Frog's......from the beginning.
Frog's Hollow is an Aircraft Landing Area (ALA) situated 6 miles SW of the town
of Bega, 36 46S, 149 48E with an elevation of 300ft amsl. It is 900 meters in length
with designated runways 18 and 36. A small cross strip for the very brave
( due to tall trees) is available for landings designated 09 and 27.
Taking off would be restricted to 09 on the cross strip.
There is some conjecture around the actual first flight at
Frog's Hollow Aerodrome. Some articles say the aerial postal
service began in 1932. Another states that it was 1939. While
most records show that Adastra Airlines constructed the
areas first aerodrome in 1937 "at Frog's Hollow" so they
could operate in practically all weathers.
A waco aircraft, fitted with ambulance facilities was placed
in service because an earlier service from Jellat Flats
demonstrated the advantage to many cases of urgent illness
being able to be moved to Sydney for specialsit treatment.
In 1938 a modern Twin-engined Dragon Fly was placed on the run.
Bega historical information states that the local Council took
responsibility for the aerodrome from 1941.
From a twice weekly service, the Company flew three times a week
and finally daily, with pasengers, newspapers and airmail.
The service was taken over by the Butler Air Transport Company on
November 11, 1940 and a Gannet Aircraft was used in daily service.
An average of 40 passengers were carried weekly. In addition over 200
dozen oysters from the Bega River were carried weekly to towns as far
north as Charleville in Queensland.
In 1949, after the announcement of Merimbula as the location of the new airport and withdrawal of a Government subsidsidy the Company was forced to abandon the service.
Only one forced landing occured when a plane overtruned while landing on Moorefield Race Course at Kograh in Sydney. The Plane overturned, but passengers and pilot were not injured and the plane was soon in service again.
Further conjecture remains around the dates of the opening of Merimbula Airport with some saying it was in 1956 and other reports stating that the first flight from Merimbula was 1st of May 1959 and the offical opening of the Airport on the 30th of May 1959. There is no conjecture around the fact that Butler Air Transport used DC threes on a daily basis once Merimbula airport was opened.
An on going Affair.... code of conduct
Frog's Hollow is an Aircraft Landing Area (ALA) and its many members and their families and friends meet
* Promote aviation through safety and good airmanship
* Socialise with like minded people.
* Exchange ideas and knowledge.
* Encourage and assist those who have not yet explored their flying ambitions.
To ensure that these goals are met long into the future, the committee have developed a code of conduct which they expect all members and visitors, be they pilots or others, to observe.
Frog's Hollow ALA is an area set aside for the operation of aircraft and whilst every effrot is made to conform to recommended dimensions, we cannot give a guarantee that the ALA conforms to known standards. Therefore pilots who operate their aircraft at Frog's Hollow do so at there own risk and accept full responsibility for the their own safety and that of their passengers and others at the airfield.
Every effort is made by the members and committee to keep the runway and surrounds in good order. It must be understood by pilots that there are no qualified airport managers at the ALA and whilst all care is taken, the members and committee will not accept any responsibility for any damage or injury to aircraft, ground vehicle or persons as a result of these operations.
To ensure safe operations at Frog's Hollow ALA it is a requirement that all pilots hold a current pilots licence, current medical, have undertaken and passed a biannual or annual flight reveiw as required, hold their own public liability insurance for their aircraft, passengers and the public and that the aircraft be airworthy and within the times prescribed by the maitenance release and are briefed on the current conditions of the runway and fly to CASA"s published safety rules before they elect to use the ALA.
Frog's Hollow has always tried to have a friendly, fun atmosphere
and will continue to do so. This code of conduct is to show we value
and duty of care towrards air safety.
With enormous effert the members built their own club house and as expected
the official opening was conducted using only the best imitations possible.
There is probably not another flying group that can lay claim to having Pavaroti
and Dame Edna Everidge open their clubhouse
A passion, a labour of love. Who knows what makes these people tick?
It takes a lot from some , a little from many and with everybody doing
something many, many people over the years have left the area with a tale
or two about "their visit" to Frogs Hollow.