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The 'Come and Get It Trophy'

1990 to 2013: flights 1–55

Page content was last expanded 8 December 2013

Current location of the Trophy

13 October 2013 – Royal Aero Club
Jandakot WA

Contact the holder

James Murphy

to arrange a Trophy transfer at a non-controlled airfield.

(Image: Come and Get It at Cherryton, NSW 2006)

The Come and Get It Trophy (CAGIT) was created at Albany WA in 1990. The Trophy is available to any RA-Aus certificated pilot in an RA-Aus registered aircraft who is prepared to make the journey to retrieve it.

A minimum flight time of 5 hours for the complete journey is expected, except for any journey that might be regarded as reasonably adventurous for that pilot or is a powered parachute journey. The new trophy location must be a minimum distance of 100 nm from the prior location, except for PPC journeys. The handover location need not be at the holder's home airfield; for example, it could be at an event such as NATFLY but it should not be within controlled airspace.

Where there is more than one party notifying the current holder of an intention to retrieve the trophy, all parties involved should decide who will make the journey, bearing in mind the intent of the CAGIT journeys, i.e.

  • to promote ultralight adventure aviation
  • to stretch personal horizons
  • to establish acquaintance with more distant fellow RA-Aus members
  • to experience longer distance navigation and operations to and from varied private airstrips.

Flight details must be completed in the log-book, kept with the Trophy and a copy returned to the RA-Aus office. Information supplied should include date/s, pilot, aircraft type and registration, flight from/to, fuel used, flight hours, distances and other items that may be of interest to members. Claimants are required to add an inscribed plaque to the Trophy, enter flight details into the CAGIT log-book and keep the trophy and log-book secure until passed on to the next claimant.

The Cagit Hunters Facebook page is an excellent means of intercommunication for those contemplating a retrieval flight.

CAGIT travel history

The flights undertaken to retrieve the Trophy vary considerably. Some are single pilot, single purpose, out-and-back in a day, trips while others are in the nature of a grand tour. E.B.McCormack held the distance covered record for 19 years. He picked the Trophy up at Kalgoorlie WA and took it to Ravenshoe FNQ, making a 5715 nm journey across Australia in his LightWing during March/April 1992. Kev Young surpassed that distance in 2011 with a flight of 5830 nm (10 785 km) — see location 50 — as did James Murphy in 2013 also with a flight of 5830 nm, see location 55.

Geoff Bell and Denis Vanzella hold the elevation record (4800 feet) for a handover location, see location 30-29. Such journeys are classified as 'particularly adventurous'. The photograph, above, of the trophy being guarded by Geoff Bell's Slepcev Storch was supplied by Geoff.

Garry Leach's condensed journal of one determined 'come-and-get-it' mission that had the distinction of the families following — or perhaps leading the way — in ground vehicles, may be viewed at location 8. The venture as described, including the manual clearance of a take-off strip after a forced landing and coping with persistent bushfire smoke, epitomises the essence of ultralight adventure aviation, as it was in our earlier years.

Brian Walker describes what a 12 hour CAGIT journey means to a new pilot. "As a low-hours (82 hours total, 24 hours on type) pilot on my first solo cross country since qualifying, I found the experience extremely rewarding (despite the head winds), for the experience, the journey, the fellow aviators encountered along the way and for the destination. Thanks to the aero clubs at Stevens Creek, Donald, Ballarat, Lethbridge, Wentworth and Broken Hill for sharing their facilities and advice. Special thanks to 'Boorabee Bob' — Robert Musgrave (Location 41) who visited Broken Hill for the Auster rally the week before my departure and inspired the spreading of my wings."

It's very pleasing to see that four of the last eight flights have been piloted by women — Diana Jemson (48), Deb Wagner (49), Heather Ford (51) and Kerry Kroehn (54).

2012 to 2013: locations 51-55

Location 55: Royal Aero Club, Jandakot, WA
S32° 05.8' E115° 51.8'
13 October 2013
Pilot: James Murphy
Passenger: Miss Emily Murphy
Aircraft: Jabiru J230D 24-7349

Outbound flight: departed Murray Field 28 September for Swan Reach via Broome, Darwin (Emkaytee), Mt Isa, Bundaberg, Heck Field, Denman and Temora, reaching Swan Reach October 8.

Return flight: departed Swan Reach October 10 for Jandakot WA via Olympic Dam, Coober Pedy, Forrest, Kalgoorlie Boulder and Murray Field, reaching Jandakot October 13.

Total distance: 5830 nm; total flight time: 62.3 hours; fuel used: 1465 litres; average fuel cost: $2.40; total fuel cost: $3515; average consumption 23.5 l/hr; groundspeed: 94 knots.

For further information see the Cagit Hunters Facebook page. The journey time-sheet follows:

(Image of time sheet)

Location 54: Swan Reach, SA
S32° 22' 53" E150° 41' 47.8"
18 August 2013
Pilots: Kerry Kroehn and Peter Dettloff
Aircraft: Jabiru SK 19-3121

Outbound flight: Departed Swan Reach 16/8 for 'Destiny' via Griffith.

Return flight: Departed 'Destiny' 18/8 for Swan Reach via Griffith and Mildura.

Total distance: 1174 nm; total time: 13.9 hours; fuel used: 215 litres; average consumption 15.7 l/hr; average price $2.31 per litre Avgas; average ground speed: 92 knots.

