A Whole World Of Pilots Making a Whole World of Difference
Flight-Aid Cross Australia
|An Introduction. Planning the flight, the sponsors, the pilots.|
|Weeks 1 & 2||Feb 16th - Mar 3rd||Setting Up. Avalon to Tyabb|
|Week three||Mar 4th - Mar 12th||Tyabb to Warnervale|
|Week four||Mar 13th - Mat 16th||Warnervale to Byron Bay|
|Week five||Mar 17th - Mar 23rd||Byron Bay to Gladstone|
|Week six||Mar 24th - Mar 31st||Gladstone to Cairns|
|Weeks 7 & 8||Apr 1st - Apr 14th||Cairns to Darwin|
|Week 9||Apr 15th - Apr 20th||Darwin to Carnarvon|
|Week 10||Apr 21st - Apr 28th||Carnarvon to Witchcliffe|
|27th-29th April||Apr 21st - Apr 28th||Witchcliffe to Border Village|
|The Final Leg||Apr 30th - May 5th||Border Village to Avalon|
If I were to tackle this on my own then I would fall down almost immediately, it was obvious that I would need money to start the ball rolling, and help from like minded people. I made an appeal in my local Microlight Magazine (Microlight Flyer, Brill Mag!) and soon had Chris Cullen, Tom Grieve and Keith Ingham banging on my door. Tom and Keith are both seasoned flyers but Chris Cullen has only 110 hours on type, this did not seem to worry him - but at this time he did not know what I was going to ask him to do. If we were going to make a splash in the aviation world then we had to do something BIG, forget flying around the UK - already done, Europe - already done, America - already done, so how about Oz?, this little jaunt of 22500 miles in an aircraft no bigger than a kangaroo seemed the ideal crazy pom stunt we needed.
We have 27 airshows booked for this year and hundreds of apperances at events such as Longleat etc. I have been fund raising now since October 1995, and believe me it is hard work, I have given up my own career to run Flight Aid full time with the financial help of my inlaws but I am always looking for willing volunteers or fund raising events.
I have received unselfish help from all corners of the earth including Tony Howard from
the Ince Microlite Flying Club who has help me co-ordinate this web page. To all those
people who have helped I would like to say a big THANK YOU, and to all those people
who are thinking about helping, get on the phone now - PLEASE.
If you don't feel you could help in an active role but would like to help Flight Aid,
then please make a simple donation, of any amount by sending a cheque (made
payable to The Flight Aid Trust) to:
Here is a small collection of photographs from Flight Aid.
If you wish to see a photograph full size, then please click on the appropriate image below
|Keith Ingham||Tom Grieve|
|Chris Cullen||Chris Copeland & Tom Grieve|
|Chris Copeland & John Fack of Pegasus||Pegasus Quantum Microlite|
|Pegasus Microlites||Pegasus Microlites|