YCEM 50th Anniversary
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Coldstream Airport’s 50th Report — 17th March, 2012
Hi Folks. Wow! Where to start?
I guess the thank yous! I shall name some names then.
Thanks goes to the preparers and cooks Marg (Floss) Carey, Carmen Lucktaylor, Paul Tripovich, Mal Andrews and to Ross Frame for assisting and collecting the money. To Carmen and Ray Jenkins for collecting much needed supplies as we ran out earlier than planned. (Good to see people eating, drinking and socialising) Thanks to Ray Jenkins for all his printing of posters, flyers and signs.
To Andrew Temby of Temby Air fame for a fine practice session over and above, it was fantastic to watch.
To Winston and Ruth Usher for organizing VH-BUX to be piloted by Marcus Grey and to Eddie Lachowicz for collecting BUX from maintenance the day before to allow the re-enactment of the first landing at Coldstream in March, 1962. Sadly, Winston and Ruth were unable to attend due to other commitments.
To the aircraft owners who gladly placed their machines out on display for us; Barry Millsom (Tiger Moth), Dick Gower (Chipmunk), Eddie Lackowicz (Pacer), Malcolm Smith (Commanche), Joe Inglese, Godfrey Stevens, Dennis Hourigan and Kaz Gurney (The Auster quartet). They are all much loved, stunning machines. We were also lucky to have the little Kitfoxes on display (John Reith and Brent Fellows). I was lucky enough later to take a ride in Eddie’s Pacer, sensational. A few others also experienced a ride in the Pacer too. Thank you Eddie, I'm sure they all appreciated it.
Thanks also to Bruce Searle, Volkher and Marcus (from ACMA) for allowing us access to their facilities and for assistance on the day .
We were lucky to have fine company of some past members: Ted Veale, his brother Norm and wife Pat Veale. Thanks Norm and Pat for coming all the way from Merimbula, it was a pleasure meeting you and getting the to see Ted’s fantastic photos (Thanks Ted). Hope you all enjoyed being there. Les Beard (past instructor) Bob Brill, Don and Aileen Ireland, Brenda Marshall, Dorothy Pooley (Don past president), Max Morton, Alfons and Hilde, Geoff and Suzie Williams (UEN), and sorry to those I have missed mentioning, there are lots. Mac Job came with David Pilkington and thanks to Kaz for taking Mac for a run in the Auster. Ralph Proctor always has interesting stories. We are grateful you all attended!
Sadly, Ian and Robyn Sharp were nowhere to be seen, however I did get to chat with my ex-instructor Martin Waite (1989-1994). He is now a Training Captain with Qantaslink on Dash-8s, a natural training talent in the cockpit. It was terrific he had some time to make it.
It was also terrific to see Don Carey able to get there after his appendix operation. Thanks for the fine effort Don I enjoy your stories immensely!
The day’s weather was great and held out nicely, but I was grateful that Jamie Mitchell had loaned us his marquee just in case it had turned sour. Fortunately this was not the case, so the marquee provided welcome shade instead.
We were lucky to have a quad bike and 4 wheel mule on the day to marshall the small amount of aircraft that arrived on the day (John Reith & Andrew Doake). Thanks to them and Jason Pigdon and Gavin Thomas for herding the arrivals to their spots.
Thanks must also be given to Mal Andrews for doing a great job organising and arranging for our great club shirts and caps on the day; I was very happy to see many flying the colours on the day. If you have missed out and would like some of the clothing you can contact Mal direct with your requirements and I'm sure he will be only too happy to help.
Our photographers on the day were Alex Maurici and Ian Ryan, I know they got some great shots and as soon as they have processed them we shall make them available on the website. Thanks Alex and Ian for a fine effort.
It was good to see Judy, Jamie, Andrew and Fi Doake all there and enjoying the day. By the photos I saw it was a thriving aviation outpost created by Jim Doake his family and many friendships were built over the years. Like all people with vision, this one that has lasted 50 years, great effort! We all hope it continues for 50 more. Thank you all again for providing a great place to spend our leisure hours and much needed space for aircraft.
Thanks to Jamie and Andrew for preparation and assistance around the club. Thank you to Colin Lucktaylor for all the help with the web and behind the scenes. Once again a thanks to all the members who helped on the working bees and behind the scenes pressing the buttons and dials and doing the myriad of things that are needed to make these events actually happen.
Well it's been and gone now and I for one had a great day and hope you did too!
Until next time, Gear up, Flaps up and away!