Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2017

VH-KAN North American Aviation T-28B Trojan (MSN 140016) piloted by Stephen Robinson, operated by AOG Services at Jandakot Airport – Australia Day, Mon 26 Jan 2016.
VH-KAN North American Aviation T-28B Trojan (MSN 140016) piloted by Stephen Robinson, operated by AOG Services at Jandakot Airport – Australia Day, Mon 26 Jan 2016.
Built in 1955 in the USA, seen here taking off from Runway 24R at 6:03 pm.
Photo © Clyde Lannan.

20 January 2017 © David Eyre (UPDATED 22 January 2017 & 24 January 2017 with aircraft list)

Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2017 will be held over the Swan River, in the centre of Perth, Western Australia from 3.30pm to 8pm on Thursday 26 January 2017.

Australia Day is a national holiday celebrated annually on 26 January, marking the anniversary of the first British settlement in Australia, in 1788.

Australia Day 26 January 2016.
Australia Day 26 January 2016.
VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C (MSN F5C105) owned by Archibald Dudgeon.
Part of the Australia Day Air Display, flying over the Swan River, heading for the city. Built in 2005, ex N105KS. The WACO YMF is a modified version of the 1930s vintage WACO YMF, built to meet current FAA standards. Photo © Keith Anderson.

“Air show in a bucket”

Australia Day City of Perth Air Show is quite a unique event, held in a ‘bucket’ measuring roughly 3 by 1.5 kilometres. It is bordered along the northern foreshore by the skyscrapers of Perth city (some over 800 feet tall), high-rise apartments along the South Perth foreshore, the Causeway bridge to the east, and the Narrows Bridge and Kings Park (and 200-foot tall Mount Eliza) to the west.

The event attracts up to 300,000 people, and last year’s air show was the biggest to date, with 85 pilots flying 105 flights.

This is now the only regular large aviation event held in Perth, apart from the annual fly-in at Serpentine Airfield.

Similar to last year, the 2017 show includes large formations of vintage and modern light aircraft; aerial fire fighting demonstrations; displays by a fast jets, helicopters, and aerobatics aircraft; flypasts by a Fokker 100 jet airliner, Dornier 328 rescue aircraft, and Royal Flying Doctor Service Pilatus PC-12 aircraft; as well as skydiving.

Western Australia played a pioneering role in the development of aviation in Australia. Perth-based Norman Brearley held the first Australian civil pilot’s licence and in 1921, he started Australia’s first regular airline service. This was based at Langley Park, which formed a backdrop to the air show.

VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with Perth city behind, Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over North Coogee, near Fremantle. Photo © David Eyre
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) flown by Barry Markham with Perth city behind, Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day Air Show.
This aircraft was built by De Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown, NSW in 1945, and was delivered to the RAAF as A17-757. It was sold in 1956 and became VH-RNQ with Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow, NSW, but was damaged in 1959 and sold for spares. Barry Markham restored the aircraft in 1991 as VH-NOV and in 1998, set a number of records when he flew it from Perth to London, to raise funds for the RFDS. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) flown by Clark Rees, whilst we flew over North Coogee, near Fremantle. Photo © David Eyre

Flying Program (subject to change)

3.35pm Open Cockpit Formation Of Aircraft With Open Canopy:

  • VH-YDF / 4269 / 591 Boeing B75N1 (N2S-3) Stearman, flown by Werner Buhlmann
  • VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” Boeing E75 (N2S-5) Stearman, Carl Ende
  • VH-URC Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet), Rod Edwards
  • VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, Franc Smit
  • VH-YRB WACO Classic Aircraft YMF-F5C, Archie Dudgeon

 

  • VH-CKF / A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Trevor Jones
  • VH-FAS / A17-37 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Mick Harcourt
  • VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Clark Rees
  • VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Barry Markham
  • VH-DWD / A17-201 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Bert Filippi
  • VH-WFN / A17-649 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Bill Dearl
  • VH-USJ De Havilland DH-83 Fox Moth, Phil Smith
3.45pm Seven Above Helicopter Towing Channel 7 Flag:

