Gwen and John Tyburczy with the aircraft they bought a month ago.
Gwen and John Tyburczy with the aircraft they bought a month ago. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Nothing like being in the air

HENDON couple John and Gwen Tyburczy opted not to brave the gusty weather and take to the sky in their aeroplane on Saturday, but openly declared their love of recreational flying.

Mr and Mrs Tyburczy showed off their grounded Jabiru 230 at the Wings Over Warwick event at Massie Aerodrome at the weekend and the relatively new pilots beamed as they spoke about their hobby.

While John has held his pilot's licence for about a year now, wife Gwen - whose father used to own a landing strip - is working towards hers, training under Queensland Recreational Aircraft Association president Kelvin Hutchinson.

Mr Tyburczy said obtaining a pilot's licence was something he had always wanted to do, and said he finally did it when he was given a little push by his son.

"My son actually bought me an introductory flying lesson and it just started from there," he said.

When asked if they were fearful before taking off, the couple echoed a resounding "no" but said it was more about being cautious.

"I just love being up there and doing something that not many other people do," Mr Tyburczy said.

Another couple enjoying a newfound love of flying is Graham and Liz Hawthorn.

Mr Hawthorn was taught to fly by the late aviator Rob Behrend - who was killed in a plane crash in central Queensland last month - after a decades-long hiatus.

"I started learning in 1976 and did 15 hours but I gave it away when we had kids and were building a house, but it is much more affordable now," Mr Hawthorn said.

At the controls of an aircraft is now Mr and Mrs Hawthorn's favourite way to travel, with the couple having recently taken their Jabiru 230 on a holiday to North Queensland.

"We love it and it's just a different way of going on a holiday," Mr Hawthorn said.



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