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Old 1st Apr 2021, 16:58
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Surfers Paradise airfield / VH-WAS

I recall hiring in 1978 a PA28 Archer with a "Pommie" mate
and "Aussie" Instructor to increase my hours. I remember
flying to the Moreton Bay area, before returning to Surfers,
and some touch and goes.. The a/c was VH-WAS, and
sadly written off after a mid air collision over water with
another PA28. The occupants of VH-WAS survived but
the aircraft sank in the sea. It was operating a scenic
flight from OOL (Coolangatta) which I believe is now
named Gold Coast. I find no info on Surfers Parades
Airfield, from where VH-WAS bas based. Does it still
exist ??

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Old 1st Apr 2021, 19:37
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Long gone owing to residential land demand - see Surfers Paradise Airfield
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Old 1st Apr 2021, 22:10
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I landed there 1976 with family to visit my parents? It was at the Surfers Paradise International Raceway.

I think it was located approximately opposite where Carrara Markets are now around HERE.

There was a Tiger Moth joy ride organization also based there.

Found more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfer...tional_Raceway

More, including mention of the 3,400 foot x 200 foot grass airstrip: SURFERS PARADISE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - speedwayandroadracehistory
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Old 1st Apr 2021, 23:15
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I think it was located approximately opposite where Carrara Markets are now around HERE.
Just to the northwest of Carrara Markets.. Emerald Lakes.

The raceway was built by Keith Williams. He also had a Water Ski Park and Show next door on the river.
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Old 1st Apr 2021, 23:33
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The land is now, a residential complex (where the runway was,and across the road on the northern side, a golf course, named "Emerald Lakes". The course was initially named "Cararra Golf Club" with an army hut acting for the club's booking facility, equipment hire and sales and the purchase of a limited range of refreshments. During that time, the runway was still active. Now, the residential facilities exist on both north and south sides, substantially and the runway has disappeared.

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Old 2nd Apr 2021, 08:21
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Thanks for the great response, It was the
raceway. I remember the grass runway,
and a number of great number of a/c
parked to the left in a line.
Sadly the airfield at Hoxton Park, near
Liverpool NSW went the same way.
I was lucky to do my training at Bankstown
but also got my hours up in Qld, Vic, and
NSW. Remember doing "Touch and Goes "
in a C150 at OOL. and landing a PA28
cruiser at SYD and MEL.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 10:08
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I would like any info on VH-WAS and VH-DMB.
When I hired VH-WAS in 1978, from YBCG
(Surfers Garden} The a/c appeared to be based
at Surfers Garden. Can anyone tell me who
owned the a/c, [ was it an aero club, or one man
operator ? ] Was the instructor of VH-WAS involved
in the collision with VH-DMB the same as the
instructor that would have operated ten years
previously from Surfers Garden, as I see that
VH-WAS. was operating from OOL prior to the
terrible collision ? Had VH-WAS changed owner
and operational base ? Did the Instructor continue
to fly after his survival from VH-WAS.
Would also like to know who VH-DMB was registered
to, and was that fateful day from Surfers Garden
a sightseeing flight, or pilot training flight ?
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