With an operational airstrip, the move to commence an Aero Club began in mid 1969 a public meeting was called and formed a committee with a Preliminary President, Mr Garth West and Preliminary Secretary, Mr Colin Bainbrigge. The inaugural meeting was held at the Seabrese Hotel on the 30th October 1969. The first committee elected was:
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President: Dr. C.A. Douglas
Vice President: Mr. Brian Kerr
Hon. Secretary: Mr. Ken Glanville
Hon. Treasurer: Mr. R. Moore
Committee Members: Mr. Garth West, Mr. Colin Bainbrigge, Mr. Norm Thurecht, Mr. Roy Kassulke
The Club was incorporated on the 22nd September 1970, but flying training could not commence until the airfield as licenced. The works required to achieve this were eventually completed and licence was granted on the 8th October 1971.
Initally, club training was a shared arrangement with Mr. Norm Thurecht's Redcliffe Flying Service. The first office was shared between the two organisations and was originally a building moved to the airfield from Krebs Sawmill and was located adjacent to Nathan Road, which was then barely passable track. Subsequently, a new building, which exits today in the fibro building located to the west of the clubhouse was constructed. The task was undertaken by Mr. Graham Keilor and Mr. John Farrell and commenced in February, 1973.
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The Club's first hangar was constructed in April 1972. That year the field was inundated by king tides which ultimately led to the Redcliffe City Council constructing the levee bank we see today. 1972 was the first time the Redcliffe airfield was listed in the DCA publications.
The Club benefited from the generosity of Mr. David Eban, who offered a building he had acquired, for use as a clubhouse. The offer was accepted and on the 18th November 1978, the Club moved premises. It was subsequently destroyed by fire in 1993 and the structure that exists today was built. The club constructed it's new hangar which was officially opened on 14th July 1998 and named the Norman Thurecht Memorial Hangar.
Over the years, many people have contributed to the success of the Redcliffe Aero Club, which has a proud record of achievement. Many students have gone on to have successful careers in aviation and the Club continues to grow in reputation and size - may it continue.
Prepared by: Mr. Malcolm Allsopp from Club records and information supplied by Mrs. J. Thurecht,
Mr. C. Bainbrigge, Mr. K. Tibbitts, Mr. B. Kerr and Mr. K. Galville