Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sunday 11th Dec WX was a bit doughy again with spots of sun, rain and wind.
We bit the Bullet and decided the ATC Air Experience day was on and a GO.
We were hosting No.8 City of New Plymouth Squadron.
Brian and SSF warming up then heading out to see what the WX was up to.
Heading for 27
Squall coming so beat a hasty retreat till it passed.
Then off again for 27 after it whizzed through
Whilst Brian was doing that John and JPX were warming up as well and then trucked over for some Gas.
Big Whirly thing with interesting Spinner.
The Squadron arrived in there Limo the Unimog.
After a thorough Safety Briefing in the Club house it was ....
Straight into whilst the WX window was there.
Brian doing the Biz.
John was doing the same with JPX.
They had split into two groups so while the Flying Group were doing there thing the other did tours through the Hangars first up was the Mustang.... Cadets trying TVG on for size.
Back in for the next lot.
More try TVG on for size.
When then trucked next door to check out Al's very nice Polaris.
I suspect they like it.
When they walked in comments like Holy Crap and Sweet were not uncommon.
Brian hard at it.....
The team having some R & R whilst waiting for there Boarding call.
The Training Fleet in Run Up & DVA's modes 27
SSF away first.
Brian on returning just going through what everything doe's
Suitably aviated I suspect.
Another happy Cadet and Brian looks pretty darn happy bout it all as well.
Mean while back at the Mustang people were still stoked about getting the chance to strap the Mustang on.
W.O. Deon waiting his turn .....
Deon trying her on for size.
Yup that's one big Nose out there..
Trying out the Rear seat ..note the Mustang swagger arms on the rail looking Smooth.
The next Team checking out the Polaris... with comments looks fast and looks like a Sports car.
Yes they give it the Thumbs up
The last cadet in SSF
Then Deon strapped her on. Two instructors there as Deon is a C-Cat and really the first time he had taken the controls in a recreational machine.
Here concentrating on strapping in
About to blast of.
Mustang out for Photo's
Last Cadet for JPX
Cadet looks pretty stoked.
They survived look quite happy with themselves.
The goofing about Photo.
The Formal one.
JPX & SSF getting some loving from the Cadets with our Instructors John & Brian
The ATC Limo loaded with Cadets ready to Bug out for New Plymouth
Yeah watch out for those bloody Plovers about 50 there that's just the advance party can get to around 300.
Brian decided to check SND out...for a bit.
Then Gary was in with DBZ
Looks happy with his lot
Then heading for home 27.
A good day always happy to host the Cadets including Stratford's No.48 Squadron (District of Stratford) and of Course the Cadets of today No.8 Squadron (City of New Plymouth) we see this as assisting the Community in our way through aviation.
We have been trying to do this Air Experience for around 4 months but the Weather has got in the way so today was awesome to finally get it done.
We only charge for fuel in this case $35 as we try to keep costs as low as possible so not to provide a barrier to people wanting to experience aviation.
Today we hosted 14 Cadets with W.O. Deon and assisted by John. Around 3 hours give or take to get done with 15 minutes flights.
The Cadets had the opportunity to take control as we only do these flights with instructors. This means the cadets can log the time if they so desire.
We look forward to hosting both Squadrons in 2017.
Thanks to Brian & John for giving of there time today to make this cadet day happen. Cheers Chaps.
Some Vid's for your enjoyment.