Chief Engineer Change

As we announced earlier this year, Peter Pring-Shambler, Temora Aviation Museum’s Chief Engineer, has stepped down as Chief Engineer and moved into a 12 month consulting role for the Museum. Effective 1st July 2012, Andrew Bishop was promoted to the position of Chief Engineer.

Peter said “I’ve been Chief Engineer of the Museum since its inception and during that time part of my role has been to develop and grow our talent.  Andrew is ready for this and we have worked through a comprehensive transition period together. I’m also ready to look at doing some other things alongside my role at the Museum.”

Museum President and Founder David Lowy AM said “Pete has been integral to my aviation activities since well before the establishment of the Museum and I am pleased that he will have a continuing role with us.”

Andrew Bishop said “I have been with the Museum since 2004 and have been fortunate to have the chance to learn from Pete’s many years of experience on ex-military aircraft. I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the engineering team and continuing to contribute my skills in a way that will see Australia’s military aviation heritage preserved and displayed for future generations.”

SPITFIRE VH-HET

Our Mk. VIII Spitfire has been out of the air for some time now with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in the USA for a complete overhaul. Newly appointed Chief Engineer Andrew Bishop will head to the States next week to be involved with the engine rebuild and test runs before it is shipped back to Australia and re-installed in the aircraft.

The Museum’s team of engineers decided while the engine was out of the aircraft, it was the perfect opportunity to conduct a firewall forward restoration and have all components tested, repaired and replaced as necessary. Over the past few months they have been very busy carrying out this restoration which has included the following:
– Engine Mount Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and corroded parts replaced.
– All components completely stripped and painted
– New hoses and pipes
– Propeller sent to the UK for overhaul
– Manufacture of new cowling frames
– Rebuild of the radiator flaps and shrouds
– Overhaul of the lower main fuel tank
– Annual inspection of the airframe

This has been a massive undertaking for our team of engineers but one which will ensure the longevity of the aircraft. The time and effort which has been invested into our Spitfire in recent months will see it return to the skies towards the end of 2012.

AIRCRAFT SHOWCASE – FIGHTERS

This Saturdays Aircraft Showcase features the Museum’s Fighters. The Spitfire Mk. XVI, Boomerang and Meteor will form the flying program and the addition of the Cessna A-37B Dragonfly is sure to make it a memorable day of flying. The weather forecast calls for fine weather on Saturday but it will be cool so make sure that you bring a jumper or two and enjoy this special Aircraft Showcase.

Now is a perfect opportunity for you to examine the Spitfire Mk VIII skeleton whilst its restoration work is being completed. Currently a spare Merlin engine has been temporarily installed to allow the Engineers to correctly fabricate replacement parts for the engine cowling. After the completion of the Aircraft Showcase flying program visitors are invited to explore the engineering facility and ask questions from the engineers and pilots in order to gain an insight what happens beneath the skin of the aircraft.

 

CEEP GRANT

The Temora Aviation Museum is proud to announce that we have been successful in obtaining $118,126 of Federal funding as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus made the announcement of over $42 million in grants to improve energy efficiency across community buildings and facilities. More information about the CEEP can be found here.

Improving energy efficiency is a central element of the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future plan, and the Temora Aviation Museum are excited to be a partner in this program which will help boost productivity in our economy and move Australia towards a low-carbon future.

The Funding will be utilised to upgrade the existing inefficient lighting systems throughout the Museum Public Exhibition Area’s reducing the total energy consumption required for lighting by 84% which equates to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of 106 tonnes per year.

Not only will energy efficient lighting save energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission, it will also create an enhanced experience for Museum visitors by providing a high quality theatrical atmosphere to showcase the Museum’s unique collection of ex-military aircraft. It is anticipated that the new energy efficient lighting will be commissioned by mid-September 2012 for all Museum visitors to enjoy.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of Aircraft Showcase dates and the aircraft which are scheduled to fly for each one.