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The Airtourer Association is a group of enthusiasts for the Australian designed Airtourer Aircraft. A related but separate organisation is the Airtourer Co-operative which owns the intellectual property of the Airtourer design and is responsible for ongoing airworthiness. The Airtourer Co-operative has the support of the Airtourer Association and is included in the web site. Please explore our site and share our enthusiasm for a great little aeroplane.


2020 Airtourer Association Convention and 42nd
Annual General Meeting

Parkes NSW
20-23 March 2020


Friday 20th March

This year the Airtourer Association returns to Parkes. Although Parkes has been the venue for many Presidents Fly-ins it was last the site of a Convention in 1980.
For members without an Airtourer Parkes is generously serviced by regional airlines with connections from anywhere in Australia, also by rail services, bus service and by road.

Arrivals At Parkes And Airport Facilities:

  • Parking will be on the grass. Fuel is available from Aerorefuelers (refer to ERSA). This is a security controlled airport but not unfriendly. If you wish to exit airside you only have to walk across a taxiway towards the terminal car park and exit via the small gate. The Aero Club will be open for a sit down and refreshments.
  • Bus pick-up will be at 1630 for transport to motels.
  • 1800 Bus pick up from motels for return to Parkes Aero Club.
  • 1830 Drinks and welcome Bar-B-Que at Parkes Aero Club rooms.

President Wade McConnell 0427882303
Secretary Brett Preisig 0427001397
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Registration Desk:

  • Gerry pels is the registrar, please ensure you complete registration with Gerry.

1900 Welcome Dinner:

  • Bar-B-Que Dinner At The Parkes Aero Club On The Promenade Deck

Transport and Accomodation :

  • Accommodation venues have been chosen as preferred options to provide a range of prices and are located for efficient transport. No transport plan exists to or from other accommodation locations.
  • We will be using 13 seat Hi-Ace bus for transport, which anyone with a car licence can drive. Do not be reluctant to help out!
Astrodish Motor Inn

10-16 Bogan Street
02 68623000

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The whole motel is reserved until 6/3/20120. The newest accommodation venue in Parkes has 19 rooms and is 41/2 star. A special room rate of $155 per night for two people is available regardless of room configuration. The earlier you book the better the room. Breakfast is available in the Dining Room for $12 for either a cooked or continental.

NOTE: This is the venue for the Saturday night AGM dinner and the Airtourer Association and Airtourer Co-Operative AGM’s on Sunday morning.

Court St Motel

10-14 Court Street
02 68623844

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Five rooms reserved until 6/3/2020. $95 for single and $105 for double.This venue is within walking distance of town centre and the AGM dinner/meetings location.

Parkes All Settlers

20-24 Welcome St
02 68622022

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No rooms reservation available. Rate $110-$135.

This venue is also within walking distance of town centre and the AGM dinner/meetings location.

Saturday 21st March

Free time to look about town, have breakfast or grab a coffee.

  • Bus pick up from Motels at 1115 for transport to the Airfield.

Committee & Board Meetings:

  • Airtourer Association Committee meeting 1000
  • Airtourer Co-Operative Directors meeting 1030

Fly Out For Lunch

We are flying out to Condoblin for lunch and a local tour.
For ground transport at Condoblin one Hi-Ace will need to drive out and meet the aviators at CDO airport, which is on the east of the town and just off the main road.
A briefing for pilots intending to fly out to CDO will be delivered by John Day prior to departure. If spare aircraft seats are available please advise JD, so anyone wishing to fly out can do so. Unless weather interferes, in which case we may all be on the bus, any car drivers or anyone else can hitch a bus ride out to Condoblin, and return.

First stop for the Bus will be a drop off at the Lachlan river park for a look around, the Utes in the Paddock is a short walk away.

Lunch at the Royal Hotel Condoblin

71 Bathurst Street
02 6895 2009

  • A light lunch served in the atmospheric dining room of this iconic property.
  • Drinks from the bar PAYG
  • After lunch the bus will transport us to Wiradjuri Study Centre

The Wiradjuri Study Centre

The Wiradjuri Study Centre was constructed with the express purpose of promoting the study and understanding of Wiradjuri culture. The centre offers a local hub for training, development and employment, cultural appreciation, cultural awareness and heritage issues, a keeping place and a space to yarn up.  Local Indigenous art and products are available for purchase. A tour has been arranged for us for no charge but we ask that everyone makes a donation in appreciation.

After the tour the bus will transport aviators to CDO for return flight to PKS and the bus will return to PKS via the town. After which all bus will be returning to the motels.

1900 Convention Formal Dinner:

Astrodish Motor Inn
10-16 Bogan Street

  • A three course drop and swap dinner
  • Order and pay for drinks from the adjacent bar.
  • Presentation of Best presented Airtourer Award.
  • Return to accommodation other than the Astrodish please contact the Transport Captain.

Sunday 22nd March

Annual General Meetings:

  • Both held at Astrodish Motor Inn
  • 1000 Airtourer Association Annual General Meeting
  • 1030 (or conclusion of Association Meeting) Co-Operative Annual General Meeting

Sunday Cultural Tour:

  • 1130 Bus departs for tour of Forbes Cultural Tour Commencing at Information Centre/Railway Station for a quick look around and to collect walking tour maps.
  • 1215 McFeeters Motor Museum
    • Pre Booked tour of Museum
  • Lunch at SuperBee Café
  • 1330 Bus returns to town centre for self guided Heritage Trail walk starting at 92-110 Rankin St. Walk ends at St Johns Hostel, Browne St.
  • 1530 Bus to Forbes Cemetery for Historic Graves Walk.
  • 1630 Bus returns to PKS

1900 The Last Supper:

Parkes Services Club

9-17 Short Street
Parkes NSW 2870
​02 6862 1966

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  • Within easy walking distance of all accommodation.
  • A table has been reserved. Order and pay for your drinks and meals as you go.

Monday 23rd March

Address enquiries to the Transport Captain.

Other Information

Your Event Organising Committee

  • Mike Fisher 0429 869134
  • Gerry Pels 0418 335965 - Registrar
  • Andrew Clement 0438 262315 - Transport Captain
  • John Day 0412399329


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 or aircraft owner at all times Familiarity and knowledge of standard operating procedures, published aerodrome regulations and operating procedures and government imposed rules, 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.

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