(L-R) Brent Zoellner, Danny Johnson, Col Vaughan, Wayne Dillon, Grant Maudsley
(L-R) Brent Zoellner, Danny Johnson, Col Vaughan, Wayne Dillon, Grant Maudsley

Roma Aero Club sharpens skills with Advanced training

WHEN soaring through the skies, it’s vital that pilots are well trained and can perform the manoeuvres they need to.

Roma Aero Club members participated in an advanced pilot award training course to learn some important safety and recovery techniques.

Hosted by Cunnamulla’s chief flying instructor Wayne Dillon, who has about 4000 hours under his belt, the course was held between September 27 and 30.

Some of the criteria of the training included good decision making, engine failure precautions, entry manoeuvres, sideslipping, and crosswind takeoff and landing, among other things.

Roma Aero Club president Col Vaughan has been flying for 43 years and said while he completed a similar training session many years ago, this was the first time for other participants.

“We’re trying to avoid a stalling aircraft, and then we did steep riding zones,” Mr Vaughan said.

“I think it was more of working on skills that people already had.”

Jane and Wayne Dillon with their Tecnam Bravo aircraft
Jane and Wayne Dillon with their Tecnam Bravo aircraft

Mr Vaughan believes it’s always important for pilots to keep flying regularly to keep their skills sharp, and this program helped with that.

But while it was good for the team to learn, Mr Vaughan said it’s important to keep out of situations that require these defensive skills.

The program was also attended by vice-president Danny Johnson, president Grant Maudsley and Brent Zoellner.

(L-R) Col Vaughan, Danny Johnson, Wayne Dillon, Grant Maudsley, Brent Zoellner
(L-R) Col Vaughan, Danny Johnson, Wayne Dillon, Grant Maudsley, Brent Zoellner

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