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Birdsville Races 2023

Old 9th Sep 2023, 06:00
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Without resorting to handpicked and sorted stats it's obvious GA is only a small percentage of what it used to be. In the bush you are lucky to see any sign aircraft of any sort apart from vapour trails. It's gone from every town airstrip having training and charter, most farmers having 182's and thriving maintenance shops to barren rural airstrips. RAA is the only hope but CASA is working to destroy that too.
With GA being a small percentage of what once was then it stands to reason any events will correspondingly be down the same percentage. Then you have event organisers thinking they will cash in compounding the non participation.
GA exists in spite of CASA not because of it.
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Old 9th Sep 2023, 10:02
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I count myself lucky to have flown into Birdsville for the races, camping under the wing, having way too many beers in a packed street outside the pub, actually going to the races, staying for about 30 mins then heading straight back to the pub.

From what I've read about it, its been destroyed for people flying in by the local council and the usual OHS bull**** as an excuse to rape people of their hard earned, not by the destruction of GA.
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Old 9th Sep 2023, 10:29
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I hear you loud and clear. I have to agree. CASA should feel proud that they have costed and regulated out of existence all those flying schools, charter businesses and maintenance business that we used to see at all most every country airports.
Now all we see are locked and deserted hangers and dusty runways.
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Old 12th Sep 2023, 08:53
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249 planes at Birdsville in September of 1999
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Old 12th Sep 2023, 10:45
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Originally Posted by Dick Smith
249 planes at Birdsville in September of 1999
I was there that year in a PA31. We had a great couple of days
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Old 12th Sep 2023, 12:15
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Think I was too...saw a guy do the dance of the flaming R-soles on the roof of the pub. Went to Brophy's tent, endured a dust storm and slept under the wing of a Cherokee six...might have been '98 or '97 not sure. Too lazy to fish out the log book.

Hired an HD video camera and filmed the entire trip from Perth.
A hoot with three other mates, one of which got his licence the day before departure - only by taking a cake to the CASA crew at Jandakot.
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Old 13th Sep 2023, 11:08
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1994 I think! Foggy memory, little like my memory of which tent I was meant to be in 🤣.
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