  • VH-EGU Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 or VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel, flown by Matt Corbett
4.00pm Years Gone By Yesteryear Aircraft City Circuit

  • VH-YDF / 4269 / 591 Boeing B75N1 (N2S-3) Stearman, flown by Werner Buhlmann
  • VH-YND / “42–755362 / 362” Boeing E75 (N2S-5) Stearman, Carl Ende
  • VH-URC Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet), Rod Edwards
  • VH-WQW Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, Franc Smit
  • VH-YRB WACO Classic Aircraft YMF-F5C, Archie Dudgeon

 

  • VH-RHW / WB677 De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, Glen Caple

 

  • VH-CKF / A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Trevor Jones
  • VH-FAS / A17-37 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Mick Harcourt
  • VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Clark Rees
  • VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Barry Markham
  • VH-DWD / A17-201 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Bert Filippi
  • VH-WFN / A17-649 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Bill Dearl

 

  • VH-USJ De Havilland DH-83 Fox Moth, Phil Smith
4.15pm Skydance Fixed Wing Aircraft & Helicopter With Smoke

  • VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115, Sue Clark
  • VH-RAS Robinson R22, Adrian Thomas
4.30pm Mix On High Helicopter Towing Mix 94.5 Flag

  • VH-EGU Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 or VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel, flown by Matt Corbett
4.45pm Aerobatic Champion Amazing Manoeuvers By Champion Aerobatic Pilot

  • VH-WFX Extra EA-300L, Bill Waterton
5.00pm Flying Boat Unusual Aircraft Landing And Take Off From Perth Water

  • VH-CQA Grumman G-73 Mallard seaplane, Peter Lynch
  • VH-MOX Cessna 208 Caravan seaplane of Swan River Seaplanes, Melvyn Taylor
5.15pm Australia Day Salute Helicopter Towing Large Aussie Flag

  • VH-EGU Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 or VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel, flown by Matt Corbett
5.30pm Beauty & The Beast Aerobatics In Harmony

  • VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115, Sue Clark
  • VH-BQO Christen Eagle II, Adrian Thomas
5.45pm RACWA Formation Formation flying display with a variety of high wing aircraft from Royal Aero Club of WA

  • VH-RWV Airplane Factory Sling 2, Trevor Jones
  • VH-UWC Cessna A152 Aerobat, Amy Richards
  • VH-BFT Cessna A152 Aerobat, Andrew Eldridge
  • VH-RWY Cessna A152 Aerobat, Michael Chlopek
  • VH-RWJ Cessna A152 Aerobat, Jimmy Di Menna
  • VH-RWQ Cessna A152 Aerobat, Jake Sanders
  • VH-IBP Cessna A152 Aerobat, James Roberts
  • VH-RCF Cessna A152 Aerobat, Marco Surace
  • VH-TNO Cessna A152 Aerobat, Mitchell Wells
  • VH-RWF Cessna A152 Aerobat, Mick Harcourt
  • VH-JBX Cessna A152 Aerobat, Martin Graville
  • VH-EEP Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, Michael Thomas
  • VH-ZDR Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, Mike Watts
  • VH-RHW / WB677 De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, Glen Caple
  • VH-TQO American Champion 8KCAB Decathlon, Gary Evans
  • VH-CTL Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee 140, Craig Hamsley
6.00pm Smoky Chopper / Seven Above Special Effects Chopper

  • VH-RAS Robinson R22, Werner Buhlmann
  • VH-RLO Robinson R22, Newton Pellatt

Helicopter Towing Channel 7 Flag

  • VH-EGU Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 or VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel, flown by Matt Corbett
6.10pm Air Race Chase Around The City Of Perth

  • VH-KAN / 140016 North American T-28B Trojan, Stephen Robinson
  • VH-MAN / 232003 / 85 Nanchang CJ-6A, Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) markings, Chris Robinson
  • VH-OOZ Yakovlev Yak-18, Soviet Union DOSAAF markings, Franc Smit
6.20pm Canopies Galore Skydiving Display To Langley Park With Perth Skydiving Display Team

  • VH-MIQ Cessna 210N Centurion, John Barke
  • VH-DZK Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG, Ben Bird
6.30pm RAAF Hawk Jets RAAF Hawk jets in formation, plus solo aerobatics