For further information see 'Sport Pilot' November 2013 and the Cagit Hunters Facebook page

Location 53: 'Destiny' Denman, NSW
S32° 22' 53" E150° 41' 47.8"
22 June 2013
Pilot: Dexter Burkill
Navigator: Peter Zweck
Aircraft: ATEC Zephyr 19-3500

Outbound flight: Day 1 - departed Denman June 19 for Coldstream Vic via Henty, Benalla, Seymour, Yea and Glenburn Gap.
Day 2 - departed Coldstream for private strip 'Tamatis' Ralph's Bay, Hobart via Flinders Island and the Tasmanian east coast.

Return flight: Day 1 - departed 'Tamatis' June 22 for Shepparton Vic via Devonport, Wynyard, Cape Otway, Twelve Apostles and Ballarat.
Day 2 - departed Shepparton for 'Destiny' via Henty.

Total distance: 1738 nm; total time: 18.6 hours; fuel used: 317 litres; average consumption 17 l/hr; groundspeed 93 knots, average airspeed; 116 knots.

For further information see 'Sport Pilot' September 2013 and the Cagit Hunters Facebook page

(Image of trophy handover)

Image from Cagit Hunters Facebook - handover at 'Tamatis': Peter Zweck, Lawrie Barton-Johnson, Dexter Burkill; image from Cagit Hunters Facebook

Location 52: Campania, Tas
S42° 40.7' E147° 25.4'
23 to 26 February 2012
Pilot: Lawrie Barton-Johnson (again, see location 25)
Aircraft: Zenair Zodiac 28-1601

Outbound flight: Departed Campania February 23 for Ballarat via George Town, Wilson's Promontary, Tooradin and Bacchus Marsh.

Return flight: Departed Ballarat February 25 for Campania via Bacchus Marsh, Tooradin direct to George Town.

Total distance: 704 nm; total time: 10.3 hours; fuel used: ?? litres; average consumption ??.? l/hr; average ground speed (ASI 85 knots); outbound 70 knots, return 109 knots.

For further information see 'Sport Pilot' March 2012.

Location 51: Ballarat, Vic
S37° 30.7' E143° 47.5'
3 February 2012
Pilot: Heather Ford
Navigator: Chris Williams
Aircraft: Tecnam P2002 24-5223

Outbound flight: departed Ballarat February 3 for Latrobe Valley via Bacchus Marsh, Point Ormond and Cardinia Reservoir.

Return flight: departed LTV same day for Ballarat via Tyabb and Barwon Heads.

Total distance: 285 nm; total time: 3.4 hours; fuel used: 64 litres; average consumption 18.8 l/hr; average ground speed; 92 knots.

(Image of Heather's CAGIT logbook entry)

Heather's CAGIT logbook entry

2011: locations 48-50
Location 50: LaTrobe Valley, Vic
S38° 12' 26" E146° 28' 13"
29 August to 4 September 2011
Pilot: Kev Young (second CAGI Trophy flight, see location 40)
Aircraft: Jabiru J170 24-5336

Outbound flight: 29 August 2011 departed LaTrobe Valley for Gympie via Narromine and Moree. Distance 825 nm, time 10.4 hours.

Return flight: Gympie, Bundaberg, Emerald, Longreach, Mt Isa, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Jabiru, Emkaytee, Kununurra, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Bond Springs, Ayres Rock, Curtin Springs, Cadney Homestead, William Creek, Marree, Rawnsley Park, Broken Hill, Mildura, Milawa (Brown Brothers). Arrived Latrobe Valley 4 September 2011

Return flight distance: 5005 nm; time: 60.7 hours

Total distance: 5830 nm; total time: 71.1 hours; fuel used: 1200 litres; average consumption 16.5 l/hr; average ground speed; 82 knots. The distance covered beats the 5715 nm record held since 1992 by E.B.McCormack's LightWing 25-0034 (130 hours flight time).

Location 49: Gympie, Qld

17 – 26 April 2011
Pilot: Deb Wagner
Aircraft: Flight Design CTLS 24-5445

The trophy was claimed from Diana Jemson at Goolwa SA on Sunday 17th April 2011 and taken to its new home at Gympie via Natfly (Temora) subsequently arriving in Gympie on Tuesday 26th April 2011.

(Image of Deb's route)
Outbound flight: April 9, 2011 Gympie to Griffith via Moree (fuel/pit stop). April 10: Griffith to Tyabb via Ballarat (unplanned emergency pit stop) and Colac (fuel stop and family visit). April 11: cancelled plans to fly to Flinders Island and North Coast Tasmania due to inclement weather (Melbourne's wettest day in 40 years). Instead flew Tyabb to Port Fairy via Apollo Bay. April 13: Port Fairy to Robe. April 15: Robe to Goolwa via the Coorong and mouth of the Murray River.

The trophy was collected in Goolwa (instead of Murray Bridge) as the current holder, Diana Jemson, had injured her leg. This prevented her from flying or driving, so friends drove her to Goolwa to deliver the trophy to us.

Total flight hours: 13.3; distance flown: 1560 nm; average ground speed: 117 knots; total fuel used: 260 litres; fuel burn: 19.7 l/hr,

Return flight statistics: total flight hours: 9.6; distance flown: 1245 nm; average ground speed: 130 knots; total fuel: 190 litres; average fuel burn: 19.8 l/hr.

