ICS Australasia PPP#24

Dates, Location & Registration Details

All Comanche owners and pilots are invited to attend the 24th session of the International Comanche Society Australasian Tribe’s Pilot Proficiency Programme at Denilquin airport on the weekend of April 8, 9 and 10, 2022.

As usual, we will have interesting and stimulating classroom content, and updates on things which are new or changing and which impact our operations.

Now that borders are reopening and lockdowns are (hopefully) a thing of the past, it is time to start flying and going places in our Comanches. However, many of us will have flown less than usual over the past two years and may be slightly (?) rusty. This potentially makes us less confident, less safe, and could reduce the enjoyment of flying our Comanches. Recognising this we have focussed the 2022 PPP around two themes: basic/precision handling of the Comanche, and Planning and Executing a cross-country trip. As a result, there will be more time in the best classroom ever designed – the pilot seat of your Comanche.

We strongly encourage each participant to fly at least one session (and hopefully two) with our experienced PPP safety pilots (Tony Smith, Dave Miller and Nigel Wettenhall). The first session will be in the circuit – concentrating on consistent take-off and pattern techniques, and accurate and stable approaches and landings. Subsequent sessions will be by you and your safety pilot’s choice – either upper air work or more pattern work.

The COVID slow-down has also seen a significant number of new owners join the Comanche ranks (a warm welcome to each and every one of you). The ICS Australasian Tribe is especially inviting and welcoming these new owners to join us not only for the weekend program but also for a set of special sessions on the Friday afternoon which will provide an in-depth review of those systems specific to our Comanche’ as well as many Tips and Tricks accumulated over the years. These sessions are not restricted just to new owners; all attendees are welcome if they desire.

As usual, the famous (?) ICS Comanche Undercarriage simulator will be available throughout the weekend for all attendees to refamiliarize themselves with the emergency extension procedures.


Our venue is once again the Deniliquin Aero Club. Accommodation has been reserved at the Coach House Motel in Deniliquin (but you will need to book and advise them that you are part of the Comanche group to obtain the special rate). There will be a BBQ at the Aeroclub on Friday Night, a sit-down dinner in Deniliquin on Saturday night, and breakfast with our hosts, the Deniliquin Aero Club on Sunday.
Registration will be open at the airport from 6pm Friday night.

Pricing & Accommodation

The course cost is $180 (GST inclusive) and includes all sessions and materials, transport to/from the airport each day, general refreshments, the Friday night BBQ, Saturday lunch. Saturday night dinner and Sunday breakfast. You will be responsible for the costs of your own accommodation, Saturday breakfast at the motel and drinks at the bar. As always, QBE will allow the course cost to be deducted from your QBE insurance premiums over a two-year period.

Proficiency Flight Requirements

Please remember that for the proficiency flight we can only accept aircraft insured for both ground and flight risks and with liability cover. If flying, you must be endorsed on Comanche aircraft and be current to carry passengers. At registration we will need to sight documentation of the above items so don’t forget to bring your license, logbook (with BFR details), medical, maintenance release and proof of insurance with you.

Our safety pilot will conduct a review of your aircraft with you and we may choose to defer the flight until important items are rectified.

COVID Requirements

As per ICS Australasian Tribe policy, this course will be conducted as a COVID-safe event. Therefore, you must be fully vaccinated with TGA-approved vaccines to participate, and must self-cancel if you are suffering any symptoms. Other government requirements may also apply at the time of the event.


To Attend:

1. Send your details by email to secretary@comancheflyer.com.au The final day for registrations and full payment of the course fee is 5pm March 18.

2. Pre-pay your course fee.
Please pre-pay the course fee of A$180 per person. Direct payment into the ICS bank account is the preferred option with your “name” and “PPP” as the reference. If you don’t have access to online banking then this deposit can be made at any bank by cheque payable to the International Comanche Society.
Name of Account: International Comanche Society Australian Tribe
NAB Bank: BSB 082-309
Account Number: 04-538-1169

3. Book your accommodation directly with the hotel (if required)

Coach House Hotel-Motel, 99 End St, Deniliquin, NSW 2710 Ph: 03 5881 1011

4. Call or email Ken Holdsworth (0427 722 821 or kenhold@netspace.net.au) to confirm your arrival details and to agree times for your proficiency flights.
Early registration is essential to ensure your place on the course.

The Schedule

The schedule for the weekend can be downloaded here.

We look forward to seeing you at the PPP. As always it will be a great weekend of Comanche talk and technical tips.

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