From pulling molars to teeth-chattering adventures in the air ... one Broulee man knows how to live life to the extreme.
Retired dentist Andre Viljoen has just finished building his dream "toy": a fast, red, jet plane.
It's Andre's fifth home-built aeroplane and he shared his story of how it came about ...
It was decades ago, he says a trip in a friend's plane inspired him.
"I didn't realise it was homemade - it amazed me," he said.
"The following week I bought a kit to build a plane."
Andre became hooked on the challenge to fly something he built himself. His first plane took him around Australia.
"It opens up a whole new world," he said.
"Australia is a huge country, and outback-Australians use aviation like city-folk use cars! Aviation is part of our culture.
Andre said most pilots, commercial or private, are passionate about aviation.
"I am no exception; I just happen to really enjoy the challenge of building what I fly," he said.
"And it gives one a huge insight as to how they work."
Andre's heart was set on building another.
"I needed something to do at home in the workshop, so I thought I would just build another and see where it goes," he said.
However, two seats wasn't going to be enough for his growing family.
"After the arrival of my son, we needed a four-seater, so I built the RV-10," he said.
"It's fast, has long-range tanks and is very comfortable to travel long distances.
When Andre retired, his hanger at Moruya Airport called for another edition.
A retirement gift to himself was a single-seater aerobatic aircraft, commonly known as a stunt plane.
But, Andre couldn't stop there. There was one build he had been dreaming of - one without a propeller!
"I had my eye on a jet for about 10 years," he said.
"I thought, 'man, there has to be one more left in me' ... so I bit the bullet and built it.
"It's probably the most exciting aeroplane I have ever flown! It's aerobatic, it's fast, it's just spectacular."
You may have seen Andre rocket through the sky at 500km/h in his little red SubSonex.
He said the jet was his toy and wasn't so practical in going places as it only has one seat and is "very thirsty" to run.
When asked if it's hard to build a plane, Andre says it isn't!
"It's just a case of perseverance - you have to do something every day or the task will not be completed," he said.
"It also helps, having a very understanding spouse," he chuckled.
There is a bit of paperwork to get the plane up in the air once finished, but Andre says "it's not insurmountable".
He said the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA) provided plenty of help through regulatory processes.
Andre said it takes him about 2500 - 3500 hours (about three years) to build a plane. And it's not a one-man job.
"No one builds an aeroplane by themselves," he said.
"There's always things you need help with, like the painting or the wiring. There's people out there with skills to help through hurdles."
Andre makes it sound easy, but what about the cost?
He said a commercially-built plane, similar to his four-seater RV-10, would cost about $750,000 new.
"I can build mine for perhaps $200,000," he said.
Andre said the cost to run the RV-10 was similar to a car in litres per kilometre.
"I pay about $2.20 for a litre of aviation gasoline - and that gets you a long way," he said.
Andre said savings also comes from your own servicing.
"For maintenance, it cost's me about $700 a year to service - if it was serviced commercially, by a licensed aircraft engineer, it would cost anywhere from $3000 - $6000 a year," he said.
"You can save you a lot of money, because you can do it yourself."
He said the home-building aircraft market took off in the United States back in the 80s.
"It became popular when commercially-built aircraft started to go through roof," he said.
"Aviation has always been expensive, but when you build the plane yourself, it becomes far more affordable."
Andre has seen several other home-built aircraft in private hangers at Moruya Airport.
For anyone thinking of building their first plane, Andre said the SAAA was the best place to start.
"They have technical councillors helping people get into it," he said.
So what next for Andre? He was just enjoying the fruits of his labour, for now.
"Planes, like boats, take quite a bit of maintenance, so there is always heaps to do," he said.
"But electric planes do interest me ..."
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