For people interested in joining the proposed Darwin to Adelaide flight approx. 10 -23 March 2020.

Read this first, then go to https://smithflight.aidaform.com/plane-list to send your details or email direct to ahsanswsmithflight@gmail.com

Thanks for your interest. We are at an early stage of planning for this flight across Australia to celebrate the Australian section of the flight of the Smith brothers and crew and your early interest is very encouraging!

We are planning to arrive in Adelaide on Saturday 22 March; we believe that the various aero clubs, the History Trust and philatelic groups will arrange a major event on the following day and there may be some event on 23 March marking the actual 100th anniversary of the Smith’s arrival. A draft itinerary is below: the distance indications are very approximate (made by me) but Anthony Coleiro, experienced pilot and instructor, is preparing a more accurate plan.

To make things clear:

We (Aviation Historical Society of Australia, NSW Inc) are contacting as many relevant people as possible with a view to facilitating a flight by light and historic aircraft from Darwin to Adelaide. This will involve cooperation of many organisations along the route as well as aviaton groups. We have no resources to support participants or en route events. We have been working on this for about a year, and are encouraged by the results. Our plan is to have a decision by all concerned at the beginning of November as to whether or not to proceed. A key point will be the availability of contact people at each landing point to assist aviators  At the moment the response has been remarkable and it is hard to believe that the event will not proceed as forecast. We also hope to attract the attention of media people and ideally sponsors to cover the cost of all-weather escort aircraft.

Participating aircraft fly at their own expense and accept responsibility for safe flying.

AHSA will provide an itinerary that has been cooperatively determined (see draft). Also it is hoped that a flight co-ordinator will travel with the flight and that each leg of the flight will be cooperatively planned by the participants, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the pilot of each aircraft. It is important that safety is of the highest priority, not only for obvious reasons but because this event will put light and historic aircraft in the public eye.

AHSA will endeavour to publish a full account of the flight, recognising all participating aircraft, and also recognising the cooperative efforts that will go into any successful event. A statement of participation, suitable for putting in the log book, will also be provided to each aircraft. But basically you are participating for the fun of it and for the pleasure of recognising this important historical occasion in the company of other aircraft and like-minded people.

Draft Itinerary for Darwin-Adelaide flight March 10-22 2020

Planning this itinerary is not easy. These are our thoughts; comment is welcome.

·         This journey is well over 3.000 nautical miles in length, and almost all aircraft will fly under VFR.  We will be lucky to do the whole journey without delay due to weather, so we need to build in a reserve of time so that we can try to arrive at Adelaide on the night of Saturday 21 March. 

·         We feel that the best idea is to plan to arrive at Melbourne on about Thursday 19 March if there are no delays, then progressively modify the time of arrival in Melbourne as delays occur. There will be a live website for this purpose.

·         We need to stop overnight at reasonably sized towns if possible. It may be necessary for slower aircraft to stop overnight at more isolated places.

·         There is also a problem in that aircraft will have varying cruising speeds and range. We have calculated the itinerary assuming an average speed of 120 knots, but slower aircraft may be able to leave early, arrive late, or take shorter routes or catch up during rest times.

·         If we follow the Smith route exactly we miss Brisbane, so we have included Caboolture to enable Brisbane visitors and for aircraft to join or leave the flight. This is especially appropriate as TAVAS at Caboolture has the replica Bristol Fighter reflecting the aircraft Ross Smith flew.

·         We are not averse to landing at other places, not on the Smith flight, if they are keen for this to happen and it convenient to the flight.

·         This draft is for discussion. Please let us have your comments. If you are going to fly a slower aircraft, please talk to us and we may be able to help.

 

Day

Overnight stops

Initial draft date

Approx NM

Notes, possible flyovers or stops

1

Tennant Creek

Tuesday/10/03

Katherine, Warlock Ponds (Elsey)

2

Cloncurry

Wednesday/11/03

 

Important stops Anthony Lagoon, Brunette Downs,  Avon Downs being arranged

3

Longreach

Thursday/12/03

140

Winton

4

Charleville

Friday/13/03

328

Blackall Tambo

5

Caboolture

Saturday/14/03

270

Roma  Kingaroy

6

Narromine

Sunday/15/03

437

Bourke (definite stop if possible)

7

HARS

Monday/16/03

220

Follow railway line, stop at Richmond, possible flyover of Sydney

8

Cootamundra

Tuesday/17/03

220

Leave HARS 1000 possible call at Mittagong, Goulburn, Harden,

9

Essendon

Wednesday/18/03

300

Henty, Wangaratta, Benalla

10

Spare day

Thursday/19/03

 

11

Spare day

Friday/20/03

 

 

12

Point Cook to Gawler

Saturday/21/03

420

Ready for 1000 start for Gawler, possibly via Hamilton, Nhill

13

Adelaide event

Sunday/22/03

 

Probable event ending at Aldinga

14

Actual anniversary

Monday/23/03

 

Possible small event at Adelaide airport