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5 Unforgettable Flying Trips you can take in Australia & NZ


Here’s our Top Five Aussie & NZ Light Aircraft Flying Journey’s to take in this vast and beautiful country of ours. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas as well, please share your light sport aircraft story’s with us!

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Let’s kick things off with a historical traverse from Charleville to Cloncurry in Queensland, which is the first scheduled Qantas mail and passenger flight, that occurred in 1922.  You’ll be flying alongside the stunning Diamantina National Park, over the Diamantina River and up via some of Australia’s largest and oldest cattle stations.

Up here, checking the back paddock in your trusty ute can take days, or be a much shorter time frame to factor  with your Australian LightWing work horse aircraft leading the way.

If you’re heading up this way, be sure to meet some Aussie locals in Longreach and Winton on your travels. You’ll find a bunch of LightWing owners up this way, so please say ‘Hi!’ from the Team here at LightWing. Australian LightWing CEO, Howie, recently delivered a plane up this way, check out his trip here.

Oz Runways

(Flight Plan: OzRunways)

2.

It’s hard to say where this flight might take you, because we highly recommend you take on the “Come and Get It Trophy Challenge. This event was created in 1990 and is still going strong, where an Ra-Aus registered aircraft makes a minimum of five hours flight, and the new trophy location needs to be over 100 nautical miles from the seekers collection point.

There’s a couple ways to track the Trophy, like The Come and Get It (CAGIT Hunters) Facebook page and we wish you great adventures and joy in seeking it!

Come and Get It

The CAGI Trophy!

3.

We’re going to have to add the stunning island of Tasmania to our top Five List. The city of Launceston and it’s surrounding areas offer so very many highlights including the beautiful Tamar Estuary and the northern coastline, the nearby islands,  and small towns dotted around this area provide a stunning backdrop to extensive entertainment opportunities .

Local airports nearby include Devonport Airport, George Town Airport, Burnie Airport. Be sure to pop in to Freedom Flight’s website (based  in George Town & Devonport) to gather some local knowledge!

We really enjoyed this recap of ‘The best way to see Tassie‘ on the ‘Flying in Tas’ Website.

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Ok, Ok, this was going to just be a list of places just in Australia, but we have to break our own rules and suggest The Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. The  New Zealand landscape is utterly incredible!  The lush Raukumara mountain range, which rises to 1754 m (5755 ft) at Mt. Hikurangi, sets the scene and then the sprawling lush New Zealand landscape will leave you speechless at every turn.

Check out these images courtesy of Rob N, from his LightWing in The Bay Of Plenty’s Opotiki.

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5.

Well, what list around Australia isn’t complete without a stop at Australia’s most Easterly point – Byron Bay? Which, incidentally, (cough, cough *shameless self promotion*) sits next to the home of The Australian LightWing range of aircraft in Ballina.

Ballina to Byron

(Pictured: From Ballina’s North Wall, looking North up to Australia’s most Easterly point, Byron Bay, and beyond.)

Byron is what it is, and it ain’t what it was; it’s no longer the quiet sea side surfing village it was in the 70’s, but it still whispers it’s legacy of possessing strong community values, it’s attitude towards environmental and eco-friendly sustainable earth friendly living, and it’s natural beauty offers a wide variety of sights and sounds to check out. It perches on the edge of the stunning Northern Rivers Hinterland, the Mt Warning National Park; is framed by stunning beaches, and is flanked by many local airstrips and hosts a thriving aviation community.

The Ballina-Byron Airport is growing at a rapid rate as visitors flock to these golden beaches, and we welcome you to come in and say hello and look at our wide range of products and services, our feature packed aircraft, and meet the team.

 

Thanks for reading, but we know it’s an impossible list, the opportunities are simply endless.

So, what are your top five??!!

