Presidents Report 2017   Scott Lewis

APS 2016 President's Report  Melissa Fisher

Presidents Report 2015   Melissa Fisher        


Presidents Report 2014      David Ind


Presidents Report 2013                    031214001.jpg - small   Duncan Morris


Presidents Report 2012


This year has been again dogged with bad weather and hampered members getting to some of our events. We have only had one fly away this year with the hope of a larger event next year. The mainstay of our events has been again the PPP’s and the last one in Roma quite a success with a few first time attendees. Our committee meetings during the year have included  tele-conferencing and  skype  as a means of direct communication. The committee has tried some new tactics to try and have a broader participation to our events. A trial of the Roma PPP at half our normal price  attracted thirteen members.   A survey was sent out to members to guage opinions  and feedback  about the Australian Piper Society from which we had a better than thirty percent response.. The newsletter along with a new members package was sent to Piper owners to see if we could attract new members and from this we have gained quite a few new members.


This year we were saddened with the loss of Steve and Gillian Knight in a tragic accident in Alaska. Steve and Gillian were often at our events and were well known to many of our members Steve ran a very successful building company on the Gold Coast.


The newsletter for us is quite a task with content hard to extract and much browsing from many web sites to make up the material for a minimum of twelve pages. I would like to thank those that regularly supply much of the content and in many cases for every newsletter. Perhaps the incoming committee can explore sponsorship and advertising with a member who has some marketing skills.


Earlier this year we had one of the breed groups organize a meeting  which involved Mooney, Bonanza, Cessna, Piper and Comanche to better communicate with CASA and other regulatory groups. We met as a group in Walla Walla near Albury NSW and various topics were discussed including ageing aircraft, CASA regulations and alliances with other groups. To date we have heard no more and the next scheduled meeting time has now passed.


I would like to thank the committee for their help and support not only over the last twelve months but for the past three years. There have been some trying moments that they have helped me through but as a committee we have enjoyed encouraging new members and keeping in contact with current members. We have now been around for nine years, ten years if you count the original committee of Andrew Baraskill, Geoff Derrin, Min Stokes, Robert McCombie, Ray Peterson and myself.


I will be standing down as President as of now so as the Society can move forward with fresh new ideas. This I believe is good for the society and I wish the new committee well for the upcoming year. I will however still try to look after the newsletter and web site so hopefully you will keep sending items of interest, fly-a-ways and any other items that may be of interest to our members.


Please come and support your committee and enjoy a weekend or a longer fly away with your fellow members.


David Law




Presidents Report 2010-2011

This years AGM sees the Australian Piper Society begin its ninth year. For me it has been a hard year trying to emulate the efforts of past Presidents. We have continued with programs and activities from previous years and are continually looking at new ideas for future events. The web provider has now been changed, which has made updates a lot easier. This now means that members can be kept better informed.

Thankyou to the committee for their support over the last twelve months. Faye has kept the Pilot Proficiency programs running with interesting destinations, liaising with Tony Smith and making sure members are informed of future events. Irene has done a magnificent job with membership keeping records up to date and making sure the committee is briefed with membership changes. Irene was a great help to me with the web design/changes giving her time to source the best outcome for the committee.Duncan has brought the committee into the world of internet banking and not only been a very capable treasurer but a mentor to me on some of the more difficult issues.  Barry arranged and hosted the last AGM in Roma and now in Dubbo, I am sure members will not have been disappointed with this weekend. Barry has already started preparing for our next Northern Safari which will be up and throughDarwin. David our Secretary has kept procedures in place and also ran the very successful Flinders Ranges South Australian fly away. Finally I would like to thankSterling for his support and articles he sourced for our newsletter.

This year we also had our technical support from Graham Bell. His information was invaluable this year with an article supplied on time for every newsletter.

Our Pilot Proficiency's have had mixed results with Port Pirie cancelled due to bad weather in January and the re-scheduled again in March. The Dubbo PPP was again cancelled due to lack of numbers. We are very hopeful that the next Pilot Proficiency Program to be held in Tumut on November 5th-7th will be well attended with hopefully an improvement in the weather.

I would like seeing more members support the fly aways, PPP's and even become involved in the committee. This will ensure the Society has a future that we can all participate in and enjoy.

The Avalon 2011 Air show committee invited general aviation groups to a planning dinner recently. The idea is to promote general aviation which they believe they have neglected in the past. The assistance we will receive from their committee makes the decision to attend more inviting than it has in the past. With this in mind I will be looking for help, ideas and manpower during the show March 1 - 6 2011

Finally I must thank all of those that have supported us over the last twelve months including those who have contributed articles for our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at our future events.


