.... good stuff

Awesome! Well doneπŸ‘

I grew up near Ansetts flying boat base at Rose bay sign me up and send me into poverty.

Love the idea of it. Have you started a list of test flights? Fantastic leap forward and upwards.

Awesome! Is it going to swap on and off its old gear, or are its final tailwheel days approaching?

This is great news!

Very nice.

Bloody excellent news, looking forward to seeing her on the water.

Bob's ecstatic 😊

Forced landings on Myponga reservoir!

Who needs kayaks

Perfect for landing on Myponga reservoir

Wow! as soon as you are ready for customers. let everyone know! ill get in line for the float endorsement :)

Wow can’t wait [teach Tom, always wanted to land on water] . . . .

Way to go Adelaide Biplanes!!!

i was hopin that this was a classic phota, of aww bugga i forgot me wheels, but the grass was wet enough! but i was wrong again!

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1 month ago

ADELAIDE BIPLANES

Peter Turtur .... First Solo in the SportStar

"Initially, I started flying helicopters at Mangore Airport in Victoria. Then we moved to South Australia and family responsibilities took over!

It's always been a dream of mine to fly. I love the beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Flying solo? Karl was still there in my head, advising me with adjustments. It felt fantastic!!"
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Peter Turtur .... First Solo in the SportStar

Initially, I started flying helicopters at Mangore Airport in Victoria. Then we moved  to South Australia and family responsibilities took over!

Its always been a dream of mine to fly. I love the beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Flying solo? Karl was still there in my head, advising me with adjustments. It felt fantastic!!

 

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How much for a ride ?

Congratulations

1 month ago

ADELAIDE BIPLANES

The Marriage of Jack and Tenae .....

Do you remember when you were young and all you wanted to do was fly?

Well, Jack and Tenae are both out of that same box, coming out to the Adelaide Biplanes decking, watching us teach and wanting to do it too. This is where they met as youngsters in 2007.

They both began learning to fly whilst still in their early teens in 2008, they chatted always about flying and then went with parents to Temora together and have remained firm friends over the years.

We all knew that they suited each other, but shyness does play a huge part in the unwillingness to change things, especially between friends, but eventually, not that long ago, Tenae was bold and vulnerable and told Jack how she felt.

Did we know that things had changed?? Of course!! We are all too close not to notice the different feel to the air!!

How proud were all of us at Adelaide Biplanes and all those that know them both, to see and or hear that they got married on Sunday May 5th?

With just a little sprinkle of magic .... look where it flies out to and the ripples that it begins .....
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HOW BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations to Tenae & Jack on your wedding. May you fly high together for ever and more.

Congratulations Jack and Tenae, perfectly awesome wedding at Adelaide Biplanes, such a wonderful day with truly amazing and dedicated people πŸ’• πŸŒΊπŸΎπŸ›©

Beautiful & both looking gorgeous, congratulations πŸ’–πŸŒΈπŸ’–

Congratulations - perfect setting, perfect couple. Here’s to a very happy ever after to you both.

Congratulations to a Lovely Couple...πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ¦…βœ…πŸŒΉπŸ’‹

Such a wonderful story! Congratulations and tailwinds to both of you!

Congratulations to you both Looks like a wonderful day

Congratulations guys, looks like an amazing day. All the very best.

Congratulations Jack!

It was a perfect day, and such a fitting place for these two to marry. A true old fashioned romance story that Adelaide Biplanes have been a huge part of. Thank you everyone that helped out and Thank you to all the team and for everyone jumping in saving the day when the baristas didn’t show! An especially to Gaye and Mart, this story would have a completely different ending without you both xx

What a story! Congratulations !!

Absolutely stunning photos and what a perrrrfect day and couple ! Love To you both

Congratulations Jack and Tenae. All the best for your futureπŸ’•πŸ’•

Such a beautiful day! Couldn't be a more perfect location :)

What a beautiful setting for a wedding - Adelaide πŸ‘β€οΈ

Congratulations to you both!!! Definitely have memories of both of you as “youngsters” at ABP and now you are husband and wife! All the very best for what the future brings, in the sky and on the ground xox

Congratulations you two xxx ❀️

Awesome setting & photos!! Happy flying to the newlyweds!πŸ’•πŸ’•

Congratulations to both off you from the crew and i

Congratulations. Lovely photos

Congratulations Jack πŸ‘Œ

Congratulations Jack & Tenae ❀️❀️xx

Congrats you two!

Congratulations to you both, it looked like a beautiful wedding, loving the fact that the vows where made on the airstrip! Best wishes tony and liza

Congratulations Jack and Tanae. GBU.

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2 months ago

ADELAIDE BIPLANES

John Chambers has arranged for a special viewing of the documentary 'Spitfire' as a fundraiser for Angel Flight.

Sunday 19th May at 1400 Palace Nova Eastend Cinema Tickets $20

John writes ....
"No doubt due to my mother's influence as a long time volunteer for 'The Smith Family', I have been volunteering pretty well all my adult life.

By far the most rewarding volunteering of my life commenced about 18 months ago when I became an 'Earth Angel' for Angel Flight. Every one of my 80 missions since then has been wonderful. I get to meet face to face with the people I am assisting, sometimes multiple times, and learn from them the burden of travelling from their regional towns to Adelaide for medical tests or treatments before they discovered Angel Flight.

Everyone is welcome to this Fundraiser for Angel Flight. Bookings are necessary!
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John Chambers has arranged for a special viewing of the documentary Spitfire as a fundraiser for Angel Flight.

Sunday 19th May at 1400 Palace Nova Eastend Cinema Tickets $20 

John writes ....
No doubt due to my mothers influence as a long time volunteer for The Smith Family, I have been volunteering pretty well all my adult life. 

By far the most rewarding volunteering of my life commenced about 18 months ago when I became an Earth Angel for Angel Flight. Every one of my 80 missions since then has been wonderful. I get to meet face to face with the people I am assisting, sometimes multiple times, and learn from them the burden of travelling from their regional towns to Adelaide for medical tests or treatments before they discovered Angel Flight.

Everyone is welcome to this Fundraiser for Angel Flight. Bookings are necessary!

2 months ago

ADELAIDE BIPLANES

Quoc-Huy Banh .... First Solo in the Sport Cub

"I want to be an Airline Pilot! Initially I began lessons to see if I really wanted to learn to fly! Even to just know if I was going to enjoy it!

I have wanted to be a Pilot since I was a child. I live near Adelaide Airport and love watching the aeroplanes!

I felt really comfortable to be going solo. Flying feels like the right thing to be doing and now I will continue the journey!!!! "
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Quoc-Huy Banh .... First Solo in the Sport Cub

I want to be an Airline Pilot! Initially I began lessons to see if I really wanted to learn to fly! Even to just know if I was going to enjoy it!

I have wanted to be a Pilot since I was a child. I live near Adelaide Airport and love watching the aeroplanes!

I felt really comfortable to be going solo. Flying feels like the right thing to be doing and now I will continue the journey!!!!

 

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Congrats on going solo mate!! It's a long and bumpy journey, just remember to stay on course...

Enjoy your journey πŸ˜€

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