Fly­ing club set to spread its wings

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The sky is no limit for Onslow’s new­est club as it looks to gain its stripes and pre­pare for take off.

The Fly­ing Club Onslow is a not­for-profit club in­tend­ing to host stu­dent train­ing, fly-ins and fly­ing events out of the Onslow Air­port.

There was no tur­bu­lence at last week’s Shire of Ash­bur­ton coun­cil meet­ing when coun­cil­lors cleared $2500 through the com­mu­nity grants scheme to help the club taxi off the apron.

The funds will go to­wards de­vel­op­ment of the air­side lot and perime­ter fenc­ing for the fledg­ling club.

Fly­ing Club Onslow pres­i­dent Tahi Mor­ton said he and his crew were ready to hit the run­way run­ning.

“We are ba­si­cally a group of avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts who ... man­aged to meet up and ex­press our love for fly­ing to­gether,” he said.

“One of the rea­sons we want to get this started is that it pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive so­cial venue for peo­ple of Onslow and hav­ing a plane fly­ing around Onslow with lo­cals fly­ing it, that is just an amaz­ing thing.”

Mr Mor­ton said the club had cre­ated a buzz in the com­mu­nity.

“We’re seek­ing spon­sors to help us de­velop the lot, build a hangar for our air­plane and even­tu­ally to build a clu­b­room,” he said.

“Com­mit­tee mem­bers are put­ting money into pur­chas­ing a plane, though if any­one else is in­ter­ested to be­come a part-owner of our air­craft ,we would wel­come that.”

Mr Mor­ton said hav­ing a com­mu­nity-owned plane would make it cheaper to con­duct train­ing and en­able those who had put in for the plane to fly more of­ten.

A com­mu­nity lease at the Onslow Air­port was granted at the March coun­cil meet­ing sub­ject to in­cor­po­ra­tion, which has now been granted.

The club in­tends to con­struct a hangar and meet­ing room at the site for the in­dica­tive cost of $183,000-$229,000.

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