The 40TH ANNIVERSARY FLY-AWAY

2018 AIRTOURER ASSOCIATION CONVENTION AND 40TH

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING GRIFFITHS NSW

16-19 March 2018

Updated Programme

(subject to amendment)

THE BEGINNING - FRIDAY MARCH 16th 2018

We have made Shepparton airport the rallying point for aircraft originating from southern locations on their way to Griffith. Fuel is available through Gawne Aviation with payment by credit card, cheque or cash.

Members are invited to converge on SHT for a light lunch at 1300 at the Aero Club. After lunch the assembled group will be able to fly in loose company to GTH.

For arrival over GTH we hope that the formation endorsed pilots in the group will announce the beginning of the Airtourer Association’s 40th AGM.

ARRIVALS AT GTH and AIRPORT FACILITIES:

Aero Club rooms are open for general use. Tea/Coffee and soft drinks are available with payment by the honesty system.

Generous space for parking and fixed tie downs are available.

GTH is a security controlled airport but not unfriendly. Entry to airside will be via the side gate.

For access-remember the CTAF which is the padlock code. If you have one please wear your ASIC. Avgas is available from a fixed installation using a World Card only. Refer to ERSA for more detailed information.

REGISTRATION DESK:

Gerry Pels is THE REGISTRAR

Please ensure you complete registration with Gerry.

A Questionnaire for all participating Victa a/c should be collected, completed and returned to Gerry. The highest aggregate score will be winner of the Grand Champion prize to be presented at the Convention Dinner.

BUS TO ACCOMMODATION:

Bus will be available not before 1630 and as required for transport from airfield to accommodation.

ACCOMODATION:

All of these motels are close to each other and offer a range of facilities and prices. The average walking distance is 500m to the main street, AGM dinner venue and the Leagues Club. Make your own bookings mentioning you are with the Airtourer Association.

1900 WELCOME DINNER:

GIUSEPPE’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

188 Banna Ave

Authentic Italian family restraint offering pizzas, pasta and main meals. Fully licensed.

Tables have been reserved. Order and pay as you go for meals and drinks.

SATURDAY MARCH 17th

START OF THE DAY:

0830 GROUP BREAKFAST for anyone who wishes to participate.

THE HEALTH HUT

252 Banna Av

A table has been booked, order and pay as you go.

Followed by a casual walking tour of the very long main street of Griffiths taken at your leisure. Stop off for coffee along the way and visit the Regional Art Gallery.

1130 BUS FROM ACACIA MOTEL TO AIRPORT:

Prepare for a short flight to Goolgowi for lunch.

For road travellers the town is an easy 30 minute’s drive.

The bus remains at the airport.

1300 LUNCH AT THE ROYAL MAIL HOTEL:

Fly to Goolgowi (YGGI) for lunch at The Royal Mail Hotel and a look around the town.

A courtesy bus from the Hotel will collect us from the airstrip which is 1.5k from the town.

Lunch will be a bar-b-que with desert, tea/ coffee. Order and pay for your own drinks.

Airtourer formation pilots need to do their thing BIG TIME with a formation return back over GTH!

1530 BUS FROM GTH AIRPORT TO ACCOMMODATION:

COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Held in a room at the Acacia Motel.

Airtourer Association Committee meeting 1630

Airtourer Co-Operative Directors meeting 1700

1900 CONVENTION FORMAL DINNER:

GRIFFITH EXIES CLUB

6-12 Jondaryan Avenue

A buffet dinner with presentations and awards throughout the night.

  • Lucky door Prize
  • Best presented Airtourer Prize
  • Most original Airtourer Prize
  • Longest distance to attend Prize
  • Grand Champion Prize

SUNDAY MARCH 18th

0930 BUS FROM ACACIA MOTEL TO AIRPORT:

The bus remains at the airport.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS:

Both held at the Griffith Aero Club

1000 AIRTOURER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

1030 CO-OPERATIVE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

1200 FLY TO CORYNNIA STATION

Corynnia Station lunch and garden tour

Our hosts Bruce and Julie Armstrong

Bruce and Julie welcome fly in guests by prior arrangement. Bruce is a passionate aviator who uses the airstrip frequently in his Cessna 172.The dry weather airstrip is situated on the border of the homestead garden, just ten minutes flight from Griffith. For car travelers the distance is 45 minutes, see directions in information package.

