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4 months ago
ADELAIDE BIPLANES

Indy is 12 years old flying in the Harmony .... A lesson on attitude and he thought ...."The best flight so far ...." ... See MoreSee Less

Indy is 12 years old flying in the Harmony .... A lesson on attitude and he thought ....The best flight so far ....

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Thank you Adelaide BiPlanes for giving my Grandson the Courage to learn how to Fly I’m the proudest Nanna in the whole world my future Personal Pilot

My 13 year old has been up twice with you guys. She can’t wait to get up there again!

And that is how a 12 year old makes a ‘Booster Seat’ look cool!

4 months ago
ADELAIDE BIPLANES

Liam Doyle .... Flying Solo in the SportStar

"My Grandpa was in World War II and was involved in Radio Communication with the aircraft. I have always loved aviation and my interest in learning to fly came about because my Dad was bringing my children down to watch.

Going solo? It went so quick, I only started to feel nervous when I was taxiing back .... I realised what I had done!! "
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Liam Doyle .... Flying Solo in the SportStar  My Grandpa was in World War II and was involved in Radio Communication with the aircraft. I have always loved aviation and my interest in learning to fly came about because my Dad was bringing my children down to watch.  Going solo? It went so quick, I only started  to feel nervous when I was taxiing back .... I realised what I had done!!
4 months ago
ADELAIDE BIPLANES

The Tiger Moth VH-UEQ .... Let me tell you her story

Adelaide Biplanes was established on 1st July 2005 with just one biplane, the Waco. We knew that one day we would look for another biplane to make the 's' in Biplanes !!
In 2006 we began looking for a Tiger Moth. When you begin the search, you are not really expecting to find what you want and time passes ....

Then it all changes in a rush! Harvey, our Engineer of Nelson Aeroplane Company told us there was a 1940 Tiger Moth that had been in the Hasting family for nearly 40 years at Maitland on Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.

9th March 2006, we flew over the water in the Super Decathlon to meet Richard and the Tiger .... We loved her but so did Richard still .... He really didn’t want to sell her, not really!

This is her story .... The Tiger Moth is a 1930's biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland. In October 1939 the Empire Air Training Scheme was announced, the idea was to provide aircrew for the Royal Air Force from the Commonwealth nations .... Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Rhodesia taking the lion's share of the responsibility. By April 1940 the first intake of pilot trainees began. Here in South Australia the student pilots began at Parafield.

Almost 1100 Tiger Moths were built in Australia, between 1940-45, at the de Havilland aircraft factory at Bankstown (Sydney, NSW) with the engines manufactured at the General Motors Holden factory at Fisherman's Bend in Victoria. Our Tiger A17-78 came into being in August,1940.

After the end of World War II, there was a mass demobbing of Tiger Moth aircraft and 600 of them were put up for sale, our 1940’s girl was sold by the Commonwealth Disposals Commission, ex RAAF Mallala, South Australia in June of 1947.

100 Pounds .... No Further Offers .... Going Once, Going Twice .... SOLD to D Hardwick of Morgan, South Australia.

For some reason, it was never put on the Civil Register and sat for some 15 years, not appearing on the register until mid 1962 when it changed hands to John Henderson of Adelaide.

28th – 30th March 1964, our Tiger flew in the RM Ansett Air Race Brisbane to Adelaide, one of 110 competitors successfully arriving in Adelaide sporting her sponsors on her fabric, the most prominent being The Castle Hotel in Adelaide.

March 1967, the Tiger Moth was sold to the Hasting family, staying on the family farm near Maitland on the Yorke Peninsula South Australia, and here she was to stay for nearly 40 years. Gordon Hasting paid 1200 pounds for her. He had started learning to fly at 19 years old after spending hours reading the old Biggles comics! At the time, this was considered an extravagant lifestyle, wasting money and frowned upon! Dudley Bond was just one Instructor at Parafield that taught Gordon to fly.

