de Havilland Tiger Moth
Our Hunter Valley Tiger Moth base at Cessnock Airport offers both scenic flights and tailwheel flight training in our immaculately restored example of the type. There is no greater joy in aviation than flying in an open cockpit over the vineyards.
The DeHavilland DH82 Tiger Moth epitomises the “Golden Years” of aviation. A classic biplane, originally built as a primary trainer in the 1930’s for the Royal Air Force, the Tiger Moth has had various purposes over it’s 80+ year career. During World War Two the majority of graduates of the Empire Air Training Scheme completed their basic flight training in the Tiger Moth. Post-war, the DH82 type saw extensive use as civilian trainers with aero clubs and flying schools.
The inverted inline four cylinder engine that powers the Tiger Moth is a DeHavilland design, but many of the Australian built aircraft had the engine built under licence by General Motors (Holden).
Our Tiger Moth, registered VH-BBC, was built in England and originally intended for the Rhodesian Air Force. However it was diverted to Australia for use by the RAAF, and subsequently put onto the civilian register in the post-war years. Like many Tiger Moths it has been restored in later years to better than new condition and now lives a quiet civilian life in a hangar, coming out on sunny days to conduct scenic flights over the vineyards and winery’s of the Hunter Valley’s impressive winecountry. Despite being a vintage type, BBC is maintained to the same high standards as all other charter aircraft, no different to the rules for any modern commercial aeroplane.
In addition to joyflights, allowing people to experience the nostalgia of flying in an open cockpit biplane, we also use the Tiger Moth for it’s original purpose as a training aircraft. We conduct type training and tailwheel endorsements for licenced pilot’s wishing to open the door to the world of flying vintage and warbird aircraft. For training with us, the minimum requirement is a CASA Private Pilot’s Licence. Our instructors can then issue the tailwheel design feature endorsement to your licence at the completion of your training.
Sitting in the cockpit wearing your leather flying helmet and goggles, perhaps a leather flying jacket and scarf in the colder months, you’ll appreciate there are very few aircraft that are as elegant as the Tiger Moth.