5DME celebrates 15 years (2008-2023)

Aviation Media and News since 2008

5DME celebrates 15 years (2008-2023)


This year is 15 years of service to the aviation community by 5DME and its crew. We have attended many events over those years such as milestones, corporate, news, air shows and run our studio with mobile broadcast van.

5DME has exceeded my original plans for the service which was just a photo site. It has raised the information available to the public about the great aviation sector that we have in South Australia and Australia.

The crew have and will continue to enjoy bringing you the latest aviation news from South Australia.

Stay tuned and most of all enjoy the aircraft, related services and most of all the people in aviation.

Our crew over the years:

  • Rob Lazaric/My ear to bounce ideas on in original concept
  • John Smith/Original inspiration and information (RIP)
  • David Wilkie/Right hand man in early years, still taking photos
  • Nigel and Paul Daw/information and assistance in early years
  • Graham Wilkie/Photos (retired)
  • Neal Billett/Current Airshow oordinatior, On Line Media and photos
  • Susan Billett/Location and Stall Operation
  • Kirstie Hales/Events Manager
  • Pat Hales/Finances
  • David Hales\Founder Operations

I’d like to thank all the peole, businesses and organisations over the years and I would have liked to mention them all but the list would take hours.

Most of all I would like to thank the following because of their special interest and assistance:

  • Chris Sperou and Warren Stewart/great mates and supporters of 5DME
  • Mark Young, Brenton Cox/Adelaide Airport
  • Mark Williams/Hughes PR
  • ARFF Avaiation Rescue Fire Fighting Adelaide Airport
  • Vicki Huggins/Airservices Australia
  • The airlines that allowed access to special events
  • The Air Show Coordinators from Barossa Airshow, Namley Steve Ahrens
  • The Jamestown Air Spectacular team
  • The Pilots, Tech Crews and Ground Crews
  • and everyone else we did not mention for all your help!

But most of all we appreciate and thank the followers of 5DME for making it all worth while. Without you, it would be an effort to nowhere.

Here’s to the next 15 years!!!

BTW, the featured image in this post is the first photo I took for 5DME back on 26 March 2008.

See ya!

David Hales