Return flight route and photographs:
(Image of Asses Ears Lodge)

April 17: Goolwa to the Grampians (Asses Ears Lodge);
CAGIT beside airstrip at the Asses Ears Lodge
(Image of trophy at Echuca)

April 19: The Grampians to Echuca; CAGIT visits Echuca
(Image of trophy at Natfly 2011)

April 20: Echuca to Temora; CAGIT spends time at Natfly
(Image of trophy at Wollongong)

April 24: Temora to Wollongong for fuel stop
(Image of trophy at South Grafton(Image

April 24: Wollongong to South Grafton. CAGIT after flying
past Sydney Heads and up the coast
(Image of trophy at Gympie)(Image

April 25: South Grafton to Gympie

Location 48: Murray Bridge, SA
13 – 16 February 2011
Pilot: Diana Jemson
Aircraft: Jabiru LSA-55/3J

Outbound flight: 13 Feb 2011 departed Murray Bridge for Lethbridge Airpark to collect the trophy, via Edenhope for fuel.

Return flight: 13 Feb 2011 departed Lethbridge for Asses Ears Wilderness Lodge at the Grampians (YGMP). 16 Feb 2011 departed YGMP for Murray Bridge.

Total distance 605 nm, average ground speed 90 knots, total flight time 7.9 hrs, fuel used 100 litres.
(Image of Diana Jemson celebrating her claim)

Diana Jemson celebrating her claim.

2010: locations 44-47
Location 47: Lethbridge Airpark, Vic  
S37 55.1'     E144 06.1' 
30 Sep–2 Oct 2010
Pilot: Michael Pendergast
Aircraft: Pioneer 300

Outbound flight: Lethbridge to Tocumwal for a top up of fuel and then onto Dubbo, a small amount of maintenance on a Pioneer 200 and visit some friends with an overnight stay. On Friday the 1st, down to Tumbarumba to James to have a look at his 300, stay the night and pick up the trophy.

Return flight: Next morning over to Yarrawonga, top up with fuel drop in and say hello to Peter and Ann and back to Lethbridge just after lunch on the Saturday.

Total distance 866 nm, average speed 113.9 knots including taxi time, take-offs and landings, total time 7.6 hrs, fuel used 139 litres with an average of 18.3 lph.
(Image of CAGIT handover)

James Crozier handing over the Trophy to Michael.

(Image of CAGIT and aircraft)

Trophy and Pioneer 300

Location 46: Tyrone, Tumbarumba, NSW
S35 44.76'     E147 55.96'
8–13 May 2010
Pilot: James Crozier
Aircraft: Pioneer 300

Outbound flight: on the 8 May 2010, Pat and I were one of the eight aircraft on a fly-away to Broken Hill via Narrandera, Hay, Ivanhoe, Darnick, Menindi and Stevens Creek where we stayed for two days. Our host James Chase and his members really looked after us. We departed Stevens Creek May 13, called into Broken Hill Aero Club for fuel and picked up the trophy.

Return flight: Broken Hill, Woolcunda Station, Wentworth, Robinvale, Kerang, Yarrawonga, Tumbarumba.

Total distance 1002 nm, flight time 9.3 hours, fuel used 160 litres, average ground speed 109 knots.

Location 45: The Aero Club of Broken Hill, NSW
S32 00.1'     E141 38.3'
5–7 February 2010
Pilot: Brian Walker (second CAGI Trophy flight, see location 42)
Aircraft: Jabiru 170, 19-4576

Outbound flight: departed Broken Hill noon Friday February 5, direct track to Wentworth against a 25 knot headwind before turning for Ararat and on to an overnight stop at Lethbridge. Strong winds predicted Saturday, spent time at a 'Day on the Green' at Spray Farm, east of Geelong. Departed Lethbridge 11 am Sunday February 7 for Cobden, Twelve Apostles, with a landing at Warrnambool for fuel before continuing to Portland.

Return flight: Portland, Hamilton, Horsham landed Wentworth for a pit stop before tracking to Broken Hill.

Total distance 1030 nm, flight time 12.5 hours, fuel used 179.8 litres, fuel burn 14.5 litres/hour, average ground speed 83.4 knots (mostly head winds).

Location 44: Portland Aero Club, Vic
S38° 19.1'     E141° 28.3'
23 January 2010
Pilot: Justin Emerson
Aircraft: Savannah, 19-4996
The journey included six other aircraft: two Eurofox, two Jabiru J170, a J430 and the Portland Aero Club's J160.

Flight. The flight to Lethbridge Airpark and return in the Savannah were direct. Total distance 254 nm, flight time 3.1 hours, average groundspeed 82 knots.

2009: locations 37-43
Location 43: Lethbridge Airpark, Vic
S37° 55.1'     E144° 06.1'
7–10 November 2009
Pilot: Robert Musgrave (second CAGI Trophy flight, see location 41)
Aircraft: Boorabee, 19-3037, 582 Rotax

Outbound flight. Day 1: Lethbridge to the Holbook flyin, via Melton and Locksley. Day 2: Holbrook to Hay. Day 3: Hay to Stevens Creek to retrieve trophy.

