Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Friday, 13 January 2017 11:17

Pays Flying Museum and Joy Flights

Pays are an Upper Hunter family owned business with over 50 years in aviation. Based at Scone Airport, Pays can provide all your aviation needs.

The Pays flying Warbirds museum is a must see for aviation enthusiast and while you are there, look over Pays fleet of fire fighting aircraft and helicopters that service the NSW Rural Fire Service. Pays are very passionate about their warbirds as shown by the beautiful collection. The restoration and maintenance of the timeless machines can only be undertaken by a very dedicated team of engineers and supporting staff. Take a look at Pay's collection of Warbirds here. Pay’s Warbirds are kept at the Scone NSW base of Pay’s Air Service. The museum is open to visits on a donation basis with prior arrangement, and large group tours can also be accommodated.

Experience the thrill of actually flying in a warbird and enjoy an exhilarating flight over the beautiful Upper Hunter including Lake Glenbawn and the horse studs of Segenhoe Valley.

Scenic Flights

Take off from Scone airport and take in the sights of the picturesque upper Hunter. With the 30 minute option you can take in the sights of the Wingen maid, Liverpool Range and Lake Glenbawn or alternatively head south to see the coal industry from the air then return overflying the local communities and horse studs in the Segenhoe Valley - Valued at $250+GST. Alternatively why not take in all the sights with a 1hr scenic for the great value of $400+GST. All flights can take up to 3 passengers for the price above.

Adventure Flights

Bird Dog - The Cessna Bird Dog stepped in to take the place of the Cessna 170. Jumping from 145 Hp to 213Hp, by 1962 there had been 3431 Birddogs manufactured. The US army purchased many Bird Dogs for the Vietnam War for use as observers and forward air control, which required them to carry target marking rockets. This is ideal for someone who would like a taste of flying in a war bird. Since its primary use was observing, the large windows give the passenger great views of the local area. For a 1 hr flight $390 incl GST

The Tiger Moth (DH-82) was manufactured by De Havilland and first flew in 1931. It was primarily a trainer aircraft which had two seats. The first model had a 120hp Gipsy III inverted inline engine, this was soon upgraded to the Gipsy Major engine with 130hp. Enjoy the breeze in the open cockpit of the tiger as you take in the sights of the Upper Hunter. For a ½ hr flight $300 incl GST or for a 1 hr flight $550 incl GST.

Aerobatics are available to complete the Tiger Moth experience. The North American Harvard was designed in the late 1930's following demand for an aircraft purpose built to train military pilots all over the world. There was an increasing demand for military combat pilots and by the 1940's the total training hours required had been cut to only 200 hours total, of that time 75 hours were in the T-6. The T-6G (1946) model was better than the previous designs because there was an increased fuel capacity, a more user friendly cockpit layout and, a tail wheel that was steerable by the pilot. The T-6 was being used as a basic pilot trainer right up into the 70's and there are many that are airworthy today but only used in civil aviation. This is ideal for someone who would like to enjoy the speed and the sound of a roaring radial engine in a genuine World War 2 military trainer. If you are feeling adventurous there is an option of doing aerobatics. For a ½ hr flight $600 incl GST.

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