Mal MacDonald Wins ERSA Competition!

There were some amazing photos taken by participants throughout the event. As with previous races, AirServices agreed to host the Outback Air Race photo competition, where the best participant photo will be published on the cover of the next ERSA. (For the non-pilots, the ERSA is a flight manual used by all pilots and is mandatory to be taken on every flight - so they have a very high circulation).

After the race, participants submitted their three best photos to the committee, who narrowed that list down to three, for final judging of the winner by AirServices.

We are pleased to announce Mal MacDonald’s action photograph of our favorite C180, ex-RFDS aircraft VH-FDH, landing at Davenport Downs will feature on the cover of the May ERSA!

Mal, who also won the 2012 photo competition, had this to say about his win: “Taking part in the 2015 event was a great privilege I was able to share with our many racers, sponsors and supporters. The landscape we flew over was spectacular, giving many of us with cameras a very special opportunity to capture some unique and rare perspectives of the outback. For me, a highlight of the event was Davenport Downs. I was fortunate to capture a couple of very special shots at Davenport including some of VH-FDH with Jan, Penny and Murray on board. With Jan and Penny blessing, I submitted a shot of FDH for the OAR ERSA comp. How delighted I was when I recently heard Air Services decided to place that wonderful aircraft on the cover of ERSA in May. A terrific tribute to the work and sacrifice Jan and Penny have put into many OARs and, of course, a public tribute to the wonderful FDH. I encourage everyone to buy your May ERSA (in good old traditional print version) when it comes out !”

Congratulations to the runners up:

Second place: Racers parked up at Davenport Downs, also shot by Mal

Third place: Stunning costal shot by the Freo Flyers enroute to Forrest

Well done again Mal and thanks everyone for your entries!

All ERSA competition entries can be found on our google drive photo album.