For the last 25 years or so the last weekend in August has been synonymous with a great fly-in at Watts Bridge. For many years there was the Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group's highly successful Festival of Flight.
And in more recent times the Gathering of Eagles - Australia has filled the bill by attracting a wide range of aircraft with an exceptional turn-out of vintage and ex-military aircraft.
Without doubt one of the major attractions of this year's Gathering was the wonderfully colourful formations of YAK and Nanchang aircraft thundering around the skies. Another highlight was the "Winds of War", a group of military re-enactors who went to great lengths to recreate the look, feel and atmosphere of a bygone era, much in keeping with the origins and history of Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield. Also on display were several of the growing collection of WW1 replica aircraft which are under construction on the field.
Many rare and noteworthy aircraft attended including the aforementiond YAKs and Nanchangs, a rare de Havilland Dove, the immaculate L-200 Morava, two Boeing Stearmen, a T28 Trojan, half a dozen de Havilland Tiger Moths, several CT4 / Victa Air Tourers, a superb "V" tailed Waiex, a replica Supermarine Spitfire and many more aircraft too numerous to mention individually.
But as always, the real stars of the day were the pilots and navigators of 130 plus general and recreational aviation aircraft who flew in to enjoy the day. Great weather, good food, cold drinks, efficient ground marshals and a higher than usual turn out from the general public all contributed to a highly successful Gathering of Eagles - Australia 2014.
6th September 2014
Two or three times a year the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service hold training days hosted at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield. On this occasion approximately 30 fully kited QRFS personnel came complete with pumps, hoses, artificial dams and a mighty impressive Air Tractor to conduct aerial fire fighting training and as a practical exercise for those gaining their Air Base Operators qualifications. Hosting the QFRS provides an excellent opportunity for Watts Bridge to remain actively involved in supporting the local community.
Early July sees pilots and navigators from all over S.E. Queensland battle it out to be the champion of the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club's Fun Fly Poker Run. In this game of pure chance the players find their way to three airfields in the district and select a card in an envelope. Last stop is Watts Bridge where the poker hand is completed by the two cards drawn at random by the house.
The great flying conditions saw a record breaking number of 34 participants enjoying a great morning's flying culminating with a BBQ at the BVSAC Clubrooms.
And so the clear winners of the coveted Fun Fly trophy were Scott and Chris Hendry with a winning hand of three 6's. But here's where it gets even better. They had been busy shooting a fantastic video documentary of their winning round!! All shot in high definition video with a superb sound track. For maximum enjoyment click the video replay into full screen - pump up the volume and go flying with the Hendry's!!
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is strongly committed to a "Fly Neighbourly" policy ensuring good working relationships with other land owners in the district.
Pilots are requested to download the Fly Neighbourly Chart to be aware of and avoid where operationally possible, noise and over-fly sensitive locations adjacent to the airfield.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield requests that all members and visitors using the airfield's internal roads adhere to the signposted maximum Speed Limit of 20kph.
The Speed Limit maximises safety for all motorists and pedestrians, significantly reduces damage to the airfield's roadways and minimises the generation of dust which has an adverse affect on aircraft, buildings and human health.