Parkes is reaping the rewards of the redevelopment of the Parkes Airport Terminal by marking the departure of the first flight on the 3rd May. The new terminal has been designed for the future, with the ability to house security screening and a two gate access system. There is also a stylish space available for passenger comfort. Other work underway includes a new entry way, new runway lighting and increased parking.
As the renovations on the terminal began the Parkes Aero Club stepped back to allow their clubhouse to be upgraded. After 10 months of building the club are now beginning to move back into the building and enjoyed a catch up over the weekend with the first east coast get together of the Pilot’s Lounge official group. “The Pilot’s Lounge are an easy going group of people who have a passion for flying” said Brett Preisig, Secretary of Aero Club; “Members have flown in from as far as Swan Reach in SA to enjoy a catch up.”
Around 10 individually owned ultralight aircraft arrived on the runway where the pilots then enjoyed a sausage sandwich and a homemade cake. “We’ll have a look at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s aviation museum and we’re heading out to the telescope later. It’s all very relaxed!” said Brett. “People think of ultralights as being quite flimsy with fabric wings but a lot are heavy and sturdy. They’re easy to fly and lessons are affordable.” Members of the club include Eston White, who has been flying since 1954 and Canowindra local, Stuart McSephney.
“It’s magic, there’s few things in life that can be so rewarding. What a pilot sees in one day few people see in a lifetime” said Brian, who had flown in from Maitland, Newcastle with friend Kevin. If you’d like to get involved in the club, check out their website parkesaero.com.au