Induction into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame.
The Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF) is a collection of passionate Aviation enthusiasts who are committed to recognising those people who have contributed so much to Australian Aviation. The mission of the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame is to honour those individuals and organisations whose outstanding contributions have significantly advanced aviation and areospace, and who continually inspire future generations.
Sir Robert Norman was inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHoF) and Bush Pilots Airways was presented with the Southern Cross Award at a gala event in the Temora Aviation Museum Hangar on Sat 12 November 2016. Sir Robert’s family attended as well as Ron Entsch and his daughter Jenny and about 35 other former Bushies staff and partners.
Steve Padgett, the Chairman of AAHoF and Co-founder of Alliance Airlines and Scott McMillan the CEO of Alliance, generously provided a Fokker 70 aircraft free of charge to fly Sir Robert’s family and ex Bushies staff and partners from Brisbane direct to Wagga Wagga on Saturday morning and return the following day. At midday we were all welcomed at a Mayoral Reception in the historic Council Chambers in Wagga Wagga. Mid-afternoon we were all bussed (courtesy of AAHoF) about an hour north east to the Temora Aviation Museum for pre-dinner drinks and canapes while watching a flying display by a restored Boomerang WW2 fighter.
We were then piped into dinner in the Museum Hangar to enjoy the evening’s festivities and Induction ceremonies and later that evening bussed back to our accommodation in Wagga Wagga. Ron Entsch made a speech after accepting the Southern Cross Award and all the ex Bushies staff and partners got up on the stage for group photos.
The following morning we flew direct from Wagga Wagga back to Brisbane – again courtesy of Alliance Airlines.