Caboolture Microlight Club is an informal group of past, present and future microlight pilots from Brisbane and the South East Queensland region. Although it has been in existence for 16 years, it is not an official organisation so there are no joining fees, no club officers and few, if any, organised meetings although we do occasionally produce a newsletter “HangarTalk”, organise a barbeque breakfast or a trip to local flying event.
All that is really needed to join us is an interest in microlights and ultralights.
- The club aims to:
- share knowledge and experience amongst local recreational pilots
- encourage safe and responsible trike flying
- promote trikes to new participants
- have as much fun as possible
Times change, people move away, some defect to the “dark side” of flying 3-axis and a few even manage to give up aviation all together (though they usually regret it and often come back). There have been lots of faces who have played a part in the history of Caboolture Microlights – here are a few who you might currently see around.
Michael has been learning to fly with Caboolture Microlights.
Anthony is a former Commercial Pilot Licence and Aerochute pilot who has converted to trikes.
Matt is learning to fly trikes here at Caboolture Microlights and has bought an Airborne XT-582.
Duane started out as a keen aero-modeller before qualifying to fly the “real thing” through Caboolture Microlights.
Russ is a fixed wing pilot converting to trikes with Caboolture Microlights where he has just soloed.
Elin is a keen skydiver and also has a Commercial Pilots Licence. She has now added trikes to her accomplishments and hopes to fly them in her native Sweden.
Stephen is an experienced hang-glider pilot who is switched to powered aircraft flying trikes at Caboolture Microlights.
Ric bought an Airborne Edge before learning to fly at Caboolture Microlights and has now upgraded to XT-912. Photo taken after his first solo flight
Shannon and Krystal Hunter
Unfortunately you aren’t likely to see them around very often as Shannon and Krystal live on the South Pacific Island of Niue where they run a scuba and snorkalling school.They came to Caboolture to learn to fly trikes during their Christmas holidays. Checkout their website at www.dive.nu
Another convert from the “dark side” of 3-axis flying, Paul is doing his weightshift conversion and this photo was taken after his first trike solo.
After dabbling with both trikes and fixed wing aircraft many years ago, Frank recently got back into aviation and bought his own Airborne XT582 Cruze which he has been learning to fly at Caboolture Microlights and in which he has now soloed.
Gabriele de Donatis
Gabe started flying hang gliders back in the day and has now bought a Airborne XT582 Cruze. Seen looking suitably pleased after his first trike solo.
Zibi learnt to flying microlight with us at Caboolture and is seen here after his first solo flight. Zibi bought his own Airborne XT-582 Cruze.
Peter is a very experienced GA pilot who was looking to put some fun back into his flying and successfully completed his weightshift endorsement with Caboolture Microlights. Peter is now looking to buy his own trike although he will be keeping his Cessna 172 for longer trips.
Saille is another 3-axis pilot who has seen the light and is undertaking his weightshift endorsement with Caboolture Microlights.
Steve is an experienced fixed wing and glider pilot who bought his own trike and is undertaking his weightshift endorsement with Caboolture Microlights.
Mark spent a couple of weeks doing an intensive ab-initio course with Caboolture Microlights and this photo was taken after his first solo flight.
When he isn’t working away, Heath is learning to fly trikes at Caboolture Microlights and is seen here after his first solo flight.
Mal is a Foxbat and Drifter pilot who is now adding trikes to reportoire with Caboolture Microlights and looks suitably proud after his first solo.
A former helicoptor pilot, Col lives at Bribie Island and, despite military special forces experience, he reckons that his first trike solo was the most exciting thing he has done ! Col has now bought an Airborne XT-582 Outback.
Another keen trike pilot who qualified with Caboolture Microlights, Perry now has his own Airborne XT912.
An experienced skydiver, Troy now prefers having the same number of landings as take-offs.
Mark is a GA pilot who did his conversion to trikes with Caboolture Microlights and has his own Airborne Edge X hangared at Heck Field.
Ross learnt to flying trikes at Caboolture Microlights and this photo was taken after his first solo flight. Ross now flies his own Airborne Edge-X and is based in Alice Springs.
The original founder of Caboolture Microlights and now honorary president for life. Currently living on a bus, with wife Jo, somewhere in Australia.
Long time trike and 3-axis pilot currently flying “le francais microlight”.
Obtained his pilot certificate with Caboolture Microlights and now the owner of an Airborne Edge X.
Qualified for his pilot certificate with Caboolture Microlights and seen here after his first solo flight.