Corynnia Station is a 17,000 acre busy working property and Bruce and Julie have chosen to share their unique, historic and truly Australian part of the world with guests.
Corynnia produces high quality Merino wool and meat from our flock of 8,000 and the irrigated cropping programme includes cotton, grains and sheep fodder, using technologically advanced methods.

Julie’s flair for design is evident in this Stunning Outback Garden Oasis set within the brown, flat, harsh and unforgiving landscape.

The farmstay cottages are set within these fabulous gardens which have been a ‘labour of love’, created by Julie over thirty years. Fabulous sculptures by renowned local sculptor Kim Gibbs, are showcased within the garden.

The pool and tennis court, as well as outdoor seating and dining areas, are located within the gardens for the enjoyment of guests.

Our host Julie Armstrong will chat about the garden, homestead and a little of the farm and history and this will be included along with a tour of the garden. Bruce will also talk about the farm operation.

Lunch will be farm made fresh produce:

Cold meats and salad in rolls - much will be from the Corynnia garden

Fresh local bread

Fresh fruit - some from our garden

Home-made cake and biscuits

Fresh juice,Tea and coffee

In addition, by the bottle wines, beer and cider are available for purchase..

1823 Carrathool Rd, Carrathool NSW 2711

GPS Co-ordinates: S 34°12°87’ E 145°33°87’
850 metres long.
Direction 21,03. No overrun. No power lines.
Windsocks well marked.

Aircraft park in front of the Hay shed

When everyone is ready we will return to GTH. Bus will return to Motels.

1900 SUNDAY DINNER:

Griffith Leagues Club

2 Bridge Road

Walking distance from all Motels

Order and pay as you go.

Secure your tables as this venue will not accept a reservation.

MONDAY MARCH 19th

Bus to airfield from Motels starts at 0900 and as required.

OTHER INFORMATION:

YOUR EVENT ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

John Day 0412 399329

Niel Jensen 0447 758489 TRANSPORT CAPTAIN

Mike Fisher 0429 869134

Gerry Pels 0418 335965 REGISTRAR

Andrew Clement 0438 262315

DISCLAIMER

All flying activities are carried out at the discretion of the pilot in command or aircraft owner. The Airtourer Association is not responsible for flying operations. Safety of flight is the individual responsibility of the pilot in command and/or aircraft owner at all times Familiarity and knowledge of standard operating procedures, published aerodrome regulations and operating procedures and government imposed rules and regulations or specific procedures are the responsibility of the pilot in command.

Bus transport is provided as a courtesy to all members and is not intended to be a private taxi service. Please observe the published ground transport schedule. If your needs are outside this please make other arrangements.

The Airtourer Association events are not organized as any form of Air Display or to facilitate flights made for the purpose of carrying passengers for hire or reward or performances at a public gathering. No invitation to the general public is made or implied at any Airtourer Association event.

GETTING TO CORYNNIA STATION BY ROAD

DO NOT USE GPS as it will take you the long route and advise travel times are much longer than they actually are.

Please fill your fuel tanks in a major town as neither Carrathool or Corynnia Station supply fuel.

Address: 1823 Carrathool Rd, Carrathool via Hay, NSW 2711, Australia

From Griffith – all weather access:

Take the Kidman Way north from Griffith towards Hillston (not south towards Darlington Point).
Travel approximately 25kms from Griffith to Tabbita (see wheat silos on right).
Turn left into Tabbita Lane and travel approximately 23k.
Turn left at Cameron Road onto unsealed road for 17k in total. There are a number of mail boxes and a sign for Corynnia Station.
Proceed past the ‘No Through Road’ signs and over three grids. This sign just means there is no public road that leads through to another public road.
Dry Weather Access Only means no trucks on the road in wet conditions. Please drive slowly and carefully in wet conditions so as not to slip off the road.
Directly after the third grid, turn left towards homestead compound following the signage and come to the homestead.

REQUEST

We would like to have an interesting backdrop for the Convension Dinner so we request that you email your favourite Airtourer photos of people and aircraft so a "slide show" can be put together. Please send photos of a sensible file size to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have some interesting old film based photos just scan them or take a photo of them with a digital camera/phone.