AGM & Fly-IN Alice Springs October 2nd-5th 2021
Nigel Wettenhall has graciously stepped up to the plate and kicked us into gear with a Fly-In to Alice Springs in October, at which we will hold our AGM.
As noted in the newsletter a couple of weeks ago, the Central Australian Aviation Museum at Alice Springs is putting on a programme of events during the week of October 2nd-5th to celebrate the centenary of the first aircraft landing there. Also as previously noted, Ken Holdsworth has been requested by the CAAM to fly his ‘other aeroplane’ to the event- a lovingly restored Percival Gull. So with blue skies and fair winds he will be there. It will be worth going if only to see this very rare aircraft.
Ken is planning to re-enact the original flight, but with with a difference : Direct from Murwillumbah! The original route is shown below, and anyone is free to re-fly it as part of the overall celebration.
This will be a great opportunity for us to fly our Comanches to the centre, meet up, join in with the CAAM programme, and arrange one or two activities of our own.
https://centralaustralianaviationmuseum.org.au/centenary-flight-to-alice has the overall CAAM event details.
Consequently, we have reserved rooms at the Alice Springs Double Tree Hilton (08)8950 8000 from the 1st to the 4th (3 nights) at a rate of $290/night for the event.
Nigel advises that we need to book via this website in order to secure the ICS discount (currently about $40/night).
Please book your accommodation either directly with the Hilton, or any other hotel if preferred. We should stress that accommodation in Central Australia is in demand so we encourage you to make your booking for the days you want directly with the hotel as soon as possible.
As we get closer to the event we will advise time and venue for the AGM. For entertainment over the weekend we propose to join in the events organised by the CAAM and of course general informal reunions after the long break between fly-ins!
We look forward to seeing as many as possible gather in “the Alice”.