Team Sims
Team Captain: Daniel De Vere
Other Member: Riv Clarke
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-260B Comanche Single VH-STF
Team Sims, would like to thank our team naming sponsor, Sims Metal Management for their generous support
Daniel De Vere
My first experience in a light aircraft was while in Scouts during an “Air Activities” Camp. Since that time I had flying on my list of things to do. Fast forward 15 years and I completed a TIF flight at Jandakot in the early 2000s, and again filed flying away for a few more years. Then in mid 2009, the bug finally bite and by the end of 2010 I gained my PPL(A). Since then I have gained my CSU and Retractable endorsements and have racked up 290hrs.
In 2007, over a 5 month period, I rode my motorbike around Australia clocking up over 32,000km by the time I returned to Perth. While travelling to as many remote locations as possible (going the long way) I became acutely aware of how remote many areas of the country are, and how far away help could be. During the past 15 years, I have work a wide variety of remote location WA and NT, and at time being in excess of 6 hours drive from the closest hospital. It was while working on these mine sites, I have seen first hand the value and benefits that are provided by the RFDS. Be it from motor vehicle accidents, heart attacks, snake bites or other misadventure, the RFDS is always there. I have seen this first hand.
This is my 2nd Outback Air Race. LETS KEEP THEM FLYING.