  • (Serials unknown) three BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft, callsign RAPTOR
6.40pm Rotorvation / Mix On High Helicopter Gathering:

  • VH-RAS Robinson R22, Werner Buhlmann
  • VH-TDA Robinson R22, Newton Pellatt
  • VH-JHM Robinson R22, Nicholas Monk
  • VH-PYY Robinson R44, Simon Lutton
  • VH-IDW Robinson R44, Walter Panighel
  • VH-NFL Robinson R44, Ryan Miller
  • VH-YWY Eurocopter EC120B Colibri, Mark O’Gorman
  • (VH-SMK Robinson R44, James Gralton – standby helicopter)

Mix 94.5 Flag Towing

  • VH-EGU Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 or VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel, flown by Matt Corbett
6.50pm Texan Thunder Texan T6 Solo Aerobatics Display

  • VH-WWA / 106 / A North American AT-6D Texan, Adrian Thomas
6.55pm Perth Sky High / SAR Demo Skywriting Perth @ 10,000 Feet Above

  • VH-FUC Pitts S-1D, Carl Ende

RAC RESCUE 651 with Search and Rescue / Winching Demo

  • VH-EWA / RESCUE 651 Bell 412EP – RAC Rescue, Andy Greenall
7.00pm DFES Aerial Fleet Helitacs, Air Tractors & Air Crane From DFES, DPAW, Dunns, Kestrel & McDermott Aviation

  • VH-NID / BOMBER 612 Air Tractor AT-802A of Dunns Aviation, Phil Dunn
  • VH-DUA / BOMBER 608 Air Tractor AT-802 of Dunns Aviation, Craig Denver
  • VH-FED / BOMBER 605 Air Tractor AT-802 of Dunns Aviation, Nicolas Long

 

  • N154AC / HELITACK 739 ‘Georgia Peach’ Sikorsky S-64E Aircrane owned by Erickson Air Crane, flown by Guy Keilman & Stan Smith

 

Below helicopters flown by Trevor Grove, Julian Chatfield, Tansie McCormick, Kevin Mc Cormick, Hamish Robertson:

  • VH-SMI / HELITACK 418 Bell 214B1 of McDermott Aviation, (NSW Rural Fire Service titles
  • P2-MBH / HELITACK 671 Bell 214B of McDermott Aviation, Australian flag on tail
  • N49732 / HELITACK 672 Bell 214B1 of McDermott Aviation
  • N234PH / HELITACK 673 Bell 214B1 of McDermott Aviation
  • P2-MLJ / HELITACK 674 Bell 214B of McDermott Aviation

 

  • VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD 623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel of McDermott Aviation, flown by Michael Betteridge and Jackson Stapleton.
  • VH-XRG / FIREBIRD 625 Eurocopter Bo-105LS-A3 of Heliwest, flown by Jim McGuire, Campbell Wood, Elaine Cadzow
7.10pm Spiralling Angles Number Of Aircraft Painting Circles Over Perth Water With Display Smoke

  • VH-JHM Robinson R22, Werner Buhlmann
  • VH-CKF / A17-421 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, Mick Harcourt
  • VH-URC Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet), Rod Edwards
  • VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115, Sue Clark
  • VH-BQO Christen Eagle II, Adam Gibbs
  • VH-WWA / 106 / A North American AT-6D Texan, Adrian Thomas
7.20pm Speed & Grace Virgin Australia Fokker 100 Fly Past

  • (registration unknown) Fokker 100 of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, callsign ‘VELOCITY 9999’, flown by Glen Fuge, Akita Masamichi, Brendan Brown
7.30pm Australia Day Salute Helicopter Towing Large Aussie Flag

  • VH-EGU Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 or VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel, flown by Matt Corbett
7.40pm Twilight Form Aircraft Lights In Formation

  • VH-JXC Mooney M.20J 205, Trevor Jones
  • VH-IXE Partenavia P.68B Victor, Marco Surace
  • VH-PNT Partenavia P.68B Victor, Andrew Eldridge
  • VH-UDQ Mooney M20J 201, Michael Thomas
  • VH-AKF Mooney M20J 201, Mitchell Wells
  • VH-SJT Mooney M20J 201, Rowan Hill
  • VH-DJU Mooney M20J 201, Jake Saunders
7.50pm Spotlight POLAIR 62 with Search Lights

  • VH-WPX / POLAIR 62 Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 of WA Police Air Wing

NOTE: Substitute events will be run, if planned events cannot proceed.

