Following a successful reunion dinner, the Hastings District Flying Club's focus for its 60 year celebrations will now turn to its annual open day.
The event is on Sunday October 14 at the club's Port Macquarie Airport facility.
Club president Rod Davison says the open day will see more than 700 people converge on the club's displays.
"We intend to have an enclosed area where members will park their aircraft on the tarmac," he said.
"People can wander around and view the different aircraft we have within the club, and they can also talk with the owner and, in some instances, the person who actually built it.
"The clubhouse and hangar will house historical presentations, radio control models, plastic aircraft models and flying training information.
"The RAAF cadets will also be on the lookout for new recruits.
"The club is going very well and we are in the process of upgrading our training aircraft too."
Mr Davison, a club member since 1986 and president "three or four times" says flying gives him a sense of freedom.
You really do see the world from a different perspective.Rod Davison
"You really do see the world from a different perspective," he said.
"There is also a very real sense and feeling of freedom. You just don't think about anything when you get up there."
Meanwhile all pilots are invited to attend a CASA Avsafety Seminar hosted by the club on Wednesday October 10 commencing 6pm.
Using practical examples, the seminar will look at enhancing the skills involved with radio communications around aerodromes and maintaining situational awareness in a dynamic and changing environment, Mr Davison said.
The seminar will also introduce the role of threat and error management and discuss techniques to complement the technical aspects of flying an aircraft.
Registrations are via the CASA website.
Applications for the 2018 HDFC Flying Scholarships close on September 30.
Two scholarships are on offer to the youth of the Hastings and Camden Haven aged between 14 and 20 years. Full details are available on the club website www.hdfc.com.au
This scholarship scheme was introduced in 2006 and since then 26 scholarships have been awarded. Many of the recipients are now flying commercially with the airlines and in general aviation, Mr Davison said.
The Hastings District Flying Club's open day is at Port Macquarie Airport on Sunday October 14.