Grumman G-111 Albatross amphibian to be based in the Kimberley region of WA; plus “Helicopter Golf” proposal for Perth area

17 February 2012:

An  article in The West Australia by Kent Acott on 16 February 2012 reported that WA businessman and former SAS mountaineering instructor Mr Mack McCormack had purchased  a Grumman G-111 Albatross amphibian during the previous week.

He intends to operate in the Kimberley region, in the far north  of Western Australia.

A total of 418 Grumman Albatross aircraft were built between 1947 and 1961. In the early 1980s, Grumman bought  57 ex-military Albatrosses for conversion to civil G-111 configuration, which is certified to conduct airline and charter operations. Although Grumman thought that there was a market for 200 G-111s,  only  13 were converted.

Mr McCormack also proposes to use the Rottnest Island  Golf Course as a parachute drop zone and to develop “helicopter golf” where  tourists could be transported between Rottnest and other Perth golf courses.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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