AusFly 2013

9 March 2014

Anderson Aviation at AusFly 2013

Bristell's at Narromine

After some “iffy” weather leading up to the event, the show enjoyed a couple of lovely if not windy days, and the Sporting Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA) guys put on a good show with lots of aircraft of all shapes and sizes on display and strutting their stuff in the air. Warbirds, replicas, Chinese, Soviet, homebuilt, sporty, utilitarian, high tech, low tech and everything in between, Narromine had it covered with great access to the aircraft so you could getup close and personal.

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To see and hear some of these incredible machines take to the sky and do their stuff brought all activity to a standstill every-time, and a big throbbing radial never fails to lift the spirits of even the most seasoned aviator or enthusiast! Dick Smith even dropped by in his Cessna Citation for a look!

The Bristell on display at the Anderson Aviation stand

Brett and his crew from Anderson Aviation took three Bristell’s to show at the Narromine Airshow this year. The new Rotax 912 powered demonstrator; Central West Flying School’s Bristell with Jabiru power; and a plane powered by a new fuel injected Rotax 912. Stayed tuned to this project we have been working on, as we will have some stunning news on this highly anticipated addition to the lineup. An announcement will be coming shortly!

Chris Stott and Joe English from Central West Flying who demonstrate the Bristell in NSW, flew in along with Peter Lapthorne who piloted the fuel injected plane up from Melbourne. Peter assisted Brett in answering the many varied questions posed by an enthusiastic crowd who gathered around the aircraft over the course of the event.

The general interest level was great to see and bodes well for the future of recreational aviation, as we climb out of the GFC slump.

Although the consensus amongst the regulars was that numbers were down a bit this year, judging by the crowd’s interest and ‘grabbed’ coffee/meal breaks amongst our lot, we came away feeling the event was very worthwhile. The event was finished off for us with the SAAA dinner, and we had the good fortune to be seated next to the Cirrus guys who had some great stories to regale us with as well as the talk by Ryan Campbell who flew a hired Cirrus SR22, VH-OLS around the world! Ryan was 19 years old when he set out on this solo flight!! Australian Geographic has a great story if you're interested: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/ryan-campbell-lands-world-solo-flight-record.htm

Brett and the crew would like to thank all who came to our display, and, as always, should you have any questions or would like to arrange a test flight in the Bristell, please don’t hesitate to contact Brett at Anderson Aviation.

The Anderson Aviation Crew

Story and pictures by Dennis Wisken