Gordon and his wife May had 5 children. Their son Richard told us his family story and we were introduced to the Tiger Moth UEQ. He remembers his Dad doing streamer cutting and dropping small bags of chips and lollies for school picnics and charities. Richard loved the Tiger Moth and by the age of 5 he was strapped into the front and by 9 years old he was flying the Moth from the front. At 11, he was landing the Tiger Moth from the back. Richard’s father Gordon, died while still young and ownership of the Tiger Moth VH-UEQ was shared by Richard and his brother Mark.

Richard was instructed to his Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) by Des O’Driscoll, a senior Flying Instructor in South Australia, based at Pinnaroo. Instead of expecting the students to come to him, he took the training to the students, and therefore is well known in many outback areas of Australia. Des lived in the family home and stayed with you for about 3 weeks and became a friend and mentor, Des himself took his own first flying lesson in a Tiger Moth at the age of 16.

At 21 years old, Richard started flying commercially, gaining his Agricultural Pilot Rating …. water bombing, fire control and aerial spraying making up his career. The Tiger Moth sat quietly in the shed at the farm.

March 2006, we stood with Richard, looking at her at Maitland Airfield. It was emotional for us too, so many memories and stories and we knew she had to come and be part of our team at Adelaide Biplanes and bring her story forward to all that come to fly in her.

Year 2021/2022 …. She has just come back from fabric restoration, away for 12 months with Harvey. As always is the way, as everything comes off you can see all the ‘Just Jobs’ that need doing now while all the parts are so accessible in an old fabric biplane. So, she is the best she has ever been in her new fabric and decal colours ….

Martyn writes for me about her …. VH-UEQ Our Tiger, the epitome of a classic biplane trainer with a long history to match. Built in September 1940 as a military basic trainer, the aeroplane has survived the passage of some 80 years in remarkable condition.

Powered by a Gipsy Major 4 cylinder inverted inline engine of 130 horse power, she is capable of the dizzying cruise speed of a little more than 70 knots! But speed is not what a Tiger is all about, it’s more of a nostalgia thing, the blattering of the straight out exhaust, the whistle of the wind in the wires and the buffeting of the slipstream in your face, that’s what flying in a Tiger is about. She is a lovely, gentle old lady, a little ponderous in roll and marginally stable in pitch, with a tendency to wag her tail if not kept in check by timely rudder inputs.

Our Tiger is now available for scenic flights, and a new experience since she has come back as so many have asked to take the controls of the 1940 biplane that we now offer a Trial Instructional Flight …. Come and fly her along the coast and listen to the wind in the wires …..

All aeroplanes have a personality, this beautiful old lady, I call her the Vera Lynn of biplanes ….
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Awesome write up , I still think of the best times with Dad and UEQ. Small regret selling but it is in good hands. 👍🍷.

Wonderful story and history. Hope she continues to have a long and memorable life bringing joy to all!

What a beautiful story,of a beautiful lady(Tiger) also told by a beautiful lady !! We really enjoyed your story Gaylene and although Tom started to learn to fly at ABP the same year you purchased the Tiger Moth, there was so much we didn’t know of her history until now. Thank you for sharing her story xx

I remember Gordon doing the streamer cutting and dropping lollies to us at the Sunday school picnics at south Kilkerran. This plane was very well known around Maitland and the surrounding districts !!

Beautiful story Gayle, should be heritage listed!

A great history and story! How wonderful that people like yourselves restore and keep these beautiful planes alive for the joy of all. A memorable experience awaits!

My in-laws had a farm just “around the corner” from the Hastings property for two generations. I believe the Hastings originally flew it from their own property, and it was well known around the area. The property is only a few kms from the Maitland airport.

Fantastic, I am going to have a fly with you soon!

Such an emotive story. I'd heard bits of it from Richard Hasting over time, but to read it here in one go: wow! Will you teach me to fly her, Martyn?

Jenna, Bill, Jayce. Plan stuff

Anne Connolly history of the Tiger moth you flew in😎

Steve Reid the old girl!! 😊

Love it!

Ian Manley

John Boden

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5 months ago
ADELAIDE BIPLANES

James Newgrain .... New Recreational Pilot Certificate

"I began learning to fly in 2016 when I was just 13 years old and then took several years break as I completed my schooling.

It was when I was already working in the Construction Industry that I decided that it was time to follow my dream and fly!

