The term FAIL comes to mind as I sit to write my ‘fortnightly’ summary here. My computer tells me the last one I wrote was in early December…oh well…
Summary of what we have done…Flown at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic, formation flypast for the 30th Anniversary of our sponsor Massel, formation and single ship demonstration over Sydney Harbour for New Years Eve, display at Evans Head, piloted the Extra 300L as Grant Denyer passed out on live TV, became the QBE Airmanship ambassador, did some corporate speaking, flew at the Australian International Air Show, raced Jamie Whincup at the Top Gear Festival, did a whole heap of joy flights, and, oh yeah, released an autobiography somewhere in there too!
Hmmm, no wonder I am tired!
Another development that is quite significant for us… we have employed a new full time member into the team. Eric Cieslar has moved up from Melbourne to join us as our technician and joy flight pilot.
Eric has an extensive background in both maintenance and flying, with most of his training being completed under the watchful and professional eye of Judy Pay. Eric brings another set of talents into the team, and we are glad to have him on board.
So, what is coming up?
Apart from starting to get more serious with our joy flight business now Eric is on the books, we are also starting to take on a little maintenance ourselves, working in conjunction with Aero Jacks from Perth.
Jack was my race technician during the 2010 season, and we still work very closely together, so now we have Eric working on the East Coast with us, Aero Jacks has the ability to do maintenance on both sides of Australia. A win-win for all concerned.
Along with this, we have a pretty full schedule for the next few months.
I am doing quite a bit of travelling around the country on behalf of the QBE Airmanship program to educate people on safe airmanship practices, we have a few book signings, plus our V8 support schedule kicks off again at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.
I am overseas doing some aerobatic coaching in April, then getting ready for the Wings Over Illawarra airshow, which will be the first Sydney region air show I have flown.
And any spare time I have at the moment is going into the planning process for the Blue Mountains Bicentenary Flyover, occurring on the 25th May this year. If you or anyone you know is interested in participating, just drop the team a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a registration pack, and be involved in an historic flypast!
Hopefully I will be back writing before another 3 months passes!!