The Royal Aero Club’s annual Open Day at Jandakot Airport was attended by more than 2000 people.
It was the first opportunity for the public to experience the opening of the newly refurbished facilities including the Apron Cafe (open 7 days), JD’s Members Bar, amazing airport views from the reactivated Skydeck, and the club’s function floor with its amazing views across the airfield action is available for private events.
Visitors had the opportunity to undertake trial flights, scenic flights over Perth and the beaches, attend learn to fly seminars, explore a professional career in flying or just explore the benefits of being a club member.
There was also a wide variety of aircraft of displays which member of the public could view and access, including a Beechcraft 1900, a Citation 2, an ex: Air Force PC7, a Cirrus SR20, Cessna 172 & 152s, a high-performance Decathlon and a Sling; for the enthusiasts of a bygone era working Nanchang, Chipmunk, Harvard and Tiger Moths; and for a glimpse into the future, an all-electric Pipistrel and a Drone display
There were also displays from the West Australia Aviation College – for those interested in a career as a pilot; the Royal Aero Club of WA – For those wanting to fly recreationally and enjoy the comradery of aviation; the Air Force Cadets; Young Eagles – for young people wanting to pathways into flying; the Australian Women’s Pilot Association – showing the way for women to enjoy and have a career in Aviation; Girls Can Do Anything – proving how girls can enjoy and access Aviation; and access to a fully option display Simulator.
The Royal Aero Club of WA was established in 1929 and is the longest established flying club in Australia with a proud history teaching recreational pilots who want to fly for fun right through to training pilots for the airlines.
Photographs – Richard Polden