A new flying school has opened here in Canberra! Goulburn Aviation, a company I didn't even know existed, has done a deal with the local aero club to open a base of operations out of YSCB. It is being managed by one of the ex-Brindabella instructors who says he didn't even know they existed until well after Brindabella closed down their flying school.
Anyways, I got in touch with them and met up with the instructor on a Sunday afternoon to go over the flight plan for my very first navigation exercise. The plan was for a flight to Cowra and back again via Yass township the following morning. That's a flight of just under an hour in each direction. Monday dawned an absolute classic Canberra pea soup'er of morning. I got in touch with Peter (the instructor) and he said to sit tight. I watched the CAVOK on the NAIPS forecast slowly receed in to the afternoon and we eventually abandoned the plan when clear skies passed 2pm.
So, Tuesday morning I return to work only to find that the restructuring and rescoping of the lucrative support contract that pays for my flying will reduce my overall salary by something in the order of $15,000 a year. That means that I can't afford to fly anymore. At least, not until I finish putting my children through school which should be in about 2.5 years time.
So ... I guess this will be the last entry for a while. I'm doing my best not to look up and sigh whenever I hear a light aircraft winging over head. There have been more of them now that there's a flying school here again too.