Every two years, owners of Beechcraft aircraft (like Debonairs, Bonanzas and Barons) get together for a weekend to have proficiency flights and technical seminars, to help them improve their own knowledge and skills. There are also service clinics where the aircraft are checked over by Beechcraft experts who can advice the owners of problems and help them to look after their planes better.
It’s a great idea, and I have been lucky to be one of the instructors selected to help these pilots in the flying program.
Beechcraft make a fantastic aircraft. They are sleek, fast, rugged, stable, comfortable and handle beautifully. There were 31 aircraft for the weekend in Naromine and more than 60 people, so the motels in town had a good workout.
The airport has an Gliding club and an Aeroclub, and they hosted us all and fed us 3 beautiful meals each day including a gourmet meal on Saturday where there were speeches. During the evening one of the pilots, Ron was awarded a trophy recognising 73 years of being a pilot. He is still flying his Bonanza at 92 years old, and he brought his original licence to show us. It shows that he is licensed to fly “flying machines”! We had a great chat over dinner, and he has some amazing stories of his lifetime of flying.
Keith and Bruce did an amazing job of organising the pilots to fly so that the flying program flowed with no delays, and people were able to get to the clinics and seminars and still get away on Sunday with time to get home. I got to fly with some lovely people in beautify planes. on Saturday I flew an A36 Bonanza with Gavin, then an F33C Bonanza with Richard, then a B58 Baron with James. On Sunday I went in a C33 Debonaire with Silvio and an A36 Bonanza with air conditioning with Richard. What a great mix of planes and pilots.
I am very grateful to the and all of the pilots, for having me and I hope that the pilots were able to take away some useful tips to help them get the best out of their lovely planes. I really look forward to the next gathering.