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Inverloch pilot takes on air challenge

MICHAEL Malone is embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, whilst spruiking the profile of Inverloch.
Mr Malone nominated himself for the 2018 Outback Air Race that will raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Beginning in Brisbane, Queensland on August 18, the race includes destinations such as Bundaberg, Longreach, Mount Isa, Adels Grove, Daly Waters, Katherine, Kununurra and finally Broome, Western Australia on August 30.
Forty teams will take on the challenge and estimate the time it will take for them to get to each destination. The closest time at each leg will earn teams points, with a time trial winner at the end.
The trick is to plan the day’s flying to incorporate everything the pilots wish to see and do that day. There is no advantage gained for aircraft speed; the race is judged on the pilot’s skill.
Mr Malone will be leading team number one, a team he has named Bunurong Inverloch. Mr Malone has been an Inverloch resident for 13 years.
“My aim is to promote Inverloch. Bunurong Field is the name of the airfield I constructed. We have our beautiful Bunurong coastal reserve and it is the name of our ward in the (Bass Coast) shire,” Mr Malone said.
Bunurong refers to the Boonwurrung language group of the Kulin Nation that lived in the area for tens of thousands of years.
The Southern Cross and the word Inverloch is also displayed on the plane.
Mr Malone has been passionate about flying for around 30 years. He obtained his pilot’s licence in 1992 and his commercial flight licence in 1995.
During the last 23 years, he has piloted Angel Flights (transporting patients) around Victoria and become a successful dairy farmer.
After unsuccessfully applying for the Outback Air Race three years ago, Mr Malone is thrilled about the opportunity and excited about the challenge ahead.
He will be flying in a team with Margaret Halsmith and Dave Jones.
Ms Halsmith participated in the Outback Air Race in 2015 and was often flown to work in remote areas in Western Australia.
She had her first flying lessons in 2011.
Mr Jones is a doctor with an ongoing love for aviation. He learned to fly in Jandakot, Perth.
He is looking forward to supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which supported him during his final year of medical school.
As a team, they must raise $6000.
To raise his $2000 share, Mr Malone will be approaching local businesses and already has a major sponsor in TS Constructions.
Brand stickers from supporting businesses will be stuck on the plane and proudly on show during the Outback Air Race.
Mr Malone is looking forward to the adrenaline and sense of competition.
“My wife and I have flown around Australia, so I have been to nearly all the places we will be landing,” he said.
“The navigation part will be quite a bit of a challenge. You’ve got to deal with the conditions, so it will be exciting. I’m just hoping we get beds every night.”

Adventure: Inverloch’s Michael Malone will be taking to the sky for the 2018 Outback Air Race in August.

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