Callide-Dawson Flying Group

        Amateur Built J6 Karatoo (Spirit of Smoky Creek) 19-4396, Len Neale 

 

This immaculately presented and much loved RA-Aus registered beauty requires little introduction as Len has previously shared a comprehensive and rather detailed review about the light sport aircraft (LSA) and can be located by clicking onto the following link : 

http://www.capricornplanespotting.com/168312776

Smoky Creek Airfield, Central Queensland.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396, Len Neale.
Amateur Built J6 Karatoo 19-4396 & American Champion Aircraft Corp 7FC (Aeronca) VH-LIA.

                          Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY, Alan Wilson 

 

Owned by local resident and Callide-Dawson Flying Group member, Alan Wilson, VH-VEY is a 1964 built aeroplane powered by a single Textron Lycoming O-360 4-cylinder piston engine.

While not necessarily specific to VH-VEY, research revealed the Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee is capable of cruising between 120 - 125 kts, obtain a service ceiling of 15 700 ft (4 785m) and achieve an approximate range of 510 nm (945 km).

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee VH-PEY.

                                Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW, Alan Wilson

 

Purchased brand new in 1962 by Callide Dawson Flying Group member, Kevin Wilson, Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW was flown for a number of years by Smoky Creek based aviation enthusiasts before being sold on. 

Later on in the years while in the hands of different owners, VH-IRW unfortunately suffered a few mishaps including being blown onto a hangar roof during a storm. Apparently not damaged much, it did however suffered more while being removed (or pushed) from the roof. It is reported VH-IRW was then rebuilt by Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME), Nick Carp. 

While advertised in a 2006 edition of the RAA magazine, Piper Colt VH-IRW was once again purchased by Alan Wilson and flown from Griffith, NSW to Smoky Creek, Central Queensland to live once more. 

Powered by an 0-235, horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder Lycoming engine - it is reported VH-IRW is capable of comfortably cruising between 80 - 85 knots. 

Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.
Piper PA-22-108 Colt VH-IRW.

                                  Aeronca 50C Chief 24-3251, Alan Wilson

 

Built in the 1930's, this immaculately restored and maintained Aeronca Chief began it's flying career in Australia as VH-ACJ, sistership to Aeronca Chief VH-ACH, ofwhich both aircraft spent time flying with the Royal Queensland Aero Club during the earlier years of thier life.

After being written-off due to an unfortunate accident at Toowoomba, Queensland in 1951 - VH-ACJ once again took to the skies sometime later but this time as VH-RMB after being restored in Caboolture by Ron Baines and another Brisbane local.

After changing ownership yet again, VH-AMB (ex-ACJ) became an RAA registered aircraft (24-3251) and with it's new identity, became a new life but this time as a flying training platform around the Gympie and Rainbow Beach area before being purchased by the current owner, Alan Wilson, and transported by trailer to where the aircraft continues to reside in an airworthy condition to this very day - Smoky Creek airfield.

Powered by a 65hp A-65, horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder Continental engine which is a member of the O-170 series of powerplants designed in the 1940's for application in light civil and military aircraft, it is reported Aeronca Chief 24-3251 is capable of cruising between 65-70 knots.

Aeronca Chief 24-3251.
Aeronca Chief 24-3251.
Aeronca Chief 24-3251.
Aeronca Chief 24-3251.
Aeronca Chief 24-3251.
Aeronca Chief 24-3251.
Aeronca Chief 24-3251.

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20.10 | 18:25

Hi, I sent you emails they all bounced back. I want to know if u do oneway transfer from Heron Island to Gladstone Airport. Please email me. Thanks!

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02.09 | 23:10

I would like to enquire about Pilot instruction .Does Thangool airport have a pilot instructor ? I have one hours of flight instruction under my belt.

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15.06 | 18:24

Hi Len. Really lovely aircraft you have built for yourself. Thank you for writing up the story and pictures. I am currently looking for an aircraft project.

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21.01 | 22:17

Giday. Len
Thanks for a great building history and photos of your J6 aircraft
I have a property at Durong South and want to base a J 6 there for local flying

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