Aviation veteran and former RAAF and QANTAS pilot Ron Fisher of Evans Head arrived yesterday in West Australia following a long flight from Evans Head.
Fisher, with more than 13,000 hours of flying experience, much of it as a chief flying instructor, recently completed the building of a kit plane at Evans Head which he sold to a WA grazier who plans to use it for station work including inspection of 53 windmills and watering facilities.
The buyer came to Evans Head during the Great Eastern Fly-In to see the plane and take it for a spin.
Fisher’s plans to fly to WA were delayed by bad weather from Cyclone Oswald but he finally got away late last week reaching WA on Sunday, just four days later. Lindberg eat your heart out!
He stopped a couple of times along the way for fuel, victuals and a good sleep.
Ron planned his trip carefully and was equipped with emergency beacon, water and food supplies and the usual gear pilots use for flying on long trips.
Ron will be back soon to Evans Head after a slightly more comfortable flight, we hope, on the ‘red-eye’ special from Perth.
Congratulations Ron. Not bad for an 80 year old. Maybe even a Guinness Book of Records to build and fly a plane at 80 over a long distance from Evans Head to Geralton.
Ron already has an ABC TV ‘Inventors’ title for a piece of air navigation equipment he developed back in the late 70’s early 80’s.
Safety Concerns About Retirement Village on AerodromeWith all his experience Ron’s got a lot of concern about the safety of the proposed retirement village for the Aerodrome. Ron’s plotted out accident data for aviation and shown that there is potential for many accidents on the site (see below)
He’s perplexed about why anyone would want to build so close to an airstrip unless they were using the development as a Trojan Horse to close the aerodrome in the long run.
Ron’s had first hand experience of aviation accident. When he was with the RAAF he had an engine failure in a Mustang on take-off through no fault of his own: “How I survived a plane crash” vimeo.com/29029804 He managed to put the aircraft down in the airfield and survived without serious injury.
If there had been a retirement village he would have plowed right into it. The impact of the buildings would have ripped the fuel tanks open and created a fire.
There has been no proper assessment of the risk of aviation accident at Evans Head and the ATSB has failed to reply to requests for information.
Ron began expressing his concerns publicly in 2009 but his comments were ignored by Richmond Valley Council and the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel which decided in favour of the development in early 2012.
He has also put his views in the media (see below).