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Meet The Team

Mark McMurtrie (Founder / Director)- Mark is highly passionate about helping his community. Through the four years he has owned River Heads Pharmacy he has become known to much of the wider community for his unique service and humour. Before owning his Pharmacy, Mark was a Director of 2 successful companies since 2007. After hearing the stories of many of his patients struggling to reach their Brisbane specialist appointments, he knew that his passion for flying could be put to a greater use. Mark holds a Commercial Pilot Licence with over 20 years flying experience, and prides himself on having the same number of take-offs and landings on every one of his flights.
Melissa Lay (Operations Manager / Director) – Melissa has worked in the community sector for many years, coordinating and delivering a diverse and innovative suite of programs for the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre aimed at improving the life and opportunities of some of our communities most vulnerable people. Melissa contributes a significant understanding of the community social services sector as well as training, employment and business development. Melissa has a tremendous sense of humility which enables her to help others. Her community roles include secretary of the Red Tape Shredders, member of the Hervey Bay Community Reference Group for the cashless debit card, youth action group and many more.
 

Warren Cox (CFO / Director) – Warren has many years of experience as the president of multiple non-profit organisations. Furthermore, his qualification as a chartered accountant brings valuable guidance as a Director. 

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Flying aint cheap, but it's priceless
Fresh out of it's 100 hourly inspection, the Piper Arrow has a full clean bill of health! Chris from Fraser Coast Aircraft Maintenance takes great care of the plane and heavily discounts the number of labour hours he puts in to keep us flying. What a legend 👏👏
Thank you to everyone donating and sponsoring to help keep us flying! Your community thanks you too🫂
🗣️We are doing the Bunnings bbq on Friday 9th December 😋
☝️If you would like to help us by volunteering please let us know. 
🌭Morning, lunch and afternoon slots available
🎉Don't forget we have our open day on Sunday 27th at the Hervey Bay aero club 10am - 2pm 
(Jmping castle for the kids)
✈️Welcome aboard Founding Sponsor #39 The Maryborough Sun 📰✈️
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Owner Craig and his team are dedicated to supporting local with over 14,000 copies of The Maryborough Sun delivered fortnightly throughout Maryborough and surrounds.
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With regular articles on facebook and each edition available on their website, you can keep up to date with everything happening around town ➡️https://www.marysun.com.au/
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Thank you for your generosity supporting us 🤩
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🛩️The Arrow is in for routine maintenance this week (100 hourly inspection)🔧
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She'll be up and going for next week's flights. We have a new patient needing our help too!
*With respect to all passenger privacy, we only share flight details and photos if consent is given. But we always have our aircraft movements recorded here if you're interested: http://aussieadsb.com/VirtualRadar/desktopReport.html?reg-Q=VH-WMJ&sort1=date&fbclid=IwAR17QCLek1F3dyz75pWwI8lRFlEtkgngJblrcWwCqypGy-uIDuY4VVXjwWE
Then next week she'll be in Redcliffe getting the big tick for IFR so I can start my Instrument flying training in January. You can join along with me to see what a pilot needs to go through to get an "Instrument Rating" (flying from takeoff until the last 60 seconds before landing without needing to look out of the window... Need to trust your instruments for sure!)
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Thanks Chris from Fraser Coast Aircraft Maintenance for keeping us flying, aussieadsb.com for the tracking link, and Greg from Avisyst Pty Ltd for getting us to IFR.
#communityflights #aviation #plane #aviationlovers #flying #TogetherWeFly #donate #keepusflying #avisyst #ifr #charity #closethegap
🥰 Thank you to Rebecca, Matt and Cherry 😸 from Art by Rebecca Jane  for this week's raffle donation 🥰
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Your gift basket with ~$250 worth of your colourful and vibrant gifts will be a great prize to one of our raffle supporters 😍
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🎁Your range make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers! 🎁🎄🎅 
Online shop here ➡️ https://www.artbyrebeccajane.com/
#betterthangiftcards 😁
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It's lovely to be surrounded by so many beautiful souls making Fraser Coast so rich in community spirit☺️
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⭐ subscribe $5/week for 5 tickets and help keep us flying for the cost of a ☕ ➡️ buy.stripe.com/5kAeWCcG37yh9BC288
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#Closingthegaptohealthcareaccess 
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🛑Stop scrolling for 30 seconds 🛑
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🙏Please give us a FREE vote here ➡️ mygivingcircle.org/community-flights
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Last September we were granted $2000 because we had enough votes and donations to get us to #6 🤩
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This weekend your votes count for double!
🛩️Flight Fact Friday & pilot quiz 🛩️
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This week's #FFF is about night flying. Under the Community Service Flights legislation, we can't provide flights at night by "visual" rules. This means that if your appointment was running late and the return flight would arrive after dark, then we wouldn't be able to depart.
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After unfortunately not gaining the community benefit grant to upgrade the aircraft, Mark decided to self-fund the Arrow navigation instruments to fly by "Instrument Flight Rules". Thank you to Greg at Avisyst Pty Ltd for organising this so quickly. Once the new Maintenance Release is signed off, we'll be flying by night or through clouds if needed 😄🌃☁️
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🤔Pilot quiz🤔
You're mid-flight at night just north of Sunshine Coast heading for Hervey Bay and you notice the amp meter is discharging instead of charging. After cycling the alternator switch, it still shows discharging. You decide to shed electrical load, but it's too late, your radio is not transmitting. You decide to call air traffic control by mobile for help to the nearest airport with PAL. Where do you look for air traffic control contact numbers, and how do you think you can get PAL activated with no VHF?
#communityflights #flightfactfriday #aviation #flying
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