Tuesday, 27 March 2007


2nd Prize Winner Lara Camping ground

Up and about early. We had to pack the camper up today. Get the battery from the Stinson charged – it had gone flat from hours of opening the locker door, book a departure time and attend the awards ceremony at 9.30 am.

Kev was keen to get started – not so Sar and I. It was still cold outside and the showers were not hot again. Well last day at tent city Lara. We were looking forward to the comfort and hospitality of Peter & Irene Bernardi’s house at Tyabb airfield.

We took our trophy to show Ernie Bickford – an essential worker and instrumental in getting our locker door lock repaired prior to public day. We took photos with him and all his helpers. They had been hopeful for us and were very happy.

They gave us a ladder to display our trophy on and after the battery charger was quickly organized, we headed off to the ceremony.

I could not believe the number of categories that had been judged, from ultralights, homebuilts, commercial builds, helicopters, vintage, metal, composite and antique craft.

Our Trophy Bag Plaque and Cleaning Kit Best Overall Vintage Aircraft

We had won the Best Overall Vintage Aircraft and received a beautiful plaque together with a Flight Jacket cleaning kit.

As well as the trophy awarded the previous evening – as part of the Concourse Award we were given more prizes. A huge Canvas bag, Drizabone coat, long sleeved shirts, drink bottles, caps and thermos all donated by Shell. Then it was announced that part of the prize was also 2 Gold Pass tickets to Wanaka Airshow in New Zealand. Yippee…

The remainder of the day was at Lady Bird, talking to the public and watching the spectacular air displays. The hours passed and finally we were organized to depart with Bob Attwater in the Ryan to Tyabb for the evening.

Due to the overwhelming amount of luggage we had accumulated it was suggested that maybe Sarah could take the empty seat in the Ryan for the flight – leaving us to pack all the gear on the back seat as well as in the locker. All the officials, ground crew etc were so helpful – we couldn’t have been more thankful for such great volunteers.

A wonderful flight was had by all with Sarah freezing in the front of the Ryan with Peter leading in his Chippi RSK – making wise cracks on the way – and us formating on them with the Bird. It was a weird feeling to be so close to other aircraft and they looked so small.

Sarah in Ryan VH-RPT with Bob Attwater

After a few arrivals at Tyabb – damn that sink over the road – we always get our money’s worth when there is an audience – we taxied to Peter’s hangar at the southern end. What a great hangar set-up. Irene came down to welcome us and after unpacking all the gear we moved inside to Peter and Irene’s spacious lovely new house. The evening was enjoyed with much aeroplane talk and reminiscing about old times, (Peter & Bob had visited us 11 years ago to attend a Langley Park Fly-In). Irene had prepared a lovely meal and Bob’s wife Helen joined us and provided fresh fruit salad.

Ah. A real bed (with electric blanket) in a real room with walls and a real toilet and a real bathroom and lights and ….Oh shut up Vick you do go on!!

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over Perth city (Photo: Greg Hill)

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