The Evolution of Jet Action
In about February 1994 a small group of club members brought an idea, a vision to a club meeting. That vision saw a model air show being skilfully and professionally organised and conducted by the club and attracting large numbers of members of the public to serve two main interests; to elevate the profile of a hobby/sport which previously sought to play matters close to its chest and avoid contact with the public, and secondly, to raise much-needed funds for the club to assist with the rapid development of facilities. On the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June 1994 the Club saw that vision materialize.
About 27 local and interstate pilots came to Monarto to fly state-of-the-art jet aircraft in a series of competitive disciplines and display flying. An extensive promotional campaign including posters, flyers, press coverage, radio commercials and television features resulted in an influx of about 5,000 members of the public over the two days of the flying program. In April 1995 the club continued with the established formula and conducted the second Jet Action event and, whilst the weather held off long enough to complete the first days program, the heavens opened on the Sunday and the day became a washout. Luckily the event broke even financially and a decision was made to continue with the event the following year with a significant upgrade of facilities. In January 1996 the club laid a 100m x 10m bitumen landing strip at a cost of $15,000 becoming the first model aero club in the State, and one of the first in the country, to do so. It was a gamble aimed at attracting a higher level of pilot participation and it was one that paid off!
Jet Action '96 saw a very high standard of model competing for a wide range of prizes and trophies and once again the spectator support was of the order of 5,000 - 6,000 people over the two public days. Jet Action '96 was heralded by the Australian aero modelling community as one of the most successful events in the history of the sport. The small band of dedicated club members who pull together the treads of this event devote their energies over an extended 7 - 8 month period and, as the day draws near, call upon up to 50 volunteers from the Club ranks to assist with the myriad of tasks to be seen to in order that the event operates smoothly and efficiently.
In 2018, after the 25th year of Jet Action, it was decided change to a biennial event. The next Jet Action is expected to held in May 2020
Jet Action 2020
Public welcome from 10.00am on Sat and Sun as Friday is closed to the public due to it being pilot set up day (action winds down around 4.00pm each day)
||Free for spectators (& no parking fee)
Provisional Flying Program not yet available