Return flight. Day 4: Stevens Creek to Lethbridge via Wentworth and St Arnaud. Total distance 965 nm, flight time 16.2 hours, average groundspeed 59.6 knots. fuel used 308 litres, fuel burn 19 litres/hour.

Location 42: Stevens Creek — 9 nm north of Broken Hill, NSW
S31 50'     E141 29'
9–11 October 2009
Pilot: Brian Walker
Aircraft: Jabiru 170, 19-5675,

Outbound flight: departed Stevens Creek 9th October, overflew Broken Hill and Wentworth for a landing at Donald for a pit stop and oil check before continuing on to Ballarat, to top up the wing tanks for the last leg to Lethbridge.

Return flight: planned for the 12th but departed a day early to beat the poor weather outlook. Left Lethbridge twice, firstly at 1135 and again an hour later, after returning for the trophy — need to add an extra line to my pre-flight check list for miscellaneous baggage. Landed at Ballarat on second attempt, to refuel before retracing my outbound path. This time overflying Donald and landing at Wentworth for a break and oil check. Final leg was a direct track to Broken Hill before turning for home at Stevens Creek.

As a low-hours (82 hours total, 24 hours on type) pilot on my first solo cross country since qualifying, I found the experience extremely rewarding (despite the head winds), for the experience, the journey, the fellow aviators encountered along the way and for the destination. Thanks to the aero clubs at Stevens Creek, Donald, Ballarat, Lethbridge, Wentworth and Broken Hill for sharing their facilities and advice. Special thanks to 'Boorabee Bob' — Robert Musgrave (Location 41) who visited Broken Hill for the Auster rally the week before my departure and inspired the spreading of my wings.

Outbound journey: distance 400 nm, flight time 5.5 hours, fuel used 76.2 litres, fuel burn 13.8 litres/hour, average ground speed 80 knots.

Return journey: distance 440 nm, flight time 6.4 hours, fuel used 88.1 litres, fuel burn 13.7 litres/hour, average ground speed 76 knots.

Location 41: Lethbridge Airpark, Vic
S37° 55.1'     E144° 06.1'
18–19 August 2009
Pilot: Robert Musgrave
Aircraft: Boorabee, 19-3037, 582 Rotax

Outbound flight: departed Lethbridge (YLED) at 1030, flew to Phillip Island (YPID) to visit the Vietnam Veterans Museum adjacent to the airfield. A strong westerly sprang up making a return trip a bit hard so, noticing Latrobe Valley (YLTV) was only another 66.5 nm further to the north-west, I made a phone call to check if the CAGI trophy was still there. I departed YPID at 1330, and 0.9 hrs later arrived at YLTV. The west wind was still strong so stayed the night, hoping weather would improve next day.

Return flight: left YLTV at 0655 (first light) to try and beat the wind. Within half an hour I had 10 knots headwind and, by the time I crossed Port Phillip Heads, the headwind was 30 knots plus. Arrived back at Lethbridge at about 0930. Total distance 287 nm, flight time 4.8 hours, fuel used 83 litres, fuel burn approx 17 litres/hour.

Location 40: LaTrobe Valley, Vic
S38° 12' 26" E146° 28' 13"
23 July 2009
Pilot: Kev Young
Aircraft: Jabiru J170 24-5336

Outbound flight: LaTrobe Valley, Tooradin,(diverted due to bad weather at Kilmore) Torquay, Lethbridge, Heathcote, Tocumwal, Narromine. Distance 559 nm; time 5.6 hours; ground speed 99 knots

Return flight: Narromine, Narrandera, Yarrawonga, Eildon Weir, Healsville, Latrobe Valley. Distance 447.7 nm; Time 4.4 hours; ground speed 101 knots.

Total fuel used 165 litres (16.5 l/hr).
(Image of trophy handover)

Kev (left) receiving the Trophy from Barry Black.

Location 39: Narromine, NSW
May/June 2009
Pilot: Barry Black
Aircraft: Sportstar 24-5005
(Full details and photos in September 2009 RA-Aus magazine, pp 50-51)

Outbound journey 28–29 May 2009.
Day 1: Narromine to Ceduna via Nyngan, Cobar, Broken Hill (refuel), Yunta, Willington, Port Augusta (refuel), Kimba, Wudinna.
Day 2: Ceduna to Coolgardie via Twin Rocks, Eucla, Forrest (refuel), Kalgoorlie, Boulder (refuel).

Return journey 1–4 June 2009.
Day 1: Coolgardie to Eucla via Longana (refuel).
Day 2: Eucla to Venus Bay via Nullarbor Motel, Ceduna (refuel), Streaky Bay.
Day 3: Venus Bay to Port Pirie via Port Augusta (refuel).
Day 4: Port Pirie to Narromine via Peterborough, Broken Hill (refuel).

Total distance = 3019 nm. Total time =27.6 hours. Average ground speed =109.4 knots

Location 38: Coolgardie, WA
S30° 58.5'    E121° 04.8'
March 2009
Pilot: Rod Higgins
Aircraft: Hornet STOL 19-4251

Flight: Coolgardie to Westonia to Walgy Farm. Walgy Farm to Southern Cross to Coolgardie. Total distance 460 nm, flight time 7.1 hr, fuel used 162 litres. Ground speed 65 knots.
(Image of Rod Higgins and  Hornet STOL 19-4251)

Rod Higgins and Hornet STOL 19-4251.

