A former Bunbury pilot will soon be representing the region in the iconic Outback Air Race, a journey almost 4000km long.
Pilot Scott Palmer will be competing in the race, which is a major fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and is hoping to raise $10,000.
Member for Bunbury Don Punch said it was fantastic to see Bunbury represented.
“The Outback Air Race is a major fundraising event for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and its Mr Palmer’s personal experience of how aviation supports people in Bunbury experiencing serious medical events has prompted him to participate”, he said.
Now living in Perth, Mr Palmer still has family in Bunbury and regularly flies in to Bunbury’s Airport.
“Mr Palmer has told me how the outstanding facilities at Bunbury Regional Airport have enabled him to visit sick relatives, and the positive impact the Royal Flying Doctors operating from Bunbury have had on his family,” Mr Punch said.
“The fact that Mr Palmer is citing his aviation experiences in Bunbury as one of the motivators for his participation in this national event shows just how fortunate we are to have these facilities and services.
“I encourage all Bunbury residents, especially those who have had experiences with the Royal Flying Doctor or who just love aviation and enjoy the facilities of the Bunbury Regional Airport to get behind them.”
Mr Palmer has more than 500 hours of flying experience and will be participating in the race with Caleb Duggan as Team ZIC, named after the callsign of the aircraft they will be using to compete in the race.
To make a donation visit oar18.everydayhero.com/au/teamzic.