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I guess flying is in the blood, my Mother started flying when she was 18, and is still to this day a flying instructor at Barwon Heads Airfield.  BHA  (Formerly Polley Field) was build by my Grandfather back in the 60's out of his farming land for my mother, the paddocks cleared, graded and rolled to make the strip.


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I've been a member of this site for a while now and it's always interesting reading.  Particularly for me the Dunnunda (Aussie and NZ) and JetBlast forums.  Free to join and a really good / funny bunch of people to chat with in the forums. If you are interested in flying, most questions can be answered by a quick google of the forums :-) otherwise, just login - and ask ......

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So what is Recreational Flying

Recreational flying is all about flying an aircraft that is simpler, cheaper and for your own personal enjoyment. The planes cost less – you can soar through the sky piloting an aircraft that is hired from a club or friend, buy your very own fully factory built aircraft or enjoy the fun and challenge of building an aircraft yourself from a plan or kit before you take to the sky in an aircraft that is a result of all your own effort. Pilot training and licensing is simpler and easier – most people can expect to easily become a pilot and the hours they complete flying a recreational aircraft can be cross credited to a general aviation (GA) aircraft Private Pilots Licence (PPL). You can maintain your own aircraft and engine yourself and training and flying activities are usually based around clubs, so everyone can share, learn and you don't have to own an aircraft to fly one.

What is a Recreational Aircraft?

Well, if you asked a non-flying member of the general public you may hear "flying one of those small ultralight aeroplanes with a lawn mower engine" or "a hang glider with a seat and small motor". There isn’t any international standard of what a recreational aircraft is but here in Australia, the birth place of the light recreational aircraft, we have some clear definitions of what constitutes a recreational aircraft.

A recreational aircraft can be the most basic flying machine made out of wood or tube aluminium covered in cloth like material right up to high tech/high performance factory built cruising machines that will make your average Cessna look like an underpowered brick. The common factors are that they are powered by a single engine, are light – up to 600kg maximum take off weight (MTOW) or 614 kg if floats are fitted, have a maximum of 2 seats, have valid registration by the governing body Recreational Aviation Australia and are fun and easy to fly.

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      Why an Airplane is Better Than a Man (or a Woman).‏

Airplane skin doesn't wrinkle as badly.

Airplanes don't take forever to warm up.

Airplanes like to do it inverted.

It's easier to get 'trim' in an airplane.

You can keep an airplane from stalling.

Airplanes can be turned on by a flick of a switch.

An airplane won't slap you for being a 'bush pilot.'

You don't always have to be on top to ride an airplane.

An airplane doesn't ask you to put on a raincoat before entry.

An airplane's thrust to weight ratio is higher.

You can easily leave an airplane before sunrise.

Airplane exhaust fumes smell better.

Airplanes lose weight faster.

An airplane does not get mad if you 'touch and go.'

An airplane's performance is seldom hindered by weather.

An airplane will not get mad if you ride someone else's airplane.

An airplane's cockpit is cleaner.

You can calculate the peak performance of an airplane.

An Airplane is easy to roll over.

You can still activate a fifty year old airplane.

Up to five people can ride in the cockpit of an airplane.

Airplane's last longer.

Airplane's don't droop after many years.

You can always tell when an airplane is going to give out.

An airplane moves when you tell it to.

An airplane will kill you quick . . . a woman takes her time.

An airplane does not object to a preflight inspection.

An airplane will let you use your dip stick anytime you want.

Airplanes don't make you 'pull-out' to eject.

You can change the looks of an airplane.

Airplanes come with manuals.

A 747 can keep you up for 14 hours.

Airplanes have strict weight and balance limits.

When you put fuel into an airplane, it does not spit it out.

Airplanes curves never sag.

Airplanes last longer.

Airplanes don't get pregnant.

You can fly a airplane any time of the month.

Airplanes don't have parents.

Airplanes don't whine unless something is really wrong.

You can share your airplanes with your friends.

If your airplane makes too much noise, you can buy a muffler.

If your airplane smokes, you can do something about it.

Airplanes don't care about how many other airplanes you have flown.

When flying, you and your airplane both arrive at the same time.

Airplanes don't care about how many other airplane's you have.

Airplanes don't mind if you look at other airplane's, or if you buy airplane magazines.

If your airplane is too loose, you can tighten it.

You don't have to be jealous of the guy that works on your airplane.

You don't have to deal with priests or blood-tests to register your airplane.

You don't have to convince your airplane that you're a pilot and that you think that all airplanes are equals.

If you say bad things to your airplane, you don't have to say you r sorry before you can fly it again.

You can fly an airplane as long as you want and it won't get sore.

Your parents don't remain in touch with your old airplane after you dump it.

Airplanes always feel like going for a ride.

Airplanes don't insult you if you are a bad pilot.

It's always OK to use tie downs on your airplane.

Your airplane never wants a night out alone with the other airplanes.

Airplanes don't care if you are late.

You don't have to take a shower before flying your airplane.

(But your passengers might appreciate it LOL)


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