 

 

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Music To Fly By: Playlist #1


You’re going to need some music to get you through the week:

Music To Fly By: Playlist #1

All wrapped up in a YouTube Play List:

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1

“Shine a Light (for the NSW North West)”

Luke Vassella

2

“Come on Over”

Elana Stone

3

“The Good Life”

Thirsty Merc

4

“Drop The Game”

Flume & Chet Faker

5

“Why Georgia”

John Mayer

6

“Once”

Ngaiire

7

“Way of The Eagle”

Rattlesnake ft. Dan Sultan

8

“Walking on Me”

Jordan Millar

9

Long Time Gone”

Crosby Stills and Nash

10

“Peach Tree”

We Two Thieves

11

“Step”

Bobby Alu

12

“Honey, Do You Know The Way Back Home”

Jack Carty

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You’re Welcome.

🙂

Featured Image: Singer Ray Charles wearing earphones while in his private plane 1966. Photo: Bill Ray. {Source}

From Ballina to Longreach in the new Australian LightWing


As the new GR-912-LSA aircraft approaches completion in the Hughes Factory here in Ballina, we are sorting about getting registration finalised and then planning our trip North West through this beautiful country of ours for delivery.

This means we may be passing through a town near you and we would love to show our stunning new aircraft off!

Our path will begin from Ballina Airport of course, and then include, but is not limited to, Toowoomba, Roma, Augathella, Blackall, Barcaldine, Longreach and Winton, before finally landing at the GR-912-LSA’s new home a a private farm in Brighton Downs (A 1600km trip across just about every kind of terrain Australia has to offer!).

So if you’re out there in the vicinity of this flight path and you’re interested in taking a look and having a catch up with Howie, please contact us as well as your local aero club to be in the loop for the flight across. We’d very much love to say hi, or have a sausage sizzle or a chat with some Aussie locals on our trip. In fact, nothing would give us greater pleasure indeed.

Contact us at fly@lightwing.com.au and be sure to let us know of any great sights or things of note if you know of any.

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you!

QLD

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A walk down Memory Lane


Through the joys of social media we are so very delighted that we can connect with Australian LightWing owners and flying enthusiasts, from the past, at the present and, hopefully, in the future. Through sharing photos, flying adventure stories, youtube movies and more, the community of Australian LightWing owners only grows stronger all the time.

We at Australian LightWing would just like to say a big thank you for staying in contact, visiting the factory, attending fly-ins and staying passionate about light sport aircraft flying, safety, and aviation in Australia. It’s a beautiful country we live in and the best way to see it is to get out there and experience all that is has to offer.

Head on over to our Facebook page to stay up to date with the SP Range, the Road-e Electric Vehicle and the SP6000 six seat project underway in the factory.

Take a stroll down memory lane with some of these happy snaps from owners around Australia.

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Where it all began…. Hang gliding over Lennox Head land.

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So Many Australian LightWing’s all in a line!

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Passionate about Poetry


We’re a passionate bunch here at Hughes Engineering.

And one thing, among many, our CEO, Howie is passionate about, is Australian bush poetry.

Check out some of his poems on our Australian LightWing Youtube channel here.

Here’s one from the Great Australian Bushwackers Songbook, “The Shearer’s Nightmare”.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aIG2TotkQ4&list=UUU_lTl4r0Yx0g7kTGrjk2aw&index=1&feature=plcp

 

Ballina Hail Storm September 25th 2011


Hey, It’s totally off subject from our fantastic Australian LightWing Range of Aircraft, but we’ve had lots of friends call and check that we’re ok after a massive hail storm hit our sunny seaside town yesterday  (around 3pm, Sunday 25th September).

Thank you! The Australian LightWing team are all ok, although nursing a broken window, completely battered gardens and telling a ferocious beach fishing story – but our thoughts go out to all the people who were caught driving along on what was a sunny Sunday afternoon, and were suddenly caught in a blizzard of hail.

Here’s some photos of the beach between Ballina and Lennox Head straight after the storm.


This is the second time this year I have walked around on snow/ice in flip flops this year, The first being at Yosemite National Park in August. It’s a crazy old world…..