Location 37: Walgy, WA
5–7 March 2009
Pilot and aircraft 1: Alan Sattler, Hornet STOL 19-4732 (second CAGI Trophy flight, see location 35)
Pilot and aircraft 2: Rod Higgins, Hornet STOL 19-4251

Flight: departed Walgy (Beverley, WA) March 5 for Southern Cross, Coolgardie and Kambalda to pick up the trophy, then back to Coolgardie for the night. Rod Higgins in Hornet STOL 19-4251 accompanied Alan for much of the journey. They departed Coolgardie March 6 for Walling Rock Station then on to Sandstone, Mount Magnet and Nallan Station. Camped at Nallan for the night. Departed March 7 for Mount Magnet, Ninghan Station, Wongan Hills and Walgy.

Hornet STOL 19-4732: total distance 906 nm, flight time 14 hours, fuel used 270 litres, ground speed 65 knots.
(Image of morning departure from Coolgardie)

Morning departure from Coolgardie; second leg of the journey for Alan, first leg for Rod Higgins.
(Image of 19-4732 between Mount Magnet–Nallan Station)

19-4732 between Mount Magnet and Nallan Station.
(Image of a rifle range not an airstrip)

A rifle range — not an airstrip as first thought by Rod.
(Image of Ninghan Station0

Ninghan Station — another refuelling point on the way home.
(Image of refuelling at Ninghan Station)

Ninghan Station — parked on the cross strip refuelling and waiting for the station owner to collect the morning paper.
(Image of return to Walgy)

Alan (left) and Rod on return to Walgy with the trophy. Peter Harding (on the right) is the second person with his name on the trophy, having flown a 12 hour 'come and get it trip' in an Airborne Edge in January 1992.

2007-2008: locations 31-36
Location 36: Kambalda, WA
7 September 2008
Pilot: Keith Fowler
Aircraft: Jabiru LSA 55-4065

Flight: Kambalda and return via Kalgoorlie and Walgy. Total distance 513 nm, flight time 5.8 hr, fuel used 73 litres. Ground speed 88 knots.

Location 35: Walgy, WA
26 July 2008
Pilot: Alan Sattler
Aircraft: Hornet STOL 19-4732

Flight: Walgy and return via Bindoon, New Norcia and Moore River. Total distance 220 nm.
(Image of Alan Sattler with Angie and Julie Stitt)

Alan Sattler with Angie and Julie Stitt.

Location 34: Carnarvon, WA
13 October 2007
Pilot: Keith McGillivray
Aircraft: Lightwing 55-4230

Flight: Carnarvon and return via Carbla Station, Woodleigh Station and Billabong Roadhouse. Total distance 310 nm, flight time: 3.8 hours, fuel used: 70 litres, ground speed: 81 knots.

Location 33: Woodleigh Station, WA [220 km south of Carnarvon]
18 September 2007
Pilot: Barry Stoney
Aircraft: Jabiru J230

Flight: Barry and his wife Elaine picked up their brand new J230 at Bundaberg Qld and instead of flying straight back to Western Australia they detoured to Melbourne to collect the trophy. No other information yet available.

Location 32: Riddell, Vic
25 August 2007
Pilot: Ian Baker; crew [outbound]: Caitlin Baker
Aircraft: Flight Design CTsw 24-4848
Outbound flight: Ian and his 9 year old daughter Caitlin, on her first cross-country in her Dad's CT, flew the 370 nm from Riddell to The Oaks on Saturday August 18, but the weather was unsuitable for return home in the CTsw the next day so both returned via a commercial flight.

Return flight: Saturday August 26 Ian flew commercial to Sydney then flew the trophy back to Riddell in the CTsw via Mittagong – Yass – Tumut – Holbrook and around Albury CTR. Flight time for the 370 nm from The Oaks to Riddell was 3.3 hours.

Location 31: The Oaks, NSW
3 April 2007
Pilots: Darren Friend, Michael Kelly
Aircraft: Jabiru 230
Outbound flight: The Oaks - Bathurst - Goulburn. Darren met Geoff Bell who took him in his Storch to Cherryton for the official trophy handover as the Jabiru would have difficulty operating into Geoff's airstrip.

Return flight: Goulburn - diversion to Moruya to check transponder problems and weather - VFR GA lane through Nowra and coastal to Thirroul - Appin - The Oaks. Total distance travelled 342 nm, flight time: 4.3 hours.

2006: locations 28-30
Locations 30 and 29: Cherryton NSW and Snowy Plain NSW

29 August 2006
Pilots: Geoff Bell, Denis Vanzella
Denis Vanzella initially collected the trophy from Dog Plain and flew it back to Point Hut, near Canberra. However, that journey doesn't score the required distance so, after returning to Dog Plain to join up with Geoff Bell, he then carried it to Snowy Plain.

