RFDS Clare Black Tie Gala Ball 2024

BLACK TIE GALA BALL Saturday 26th October 2024. To celebrate RFDS Clare Support Groups 70th year of fundraising at the Clare Valley Aerodrome with entertainment by Chunky Custard . The Clare RFDS Support Group is the oldest support group in regional Australia. The evening will be all inclusive with food, wine and entertainment and bus transfers included. Tickets will be on sale from May 1st 2024.

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The Last Minute Hitch 16 April 2021

My excursion to Clare Valley Aerodrome last weekend was a real eye-opener and a delight to have done. The purpose was to help present the 2020 CASA Wings Award for the Aero Club of the Year to Clare Valley Flying Group, but the journey turned out to be much more than that. CVFG, who runs the airport, has built a magnificent facility that is everything you would expect from an enthusiastic, dedicated and supported group that was faced with a clean sheet.

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"Plane on a Pole" Wind Vane April 2021

If you have driven past the Clare Valley Aerodrome recently, you will likely have noticed a new addition to the entrance way.

And while it might just look like a ‘plane on a pole’, it is in fact the site’s new wind vane, and quite an engineering feat.

The plane and propeller move with the wind, it has a retractable undercarriage, and at night, solar navigation and cockpit lights illuminate.

The full-size, Tobago TB10 – a French-made trainer plane – was donated to the group by Flight Training Adelaide.


The Last Minute Hitch 8 April 2021

I'm hitting the road tomorrow for Clare, SA. My task in Clare on Saturday is to take part in the presentation ceremony for the Clare Valley Flying Group's Wings Award for 2020 Aero Club of the Year.

Hitch Australian Flying editor Steve Hitchen.

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Clare Valley Flying Group Club of Year 2020

The Clare Valley Flying Group winners of 2020 CASA Wings Award

Aero Club of the Year - Award Criteria

- the highest standards of safety and innovation for the GA sector.
- Provide consistent and innovative value to the sector and the aviation industry in Australia.
- Contribute to the growth and development of the sector in significant and identifiable ways.
- Have contributed in some specific way to the advancement of general aviation in the past 12 months.
- Meet all aviation and corporate regulatory and operational requirements to the highest standards.
- Evidence of successful operations is essential.

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All Weather Runway And Lighting Upgrade Project 2020

Commenced 4th March 2019 completed March 26th 2020. On time and on budget.

Project Funding details

Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund-Projects Infrastructure Stream BBRF65802

Government of South Australia -Department Planning, Transport & Infrastructure

Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council

Total Project Grant Funding

Clare Quarry Pty Ltd
$54,720 In-kind support


Australian Flying March April 2017

Very few new airports have been built in Australia, a testament to the flagging fortunes of the industry. Lucianne van Gelder examines one of them, Clare Valley in South Australia, and shows us how they got the job done.

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Clare Valley Aerodrome Opening 2014

The Clare Valley Aerodrome opening on Saturday 1st November 2014 was a huge success, with a large crowd in attendance.

The Aerodrome was officially opened by Richard and Peter Champion de Crespigny who said:

"We are privileged to join with you all to celebrate your remarkable efforts to build only the second private aerodrome in Australia in the last 50 years.
You have created a strategic asset that is the foundation for growth in health services, commerce, travel and tourism. This is an asset that will reward future generations."

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How do I become a member of the Clare Valley Flying Group Inc?

The CVFG Inc is passionate about promoting all Aeronautical Activities at the Clare Valley Aerodrome as well as promoting what the Clare Valley has to offer to all visitors. Download the CVFG Inc Membership Form below to apply.