David Law











Presidents Report 2009-2010


After the AGM in Roma Qld., a new committee was formed with some new faces and a few members continuing with their commitment for this year.


I look forward to my term as President of the Australian Piper Society, and all members can be assured we will work hard to bring you up to date information and great fellowship on our fly aways.

We are very fortunate to have inherited all the hard work Tom Courtney and his committee has put in place over the years and on behalf of all of us I would like to thank Tom and his committee for their tireless work.  Tom has agreed to continue with his help in the future, and we look forward to his involvement.

We have seen much change since Piper Society's inception in 2003 with the vision of Andrew Barraskil, our first President Min Stokes followed by Geoff Derrin who were totally committed to setting up the many programs we have today.


I would also like to thank Chris Johnson who has managed to distribute all our information as our Secretary. Not only did he keep us informed with our newsletter, but up to date with changes in regulations, service reports that affected our aircraft and other newsworthy items.


The AGM which was held in Roma was well attended and very well organized byBarry McCabe and Susan.  There was a selection of town tours and sights of interest around Roma to please all those that attended.

The Coming Year


The new committee met recently to put forward plans for the coming year and to make sure all our obligations are met and are up to date legally and financially. We also checked to see if we were meeting the needs of the members and if there were areas we needing change to allow members to benefit from the Society.

Some of the issues the committee decided are as follows:


  1. To look at ways of increasing our membership base. Also retention of members by making sure we are keeping them up to date with newsletters etc, fly-away's, pilot proficiency programs and fellowship whenever we should meet.


  1. The website needs to be updated and made more user friendly so as the committee can make changes and update information.  This will mean that we can keep members up to date with the latest information on fly-away's, PPP's and other related matters. Advertising is being looked into to help offset some of the costs of the newsletter which of course would be included on the website.


  1. Finally we need to include more links to benefit Piper members.


  1. We have now started looking at our next fly away and the committee are putting the final touches to an area that we have not been to in the past. We would love to hear from members with their ideas for future fly-away's, fly-ins or AGM's. We have had some ideas put forward for an overseas fly-away such asOshkosh, Sun n Fun, Wanaka etc. If we have enough interest shown the committee could check on costing and timing.


  1.  We need to change our committee structure  to incorporate a web/newsletter editor and create a role for Fly-aways. This will streamline the Society with definite roles for future committee members.


  1.  Of all the functions of the APS, the Pilot Proficiency Program would have to be a must do for every pilot.. This program is co-ordinated extremely well byFaye Warren, and run expertly by Tony Smith ATO. For those that have experienced this program, the feedback is that it is one the best things they have done and quite a few have done the program several times.

The PPP's have been held in various locations allowing as many members as possible the opportunity to participate.


Finally to members that I have not met please call me with any information or concerns you may have or just to say hello. When you participate in one of our functions you will be made most welcome. Please consider how you may be able to help, even an afternoon BBQ at your airfield; you may be surprised how many members are in your area.


Safe &Happy Flying

David Law








                                                         The President's Report - October 2008

This year's Annual General Meeting marks the end of the first five years since the formation of the Australian Piper Society

In those years there has been a lot of effort by a large number of people, both from within the general committee and from the general membership.

The initial enthusiasm for the founding of the Society soon translated into the work required to develop the Aims & Objectives, the Charter for the Society, establishing programs and activities and further developing these into professional programs of high quality.


The Society does not engage in lobbying or involve itself in issues outside of safety, pilot proficiency and promotion of goodwill.

Our programs include the Pilot Proficiency Stage I, the first of which was held at Deniliquin and attended by 6 members. This program is directed toward increasing pilot's knowledge and competency in the use of their own aircraft or aircraft which they regularly fly. It is not a test and there are no passes or failures. The knowledge which can be gained from attending this program is such that we have members who have attended it two and three times. It is interesting to note that one of the regular attendees has many hours in command and has a Command Instrument Rating. Stage II was developed and was run for the first time during the past year. This covers Piper Systems, Abnormal Situations, Weight & Balance, Weather to fly or not, Performance Graphs and Emergencies. It also includes a GPS component and Controlled Airspace.

Every year since formation we have held a major fly away. Last year we were able to have members who were unable to attend for the whole trip, join for a weekend or for a few days. This option was very popular and gave the opportunity for more members to be involved. The annual fly away has been formulated so successfully that it is developing a reputation as being the most professionally run and the most interesting event of its type. The 2009 Fly Away will be covering the Gulf, the Cape and the north east Coast in North Queensland, which in broad terms is the only area we have yet to visit.

