Learn to fly from Canberra – just 2 hours from Moruya but a world away of spectacular flying

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Jun 14 2017
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We get students flying with us from all over the country but the majority would have to be from Canberra. And why wouldn’t they. It’s just a 2 hour drive and they can learn to fly from Canberra over the beautiful South Coast and away from pesky controlled airspace. Plus when our Canberra students come […]

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Wheelies With Wings back in the air in 2017 in Temora

Posted by Sheldon Jones

Jun 09 2017
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This wonderful charity managed to fund another awesome Wheelies With Wings course for 3 deserving applicant winners in May 2017. What is the course all about? The Wheelies With Wings course is an two-week scholarship that helps people with a disability to learn to fly a plane. Merit Aviation has been helping the Wheelies With […]

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Out with the old, in with the new Foxbat

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Jun 09 2017
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If you haven’t been out to the Moruya Airport since March then you may not have seen our new Foxbat. In March we sold dear old 7877 and bought 8516! 8516 has a built in digital display Dynon SkyView, just like the other Foxbat we have, “8589”, but the display is just a little bit smaller. […]

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Australian Beechcraft Society gathering in Narromine March 2017

Posted by Sheldon Jones

Apr 27 2017
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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 […]

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Flight experience from a favourite and long time student – Mike Webb

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Feb 07 2017
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This account of a nav comes from one of our favourite students – Mike Webb. Mike’s health keeps him from getting his solo wings so often Merit Aviation instructors are forunate enough to be his co-pilot on cross country adventures. This is his account of a recent flight. Over to you Mike!… Our trip Moruya […]

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My First Work Adventure: Flight Training In Outback QLD

Posted by Sheldon Jones

Nov 08 2016
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The trip to Cunnamulla’s purpose was to conduct flight training for a couple of outback cattle station owners. This was so they could fly their aircraft around their properties. I turned up to the airport at Moruya and what greeted me was a whole lot of luggage, laid around the cargo hold of our Seneca. It’s […]

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WAGI – Went and got it! The CAGIT…

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Jun 29 2016
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Proudly we can say that Moruya is now (today, as I write this post), the home of the CAGIT. Scott and Mark McLachlan have brought home the CAGIT to Moruya for the first time. So what is it? CAGIT stands for ‘Come And Get It Trophy’ and was an initiative of Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA) […]

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First Flight Free with Merit Aviation in March, part of FLY IT FORWARD

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Feb 17 2016
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During all of March when you join RA Aus as a new female member Merit Aviation will be able to get your first flight free with us. That’s a great deal and is worth $210 and means you get your first hour of flight instruction in a Foxbat over beautiful Moruya and Bateman’s Bay for free! It’s […]

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Learn to fly in Moruya – along the glorious coast and beyond

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Jan 28 2016
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When you learn to fly in Moruya you have on your doorstep some pretty amazing destinations to fly to. One such training flight (scenic flight) was with Merit Aviation student Mike Webb in January, where Mike planned a navigational flight out of Moruya to Bombala – Kaan River – Mallacoota – Gabo Island – Eden […]

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Local Moruya pilot survives eagle bird strike through the windscreen

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Jan 27 2016
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Mike Greenwood, a local Moruya pilot had a pretty lucky escape when high above Mudgee somewhere at about 5,500ft he had a Wedgetail Eagle join him, and Bobby his dog (who was actually sporting some super fine Mutt Muffs), in the cockpit of his Sportsman. His amazing story made all the news channels just before […]

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Canberra Air League boys get licensed and go solo

Posted by Sheldon Jones

Jan 05 2016
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Just before Christmas we were in Temora again with the Hanger 76 syndicate crew whose growing boys are all part of the Canberra Australian Air League. These guys spend almost every school holidays in Temora at Hanger 76 with myself and Claire as we progress the boys through the building blocks of their flying training […]

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Meet Bella – the flying dog sporting her Mutt Muffs

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Dec 11 2015
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If you are a regular to Moruya Airport then you would have no doubt met Bella. She is one of the resident doggies at SkyDive Oz and owner Bec takes her on many flying adventures. Now she’s not a big burley dog by any stretch of the imagination so I wondered how she went with […]

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Highlights from Warbirds Downunder 2015 in Temora

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Nov 25 2015
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Warbirds Downunder in Temora is my first ever airshow. The start of many I think! The displays were super impressive and constant. There was always something in the sky to look at. Here are some photographic highlights. Opening night we enjoyed a spectacle from the Corsair, Kittyhawk and Spitfires – this may or may not be […]

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Being the PIC with your family for their first flight in bad weather

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Nov 25 2015
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With all my flying experience the last few years, flying almost everyday, either with students or doing my own training I haven’t really had the inclination to take my immediate family out for a flight… precious cargo and all that. However, last week the opportunity presented itself to fly to Temora for the Warbirds Downunder airshow, […]

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Wheelies with Wings take flight in Temora again this November

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Nov 25 2015
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What a great crew of Wheelies with Wings recruits we had this Nov in Temora. Peter Stokes from Taree, Zsolt Ugrai from Melbourne (originally from Hungary – hence the groovy name), & Jerome Wong from Central Coast all enjoyed two weeks of exciting flying in a range of weather whilst getting familiar with the Foxbat […]

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Saturday luncheon – flying fritters served from 12:30

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Oct 27 2015
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We starting up a new tradition at Merit Aviation… Saturday lunch. Nom, nom, nom. Fly in and get fed for just 10 bucks! (that’s $10 for you city folk). Everyone is welcome! We’re going to try and put a Saturday luncheon on every weekend. Well, every weekend that we are here in Moruya! We’ll keep […]

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Getting a seaplane rating in Hawaii in 4 short days

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Oct 26 2015
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Last week I happened to fly to Hawaii to add an endorsement to my license – floats! The airfare was cheap and earlier this year the cost of the endorsement was actually cheaper than doing it in Oz (until we were slammed with a terrible exchange rate!). Any who, I went anyway and was to […]

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Hanger 76 Temora – flying instruction for the boys & a rocket

Posted by Sheldon Jones

Oct 13 2015
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On a recent training trip to Temora, there were a few great experiences. The week started with Claire and I teaching some young pilots in a Cessna 152. Their parents decided to band together to buy a 1979 model Cessna 152 that was been very well looked after. The plane is a wonderful example of […]

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CFI conference, update from CASA and Airservices Australia bods

Posted by Sheldon Jones

Sep 04 2015
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On Wednesday 23rd Sept, CASA partnered with Airservices Australia to put on the annual CFI conference for 2015. I went to find out the latest progress on the PART 61 Pilot licence rule changes that were introduced last year. Airservices has their “Safeskies” conference in Canberra each year so the Hotel Realm near Parliament house […]

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Our trip to AusFly 2015, Sept

Posted by Claire Ferguson

Sep 04 2015
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Narromine, which is just to the west of Dubbo played awesome host again to AusFly this year. The Merit Aviation team (Sheldon and I) flew up to the event separately. Sheldon took off in the C172 XP from Moruya going via Canberra to pick up Tim and Graeme (past and present students of Merit Aviation). […]

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