64 - COONAMBLE / BANKSTOWN
infant girls born in January 2004 are being treated for a potentially
serious illness. Fosters Carers were located in Coonamble NSW and
required transport to the Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick (Sydney).
The Foster Carers, Kim and Dennis Smith, underwent two days training
to ensure they were able to correctly administer the infants' medication
before returning to Coonamble with the twins.
Justin MacIntosh - Pilot
by Justin MacIntosh
quickly boarded Kim and Dennis and completed the safety briefing.
Rain, wind and cloud base were worsening as we taxied out
and back tracked to the threshold of Rwy05. With all checklist
items completed, I applied power and took off into the weather.
Cloud base was now at 700 AGL or 1,300 MSL and I was immediately
on the instruments. The Navajo handled the climb to 9,000
beautifully with light turbulence and constant rain (really
great for the outback to see all this rain). Again, we were
in cloud almost all the way until our descent into Bankstown.
We filed over Mudgee, Bathurst, Wyatt and Watle.
was Kim and Dennis's first flight and I think they were very
pleased to be on the ground in Bankstown. Kim and Dennis's
story is amazing, they are fostering these twin baby girls
which is a great effort in itself, but they have already fostered
other children as well as HAVING 5 CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN!!!!
landed at Bankstown at about 11:40AM which was 20 minutes
ahead of what we thought would be our ETA Bankstown due to
Graham organising things for our first flight ahead of schedule.
would like to thank Graham Bentley (registered Angel Flight
pilot and Earth Angel) for his help and company.
Bentley - Pilot Helper and Earth Angel
by Graham Bentley
was completed this morning as the return journey from Mission
M59. It was raining heavily as we left Coonamble at 0945 am
and it was solid cloud and rain almost all the way to Bathurst
when breaks started to appear. Travelling was smooth. We landed
at Bankstown at 1125 am and dropped Kim and Dennis at RWH
Randwick at 12.25 pm.
Kim and Dennis.
taken at Bankstown after arrival - L to R Justin MacIntosh,
Kim Smith, Dennis Smith and of course Piper Navajo VH- WZZ
Chis J Lee - Pilot
report by Chris J Lee
was an amazing trip. It started when I met the twins girls
and Dennis and Kim as they arrived at Airtex Aviation terminal
at Bankstown good and early, having been brought from the
hospital by taxi. The babies were two tiny sleeping faces,
swathed in rugs, each just 3kg and lovingly borne by the strong
arms of Dennis and Kim. We were soon loaded and airborne,
Dennis having expressed some concern about the size of the
Baron (I think they came down on a Navajo!) - then climbing
up through the low cloud over Sydney to reach the blue sky
and sunshine above. The girls had little bonnets with padding
over their ears as some protection against the noise, but
both slept pretty much throughout the 1 hour 20 minute flight,
sucking dummies and tiny fingers flexing. Despite us arriving
25 minutes early at Coonamble, cousin 'Bronco' was already
waiting with his car . The girls were slipped into the two
baby capsules on the back seat and after a quick chat Bronco
started up and headed off towards town.
sure that our infant passengers' luck has turned, with what
struck me as amazingly gentle love, and an extended family
of children and cousins to care for them.
was a poignant contrast between this angel flight and a commerical
flight I'd done 24 hours earlier - taking 2 young women offenders
with 3 police escorts from court in regional NSW to detention
Kim, Twins and Angel Bear.