Day and weekend Fly Ins have not been a regular or well attended feature of our event calendar and maybe members have just too much private or personal demands and don't have the time to fit fly ins into their busy schedule. On the other hand, the fly in to Evans Head a couple of years ago attracted 39 aircraft over the weekend. Next year we will see if we are able to emulate that highly successful event.

Membership initially peaked in the months immediately following formation of the Society and over the next couple of years fell by about 10%, where it has remained at a consistent number. Each year we have members who sell their Piper to buy another make or terminate their flying activities. Some have left to work overseas. Interestingly, we have members who own Jabiru, Cessna and Cirrus aircraft.

Many of our members are active volunteers for Angel Flight, giving their time and contributing to the cost of flying medically or financially disadvantaged members of the community to medical appointments or for compassionate reasons. At least two of our members have performed over 50 missions and another has over 100 missions.


As the Treasurer will advise, our finances are in good shape. This year we have produced APS name badges. Some of these have been distributed and other will go out in the mail in the next few weeks.

Since the formation of the Society in 2003, there have been many persons both on the committee and from the general membership who have contributed to building the organisation, running events and fostering cameraderie between individual members. Thanks to those people and a special thanks to those who continue to be members, and I am sure that, as in the past, future committees will continue to seek and value your opinions, suggestions and advice.

This year about half of the committee are not seeking re-election. Some of us feel that it is time to move on, due to pressure of work or just to devote more time to our other interests. New committee members can bring new ideas and a fresh enthusiasm. I thank all members for their support. I have really enjoyed my time on the committee and have made many new friends and acquaintances. I look forward to the continued growth and success of the APS and hopefully I will get to meet with more members in the coming years.

PS - Since writing the above, most of us who decided not to stand for re-election are back again, but with renewed enthusiasm and determined to make this not only our last year on the committee but also our best year..... Come and enjoy it with us.

Tom Courtney
15th October 2008

Past President Pages

From The President 2005/6


Overall, I believe that the Society has had a very successful year. I have had a great year as President. It has been a year I have enjoyed meeting so many people, attending so many Piper Society events and have learned so much from attendance at the four Pilot Proficiency Programs. From a personal perspective, the additional confidence gained from those programs and from meeting and talking to other pilots who have similar fears or concerns or learning from their different and sometime frightening experiences has been invaluable. The Outback Pub Crawl was an interesting, sometimes challenging, fun event with members from as far north as Mackay, as far south as Cobden and as far east as New Zealand. Although I missed the Evans Head flyin due to weather and was personally very disappointed, I understand that it was enormously successful. I was fortunate to be able to attend the Benambra fly in and the Piper Short Wing fly in at Tocumwal which both great events.

The year started with a bit of a shock when we found that the web site data base did not function properly and couldn't be relied upon for accurate membership information. This lead to confusion about who were members and who were not. It took us five months and a lot of frustration before resolving the membership to a reasonable degree of accuracy. The web operated database does not yet function properly and we have problems running two separate database systems.

We determined that the membership was stagnant which we felt was due to failure to provide members with adequate communication and with activities which would be expected from a society with such a diverse and geographically separated membership.

As such we initiated a fly in program, centred in different places around Australia, which allowed many members to meet each other and enjoy social interaction at these different locations. Each fly in and each of our PPP's were organised and hosted by a local member, and our thanks go out those members who were involved.

We tried to make these activities accessible to as many as possible and even our committee meetings were designed to coincide with Pilot Proficiency Programs or with an opportunity for a local fly in.

Our meetings and activities were at Deniliquin, Benambra, Narromine, Evans Head, Toowoomba, Latrobe Valley and Orange with the AGM at Cobden and the Aldinga fly in planned for end of November.

We continued with the exceptionally successful Pilot Proficiency Programs which were professionally designed and which had been operating successfully since the foundation of the APS. We changed the venue, which had been at Deniliquin on all previous occasions and took the program to the members. As a result we had Pilot Proficiency Programs at Deniliquin, Latrobe Valley, Toowoomba and Orange. This of course adds cost and administration for the Society. The increased number of attendees proved the value of the additional cost and administrative time.

We are now working on producing PPP Stage II which will deal in exciting detail with many of those practical and air time issues which confront us as part time pilots. We think this will be a great program which everyone who wants to improve their confidence, competence, efficiency and aviation skills, should attend.

The Outback Pub Crawl, although somewhat of a misnomer, and the largest event on our calendar, continued the initiatives of the previous committees and again proved an outstanding success. Nineteen aircraft and thirty nine persons from all over Australia took part and the riotous 70's night at White Cliffs was the culmination of an event which saw many friendships renewed and many new friendships made. In May next year the flyaway heads down the West Coast of Australia and is already 50% booked.

