The Super Light Aircraft Club of WA (Inc) held a fly-in at Bindoon Airfield on Saturday 29 October 2016, to celebrate purchasing the airfield.
Despite the rain showers and winds, a number of aircraft attended, including VH-registered aircraft, ultralights (RAAus registered), and gyrocopters (ASRA-registered). Powered parachutes could not fly due to the winds being too strong.
For a full list of aircraft participating and the schedule of events, please see below the photos.
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Superlight Aircraft Club of WA Inc
Superlight Aircraft Club of WA Inc has been operating from the Bindoon abandoned airfield for over 20 years with a variety of aircraft types.
In June 2016, the club purchased the Bindoon Airfield. As the airfield is located within a military restricted airspace zone, RAAF Pearce controls the airspace during the week, so operations are limited to weekends. However, this generally suits most of the pilots, who work during the week to help fund their flying.
The club is dedicated to promoting safe and affordable flying for sport and recreational pilots and welcomes people interested in recreational and sport flying to contact them and join. The club also supports ultralight and gyrocopter flight training, and can put you in contact with instructors.
Country Air Space Walker I
Zenair CH701 STOL
Spectrum Fisher Mk.1
Zenair CH601HDS Zodiac
Australian LightWing GA-55
ex 28-1861, VH-REB
Painted to represent a Boeing Stearman. Built in 1997, ex N69GM, imported from the USA in 2014.
Aeronca 7AC Champion
Built in 1946, ex VH-RCM, N82257, NC82257.
Evektor EV-97 SportStar
Built in 2006, ex VH-CDR. Based in Bunbury.
Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper (DCO-65)
Built in 1943 for the US Army Air Force as a Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper, converted and sold for civil use in 1957 as a civilian Taylorcraft DCO-65, registered N75891, NC75891. Imported to Australia in 2014. Painted in US Army Air Force markings.
Aeroprakt A-22LS Foxbat
Withdrawn from use 8 Jan 2005
Australian LightWing GR-912
AMAX Eagle TT gyrocopter
An Australian autogyro that was designed and produced by Amax Engineering of Donvale, Victoria, introduced in the 1990s, and supplied as a kit for amateur construction.
ELA Aviacion ELA-08 gyrocopter
Spanish designed and built gyrocopter
Adriaan J L Wessels
Benjamin R B Sharpe
Built in 1953, ex VH-BVE, VH-SVD, N1804C.
Stolp SA-300 Starduster Too
Jack J Donsen
Built in 1984, ex N321DC, N19SR. Aerobatic Display
Whisper Motor Glider
Murray J Dixon, Cairns, QLD
Two-seat kit aircraft produced by Whisper Aircraft of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Major assemblies are completed at the factory with assembly intended to be completed by the owner. It is powered by a four-cylinder Limbach L2000 aero engine. This was the first demonstrator, built in 2003, ex ZS-GXW.
Carl Hanson, Geraldton, WA
Thorp T-18CW Tiger
Stuart D Anderson
Built in 1989, ex N34ST.
Schedule of events
0800 – 0900Members and visiting aircraft placed on display line.
0800 – 1200Member and non-member aircraft and visitors arrivals.
0800 – 1230Trial Flights or air experience flights available to visitors at $120 per hour (Provided by Topfun Aviation).
1200 – 1300Lunch. Meet and greet other aviators.1300 – 1345 RAAus Hangar Talk – R-LOC ( 2 x free RAAus annual memberships awarded to 2 RAAus participants)
1345 – 1400Competition Briefing
1400 – 1700Competitions. Maximum 2 aircraft were permitted in the circuit. Aircraft were classed by type / performance. Less than 55kts cruise downwind and above 55kts downwind. Gyrocopters in separate class. Each aircraft was tasked to fly 2 same time duration circuits. Circuits were at 500 or 1000 feet above ground level, depending on class. Second landing was a spot landing and short field. Aircraft started with 100 points and had points deducted for time differences between circuits; distances away from landing spot; poor landing style or for excessive length of landings.