Victor Harbour 2020

LFC conducted another successful fly-away in March this year, this time to Victor Harbour on the long weekend. Landing at Goolwa, the group toured the area taking all the delights on a private coach. One of the highlights was a side trip to the beautiful Aldinga Airport with its array of taildraggers and biplanes and a cafe with a view. Have a look at this selection of shots sent in by Doug Frazer.

A Run to Mallacoota

by Phil Anthony

On Thursday 27 February, Phil Anthony, Anthony James and Phil’s friend Rob flew Anthony’s Bonanza to Mallacoota to observe the bushfire devastation in Gippsland and to meet with two friends who were working in the relief of the township.

Along the way, there were extensive burnt areas and from Orbost flying East, the vast majority of the area we could see had been burnt.

We were greeted at Mallacoota airfield by Brodie and partner from Glasgow, Sandy. Brodie grew up in Mallacoota and was Phil’s daughter’s bridesmaid last year. Her parents’ house narrowly escaped the flames. As they were holidaying in Mallacoota when the fires started, they naturally helped the township recover in the best way they could. They now are working full time. Brodie is running the makeshift youth centre in the closed down newsagency and Sandy as an arborist, clearing damaged trees and rescuing koalas. Brodie hopes that the government will fund the continuation of the youth centre which has filled a need in the community.

After shouting our hosts lunch at the pub, they drove us around the town to show us the extent of the damage from fires. About a quarter of the town’s buildings were destroyed. Already the gums are re-growing but the tea trees will not. The caravan park had re-opened and we noticed many visitors in the town supporting the recovery. The AFL state of origin match the next night was a great way to help the recovery.

Well done and thanks so much to Brodie, Sandy and friends who work so tirelessly in support of the fire-ravaged communities.

A group of LFC pilots are planning to do a similar visit in March.

2020 Tyabb Air Show

Peninsula Aero Club has a proud tradition of supporting local community service clubs from the proceeds of our air shows. The 2020 Airshow is no different with our major beneficiary to be announced shortly.

The club will also be supporting the Tyabb CFA, a vital service for all of us, the Mt Eliza Lions Club which exists to support the community through a variety of initiatives and the Tyabb Football & Cricket Clubs which serve our youth.

Peninsula Aero Club takes great pleasure in presenting the 2020 Air Show. This is one of Australia’s truly great air shows and is only around 30 mins flying time from Lilydale Airport.

Check out to read all about this years show.

Mallacoota Recovery Trip

LFC Members.

At the last committee meeting it was discussed what would be the best way for LFC to contribute to the recovery of towns and businesses in the bushfire-effected areas of Victoria. In the end the decision was made that we could simply do what LFC does best: fly to regional areas and spend money there. Consequently we have tentative plans to fly down to Mallacoota for lunch very soon. This could be a day trip or if people wanted to stay overnight, even better. At this stage we have no dates as Mallacoota Airport is still closed to all but the ADF, emergency services and selected relief flight. We will stay in contact with the authorities down there and let you know as soon as the airport is open to the public again.

Right now, we are asking members to put forward their names if they are interested in making this trip. We need a handle on numbers so we can make sure the town would be capable of dealing with the size of the group. If you’re up for this, please send an e-mail to Steve Hitchen soonest.

LFC Cup Weekend Barossa Valley Fly-away

After start delayed by one day due to weather worthy of the depths of winter, 20 people in eight planes traversed the state from Melbourne to Gawler for the LFC cup weekend fly-away. Five planes left from Lilydale, two from Moorabbin and one from Penfield Airport in Sunbury.

Basing ourselves in Angaston with four cars as transport, we spent the weekend taking in the delights of what is perhaps Australia’s premier wine-growing region. Great wine, great food, great scenery and great company. That’s what fly-aways are all about!

