Information for Club members and those with an interest in aviation
Vale Tom Trinder
It is with enormous sadness that I pass on news of the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Air Commodore John Pierre Husquin ‘Tom’ Trinder (Ret’d).
Tom suffered a serious heart attack at home on Wednesday 25 March and could not be revived. He passed away without regaining consciousness. His daughter Courtenay was with him at the time. While unexpected, this is how Tom would have wanted it.
Because of the COVID-19 virus restrictions, Tom’s funeral was conducted with only immediate family members present. When the restrictions are lifted Tom’s family will organise a memorial service to celebrate a life well lived.
The AFC In The Great War 1914-1918
Along with artist Norman Clifford, Aviation Club member Lance Halvorson has produced a magificent book, ‘The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918.
The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918 is a history of combat operations, technical details and training notes/summaries, unique to the history of the AFC in the war. The history comprises ‘war diary’ experiences of squadron aircrew, maps, technical drawings and photos, some not seen before. They provide a comprehensive insight into squadron preparations and activities from their deployment in 1916 to their return to Australia at the war’s end. Full details about the book, and how to obtain a copy of it are at The Australian Flying Corps In The Great War 1914-1918
Seattle DASH-8 crash
Youtube video featuring some of the tower transmissions and, at the end, video of the loop and the intercept. Note the low termination of the loop! Note, also the professionalism and calm nature of the controller.
On Friday 1 April 2016, the first Australian-owned Fokker D.VIII took to the air for the first time. Operated by the Caboolture-based museum, The Australian Vintage Aviation Society, the aircraft, powered by an original 1918 rotary engine, flew three times on Friday.