[2] Bad Mooney Rising

Team Captain: Rowan Hill

Other Member: Stuart Payne and Jeremy Payne

Aircraft:  Mooney M20J VH-SJT

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Team Bad Mooney Rising

One of the regulars for the Outback Air Race, Bad Mooney Rising is back for 2018, badder than ever!  Even their team name is bad, being an appalling play on their aircraft type and the well-known CCR/John Fogerty song from 1969.

 This year Bad Mooney Rising comprises:

  • 2015 Race Manager Rowan Hill
  • 2018 Race Manager Stuart Payne
  • Stuart’s Sydney-based son, Jeremy Payne
  • and their trusty Mooney, VH-SJT

Bad Mooney Rising are out to keep the competition honest and show some of the newbies “how it’s done”.

Having worked with the RFDS on previous outback air races, and travelled the outback, Bad Mooney Rising understand the vital role that the RFDS play in providing their “mantle of safety” to all who live or travel in rural or outback Australia – and the ongoing need for funds to support them.  We are proud to once again help to bring together more than a hundred extraordinary people with a common passion for fundraising and aviation, under the banner of the Outback Air Race. Please support us and our event.


Team Captain: Rowan Hill

Rowan has been involved in the Outback Air Race since 2012, when his flying buddy, and Outback Air Race veteran Stuart, invited him to join the race committee. In the 2015 event, Rowan was Race Manager and enjoyed the comradery of a committed and talented team. Rowan shared the race in 2012 with his father who reflected on the race, saying that “it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience”. Now preparing for his third event, Rowan is thrilled to be part of the 2018 race. Rowan is a Principal Process Engineer at Mineral Resources Limited, and gets to see closely how reliant mining operations and their communities are reliant on the services of the RFDS.

Rowan has been a private pilot for seventeen years. He feels that the Outback Air Race is an amazing opportunity for pilots to “spread their wings” and travel to destinations they would rarely fly otherwise. What truly makes the race is sharing it with other like-minded pilots and passengers.


Team Member: Stuart Payne

Stuart is a long term addict to the Outback Air Race, having been a participant in the 2006 event, then Treasurer for the 2009, 2012 and 2015 events, and now Race Manager for 2018. A private pilot for over 35 years, Stuart has seen a lot of change in the event, but equally some things have not changed: such as the event creed of Flying, Fundraising and Fun.   Stuart is an Engineering Manager for WorleyParsons in Perth, and a passionate supporter of the RFDS.   He is enthusiastic about the 2018 event, and is excited about the record registrations for the 2018 event which is hoped to be even more successful than the past events.


Team Member: Jeremy Payne


Joining the Outback Air Race for the first time this year is Stuart’s Son Jeremy. Whilst Jeremy doesn’t have a pilot’s license himself (yet), he has spent many hours in the passenger seat with both his Father and Grandfather. Jeremy lives in Sydney and works for the National Australia Bank. He’s looking forward to getting out of the office and seeing some parts of Australia he might never have the opportunity to see otherwise.


Team Member: Mooney VH-SJT

Stuart & Rowan are equal partners in the ownership of their 1985 M20J Mooney, VH-SJT.  SJT has been on the 2009, 2012 and 2015 events so is herself no stranger to the Outback Air Race.   After purchase by Stuart in 2009, SJT has undergone a few equipment upgrades to make her an even better aircraft for long distance flights such the OAR.  The Mooney motto says it all: “We like to Fly, Fast!”