Townsville Flyers Inc.



Grumman Tiger for hire to Townsville pilots

·  Aircraft based at Donnington YDOP

·  VH-RTZ Cruises 120 kt on 36 Lph (2400 rpm). 

·  Is IFR equipped but Inst ADs not current so NVFR. 

·  Currently 'spats off' as operating off grass airstrip.

This is aircraft only, dry hire $110 per hour

·  Hirer pays landing, parking (other than YDOP), fuel etc.

· YDOP landing charges apply @ $5 per day, no limits on ops in one day

·  Pilot requirements.  Min 200 Hrs. 

·  Type check by Graeme Atchinson from Cleveland Bay Aviation.

Enquiries Dr Andrew Kerans 0439 209 250


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Previous years

FunFlight 2011

Flyers to Raise the Spirits of Sick Kids

Written by Natalie Wynne - Townsville Bulletin
Saturday, 29 October 2011 00:00

Twenty seriously ill kids and their families will take the flight of their lives on National Funflight Day on November 14, thanks to Townsville Flyers Incorporated, Nautilus Aviation and the Townsville Aviation Centre.

THE sky’s the limit for a group of Townsville aviators looking to help raise the spirits of sick children from across North Queensland next month.

Nationally, more than 1200 deserving passengers across Australia will take to the skies.

Townsville Flyers Inc president Alan Middleton said it was the first year North Queensland had joined the Australia-wide celebration.


‘‘Townsville Flyers started up six months ago and we like to take on community projects when we can,’’ he said.

‘‘This is such a worthy cause, we picked it up as a project straight away.’’

Mr Middleton said the flight path would include some of the North’s most stunning features.

‘‘People will fly above Magnetic Island, The Strand and Castle Hill,’’ he said.

‘‘We are thrilled at the chance to give these children, if only for a moment, something to take them away from their daily struggles. We are excited by the level of support and enthusiasm shown by the community.’’

Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Samantha Ferguson said they also were pleased to be involved.

‘‘There will be plenty of entertainment on the ground for the children and their families, including tours of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter, 5th Aviation and a tour of the air traffic control tower,’’ she said.

‘‘In addition, there will be visits from the Townsville fire brigade and local celebrities.




FunFlight 2013 

Written by Leroy Simpson - Townsville Flyers Inc.

10th November 2013

This year’s FunFlight event was held on the 10th of November with numerous clubs around Australia participating. FunFlight provides the opportunity through the Townsville Hospital Foundation to give seriously ill children and their families a chance to enjoy the wonderment of flight.

Townsville’s FunFlight was a two pronged approach with both airside and groundside activities. Groundside included several static displays as well as tours from the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Townsville’s Emergency Helicopter along with static aircraft from REX, a 38 Squadron KingAir and an aircraft from West Wing. In addition to these aircraft, vehicles from Air Services Australia, RAAF and Townsville Fire Brigade were also on display.

Airside saw a phenomenal effort between the Townsville Airport, commercial operators such as Townsville Helicopters, West Wing and local pilots along with other fellow enthusiasts and other organisations such as the Townsville Aeroclub donating their facilities, time and aircraft to assist in the event.

Kids were provided the opportunity to go on joy flights that circled local landmarks such as Magnetic Island, Castle Hill and the much loved Stand with its readily recognised rock pool. An experience everyone involved could not recommend highly enough to those clubs not already holding a FunFlight in their area.