Geoff left Cherryton, west of Goulburn, joined with Denis at Dog Plain. After off-loading some fuel for weight reduction they climbed up to Snowy Plain to establish an elevation record for the trophy, and probably the record for the most difficult hand-over site. Snowy Plain is a rough and very short 'strip' with 20% slope at 4800 feet amsl, basically STOL aircraft fodder – the Slepcev Storches used are specialised 'short landing and take-off' aircraft. After the hand-over ceremony and photographing the trophy in situ, Geoff loaded it into his aircraft and returned to Dog Plain to reload the fuel then flew the trophy home to Cherryton. Geoff's round trip was 244 nm, flight time 4.1 hours and fuel consumed 68.3 litres.
Geoff and Denis have placed a single plaque on the trophy sharing the trip, which reads:

Geoff Bell-Denis Vanzella
'Cherryton', NSW
3441.1'S 149 32.8'E
August 2006

bell_1926 Dog plain International
Denis collected the CAGI trophy at Dog Plain International – Claire and Paul Middleton's Bunny Farm in the Yaouk Valley south of Canberra. Elevation 3500 feet, strip length 350 metres sloping; might be considered marginal but has good approaches from either end, so OK for both-way operations.
bell_1945 Trophy  at Snowy Plain
Denis then lifted the trophy to the record elevation of 4800 feet at Snowy Plain, S36 09.9' E148 28.9'. Note the slope, contributing to a minimal take-off run in a taildragger STOL like the Slepcev Storch.
bell_1956 CAGI Trophy at Snowy Plain
The Snowy Plain strip is surrounded by the magnificent, high-country Kosciusko National Park and is definitely a 'no passenger' and 'mind the density altitude' field.
vanzella_sny_pln  Snowy Plain strip

Denis: "My first flight into Snowy Plain was a leg shaker but I've got it pretty pat now – touch wood. The one-way strip is about 70 metres long with 20% slope at an elevation around 4850 feet. Best conditions are in southerly winds below 10 knots. West to north-west winds around 10 knots become vicious, with a big roll off the main range that not even the Storch can outclimb at low levels. Turbo Rotax would be nice."
bell_1943 ASICs at Snowy Plain

Denis and Geoff and the Slepcev Storch Muster at Snowy Plain – a tough chromium-molybdenum taildragger is needed for Denis's line of work – and probably wise to have ASICs on display; you never know where 'airport security' may pop up.
(Image of STOL aircraft)

The Slepcev Storch STOL aircraft, 19-3694 [kit-built] and 24-4120 [factory-built]
(Image: waiting for visibility to improve)

Geoff and 19-3694 waiting for the visibility to improve before departing Cherryton
(Image of  handover at Snowy Plain strip)

The formal Trophy handover ceremony at Snowy Plain (or perhaps Denis was congratulating Geoff on landing at Snowy Plain without running over a stump or two?)
(Image of Murrumbidgee River near Dog Plain)

The Murrumbidgee River near Dog Plain
(Image of Baroomba rock climbing area)

Baroomba rock climbing area south of Canberra
(Image of trophy at Snowy Plain: photo Denis Vanzella)

Location 28: Dog Plain, NSW
11 July 2006
Pilot: Lee Ungermann
Return flight: "Saltwater" Northern Rivers, NSW, Armidale, Bathurst,Goulbourn, Polo Flat, Dog Plain.

(Image ofLee Ungermann and his LightWing taking off from Paul Middleton's home paddock)

Lee Ungermann and his Australian LightWing lifting off from Dog Plain International after leaving the trophy.
Paul Middleton was the photographer.

1999-2003: locations 18-27
Location 27: Lennox Head, NSW
December 2003
Pilot: Gale DeJong
Return flight: Heybridge, ?, ?, Lennox Head.

Location 26: Heybridge, Tas
5 October 2003
Pilot: Darrel Peatey
Return flight: Sandfly to Heybridge.

Location 25: Sandfly near Kingston, Tas
26 April 2003
Pilot: Lawrie Barton-Johnston
Crew: Suzi Barton-Johnston
Return flight: Helidon, Redcliffe, Inverell, Mudgee, Temora, Shepparton, Latrobe Valley, Flinders Island, George Town, Sandfly.

Location 24: Alstonville, NSW
October 2002 [2 aircraft?]
Pilots: Bob Clark, Paul Bright (second CAGI Trophy flights, see location 22)
Return flight: ??

Location 23: Cooranbong, NSW
21 August to 3 September 2002
Pilots: Peter Jentsch, Phil Murdoch
Return flight: Maryborough, Lismore to Cooranbong NSW

Location 22: Rosebank near Lismore, NSW
2–10 March 2002 [4 aircraft]
Pilots: Bruce Taylor (second CAGI Trophy flights, see location 18)
Bob Clark (second CAGI Trophy flights, see location 18)
Paul Bright
John McConnell

Return flight: Wynard, Flinders Island,Yarram, Merimbula, Wollongong, Crookwell, Cowra, Gunnedah, Lismore.

Location 21: Wynyard, Tas
10 January 2002
Pilot: Bryan Raven
Return flight: ??

Location 20: Leewave, Tas
24 September 2000
Pilot: K. Bradshaw
Return flight: ??

Location 19: Cranbourne, Tas
Mid-April to 31 May 2000
Pilots: Peter Butler, Kevin Whittaker

Return flight: Lismore, Goondiwindi, Winton, Townsville, Innisfail, Weipa, Horn Island, Cooktown, Cairns, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Ballina, Hoxton Park, Yarram, Cranbourne.

Location 18: Lismore, NSW
25 September 1999
Pilots: Bruce Taylor, Bob Clark, Ian Byrne, Ken Eyears [Drifters?]
Return flight: ??

