Colouring & Drawing Competition

Join in with the Bathurst Aero Club Colouring in Comp (ages 4-9) and Drawing Comp (ages 10-14).
You can download the colouring page and details in the link below and entries close 20 August 2021

Download the Competition pages here ->

Email your entry, name and age to
 All entries are to be in accordance with the terms and conditions
 Winners must collect their prize from Bathurst Aero Club premises within 2 months of being selected as the winner.

Pilot Proficiency Day

The latest PPD was held in Bathurst on Sunday 20th June for club pilots. WardAir Flight Instructor Luke Patterson led the pilots through the activities, and his report of the day is below.

“The chosen activity for Sunday’s Pilot Proficiency Day was Stall recognition and recovery. Thankfully we were greeted with clear skies for the morning flights and were able to get under way. Pilots were briefed that exercise wouldn’t commence below 6000′ AMSL and that HASELL checks needed to be completed. On the way up to 6000′ we chatted about why the stall occurs, symptoms of the impending stall and the appropriate recovery technique.

Those pilots who undertook the stalling exercise performed well with their recoveries and return to normal flight. Some experienced a wing drop and were quite surprised by it. This is why it’s important to practice stall recovery often.
Unfortunately, cloud developed after the lunch break. We practiced steep turns and recovery from spiral dives instead. Pilots who practiced recovery from the spiral dive were surprised at how quickly the airspeed and rate of descent increased.

Lastly, the wind that developed after lunch was just enough for some pilots to practice their crosswind technique.
It was a busy but rewarding day with most slots booked and it was pleasing to see the skill and enthusiasm shown by Club pilots. Nice work.”


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Open Day – Sunday 28 March

BATHURST Aero Club’s open day attracted visitors from all over the region as those with an interest in aviation took the opportunity to learn more about flying. The Club was excited to share the aviation community with the broader community to create awareness of the industry.

The club’s hangar was a hive of activity as visitors had the chance to look at a number of planes, go for a trial instruction flight or try out a flight simulator.

Club Vice-President Ian Johnson was responsible for organising the day, and the club was delighted with the turnout of a few hundred people throughout the day.

During the day, guests also took the opportunity to try the club’s flight simulator, which was popular.

Perfect weather and a great crowd with lots of children! Some teens and adults showing enthusiasm toward learning to fly. Well done BAC and particularly Ian Johnson for Championing this highly successful event. Special thanks to the Bathurst Soaring Club for their glider exhibition and to all the aircraft owners who displayed their aircraft on the day. Big thank you to all the club members who volunteered their time on the day and Greg and Sandy for great lunch! Hopefully, we can have another open day sometime in the future!

David Druitt, President

2021 New Members Night

Saturday night 28th March 2021 at Bathurst Aero Club’s was the latest new members night. A great time was had by all, and attendees enjoyed a thoroughly interesting short speech given by John Downey about his current deployment at RAAF Tindall in the N.T. flying FA-18 Hornets.

Many thanks to Tony Howard for the photography

Youth Day – 17 April 2021

Teenagers aged 14 – 17 are invited to register for the Bathurst Aero Club Youth Day.

Activities on the day will include:
•Hands on discovery flight in a light aircraft
•Hands on (ground based) STEM activities
•The opportunity to meet pilots and learn about aviation

Places are strictly limited & will be allocated as registrations are received.
When: 9am – 3pm Saturday 17 April 2021Where: Bathurst Aero Club, PJ Moodie Drive, Raglan, NSW, 2795

Cost: $250.00 (includes flight, ground activities and lunch)

To register please contact
Michelle O’Hare
0414 490 210