FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
July 2019 | Edition No. 1 | Monthly Digital Edition
AOPA Australia Members & Industry Supporters,
On behalf of AOPA Australia I would like to welcome everyone to our new AOPA SPORT Digital Magazine, published monthly and managed by Editor Mr Brian Bigg. Brian is a highly respected magazine editor, aviation writer and industry commentator, who is returning to AOPA Australia after eight years at the helm of the RA-Aus Sport Pilot magazine.
The launch of AOPA SPORT comes as a result of strong growth in our membership and aims to project a powerful independent voice on a wide variety of sport and recreational regulatory, industry and community topics, celebrating the importance of sport and recreational aircraft owners, pilots and businesses to the future of our aviation industry.
I have no doubt that Brian and his team will be working hard each and every month to deliver reliable and engaging content along with powerful discussion, opinion and debate on all the important issues. A big congratulations to the AOPA SPORT team on their very first edition, and we look forward to many more ahead!
A reminder for members, that as we move into the last half of 2019 we are all preparing for AUSFLY ‘All Aviators Under One Sky’, with aircraft owners and pilots from across Australia preparing to converge on Narromine in NSW for three enormous days of aviation, seminars, workshops, airshows, fun, camping, mateship, and importantly beers & barbecues!
AUSFLY 2019 kicks off 17th to 20th October, for more information on AUSFLY 2019, visit: www.ausfly.com.au
On behalf of AOPA Australia, I warmly invite all of our Sport and Recreational members to attend AUSFLY 2019 in Narromine. There are no entry fees or charges to attend, simply load up your aircraft and bring your friends – it’s all about mateship and our passion for aviation. AOPA Australia will be onsite with our Members Coach, Flight Simulators, AOPA PILOT, SPORT & STUDENT Editorial Teams, Drone Zone and much much more.
Lastly, our AOPA Australia $9,995 Virtual Reality Flight Simulator raffle will be drawn at AUSFLY! One lucky aviator will WIN their very own VR Flight Simulator system valued at $9,995. Grab your raffle tickets online at: https://aopa.com.au/win-a-vr-flight-simulator/
AOPA Australia Executive Director
AOPA SPORT AUSTRALIA
July 2019 | Edition No. 1 | Monthly Digital Edition
FROM THE AOPA SPORT EDITOR
Welcome to the first edition of the new AOPA SPORT digital magazine! If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed AOPA Australia has made some big changes over the past couple of years and AOPA SPORT is just latest and most exciting of these initiatives. Editor BRIAN BIGG welcomes members.
SPORT AVIATION ADVOCACY
Class E airspace over most of Australia could soon be standardized. AOPA SPORT Australia Editor BRIAN BIGG reports on what you need to know.
MEMBER SERVICES & COMPETITIONS
To help celebrate the launch of AOPA Australia’s new GA VR Flight Simulation System, we are giving one lucky aviator the opportunity to WIN their very own simulator package, valued at $9,995. Everything you need is included; high-performance computer hardware, military grade flight controls system (both Joystick & Yoke), VR headset, Custom Adjustable Pilot Seat, Custom Simulator Platform and Framework, 55-inch 4K Spectator Monitor and including an impressive array of simulator software and aircraft types. This is the ultimate VR system!
SPORT & RECREATIONAL EVENTS
AOPA Australia Funflight Sydney Bankstown 2019 and Major Sponsor Bankstown Airport Limited is excited to announce a huge day for children and families at Bankstown Terminal on Saturday 27th July.
The Maryborough Aero Club will once again host the 2019 Wings Wheels and Warbirds community event, a great aviation weekend for all the entire family, featuring the Warbirds of AeroTec, Toowoomba and supporting Angel Flight and the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum.
With AirVenture Australia fast approaching, AOPA Australia’s KREISHA BALLANTYNE takes a look at what’s coming.
AOPA Australia’s KREISHA BALLANTYNE reports on the upcoming AUSFLY 2019 ‘All Aviators Under One Sky’ gathering in Narromine NSW, 17th to 20th October.
SPORT MEMBER PROFILE
AOPA Australia’s KREISHA BALLANTYNE chats with Go-Fly instructor and AOPA member STEPHEN LIMKIN.
The RAAus requests to CASA for increased MTOW weight and access to CTA for its RPC members may not be up for serious discussion for some considerable time, writes NICHOLAS CHRISTIE.
AOPA SPORT Australia Editor BRIAN BIGG, delves into the relationship between the sport aviation community and CASA.
In this on-going series, AOPA Australia member OWEN BARTOP asks; ‘what is airmanship? and how does it enhance safety within sport aviation?
AOPA SPORT Australia Editor BRIAN BIGG examines the vital things to ask and consider when selecting a flight school for your training.
AOPA SPORT Australia Editor BRIAN BIGG has some valuable advice on coping with an in-flight radio failure.
In an ongoing series, AOPA Australia member ALAN BETTERIDGE explores the pitfalls and joys of buying your first aircraft
AOPA SPORT Australia Contributor David Tonks reports on an innovative solution by Levil Aviation for ADS-B in sport aircraft.