The Serpentine Airfield, about 45 minutes south of Perth, is one of WA aviation's best-kept secrets.
It is also home to the little-known Sport Aircraft Builders Club, a group of flying enthusiasts, many of whom have built or assembled their own planes and who use the airfield as a base.
Others may fly commercially built, vintage, former military or ultra-light planes.
The airfield has two runways - one bitumen and one grass - and the site is used by firefighting water bombers for training.
Just off the bitumen runway are rows of corrugated iron hangars, about 100 or so, arranged in neat, well-kept lanes.
For many club members, the airfield is a home away from home. And while the little community is made up of members from many backgrounds and of all ages, they share a common bond - a love of flying.
There were not many out at their hangars yesterday.
But those who were - perhaps tinkering away at an engine or adjusting brakes - were all too aware of the plane crash this week.
The pilot involved in the crash, Tony White, is a member of the club and is known to many through a long association with the aviation fraternity.
Gordon Johanson, a club member, said he respected Mr White as a pilot.
Another club member, Rob Felton, said Mr White was an experienced and capable pilot.