In the beginning…
My interest in aviation was sown from an very early age. My earliest memories of childhood were of being
ferried around the place in various light aircraft – usually resulting in me bringing up my breakfast or
lunch when turbulence hit.
I can still conjure the thrill I felt when landing in our light aircraft on that huge runway at
Mascot Airport (Sydney) on my way back to Scots. You may ask why I was I so privileged to have
this exciting mode of transport – well – my grandfather, Edward Macarthur-Onslow,
was one of Australia’s early aviators, who, during the early 1930’s, founded one of
Australia’s first private flying schools (Macquarie Grove Flying School) at
what is now Camden Airport.
In 1977 I took the sky on my own shortly after my fifteen birthday. This achievement was
under the tutoring of gliding world record holder Johnny Rowe at the Narromine Soaring Centre.
I had to shout the bar at the Narromine Hotel even though I was still
unable to buy myself a drink.