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There was a great outcome on Sunday last weekend when Carl Jacobs and Paul Hogan both declared and completed a 300 km FAI triangle (Warwick-Millmerran-Dalby-Warwick), to claim gold distance and diamond goal (and silver distance and silver height along the way)! Well done, it is great to see the badge flights being done.

Clyde also completed the same task, and Carl additionally flew to Goondiwindi (almost) and return on Sunday.

Perhaps this might be an inspiration for some more great flights while summer is still with us!

Cheers to all

Ivor

 

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Hi Folks

Apart from some great flying in recent weeks....well, alright, challenging flying in mediocre weather but great for staying current....there is lots happening at the club. It is only 5 weeks until we host the Easter comps from 25 March to 2 April, and lots of work to do in the meantime. If you are able to volunteer for any jobs during the comps, let Phil or Val know ASAP. And of course think about flying if you haven't already entered! We currently have about 20 entries so it will be a good week.

We are planning a working bee on the weekend of 5-6 March. Please plan to come up for at least a day if possible. We will still be flying of course. Jobs include mowing and preparation of the camping area, setting up the tracks in the new hangar, building maintenance, possibly slashing the strips, and generally tidying up the clubhouse.

It was great to welcome Dennis back from his lengthy overseas sojourn at the weekend. And a thank you to Pete  Summerfeldt who did our bi-annual ops status/safety check for GFA a few weeks ago. Erich and helpers will be doing the annual form 2 inspection on the club Discus this weekend, thanks in advance to all those involved, hopefully it will be flying again the following weekend. And thanks to Bill and Val who have been busy around the place as usual, organizing the materials for the new hangar tracks, keeping the tractor going, slashing, mowing etc

I hope to see you all on the 5th or 6th!

Cheers

Ivor

 

 

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Folks

Next Saturday 16 January is our club new year's party (in lieu of a Christmas party) and opening of our fantastic amazing and really very impressive new hangar! This is a hangar to see our club well through the next decade.

Let Val know numbers for dinner ASAP please. 

And Nigel is giving a "definite" prediction of 9 knot thermals for the weekend......

See you there, cheers

Ivor

 

 

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Hi folks

We had a good committee meeting on Saturday night, and a few points arising are:
DATE CLAIMER: Saturday 16 Jan 2016 Club New Year's Party (we reckoned we had left it too late for a Xmas party, and this date will also be a great occasion to open our new hangar! Be there or be square!!!)

EASTER NEXT YEAR probably Friday 25 March (Good Friday) to Sat 2 April: we will host an easter comp/regatta at Warwick. This will be an event with an emphasis on fun and to be kept low key from competitive point of view. With an early easter date next year, we will have our fingers crossed for good weather.

Cheers

Ivor

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Last weekend saw more great flying for the 10 or so single seat gliders and pilots who were flying both days: great to see new member Mal out again with his ASH31, new member Bernie with his Twin Astir undergoing form 2 inspection, solo pilots Carl, Casey and Jason eagerly building experience, and others including Paul, Laurie, Peter, Erich, Dieter, George, Andres, "outer circle" Stu, Scott, and Matt (2 weeks in a row!) all spreading their wings. Dan jagged a very creditable 500 km flight on Saturday too: well done!

Val brought WPS home after a busy week towing at the state comps at Kingaroy, thanks Val!

LS1f GWR owners Andres and yours truly have really pushed the envelope over the last 2 weekends: with 3 outlandings in 4 days of flying (I actually got home once!). This may be a club record, if so, eat your heart out Scott. But there it is, something for the rest of you "comfort zone" pilots to aspire to!

Another good weekend is shaping up, and Erich is planning a mid-week cross country activity in the first week of November....see you there!

 

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After Erich, Dieter and Clyde enjoyed some spectacularly good mid-week flying last week during the cadet camp, there has been further terrific flying over the long weekend. There were 8 or 9 single seaters out flying on both Sunday and Monday when I was there, with blue sky thermals going to 9 or 10 thousand feet.  A new member Mal from Canberra Gliding Club, who has bought a property in the area and will move up from Canberra in the not too distant future, had his ASH 31 out on both days. It was wonderful to see Matt Anglim on the field on Monday, George Brown also flew both days, and Carl made the most of the conditions too. There were some  creditable cross country flights, but thermals could be hard to  find down low. This was amply evidenced by the fact that GWR outlanded on both Sunday (Andres) and Monday (yours truly)! Mine was all of about 3 km from the field, but good to have done my first outlanding in my new third of a glider of course! A big thanks to Stu Lutton who came out on both retrieves! Thanks also to Erich, Dan, Phil, Dieter and Nigel who assisted with towing and instructing over the 3 days.

Val currently has WPS at Kingaroy for the state comps, and we have use of TOJ next Saturday for launching pending her return.

The new hangar is nearing completion, looks a million dollars, and we already have an ASH 31 with a space reserved.

I hope to see as many of you as possible next weekend!

Ivor

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Thanks to all members for the special privilege of serving the club again as club president. A very big thanks to Dan and all members of the outgoing committeee for your efforts in the past few years. Dan has done a fantastic job and is a hard act to follow! The club is at an exciting stage of development with our new hangar to be finished soon. So a big thanks also to all who have been involved in this project, particularly Val and Bill, and I know others have contributed. I believe this will bring in new members and aircraft in a very short time, and we will soon see an even more vibrant, active and enthusiastic club to come.

I am delighted that we still have such sterling members with outstanding abilities as Clyde,  Sydney, Erich, Val, Bill, Phil, Brad and David continuing on as committee members, and I look forward to working with them. Noel Tesch has put up his hand to act a safety promotion officer also, thanks Noel! We have a committee meeting planned for Saturday 14 November, all are welcome!

I will also soon take over the role of Regional Manager Operations (QLD) (previously RTO OPS) for GFA from Tony Scarlett, who has done a great job in this role for the last 5 years. A big "well done", Tony! I hope I have not over-committed myself, time will tell, certainly my retirement time commitments are filling up nicely....but no more lengthy trips away are planned! And Andres no longer has Whisky Romeo as his "sole use" aircraft...so I also thank Eddie, Andres and Ken for the very special opportunity to fly this delightful glider in coming years!!

Laurie Simpkins has also very recently taken on the GFA Regional Manager Airworthiness role, well done Laurie! Laurie is of course immensely capable and experienced in this area, and I look forward to working with him in GQ and GFA. So once again our club is "punching above our weight" by filling both these roles.  

A big thanks also to Erich, Bill, Paul, Dieter, Karl, Casey, and everyone alse who contributed to the form 2 inspection on the PW6 over the last 2 weekends. The PW6 will be back in the air this weekend. The aircraft appears to have suffered undercarriage damage thanks to a very heavy sideways landing impact some time this year. The fact that this was unreported is a concern. Reporting such incidents is an essential part of our commitment to a safety management system, we must honour that commitment.

The BOM are predicting a hot dry-ish "El Nino" summer to come....let's make it a memorable one for the best little gliding club around!

Cheers

Ivor Harris

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