Trainee pilots enjoy Kangaroo Island visit

A group of trainee pilots and their instructors that flew into Kangaroo Island as part of their outback flight training safari earlier this month had a great time.

Flying instructors Catherine Fitzsimons and Shelley Ross from WardAir Flight Training in Bathurst, NSW brought seven light aircraft and 17 people to KI as part of a 10-day flight training safari into the Australian outback.

Local photographer Dean Wiles was able to get some great shots at the Kangaroo Island (Kingscote) Airport.

Here is a letter from Shelley Ross:

It seems Kangaroo Island was a favourite with all the crews. Waking up to our only day of no flying on the 10-day safari, everyone had a chance to sleep in, then enjoy the coffee, beach, running tracks and seals on offer at Kingscote.

Our afternoon tour with KI Transfers covered gin tasting and visits to the eucalyptus distillery, lavender farm and beehive - all unique and inspiring enterprises.

The hospitality of Susi and Bruno at KI Dragonfly guesthouse was fantastic. They fed all 17 of us the first night in their great outdoor barbecue area. Spending time with these KI residents gave our stay a really personal touch.

On departure, we took off and flew our aircraft around the entire island coastline. In a word: "stunning".

The weather co-operated as we left the island at Penneshaw, heading for Cape Jervis and Aldinga. Thanks KI. We'll be back. - Shelley Ross