Evans Head and Benambra have been the subjects of individual reports.

Communication has been a major focus in the last year. The focus has been on activities which allow members to participate and to meet each other. Hopefully, this year the Committee will find the time to facilitate a system which provides members the opportunity to interact more freely on an individual level.

The web site has been revamped in stages I & II and stage III is in the process. We know that many do not have broadband access to the web and we have continued to mail out the bulletins, to ensure that members are kept fully informed. One area which needs some attention is to improve the system which allows members to advise when their email addresses change, as there are several who missed out on a number of emails later in the year.

Over the year membership has increased and the committee is conscious of the need to provide members with increased and better levels of activity and to encourage members to take matters into their own hands and organise events and activities which help members to meet and enjoy each others company. It doesn't have to be anything other than an open invitation to meet at a certain place on a certain day while having a bar-b-que. Make it a byo at a country or private airstrip or a fly in winery or a strip with a café or restaurant so that it doesn't matter whether one or one hundred turn up.

The year was at times exhausting and at times frustrating but the highs of meeting so many people, attending so many events and enjoying the company of others and learning something from just about everyone I met. The experiences were worth the work and effort and overall very rewarding. On balance, I came out the winner for being a part of the Committee.

The coming year has just as many challenges as the past year, but hopefully we will then have a Society which functions without too many problems and with a very much reduced workload for the Committee members. As volunteers, the work of the committee is done in personal time and often at the expense of family and private commitments. It is only through being on the Committee that we can appreciate the enormous amount of time and effort of individuals and previous Committees, which went in to forming this Association and establishing it as a successful aviation group.

Thanks to the present Committee for the efforts and contributions over the past year. Despite our glitches and hiccups, I believe that congratulations are due for the overall result and achievement and building on the work of the previous Committees.

We expect that 2006/07 will provide members with even greater potential for enjoyment and learning, which is the sole purpose for the existence of the APS.


Tom Courtney
15th October 2006

From The President  Spring 2004                                 

Hello Members & Fellow Piper Enthusiasts
 Welcome to our web site.  Also welcome to all those Piper aircraft enthusiasts who are viewing this site for the first time. Our society has only been in existence for a short time but in that time membership has grown beyond our expectation. The aim of the society is to foster social and educational interaction between Piper aircraft owners pilots and enthusiasts. Members are sent a quarterly news letter as well as participating in fly aways, fly in's, pilot education programmes and general information sharing. The society held it's first annual meeting at Port Macquarie in September 2004. Following is my report to members on the 2004-2005 year. We look forward to welcoming you along to one of our functions or programmes.

Firstly let me thank you all for the honour of allowing me to bey our President for the next 12 months.  I see the society not only growing and hopefully fulfilling the expectations of members, but being a beacon to all Piper enthusiasts:  where we can assist each other in keeping our aging aircraft and in some cases our aging pilots, flying safely and facilitate a fraternity where we can all benefit from our unique experience of being able to defy gravity and sore with the birds. 

 Thank you to our three new committee persons for so willingly taking up the challenge and giving of their time.  Also a big thank you to our retiring committee persons Rob McCombie and Andrew Barriskill. Your contribution is appreciated by us all.  Fortunately Andrew who has been posted to the USA, has volunteered to continue as our website Co-ordinator.  Thank you Andrew.  The big job of Secretary/Treasurer has willingly been taken on by Faye used to be Miller now Warren.

Faye and her husband John hale from Gippsland Victoria where they are both actively involved with the Latrobe Valley Aero Club. I can tell you from experience that this is a very demanding job so if and where you can, please give Faye as much assistance as you can. 

 Faye has also taken over compiling and producing this newsletter. Ray Peterson has agreed to remain in the position of Social Director,as has David Law who remains as Member Co-ordinator.  One of our new committee Duncan Morris, has agreed to take on the responsibility of co-ordinating our training and technical needs.  This position also encompasses the Pilot Proficiency Program.  Across in the west our past president Min Stokes and new committee member Olga Ward will be looking after all things in WA.  Olga is a bit of a celebrity, being a regular contributor to Australian Flying magazine with her column on aviation medicine.  I'm sure Olga would be only too happy to assist any member with problems associated with our flying health. 

 As for me, well I'm just going to sit back and delegate out any problems that may arise. Any organisation is only as good as the input it gets from it's members so please don't be backward in coming forward with any ideas or suggestion you may have regarding our Society or the direction you would like to see it going.  All I ask is that the Society remain non political and concentrates on it's core objectives.  The Society is at this time an Associate Member of Australian AOPA and a member of the Aviation Safety Foundation Australia ASFA. 