1994-1998: locations 9-17
Location 17: Malanda, Qld
28–29 November 1998
Pilot and aircraft: Sandra Cameron Lightwing 25.0087
Crew: Werner Grimm
Return flight: ??

Location 16: Woodstock near Townsville, Qld
2 August to 1 September 1998
Pilot and aircraft: Owen Scown, Jabiru 55-0933
Crew: Jill Scown
This was the second long 'Come and get it' flight for Jabiru 55-0933, see the 17 March - 1 April 1995 (location 12) flight.

Flight details: departed Woodstock for Darwin via Horn Island, Karumba and Gove thence to Alice Springs, Winton and SEQ to pick up the Trophy. Return to Woodstock via Bundaberg, Rockhampton route.
Total flight duration: 67.6 hours

Aircraft fuel consumption over 4800 nm 830 litres avgas

Location 15: Jacobs Well, SEQ
30 December 1997
Pilot and aircraft 1: Bill Knight, Amethyst Falcon 10-1932 (third CAGI Trophy flight, see locations 11 and 7)
Pilot and aircraft 2: Richard Faint, Sapphire Mk2 25-0057 (third CAGI Trophy flight, see locations 11 and 7)
Pilot and aircraft 3: Don Mellows, Sapphire Mk2 25-0146

Return flight: Beechwood NSW to Jacobs Well SEQ

Location 14: Beechwood, NSW
4 June 1997
Pilots and aircraft: Nestor Slepcev, Mark Townsend; Slepcev Storch

Return flight: Jacobs Well SEQ to Beechwood NSW

Location 13: Jacobs Well, SEQ
9 - 14 June 1995
Pilot and aircraft: Roger Porter, LightWing Rotax 912, 25-0427
Crew: Mariska Gilbert

Return flight: Woodstock Qld to Jacobs Well SEQ
Total flight duration: 24.3 hours

Location 12: Woodstock near Townsville, FNQ
17 March to 1 April 1995
Pilots and aircraft: Peter Sargent, Eric Dundas; Jabiru 55-0933

Flight details: The aircraft flew from Woodstock FNQ to Kadina SA via Bundaberg, Coonabarabran, Narromine, Avalon and Waikerie, thence to Evans Head NSW via Griffith and Moree to collect the Trophy and return it again to Woodstock FNQ.
Total flight duration: 61 hours

Aircraft fuel consumption over 3842 nm 620 litres avgas

Location 11: Evans Head,,, NSW
26–28 December 1994
Pilot and aircraft 1: Bill Knight, LightWing 25-0433
Pilot and aircraft 2: Bob Paulson, LightWing 25-0428
Pilot and aircraft 3: Richard Faint, Sapphire Mk2 25-0057

Return flight: Deeral FNQ to Evans Head NSW
Total flight duration: 23.2 hours; ground speed: 75 knots.

Aircraft fuel consumption over 1733 nm [the aircraft flew in company]:
LightWing Rotax 582, 489 litres @ 21 litres/hour
LightWing Rotax 582, 487 litres @ 21 litres/hour
Sapphire Rotax 447 [new], 248 litres @ 10.7 litres/hour

Location 10: Deeral, FNQ
23 September to 21 October 1994
Pilot and aircraft: Arthur Stroud, Drifter A582

Return flight: Tamborine SEQ to Deeral FNQ
Total flight duration: 41 hours; 1957 nm; ground speed 48 knots

Location 9: Tamborine, SEQ
14 March to 5 April 1994
Pilot: Lloyd Salisbury
Ground crew: Robin Salisbury
Aircraft: Winton designed 'Gold Coaster' 10-1177
Outbound flight: From Tamborine SEQ to Lethbridge VIC via Boonah, Warwick, Inglewood, Goondiwindi, Moree, Narrabri, Gilgandra, Narromine, Parkes, West Wyalong, Narrandera, Jerilderie, Tocumwal, Shepparton, Echuca, Kerang, Swan Hill, Wycheproof, St Arnaud, Stawell, Ararat, Derrinallum, Cobden.

Return flight: Lethbridge Vic to Tamborine SEQ via Sunbury, Mangalore, Holbrook, Parkes, West Wyalong, Gilgandra, Narrabri, Moree, Goondiwindi, Inglewood, Warwick and Coomera.

Total flight time: 25.9 hours

1990-1993: locations 1-8
Location 8: Lethbridge, Vic
28 December 1993 to 9 January 1994
Pilot and aircraft #1: Russell Arthur, Corby Starlet 2100 cc VW 28-0902
Pilots and aircraft #2: Alan Bridges, Peter Gorton, Garry Leach, Kolb Twinstar 503 DC 10-0167
Ground crew: two vehicles with trailers —
  •   Joan and Patrick Leach, Wendy, Daniel, Cristian and Saby Gorton.
  •   Owen and Josh Bridges; with Marion Jordan and Judy Donavan for part of the time.

Return flight: Tamborine SEQ to Lethbridge VIC

Aircraft fuel consumption:
Kolb 17 litres/hour @ 42 knots IAS cruise, flight time 45 hours
Corby Starlet 10 litres/hour @ 70 knots IAS cruise, flight time 22 hours

Extracts from Garry Leach's* journey log:
*A founding member and the first AUF vice-president.

