Archer Falls – The Finer Details

Archer Falls – The Finer Details

The weekend of the Archer Falls Fly-In/Drive-In is upon us, and the venue is ready for a day that will include vintage aircraft displays, hands on flights and extreme aerobatic adventure flights along with classic cars.

The event is the first of a string of major fundraisers for Wings Around the World, which is anticipating a departure date for Lachlan smart in late June 2O16.

Aside from a vast array if displays there will be meals available, live music and raffles as well as unpowered camping sites with toilet and shower facilities for those that wish to make a weekend of it.

Above all else, the event is a chance to meet Lachie and find out about his ambition to become the youngest person in history to circumnavigate the globe solo, in a single engine aircraft. It’s a record that was last held by an Australian in late 2013.

Importantly for those attending this weekend the physical address of the Archer Falls Airfield is:


Archer Falls Airfield

1253 Neurum Road, Neurum (Mt Archer)

Queensland


For those lucky enough to be flying into the event (attention the pilots amongst us) please refer to the Archer Falls website for all airfield information.

DETAILS: http://archerfalls.com.au

Full details of the event are also HERE and below.

Archer Falls Fly In flyer

Teenage world record challenger reaches out for community support

Teenage world record challenger reaches out for community support 

Sunshine Coast teenager Lachlan Smart is looking for support from his fellow Queenslanders as he attempts to claim the world record as the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, in a single engine aircraft.

The record attempt, named Wings Around the World, has been more than two years in the making and is a project Smart intends will help to inspire youth to believe that extraordinary goals can be achieved, irrespective of circumstance.

However in order to take off on his voyage in June this year, Smart is hoping to raise the much needed funds to assist with the $400,000 price tag that comes with his planned world circumnavigation trip.

“We have four key events to try and help this trip and they begin this weekend at Archer Falls Airfield with the ‘Archer Falls Fly-In/Drive-in’, which is an event that families and younger people will enjoy,” Smart said.


With our events we are really trying to involve the community and hopefully we can get a bit of support. I need to do what I can to help put that message out there that young people can achieve whatever they set their minds to, and Wings Around the World is the perfect way to help me show them that. – Lachlan Smart


“The airfield is perfect for everyone to get up and close with all things aviation, look inside planes and classic cars as well as enjoying the food available and market atmosphere. In the evening there will be dinner, a bar and a chat.

“Following that we have our Young Achievers fundraising dinner, a hangar party for aviation enthusiasts and then a farewell dinner before my departure.

“With our events we are really trying to involve the community and hopefully we can get a bit of support. I need to do what I can to help put that message out there that young people can achieve whatever they set their minds to, and Wings Around the World is the perfect way to help me show them that.”

While Lachlan may be the public face of Wings Around the World, he has a determined team working behind him to help ensure the trip goes to plan, with his father Will Smart saying that these fundraising events are aimed at broadening the reach of Wings Around the World beyond the aviation community.

“All of our upcoming events have been planned to reach a broader community, and that provides an opportunity for us to meet new people, and likewise for them to meet Lachlan and see firsthand the effort that is going into this trip,” he said.


Without a doubt, fundraising has been difficult to attain and we still need the finance to charter and fit out the plane for the trip, send fuel to remote destinations, purchase map and navigation aids and safety equipment for the journey. That’s a big-ticket item, making sure safety is the first priority.  – Will Smart


“The team have been working hard to create events that appeal to the public for fundraising, while at the same time promoting youth achievement, especially within our own community.

“Without a doubt, fundraising has been difficult to attain and we still need the finance to charter and fit out the plane for the trip, send fuel to remote destinations, purchase map and navigation aids and safety equipment for the journey. That’s a big-ticket item, making sure safety is the first priority.

“At the end of the day, we are reaching crunch time and are looking for tangible financial support from local businesses and community. We ask for understanding in this regard as we support what this young man is trying to achieve.”

The Archer Falls Fly-In/Drive in takes place from Saturday February 20 to Sunday February 21 at Archer Falls Airfield in Kilcoy, just northwest of Brisbane.

Australia Day 2016 – Meeting top young achievers!

Australia Day is a special time in our nation, it’s a chance to reflect on how lucky we are to have the opportunities presented to us, and also to recognise the achievements of others through various Australia Day awards, and importantly welcome new citizens as they officially become Australian’s.

This year, on the day prior to Australia Day, Monday January 25 I was asked to attend the Sunshine Coast Australia Day awards ceremony, which was held in Bokarina, Sunshine Coast as a nominee for the ‘Young Citizen of the Year’ award. It was extremely humbling to have been nominated, and I must thank my grandfather Phil for putting my name forward and then attending the event with me, along with the rest of the Wings Around the World team.

The WATW team ready for the awards ceremony
The WATW team ready for the awards ceremony

Being my first time at this event I wasn’t sure what to expect, however it began with a welcome from the traditional owners of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi people before the ceremony kicked off. The winners for each category, including Environment, Community Program, Sports and Creative Awards as well as my category were then announced, with each winner receiving rousing applause before making a speech.

While I wasn’t named the Young Citizen of the Year, Nathan Tessman (AKA ‘MC WHEELS’) and Brooke Pratt shared the top honour, and they are certainly two very deserving young people, and it is flattering to have been considered alongside them.

Nathan is a young rapper with a rare condition called ‘Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress Type 1’ (SMARD 1), which affects his ability to perform every day physical actions that we take for granted. His condition has no cure, so he faces an uncertain future. Despite this, he continues to inspire our generation with his music. Meanwhile Brooke is an advocate for increased road safety measures, a role she has embraced since she was the sole survivor in a road accident in 2006. She has been working hard to put a safety message out there.

All nominees received a certificate on the day
All nominees received a certificate on the day

Both Nathan and Brooke really embody what WATW is about, that youth can achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small. Age, size and circumstance are not limiting factors; instead they lie only as challenges worth overcoming for a final outcome.

Between some of the awards being given there were speeches from individuals who have had an impact on the Sunshine Coast communities. Some of these included last year’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ award recipient and also the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Ambassador.

For those of us that did not take out the overall title, we were invited on stage to receive a certificate to recognise our nomination.

Again I would like to congratulate Nathan and Brooke on their awards, and I cannot wait to continue hearing about how they are going, while I myself continue preparation for my world flight.