One thing I do wish to accomplish in the next 12 months is the formation of regional groups of the Society all over Australia.  This way members within those regional areas can get together easily for one day or weekend get togethers.  To accomplish this we desperately need volunteers to come forward as co-ordinators.  If you believe you have any skills in this area or if you would consider giving it a go, please contact any member of the committee.  Australia is a big place when your aircraft only has a TAS of 120 knots or less and we don't want any member to miss out just because they do not reside in the higher density population areas.  On the same note we need to accommodate the older Pipers of the rag and wire era, but we cannot do it without your help. With enough dedication and co-operation the Australian Piper Society can be all things to all people.
On the social calendar there are many exciting events planed.  I'msure these are listed elsewhere so I will not elaborate.  Suffice to say it is no good saying your Society does nothing for you if you do not participate in planed events.  I hope to have the opportunity to personally meet many members at the Avalon Airshow in May.  The Australian Piper Society will have a stand at the airshow in the GA area which will be manned on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday - please come and say hello.  Over the next 12 months I hope to meet as many of you as possible.

Until then -  safe flying with a fair weather - following wind.

Geoff Derrin   November 2004

From The President  Summer 2004

On behalf of the committee, I would like to wish all our members a very happy and safe new year.  The Society has got off to a great start.

 The Deniliquin Fly-in was a great success, despite some disappointing weather, it was an excellent opportunity for us to meet new friends and see some fine examples of ?Prides and Joys?. For those of you who were unfortunately unable to make it, we look forward to meeting you this year.  Many thanks are due for the success of the fly-in, particularly to Geoff and Kerry Derrin for keeping us all entertained and fed, to the Deniliquin Aero Club for hosting the event,to Marjorie Pagani who came along as our guest speaker at what was a somewhat turbulent time for her, and to Joe Moharich and Danielle Maxwell from Piper Aircraft Sales coming along in a very nice Seminoleand assuring us all of their support, which will of course work both ways.

 Here in the West we are having a busy and very hot summer, now that world events are more settled and CASA have streamlined their overseas licence verification procedures we once again have many pilots from the UK and Europe coming to tour Australia by air. ?We only want to fly Pipers? they say in various accents, which is great for us!

 In the Minovation camp, my trusty Tomahawk FIG should roll out of the Alert Aviation hangar any day now with her overhauled engine and Paul Sterling's wing life extension mod, which should give her another ten or more years of flying. Rob Kendrick has recently purchased a companion Tomahawk for her, very appropriately named JAM! With KTP andUFA watch out for the FIGJAM formation team!

 My husband and I hope to fly our little red Warrior PMW to the next AGM. She started her career at Port Macquarie, hence the callsign,as the first Warrior to enter service in Australia. Look forward to seeing you all there, if not before!

 On a more serious note, there will be many changes to GA in the next year or so, one of the more disturbing of which being the proposal to introduce security checks for all GA pilots. I urge you all to keep informed of developments. Although the Piper Society is an a political organisation, we all still have a democratic voice.

Keep the ball in the middle!


From The President  Spring 2003

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the members of our new Society, which will give us all an opportunity to get to know other Piper owners and enthusiasts and get even more from our Piper aircraft!

A brief introduction, I own and run a flying school and aircraft hire business at Jandakot Airport which has been nominated as the local Piper Flight Centre. We have a Piper ?haven? in what is predominantly a Cessna enclave. We use Tomahawks, Warriors and Arrows for training and hire as well as a Dakota and Archer for hire, and a Cub for low level and tail wheel training. We are proud owners of the oldest Tomahawk and oldest Warrior in Australia which are still going strong!

One of my Tomahawks is about to undergo the wing spar modification and I would love to hear from anyone who has already had this done. With an engine overhaul being done at the same time, FIG will be as good as new and carry students safely through their training and first solo flight for many years to come. As a contrast I am currently working on a project which will hopefully lead to ordering some brand new Warriors and Archers from Vero Beach- the next generation!

 Being in Jandakot will mean that I will be a long way away from many of you but hope that any members from ?over East? visiting WA as well as our local members will come and see us. All members are very welcome to use our facilities while here and we can help you with parking and maintenance, and the weird Jandakot procedures!

Finally I would like to thank Andrew and the other members of the committee who have worked very hard to make the Piper Society a reality, and on behalf of the committee I would like to thank all the members for their support so far. We hope to hear from you all and any ideas you may have for the Society that will benefit us all.

 Happy Flying