Gone Bush

Bush Pilot book cover, cartoon of man in hammock by an aeroplane

Saturday 16 November 2019

Something of a latecomer to aviation Paul Catanach first threatened airspace (and everything beneath it) at the age of 30 with a Private Pilot’s Licence in the UK. Soon afterward he combined emigration to Australia with a career change and gained a Commercial Pilot’s Licence at Coolangatta in Queensland where he also snagged his first job as an instructor.

After a couple of years teaching flying and theory subjects to trainee private and commercial pilots he combined shameless cronyism with blackmail and won a job based in Darwin in the Northern Territory. This was obviously the booby prize.

Bashing around the bush in a series of clapped-out aircraft Paul carried freight both night and day the length and breadth of the GAFA experiencing the delights and perils of the Northern Territory’s two seasons, the Dry and the Wet. Despite the best efforts of passengers, live freight, other pilots and wildlife he survived several years before returning to the UK where he is now a training captain operating privately owned biz-jets to at least two corners of the Earth.


The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning by email or telephone 01590 614792.

Please note:  The National Motor Museum will not be open at this event.

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