The Three Amigos
Peter, the Chief … well, only … pilot of Team Three Amigos got his PPL back in 1990. However, due to stints overseas and interstate, Peter did little flying between 1993 and 2010. That all changed just over a year ago with the purchase of a 2002 Trinidad TB20GT now known as VH-IPF (formerly N98GT) from the USA. Flying over the continental USA and then the Pacific, the plane performed flawlessly flying all the way from Florida to Sydney in a little over one week.
IPF, Peter and the Amigo’s are looking forward to their next adventure exploring IPF’s newly adopted country. Peter is currently working towards his Command Instrument Rating and plans to have that completed in time for the Air Race.
Malcolm first came into contact with flying when, as a wide eyed 7 year old, his parents packed him off to stay with friends in QLD. On the flight from Newcastle, not content just to sit in his seat all the way from Newcastle to Brisbane, he asked the stewards if he could go to the cockpit and meet the pilots. That experience made a big impression on a little kid. It wasn't until some years later that Malcolm finally got to fly anything himself. In 2004, Malcolm took up learning how to fly helicopters, accumulating a very modest 30 hours as a student.
Having always harboured an ambition to "do an outback trip", when asked if he'd like to take part in the Outback Air Race and, importantly, to contribute to work that the RFDS does, it took all of about 2 seconds for Malcolm to think "Yes" was the correct answer.
Malcolm comes equipped with opposable thumbs which is very handy for keeping a safe grip on his drinks …
Tony has been a keen bushwalker all his life. Inspired by his parents love of bushwalking and volunteer work for "Friends of Binna Burra", which Tony is also a member of, in Lamington National Park in QLD
He has been privileged to have hiked many spectacular places in Australia, NZ and further abroad with The Three Amigo's team and flown with the Chief on some memorable trips. Working in the health sector and a keen supporter of Care Flight and now the The Royal Flying Doctor Service he is looking forward very much to our next adventure.
The Three Amigos (Peter, Tony & Mal), along with some others from time to time, have been very fortunate over recent years to have hiked through some spectacular areas of Australia and further afield.
In late 2007, starting modestly with a 2 day hike through the Royal National Park just south of Sydney. Then, in early 2008, we were joined by a 4th Amigo (Bob MacDonald) and ventured down to Tasmania and tackled the Overland Track.
Later in 2008, we were then joined by fellow Amigos, Bob along with our Czech contingent, Igor and Ivo. The group of 6 tackled the Fraser Island Great Walk over 5 days ... and did not see one dingo!!
In 2009, now back to The Three Amigos, we headed across the ditch to tackle some of New Zealand’s finest walks. Firstly, The Milford Track and then, after a memorable night in Te Anau where Tony belted out one of his finest tributes to Warren Zevon, with a masterful rendition of Werewolf of London, we headed off to see the wonders of the Routeburn Track.
As a warm up to NZ, the team, along with some cameo appearances from a few other Amigos, took on the Six Foot Track in The Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
More recently, in 2010, the Three Amigos pushed the boundaries further with a trip to Peru where we took the long way (8 days) to hike from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu through some spectacular mountain areas, and remote valleys & villages. After a couple of days rest, we then headed north of Lima to Huaraz where we trekked through the Huayhuash Circuit over 8 days. The Huayhuash hike was even more remote than Choquequirao and reinforced to us the very hard and remote living that the people of the area have.
It is this harsh and remote living that also epitomises the Australian Outback. With the opportunity to take part in the 2012 OAR, we are looking forward to supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and contributing to the work they do in the many outback communities across Australia.