Three flight legs complete at the end of Week 3

Great Southern Region of WA

Last Friday and Saturday saw the successful completion of flight legs two and three for Wing Threads: Flight Around Oz!

You can watch the livestream replays of both flights below. Unfortunately, the battery went flat on my phone not long before I landed at Narrikup Airfield. Apologies for those who were watching! Nothing untoward happened, just me being a banana when it comes to tech ๐ŸŒ

The second leg saw me fly from Bunbury to Jingalup (near Kojonup). It was a great flight with beautiful smooth air the whole way. Unfortunately, my trailer didn’t have an equally smooth flight! Seems there was one too many big bumps in the road and one of the brackets on the leaf spring broke off, leaving a hole in the chassis.

Thankfully, I continue to find myself surrounded by many generous and smart people who know how to fix things! Huge thanks to Will Owen for conjuring up some temporary magic to get the trailer into town to be welded back together. We are now back on the road!

Many thanks to Kez too for being my ground crew and to the trike pilots of Hangar 68 at Bunbury Aero Club for hosting me while in Bunna.

The next morning I flew from Jingalup to Narrikup, just north of Albany. Narrikup Airfield is a private farm strip owned bythe lovely Colin and Beate Coxall who are hosting me this week!

I arrived at the airfield around 11.30am to the most amazing welcome! Colin did a smoke display in his RV over the airfield and I saw a line of aeroplanes of people who had flown in to meet me.

It was so great to meet everyone from all the local aero clubs as well and to see my friends from the Denmark Bird Group as well who also made the effort to come and see me fly in ๐Ÿฅฐ

This week, I’ve already done four school visits – Golden Hill Steiner School in Denmark, Albany Primary School, Parklands School in Albany and Cranbrook Primary School – and met with over 200 students from Grades 3-6 to share A Shorebird Flying Adventure. It is so inspiring to see how many schools are really into promoting environmental values and love their wildlife.

Unfortunately, I don’t get many pics from these events due to needing permission from parents to share images and such, but here’s one I managed to get from a visit to Albany Primary School on Monday ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ˜Š

Later this week, I’ll be doing a talk about Wing Threads at the Denmark Environment Centre on Friday 1st July @ 4pm.

I’ll also be at the Denmark Library on Monday 4th July @ 10.30am to do a book reading for their school holiday program.

If you’re in the area, you’re most welcome to come along to both events. I’d love to see you there!

After that, I’ll be heading onto my next stop in Bremer Bay! ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‹ With school holidays on, I’ve also decided to stop for a while in Bremer so that I can keep my commitments to visiting local primary schools here before heading on to Ravensthorpe and Esperance.

Many thanks for your support everyone! Keep the messages coming! I don’t always get around to responding to them all but I do read and appreciate every single one ๐Ÿ˜„

Until next week ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Milly Formby
Milly Formby is a zoologist, pilot, and illustrator of the children’s book, A Shorebird Flying Adventure She is currently flying her microlight around Australia in 2022/23 to share,A Shorebird Flying Adventure with primary students.
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Milly Formby is a zoologist and illustrator of the children’s book A Shorebird Flying Adventure. Available now through CSIRO Publishing.

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