An Air Armada of 46 private aircraft in seven formations overflies Point Cook Airfield in concert in two Balbos, as a salute to all who have served in the Royal Australian Air Force in the past 100 years.

Lilydale Flying Club, Royal Victorian Aero Club and Peninsula Aeroclub organised the event to commemorate the RAAF Centenary.

The fleet included a range of single and twin engine aircraft, including CT-4, Airtourer, Warrior, Bonanza, Sling, Yak 52, Nanchang, Trinidad, Cessna 170, Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Blackshape Prime, Super Decathlon, Lance, Twin Comanche, Baron, RV-6, RV-7, and RV-8. Some of the aircraft were ex-military warbirds.

Formation groups launched from Lilydale Airfield, Moorabbin Airport, and Tyabb Airfield, flying around Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, timed to converge on RAAF Williams Base at Point Cook at 2:40pm.

Aircraft from Victoria, ACT, and New South Wales, and as far as Toowoomba participated despite the challenges presented by Covid-19.

Special thanks to the Red Radials Air Brigade.

Angela Stevenson wins prestigious

Australasian Aviation Press Club Award

Feature Article of the Year 2020

“To the Australasian aviation media community,

Throughout a very difficult year, we all saw terrific examples of aviation and defence journalism across the region.

Whilst we are disappointed not to have our annual event, we are nonetheless thrilled to present this year’s recipients of Australasian Aviation Press Club awards! To everyone who submitted entries – thank you! It was a crowded virtual field of talented journalists who turned in great stories despite very challenging circumstances. Now to our 2020 AAPC Award Recipients!

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Commercial Airlines Story of the Year: Lucas Baird and Andrew Tillett from the AFR for “Virgin threatens to call in the administrators as it fights to survive”
Defence Aviation Story of the Year: Max Blenkin from ADBR for “A Decade of Wedgetail”
Aviation Feature of the Year: Angela Stevenson from Australian Flying for “Uncertain Times”
Photographer of the Year: Seth Jaworski 
And the Journalist of the Year: Robyn Ironside from The Australian

AAPC Committee: Geoff Thomas, president; Jordan Chong, Owen Poland, Peter Marosszeky and David Sidman”

Words by Gail DÁrcy Australasian Aviation Press Club Awards

‘GROUNDED’ – Podcast Series

Write Speak Fly Project – ‘Grounded’- A series of podcasts about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on General Aviation in Australia:

Out Now – Special Edition Podcast

Angela Stevenson interviews Kathy Mexted – Author

Find out about some of the women’s stories in the book, and a bit more about Kathy Mexted, the author.

It’s a cracker read, just in time for Christmas!

Click below to play:

Communication is the answer.

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