May 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to 2019. The members of Coldstream Flyers have been busy little bees. There was the very successful working bee, many flying opportunities in the extended summer weather and some great travel snaps from our keen aviators

Working Bee

The Committee extends a great big THANK YOU to all who attended the working bee. A great number of tasks were completed and our little home away from home is set for another year.

  • Mens loo painted
  • Womens loo cleaned and finished to an appropriate standard
  • New stickers on which loo belongs to who, just in case the interior does not give it away!
  • New speakers for the radio were donated and installed. A Big Big thank you for the donation of these items.
  • Our new BBQ was serviced and is now in service with great feedback.
  • Kitchen, fridge and cupboards and windows were cleaned.
  • Fly screen door installed.
  • Rubbish put out for hard rubbish.
  • Colin Lucktaylor’s memorial chair oiled.
  • TV aerial installed.
  • And many many more jobs completed with them all being just as important as those listed.

A big thank you for all the donations for the working bee, the extra work that members went to to source items and expense that is most gratefully acknowledged.

Flying Competitions

The Flying Competitions are underway on the 3rd Sunday each month. We did have a break for Easter.

The May 2019 Flying Competition is the Inter Club Competition, Flour Bombing at Tyabb on Saturday 18 May. We have won this coveted title before, and if you are able to compete please do so again.  We have some stiff competition from Lilydale, Point Cook and of course Tyabb

A note from the Committee

The Club works because of its members and those members contribute to the YCEM Airfield. From toilet provisions to Tea/Coffee and Warm/Cool club room, to hosting Kestrel over summer.

It is great and thank you to all. If you see something that needs to be done, please feel free to do it.


There was a lunch fly to Brown Brothers just before Easter that happened to also be one of the last flights of PZN before it was swapped out. So an action shot is perfect for this!

Sometimes flying activities are pre-organised and other times it is just spontaneous.

There was also a Bonfire night at Wahring Field airport that was also a great night and attended by a lot of aircraft from Tyabb to Echuca. 3 planes from YCEM went and a great night was had by all. A celebration of retirement from a flying career also coincided with this event.  Fires burned, YouTube played on a big screen, roast beef rolls were served with a great Bacon and Egg roll brekky the next day. This was followed by a trip to Wangaratta for a Car and Machine show, some flew others drove that was also fantastic

Every Friday night we have social drinks and Pizza or Fish n Chips. Orders taken no later than 7.00pm. The Club also has PFE (Pleasant Friday Evenings) The Blues Brothers in Croydon was a fantastic PFE. Thanks Ray Jay!

So keep an eye on Facebook and pop out to the Club Rooms, you never know Aviation may be committed!

Working Bee Results

On behalf of the committee, myself and all the club members, I would like to thank all of those who helped improve our clubrooms in the lead-up to, on, and after the working bee. Our clubrooms are now much improved and better than ever. Some of the improvements include:

  • Painting and tidying of the toilets
  • Installation of airband radio speakers
  • Staining of the deck
  • Installation of a flyscreen door and window flyscreens
  • Installation of a television antenna
  • Installation of a wireless router for use with the printer
  • Cleaning and tidying everything – the fridge, the rooms, the toilets and surrounds

Thank you all for your help and support.

Coldstream to Wentworth October 2018

Coldstream to Wentworth October 2018 

By Len Borrow

Mike Welsh’s cousin Peter runs an asparagus farm 18 kilometres north of Wentworth Western NSW.

Mike suggested the idea to club members for a flyaway in the second week of July this year and quite a few members were interested in the trip and the accommodation, but because of bad weather the trip was cancelled and new arrangements were made to go away on the second weekend in October.

Originally up to three or four planes were going to fly to Wentworth but one by one members dropped out. In the end the ‘gallant three’ ended up having a fantastic time at Tarcoolar Mike’s cousins asparagus farm. Continue reading “Coldstream to Wentworth October 2018”

New Clubroom Access

When taxiing past the club dont stray too close, there’s a new post! NEW Traffic conditions ahead.

Wheelchair friendly club!

Thank you to member Rob Rickards for the ramp

Wheelchair Pilots Day – Sunday 28 October 2018

On Sunday 28 October 2018, CFC will be hosting the first get together of Victoria’s Disabled Pilots Group.

We invite volunteers to take those participants without their own aircraft flying.

Some of the participants may have done the Wheelies with Wings course on the Foxbat and others are experienced flyers and owners.

The hope is that this will become a regular event.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact CFC member Rob Rickards

Throwback! – January 2017 Newsletter


Welcome to 2017!

The members of Coldstream Flyers have been off to all sorts of places on flying adventures over the Christmas New Year period. Jason Pigdon visited from QLD and a great BBQ get together was held at the club rooms. Some flew to SA and back along the coast, others have done lunch at Kyneton, visited Porepunkah and of course attended the Hangar lunch celebrations for Dick & Liz Gower and Jamie Mitchell. Continue reading “Throwback! – January 2017 Newsletter”

Throwback! – November 2016 Newsletter


Well if wind and rain are your thing October and November have provided you a dream weather event. There has been some nice weather; however it happens to coincide normally with a work day leaving the weekends so so. The Cup Day weekend did give a beautiful Saturday for flying and also Tuesday was OK too to watch some Nags run around a track. We all feel for any students trying to do a NAV currently, however your weather report reading will be terrific! Continue reading “Throwback! – November 2016 Newsletter”