Friday, July 24, 2015

Hummel Bird aircraft crashes after suspected engine failure, pilot airlifed to hospital

Photo: 7 News Perth
copyright 2015

Photo: Megan Powell
copyright 2015

SABC club member Norm Stokes is recovering in Royal Perth Hospital after being airlifted by the RAC Rescue helicopter after the recreational Hummel Bird aircraft he was flying experienced engine problems soon after taking off from SABC Serpentine Airfield today just after 14.00hrs (LT). 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

VALE Graham Hewitt

Graham Hewitt passed away on Sunday 21st December 2014.

Graham suffered a stroke earlier this year and never recovered the use of the left side of his body. Graham contracted pneumonia and passed away at 2.25 pm last Sunday afternoon. Graham was an accomplished pilot and an excellent craftsman in both wood and metal. It was great to hear of the progress of his home built plane over the last few years – The Pietenpol Air Camper, a 1929 American designed kit plane - and it's a shame that he didn’t get to fly it for longer. Graham’s daughter Jane has cared for him since his stroke.

The funeral details for Graham are as follows: 
Bowra & O’Dea, 1307 Albany Highway, Cannington at 10.00 am on Friday 2nd January.

Graham's much beloved ABA Air Camper VH-XHE msn 170
Photo: Greg Wood
copyright 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

SABC 'Open Day' Sunday 28th September 2014

The Sport Aircraft Builders Club (SABC) hosted there annual 'Open Day' today Sunday 28th September 2014, at Serpentine Airfield Western Australia.

Photographed at Serpentine Airfield today, in company with AEGWA members Alec Goldfinch, Richard Suidak & Duncan Watkinson where these gems. Enjoy!

Special thanks to all the SABC members for there hospitality & friendliness today, it was very much appreciated and we look forward to more frequent visits back to SABC in 2015. 

Loving this 'shot' with Yak-52 VH-YGJ 
sharing the ramp with Boeing Stearman VH-URC

North American AT-6D VH-WWA

Great Lakes VH-WQW

Yakovlev Yak 52 VH-YGJ


Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17) VH-URC

Bear Hawk Patrol 19-8375

Nanchang 'under construction'

Titan T-51 Mustang 'under construction'
to become A68-750 and VH reg'd

Funk 24-7706

Focke-Wulf FW-44J Stieglitz VH-FBU

Yalkovlev Yak-18T VH-FSU

Parker Teenie Two VH-KKY
'under construction'

Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation
Stinson Division 108 VH-KSM

CAC CA-25 Winjeel VH-NTJ

'under construction'

'under construction'

Howard Hughes Engineering Light Wing Lw1

Rolls Royce Merlin engine fired up
for the crowds

and yet another engine start up
wooing the crowds

Propeller Blades 'anyone'

Anyone for a Steam Powered Tractor ??

overview out front of SABC 
on the lawn area

CASA 1-131-E Jungmann VH-KIL

Pitts Special S-1 VH-ISI

Cessna C-172S VH-OCP

Aero Mirage TC-2 VH-WRX (For Sale)

'under construction'

ICP MXP-740 Savannah 19-4631

(All photographs by Greg Wood)
copyright 2014