  •   28 December '93. Corby Starlet: departed Lethbridge, proceeded via Echuca to Leeton. Kolb Twinstar: departed Benalla, proceeded via Yarrawonga to Coleambally.

  •   29 December '93. Both aircraft met at Leeton, proceeded to Gunnedah, via Parkes, Wellington and Coolah. Russell landed in a field about 10 km south of Gunnedah, and hitched into town. Celebrated Peter's birthday at KFC.

  •   30 December '93. Built an airstrip for Russell to take off, then proceeded to Glen Innes via Inverell, to meet Bob Goodey. Bob accompanied both aircraft to Evans Head.

  •   1 January '94. Peter went to Mt.Tamborine in company with Bill Knight, Dave Donahoe, John McCarron, Bob Poulson, Wendy and Daniel Gorton. Took some photos to prove we were there, and collected the Trophy. Travelled via Tom Cadet's strip at Kyogle, Bob's farm at Gleneagles near Beaudesert. Returned via the coast route; over Murwillumbah, Byron Bay and Ballina to Evans Head.

  •   5 January '94. Departed Saltwater, via Tenterfield for Glen Innes. Strong winds and smoke from bushfires precluded flying after 11 am. Camped in the Aero Club.

  •   6 January '94. Inverell, Gunnedah. Bob Goodey accompanied us part way through extreme bushfire smoke. Strong winds precluded flying after 11 am. Spent afternoon at the local swimming pool.

  •   7 January '94. Coolah, Dubbo, Parkes. Strong winds stopped flying activities at noon. Camped in the Aero Club.

  •   8 January '94. Forbes, West Wyalong, Narrandera, Oaklands. Extremely strong winds grounded the Kolb in the afternoon. Russell flew on to Echuca.

  •   9 January '94. Russell proceeded from Echuca to Lethbridge. The Kolb was ferried to its new home at Yarrawonga.

Aircraft performance:
  •   Kolb Twinstar: average fuel consumption 17 litres/hour at 42 knots. Total flying time about 45 hours. Maximum height due to smoke, strong lift etc. was 9 000 feet. The only damage to the aircraft a slightly bent undercarriage leg. Fuel used was unleaded, with Penrite TS40C oil.

  •   Corby: average fuel consumption 10 litres/hour at about 70 knots. Total flying time 22 hours. Routine maintenance included some work on binding brakes at Parkes. Fuel used was 230 litres of Super grade, with 400 mL of oil.

Location 7: Tamborine, SEQ
6–8 March 1993
Pilot and aircraft 1: Bill Knight, LightWing 25-0433
Pilot and aircraft 2: Peter Stuy, Calair Skyfox 55-0636
Pilot and aircraft 3: Richard Faint, Sapphire Mk2 25-0057

Return flight: Pioneer Valley FNQ to Tamborine SEQ
Total flight duration: 24.75 hours; ground speed: 65 knots at average cruise of 73 knots IAS.

Aircraft fuel consumption over 1611 nm [the aircraft flew in company]:
LightWing Rotax 582, 6100 rpm ,576 litres @ 23.5 litres/hour
Skyfox Rotax 912, 5200 rpm, 350 litres @ 15 litres/hour
Sapphire Rotax 447, 5500 rpm, 305 litres @ 12.5 litres/hour

Location 6: 'Pioneer Valley' near Atherton, FNQ
24–25 September 1992
Pilot and aircraft 1: Werner Grimm, Drifter 25-0145
Crew: Sandra Gillanders
Pilot and aircraft 2: Bob Plant, Drifter 10-1259

Return flight: Cooktown FNQ to Pioneer Valley FNQ
Total flight duration: 4.9 hours; ground speed: 50 knots

Location 5: Cooktown, FNQ
9–10 August 1992
Pilot and aircraft: K.Greenslade, Drifter 503

Return flight: Ravenshoe to Cooktown FNQ
Total flight duration: 9.5 hours.

Location 4: Ravenshoe, FNQ
22 March to 25 April 1992
Pilot: E.B.McCormack, LightWing 25-0034

Return flight: Kalgoorlie WA to Ravenshoe FNQ.
E.B.McCormack created a distance record (which lasted for 19 years) departing Ravenshoe FNQ for Kanowna via Mount Isa, Katherine, Broome, Carnarvon, Perth picking the Trophy up at Kalgoorlie and carrying it to Ravenshoe via Port Augusta, Mount Gambier, Warrnambool, Bathurst, Moree, Rockhampton and Townsville during a 5715 nm journey over 21 flying days and 130 flight hours.

Location 3: Kanowna near Kalgoorlie, WA
23-24 January 1992
Pilot and aircraft: Peter Harding, Airborne Edge

Return flight: Ravensthorpe WA to Kalgoorlie WA
Total flight duration: 12 hours; ground speed: 37 knots

Location 2: 'Corio', Ravensthorpe, WA
1 June 1990
Pilot and aircraft: Chris Coxall, Chinook WT II 10-0140

Return flight: Albany WA to Ravensthorpe WA
Total flight duration: 5.5 hours; ground speed: 25 knots

Location 1: Albany, WA
The originating location for the Trophy was the airstrip at Millbrook Estate.

Compiled 2002-2013 by John Brandon — email.