At Airport Metals, there’s nothing we love more than helping our customers’ dreams take flight. We were overjoyed to receive the following from one of our longstanding clients, Darren. Darren has been a lifelong member of the aviation community, working across the industry and building many of his own planes over the years. Read on to learn a bit more about Darren’s story and the part Airport Metals have played in it.
Darren’s Aviation Story
Aviation has been a part of my life for many years. I worked at Ansett Australia as a flight attendant until they ceased operating in 2001, and soon after began building my first plane, a KR2S. It was at this time I came to know Airport Metals through a fellow builder in the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA). The aircraft I was building at the time was primarily fibreglass and timber with only a few small pieces of 6061-T6 aluminium and 4130N steel.
Completing my first build, I moved onto my second, a Legal Eagle. This was a very different plane to my first, being a somewhat traditional “rag and tube” construction method. It was an old-fashioned, low and slow aircraft. The fuselage was 4130N chromoly tubing, gas welded like the Piper Club fuselages of yesteryear and left uncovered. While the tail feathers were primarily 6061-T6 bent sheet and tubing covered in fabric. The wings were a timber construction and fabric covered.
My current build is the Verhees Delta. A single seat flying wing built entirely of 6061-T6/2024-T3 aluminium sheet and extrusions, as well as some 4130N steel sheet, rod and tube.
From the time I first came to know and meet the staff at Airport Metals, back in the early 2000s, the service and enthusiasm for my projects and what their products were being used for has been great. This has been regardless of the size and quantity of my order. It has also been satisfying to know they only stock certified materials.
Be it over the phone or over the counter, the staff are genuinely happy to be servicing the homebuilt aircraft community.
Thanks Airport Metals.