Other aircraft flying over will include:

  • VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub flown by Brian Colligridge of Air Ads – banner towing
  • VH-TVG Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel – Channel 7 News
  • VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel – airborne camera
  • VH-WPX / POLAIR 62 Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 of WA Police Air Wing
VH-DUN / BOMBER 604 Air Tractor AT-802A (MSN 802A-0328), named 'Ian Leslie', owned by Dunn Aviation, over the Swan River, Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016. Firefighting demonstration. Photo © Daniel Kitlar
VH-DUN / BOMBER 604 Air Tractor AT-802A (MSN 802A-0328), named ‘Ian Leslie’, owned by Dunn Aviation, over the Swan River, Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day City of Perth Air Show 2016.
Firefighting demonstration. Photo © Daniel Kitlar

Organising the air show

Corporate jet pilot Werner Buhlmann has been instrumental in organising and participating in the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show every year since it began in 1993, when it featured three Tiger Moths in formation.

Werner started the show to promote aviation and share the passion of flying with others.

Werner is the Chief Pilot for WGH Aviation (formerly Wellard Aviation) and for the past 8 years, he has flown their Bombardier Challenger 601 VH-VRE. He is an experienced pilot, with over 18,000 flying hours in 130 different types of aircraft.

He says “This is a very unique air show, because it is remote from the airport and in the middle of the city, which generates its own challenges. I call it the Air Show in the Bucket, because there are spectators all around, hence one is a bit limited with what can be done. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the camaraderie amongst all the pilots and different flying organisations.”

The City of Perth sponsors the event to a degree, but most of the participants do it voluntarily, as part of the Australia Day spirit and because they love flying.

“Organising the air show starts about six months before the event and then intensifies during the last couple of months.”

“In the beginning, I organised the show, then I did it as part of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia. Over the last 10 years or so, it has been organised in conjunction with the Russell Lanyon at the City of Perth. He tenders out the water and air entertainment leading up to the fireworks display, sending out invitation letters to all the organisations and individuals, then he asks me to organise the program, approvals, and briefings,” Werner said.

“They seem to enjoy the participation, so it is not too hard to encourage them to join again each year. The vintage pilots I have known for over 25 years and I did most of their formation endorsements when I was a flying instructor at the Royal Aero Club for 17 years. I make sure the passion rubs off when I talk to them!”

Besides all of the arrangements involved, Werner flies in the show himself. Last year, he flew in two formations whilst piloting Boeing Sterarman VH-YDF, and three helicopter flights in Robinson R22 VH-JHM. Werner says “It is a fantastic way to celebrate Australia Day. It is rewarding to see it all come together and to be able to be part of the flying displays at such a unique location.”

The Royal Aero Club of Western Australia provide the facilities and framework, as well as flying about 25 sorties. Rotorvation participates with its entire helicopter fleet.

Other participants included Adrian Thomas and Sue Clarke, who are the leading display flying team in WA. Jenny Schmidt, a former Chief Flying Instructor at RACWA and now Deputy Chief Pilot for the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW), travels 500 kilometres from Albany each year to be the display manager.

Werner says other aircraft from around Australia are welcome to participate, and seaplanes from the Eastern States have taken part in the air show in the past.

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth - Tue 26 January 2016 - Australia Day Air Show. Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are in a line behind VH-BAR. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moths VH-BAR/A17-666 (MSN DHA816/T342) flown by Kevin Bailey; and VH-AMW/A17-208 (MSN DHA209) flown by Chris Shine, over the Swan River near South Perth – Tue 26 January 2016 – Australia Day Air Show.
Flying towards the Narrows Bridge. The fireworks barges for Skyworks are in a line behind VH-BAR. Photo taken from VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees. Photo © David Eyre

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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