Swarm of light aircraft to invade Kangaroo Island

KI BOUND: WardAir Flight Training instructors Shelley Ross and Catherine Fitzsimons are bringing their latest training tour to Kangaroo Island.
KI BOUND: WardAir Flight Training instructors Shelley Ross and Catherine Fitzsimons are bringing their latest training tour to Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island is about to be invaded by a swarm of light aircraft.

One very entrepreneurial flying school in the NSW Blue Mountains town of Bathurst seems to have hit upon a unique way of teaching their students how to fly and navigate.

Instead of numerous short navigation exercises in and out of their home airfield, WardAir Flight Training grabs a bunch of their students, fills half a dozen aircraft, and roars off on huge air adventures around Australia.

WardAir instructors Catherine Fitzsimons and Shelley Ross have been running these training tours for only two years, but such is the word-of-mouth feedback, that any spare seats are being snapped up super fast.

Last winter, their 10-day Red Centre trip saw 16 pilots, instructors and friends in eight aircraft calling into iconic bush destinations like Birdsville, Alice Springs, Uluru, Coober Pedy, and Flinders Ranges.

"The crews can't believe the incredible dress-circle views they get as we fly across massive river systems, endless desert, red rock gorges and stunning coastlines," Ross said. 

"And they're getting all this while they're learning. Every day brings new challenges and highlights. They love the dirt airstrips!"

KI BOUND: WardAir Flight Training instructors Shelley Ross and Catherine Fitzsimons.

KI BOUND: WardAir Flight Training instructors Shelley Ross and Catherine Fitzsimons.

When their latest itinerary came out, revealing a swathe of the most celebrated food and wine districts of SA and Victoria, it seems Kangaroo Island was a no-brainer to include.

The girls decided two days on KI was the absolute minimum, and the crews can't wait to get acquainted with the landscape and locals of KI during their stay.

The KI visit next Tuesday, April 9 is weather dependent, but all things going smoothly, there should be 17 people arriving on seven light aircraft - Cessna 172 and also Sling and Tecnam planes.

Four of planes will be flown by qualified pilots, while another three aircraft will instructors and student pilots.

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