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Dick Smith donates the proceeds of his Cessna CJ3 Citation to charity.

Old 9th Dec 2016, 01:32
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. Personally I am having more pleasure giving money away than making it.

By the way, there are still four more small aerodromes to donate $5,000 each to. I think I will give the next $5,000 to Lilydale. Can anyone else come up with some suggestions for small aerodromes that could do with some extra dough to help them to improve participation and safety?
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 05:26
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Dick, sad to see you sell your Citation-hopefully the Caravan and helicopter will keep you flying for many years to come.

What about funding some flying scholarships to foster the next generation of private pilot's, as well as scholarships helping private pilot's gain NVFR or IFR ratings?
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 05:33
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Hi Dick, have you considered a small donation to: Recreational Flying I find that website a great resource that helps my flying safe. Merry Christmas!
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 07:01
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Coomalie Creek Richard is a great guy and would put 100% to good use on his WWII strip.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 08:04
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Originally Posted by Torres View Post
Dick Smith sold his Cessna Citation CJ3 in the USA, due mostly to the Australian requirement to install a FDR and ADS-B at a cost around $450,000.

The Dick and Pip Smith Foundation has decided to donate the proceeds of the sale to worthy charities. I believe the details will be revealed tomorrow but the list includes:

Amazing charity from an amazing Aussie couple. I suspect this may be the largest private aviation focused gift in Australian history?
A donation to the upkeep of The Oaks Airstrip (YOAS) at The Oaks would go down well. The Oaks has history dating back to WW2 and is the only readily accessible airstrip outside controlled airspace in the Sydney Basin.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 10:24
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Brilliant stuff Dick. The industry owes you a heck of a lot. Users of the Copter routes, R409 and V1 are probably unaware of your input to get these up.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 11:28
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Dunno about Lilydale Dick...they seem to do well enough. 5k to them won't do stuff all. The government grants that have dropped into the region between lilydale and coldstream in recent years..................

How about some scholarships??
4x5k or 2 x 10k. ??

The Australian Air League could find you some seriously worthy candidates.

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Old 9th Dec 2016, 12:19
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Goolwa in sa I believe gets no government or council help. In fact charges them to operate. Im sure they could do with some help.Likewise Clare valley and Jamestown do an incredible job with volunteers.

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Old 9th Dec 2016, 19:41
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Shout some poor struggling GA mobs or struggling private IFR guys their ADSB? After all, you'll stop them scud running (because apparently that's what they'll do) and you never know you might save their life!
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Old 10th Dec 2016, 06:47
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How about some scholarships??
Now that suggestion has IMHO, serious merit to it.

As with all the previous posters; Well done Dick!

BTW Dick; Still no Dick Smith peanut butter in my local Foodland supermarket!! (Called you once and spoke to you about that.)
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Old 10th Dec 2016, 10:36
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You da man Dick thankyou
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Old 10th Dec 2016, 23:25
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Worthy charity

Hi Dick,
Well done what a wonderful thing to do!
There must be an endless list of worthy aviation related causes and I wish I had known about this so I could bring your attention to Wheelies with Wings.
Disabled flying scholarships.
Trouble is ....I am having no luck is finding an address of your Foundation so please forgive the nudge here.
Where do we send ideas or requests?
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 01:39
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gimpgimp. Whilst it is very easy to find Dick's contact details, you can send messages to him by PPRuNe Private Message (PM).
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 12:09
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Dick I mowed a giant H into my backyard but can't seem to get any choppers landing on it.

A donation might help me get a helicopter for my new up and coming airfield
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 21:08
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G'day Dick,
Wow, congratulations on your philanthropy! it's a shame others in your position cant see what a huge difference they too can make. I know you cop a lot from those in the industry at times, but I hope these people can now see that your genuine motivation is for a better Australia and aviation industry.

I'd like to nominate Adaminaby ALA, operated by Snowy River Aviators as a donation recipient, if I may. It's a small club at the base of the Snowy Mountains in NSW. This airfield came about due to the lack of interest from the owners at Cooma-Snowy Mountains to have GA/RAA traffic. It has grown in membership and is a wonderful location for those interested in fishing, horse racing (in November) and of course is a a great place to go flying - especially on a still winters morning. Unfortunately, like most flying clubs, it is limited by funding and unable to build a new clubhouse or facilities so any donation would be gratefully received.

Once again, well done and thanks.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 21:47
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Dick, your generosity is outstanding: thank you.

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Australia has a trust fund for scholarships which would benefit the industry if you were inclined to make a donation?
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 22:10
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Well done, Dick!

Scholarships into an industry? How about GA LAME apprentices to cover their ridiculous costs for just sitting their qualifying exams.

All the best for Christmas and New Year for you and your family...and bloody well done!

....this doesnt mean you have a free pass and airspace issues
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 22:36
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I am a member of an organisation you have supported Dick, big thank you.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 23:11
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I don't want to distract from recognition of Dick's wonderful generosity, but as one that has given the last 16 years to vocational training of young Australians, I suggest you should motivate public outrage against CASA's license fees charged to newly graduated apprentices, rather than seeking Dick's generosity to further encourage CASA to impose and increase their already outrageous license fees?

If other industry bodies are willing to subsidise their fees and charges to apprentices (e.g. the electrical industry), I don't see why CASA should not also charge reasonable fees for new LAME license exams.

Back to the thread topic..........
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 23:12
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Gimpgimp, Wheelies with Wings was one of the first charities I considered. My office made contact with the founder of the program who advised that they were not operating at the moment due to insurance issues.
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