Murrayfield Aerodrome forging links with the community


Pilots John Hewitt, Doug Whitfield, Michael Chlopek and Jeff Stein.
Murrayfield Aerodrome forging links with the community
Murrayfield Aerodrome forging links with the community
Murrayfield Aerodrome forging links with the community
Murrayfield Aerodrome forging links with the community
Pilots John Hewitt, Doug Whitfield, Michael Chlopek and Jeff Stein.

MANDURAH is spectacular from the sky.

Tributaries snake through verdant fields before flowing into the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

Matchbox cars zip through the road network and high-rise buildings dominate the cityscape.

More and more people are enjoying a bird’s-eye view of Mandurah, with Murrayfield Aerodrome experiencing a surge in popularity.

Manager Michael Chlopek said membership had grown “tenfold” in the past 18 months.

There are now 30 student pilots, aged from 15 to 60 years old, and Foundation Christian School student Emily Norman-Murphy (15) was the youngest pilot to fly solo in WA.

“We are extremely lucky to have this facility here,” Mr Chlopek said.

“We’ve forged close links with the Mandurah and Peel Tourism Association, with increased exposure for the region.

“The City of Mandurah uses the airstrip as a base for its mosquito spraying and the Rockingham skydiving group operate from here. We offer joy flights and people can take a scenic flight in a Tiger Moth.”

Mr Chlopek is keen to attract community groups to take advantage of the airfield.

“We’ve hosted an Alzheimer’s group and Mandurah Photography Club,” he said.

“We are expecting Silver Chain to come out soon.”