28 September 2013: Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm Airfield (YWGM)

The annual Westfly Fly-In is held at White Gum Farm, near York, Western Australia, in the last weekend of September each year.

The event is intended to provide a venue for a gathering of all aviators and aviation enthusiasts – it is open to everyone.

Aircraft participating include CASA-registered VH- aircraft, RAAus-registered aircraft, gliders, and gyrocopters.

AAWA member and pilot Scott Palmer flew the University Flying Club’s Czech Sport Aircraft Piper Sport VH-EZT from Jandakot to White Gum Farm and return, and took these photographs.

Aircraft at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) - Sat 28 September 2013.
Aircraft at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) – Sat 28 September 2013.
Approximately 20 aircraft are visible in this photo.
The Westfly Fly-In is an annual event held on the last weekend of September, with the intention of providing a venue for a gathering of aviators and aviation enthusiasts – anyone is welcome to attend.
Photo © Scott Palmer
VH-XRV Vans RV-6 (MSN Q76) owned by Gregory McFarlane of Albany, WA, at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) - Sat 28 September 2013.
VH-XRV Vans RV-6 (MSN Q76) owned by Gregory McFarlane of Albany, WA, at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) – Sat 28 September 2013.
Built in 1997, first registered 25 September 1997, first flown 4 Feb 1999.
Photo © Scott Palmer
VH-VSR Vans RV-7 (MSN 71011) owned by Benbullen (WA) Pty Ltd of Busselton, WA, at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) - Sat 28 September 2013.
VH-VSR Vans RV-7 (MSN 71011) owned by Benbullen (WA) Pty Ltd of Busselton, WA, at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) – Sat 28 September 2013.
Built in 2008, registered 23 April 2008.
Photo © Scott Palmer
VH-PVA Vans RV-7A (MSN 71019) owned by Peter Poland, named "Carmella" at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) - Sat 28 September 2013.
VH-PVA Vans RV-7A (MSN 71019) owned by Peter Poland, named “Carmella” at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) – Sat 28 September 2013.
Built in 2008 in the USA, registered N593B. Registered in Australia 25.8.2011.
Photo © Scott Palmer
VH-EZT Czech Sport Aircraft PiperSport (MSN P1001085) of University Flying Club (Inc) at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) - Sat 28 September 2013.
VH-EZT Czech Sport Aircraft PiperSport (MSN P1001085) of University Flying Club (Inc) at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) – Sat 28 September 2013.
Built in 2011, first registered 29.4.2011.
In 2006, Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW), now named Czech Sport Aircraft, began producing an aircraft called the SportCruiser. Piper Aircraft of the USA did not have an aircraft in production in the burgeoning Light Sport Aircraft category, so they entered into a licencing agreement with Czech Sport Aircraft to market a slightly modified SportCruiser as the PiperSport from January 2010. The aircraft were still manufactured by Czech Sport Aircraft, with Piper only distributing parts and marketing the aircraft. Modifications to the original SportCruiser included a stronger nosegear, a Ballistic Recovery Systems parachute and leather interior as standard, a cockpit sunshade, modified pitch controls, and a different paint scheme. Although the Sport Cruiser was available as a completed aircraft or a kit, Piper offered it only as a completed aircraft. However, on 12 January 2011, after selling 45 aircraft, Piper announced that the PiperSport would be discontinued due to “different business philosophies”.
Photo © Scott Palmer
Photo © Scott Palmer
VH-CYQ Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP (MSN 172S9313) of Curtin Flying Club Inc and VH-EZT Czech Sport Aircraft PiperSport (MSN P1001085) of University Flying Club (Inc) at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) - Sat 28 September 2013.
VH-CYQ Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP (MSN 172S9313) of Curtin Flying Club Inc and VH-EZT Czech Sport Aircraft PiperSport (MSN P1001085) of University Flying Club (Inc) at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) – Sat 28 September 2013.
Two different university flying clubs’ aircraft in one photo:
VH-CYQ of Curtin University’s flying club was built in 2003, and originally based in the USA as N5323K. It was registered in Australia on 26.10.2009.
VH-EZT on University of Western Australia’s flying club was built in 2011, and first registered 29.4.2011.
Photo © Scott Palmer
24-5232 Fly Synthesis Texan Top Class 550 LSA, owned by Ed & Gwynne Smith at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) - Sat 28 September 2013.
24-5232 Fly Synthesis Texan Top Class 550 LSA (MSN F700930511/550), owned by Ed & Gwynne Smith at Westfly 2013 Fly-In, White Gum Farm (YWGM) – Sat 28 September 2013.
This aircraft is based at Serpentine. First registered 12.11.2007.
Photo © Scott Palmer

 

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