I am working towards my Commercial Pilot Licence .... and I am loving it! "
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James Newgrain .... New Recreational Pilot Certificate  I began learning to fly in 2016 when I was just 13 years old and then took several years break as I completed my schooling.  It was when I was  already working in the Construction Industry that I decided that it was time to follow my dream and fly!  I am working towards my Commercial Pilot Licence ....  and I am loving it!

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Congrats 👍🏻

5 months ago
ADELAIDE BIPLANES

Will Huiznik .... First Solo in the tailwheel Sport Cub, 15 years old

"I have always been fascinated with flying when we flew in commercial airlines. It was my dream to fly since I was about 5.

I came to Adelaide Biplanes in September 2020 for a local holiday in Pt Willunga because of COVID. We saw the biplanes flying overhead and knew that you were based at the Airfield because we had seen Adelaide Biplanes at the Lucindale Field Days earlier in the year.

We came down for a coffee and a shake and were back the next day flying a Trial Instructional Flight with Steve in the Sport Cub.

It's been so much fun and I've been so glad to have the opportunity! My first solo was really cool I loved it!"

After more circuit sessions, Will is now venturing out to Milang on Lake Alexandrina, to begin his navigational experience.
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Will Huiznik .... First Solo in the tailwheel Sport Cub, 15 years old  I have always been fascinated with flying when we flew in commercial airlines. It was my dream to fly since I was about 5.  I came to Adelaide Biplanes in September 2020 for a local holiday in Pt Willunga because of COVID.  We saw the biplanes flying overhead and knew that you were based at the Airfield because we had seen Adelaide Biplanes at the Lucindale Field Days earlier in the year.  We came down for a coffee and a shake and were back the next day flying a Trial Instructional Flight with Steve in the Sport Cub.  Its been so much fun and Ive been so glad to have the opportunity! My first solo was really cool I loved it!  After more circuit sessions, Will is now venturing out to Milang on  Lake Alexandrina, to begin his navigational experience.
5 months ago
ADELAIDE BIPLANES

Jacques Monet .... First solo in the SportStar

Why Flying? .... "Honestly? I've always wanted to do it.

I'm a Backpacker from Swindon in Wiltshire, UK. I landed in Brisbane with just enough money and eventually headed down to The Falls Festival at Byron Bay. There I kept asking everyone in the crowd ... Do you know of any jobs going anywhere? Someone gave me a phone number for Adria Downs, a cattle station 130 kilometres northwest of Birdsville. They had just left after 2 years there! I ended up working there for 18 months doing anything and everything. I loved it!!

I ended up in Birdsville and I loved that too! I worked at the Airport and the Hotel and the Bakery, finally setting off for Adelaide, South Australia about 1400 kilometres away.

I've always wanted to fly, just hadn't said much about it!

Going solo? As soon as I put the power on, I knew what to do ... It felt amazing and I was over the moon!!"
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Jacques Monet .... First solo in the SportStar  Why Flying? .... Honestly? Ive always wanted to do it.  Im a Backpacker from Swindon in Wiltshire, UK. I landed in Brisbane with just enough money and eventually headed down to The Falls Festival at Byron Bay. There I kept asking everyone in the crowd ... Do you know of any jobs going anywhere? Someone gave me a phone number for Adria Downs, a cattle station 130 kilometres northwest of Birdsville. They had just left after 2 years there!  I ended up working there for 18 months doing anything and everything. I loved it!!  I ended up in Birdsville and I loved that too! I worked at the Airport and the Hotel and the Bakery, finally setting off for Adelaide, South Australia about 1400 kilometres away.  Ive always wanted to fly, just hadnt said much about it!  Going solo? As soon as I put the power on, I knew what to do ... It felt amazing and I was over the moon!!

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Well done Jacques - put Kangaroo Island on your radar & visit Muston Heights!!✈️

That’s a great story; congratulations Jacques. 💪

Great job brother congratulations!!

Well done. Look at you go. ❤🥰👍

Well Done Jaques take care xxx

Your amazing well done you xx

Does that headset work on xbox too Jacques Monet

On ya cobb 👍

Good effort Boris

Good on ya x

Very Proud❤

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