People sitting on rock sculpture
Gary and Phil need a rest after walking a full 30 metres from the carpark.
People walking around rock sculptures
The team takes in art at the sculpture park atop Mengeler’s Hill between Angaston and Tanunda.
Eagle rock sculpture
Keeping an eagle eye on the LFC visitors.
Overlooking Tanunda SA
The magnificent view from the sculpture park on the top of Mengeler’s Lookout. The town below is Tanunda.
Person looking through hole in rock sculpture
A sculpture with a hole in it just begs for this shot!
Group of 20 people outside Chateau Tanunda winery.
Outside Chateau Tanunda, where we tasted no wine and bought nothing. Nice place, though.
Chateau Tanunda winery.
Dave stops to smell the roses at Chateau Tanunda.
Cafe in Tanunda.
Our lunch venue. All 20 of us packed into this little cafe in Tanunda.
Man walking along walkway into winery.
Phil takes the long walk into Seppeltsfield winery.
Chateau Yalumba winery.
Chateau Yalumba on the Angaston – Eden Valley road. (Sonya)
Chateau Yalumba Winery
That’s what it’s all about! (Sonya)
Emu statues at Chateau Yalumba.
Emu statues prowling the grounds at Yalumba. (Sonya)
People tasting wine at a bar.
Pitch, Annie and Hitch park up at the bar at Chateau Yalumba in Angaston.
People standing around a swimming pool eating and drinking wine.
Happy hour by the pool at our Angaston motel.
Aeroplanes on the ground.
Our fleet of eight aeroplanes came close to filling the park at Gawler. The only one missing in this shot is Doug and Carmel’s Pipistrel 8657. (Julie)
Two people with an aeroplane.
Gary and Doreen with RV9A VH-OEM. (Sonya)
Aeroplanes on the ground.
Two short-tail Bonanzas were in the fleet: a 1989 F33A and a classic 1961 N35 out of Penfield. (Sonya)
Aeroplanes on the ground.
A section of the fleet is prepared for the trip home. (Sonya)
People pulling an aeroplane along.
VH-SIQ made her LFC fly-away debut. Here it’s all hands on deck as she is towed to the bowser at Gawler. (Sonya)
Person standing on aeroplane wing.
See ya later, Barossa! We’re off back to Lilydale. (Sonya)

2019-20 Memberships Now Available

Lilydale Flying Club Logo

Lilydale Flying Club is once again taking memberships renewals! We have had a sabbatical on membership fees whilst we came up with a better option for banking. Now that has been sorted out we are once again in a position for people to start renewing their memberships.

All memberships are due as of 1 October 2020, and will run for one year. Once again, membership for your whole family is just $30.

The funds will put us on a good footing for future projects that the committee is currently working on and is considering the feedback given to us via the recent member survey. More details on that very soon.

To renew your membership, simply click on the link below and you will be registered as a member and given details of how to transfer the money to the LFC bank account. NOTE: at this time there is no mechanism for paying LFC membership over the counter at the flying school.

LFC Membership Renewal

2019 LFC Survey

It’s time to speak up! Lilydale Flying Club is a social club founded in 2014 to further friendship, run social activities and encourage knowledge-sharing and experiences among Lilydale Airport’s aviators.

Now we need to hear what you think about the club and its directions. This is a short 10-question survey to get feedback from members and other interested parties so we can strive to be a better club.

Please take the time to run through these questions before 31 August. The club committee needs to know what the membership wants from the club and how the club can enhance members’ aviation experience.

Click on this link and tell us your thoughts as soon as you can.

2019 Trivia Night

It’s on again! The legendary Lilydale Flying Club Trivia Night is back. We’re back at Atticus Wine Bar in Yarra Glen on 31 August to decide the club trivia kings. The pride of winning this prestigious event is once again your team’s for the taking. There’ll be scintillating conversation, food, wine and beer, fun times and somewhere in the midst of all that will be a trivia competition. Does you team have what it takes to claim bragging rights for the next year? Download the flyer below, then get your team registered via our on-line registration systems at this site:

Don’t you ever let a chance go by.

Tony Collett wins Inaugural Marjy Grosvenor Award

Tony Collett was awarded the very first Marjy Grosvenor Award at the 2019 Lilydale Airport Winter Dinner on Saturday night. Tony was the driving force behind the 2018 Funflight event and his effort and dedication ensured it was a successful event. Russ Grosvenor presented Tony with the award in front of a gathering of 74 people at Fergusson Winery in Dixon’s Creek.

Russ Grosvenor (right) presents Tony Collett with the 2019 Marjy Grosvenor Award.
Citation for the 2019 Marjy Grosvenor Award.

2019 Lilydale Airport Winter Dinner

Winter is really not that far away now and consequently neither is the annual Lilydale Airport Winter Dinner!

We’re back at Fergusson Winery on Saturday 29 June for another fantastic night of great food, wine and conversation of just about every type.

There’s more news to come on this in the next couple of days. For the time being, get this in your diary and start booking now. You can book and pay through either Lilydale Flying Club or through Lilydale Flying School. More details on payment option also to follow.

This is always a fantastic evening and there’s no reason why we won’t make it another brilliant night this year.

All the details you need to know are in the flyer below.

Note: there are two ways to get yourself on the list.

Firstly, you can book and pay at Lilydale Flying School. See Bronni Bowen or any of the staff, who can see you right.

Secondly, you can book through Lilydale Flying Club with an e-mail to Steve Hitchen ( In this case, you will be given bank account details to transfer payment to and you will be asked to forward the transaction receipt to Steve.

To register, click on the link below and fill in your details. You will be then given the banking details. Please copy the receipt and e-mail it to Steve Hitchen.

2019 Winter Dinner Registration