• Northern Rivers Aero Club

Flood Update & Working Bee - Saturday 9th April

Image by Tim Sharpe

Like many individuals, families, and businesses in the Lismore and surrounding areas, the Northern Rivers Aero Club was heavily impacted by the recent flood events in February and March this year. While the water completely inundated the Club and severely damaged all aircraft within our fleet, we now continue to steadily progress towards getting the Aero Club back up and running.

Thanks to the help of a number of Club members, students and members of the community, a large amount of the required clean-up has already taken place. However, there is still work to do as we now shift our focus from cleaning towards rebuilding.

As such, the Aero Club will be holding a working bee this Saturday 9th April from 8am, and welcome any members and students who could spare some time to assist where possible. Examples of tasks at this stage include general cleaning (e.g. wiping out cupboards, etc.), preparation for painting (e.g. wiping down walls, removing paint, etc.) and other general tasks to assist with the overall clean-up. While we currently have a variety of cleaning supplies at the Club, these are limited in number, so we appreciate if members might be able to bring relevant tools/supplies with them on the day to assist where possible (Note: please keep in mind that we currently do not have power at the airport).

Additionally, if any members have any skills/expertise in aspects such as carpentry and other trades, we would love to hear from you too, as we may require some assistance and guidance in these areas once we commence rebuilding/refurnishing.

The Club will also be putting on a Sausage Sizzle as a thank you to all those who are able to assist us.

In other exciting news, we are currently in the process of acquiring a new aircraft for the NRAC fleet, a Jabiru J160, and have been generously offered the use of a member’s Jabiru J230 as an interim measure, allowing us work towards resuming flying operations. At this stage we are hopeful that the Club can be back in the air as early as the Easter weekend, and we will keep you all updated closer to the date.

Thank you again to all who have assisted us in even the smallest of ways, and thank you to all members and students for your understanding and patience as we recover from the impacts of the floods.

We looking forward to seeing you at the working bee on Saturday if you’re able, but most importantly, to seeing you back in the air in the not too distant future.