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Cool newsletter email from my still current Gliding Australia 🇦🇺 membership...
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Dear Sean,

Mande-news Sept 2017

Message from Bob Flood DDSC

I am sure most would be aware of the tragedy at DDSC on Tuesday. Two lives were lost including our CFI Jeremy Thompson and new member Norbet Gross.

The Thompson Family have asked me to communicate that they will not be holding a public funeral. However, they will host a celebration for Jeremy later in October after the State and National comps in Queensland have concluded. Further details re date, time and location will be published when available. Thanks to all who have already expressed their sorrow to the family and club at the loss of two valuable lives.

The investigation is in the hands of the Coroner and Police with assistance from GFA officials. We ask that comment or speculation on the cause of the accident be left until after the investigation is complete.

Bob Flood

For Darling Downs Soaring Club

Weather Model for all GFA Members – Expression of Interest Sought

The GFA Board is calling for Expressions of Interest for provision of a gliding weather forecasting program for social flyers and others in the early stages of cross country and competition flying. We expect those who learn the benefits of this approach may then want to purchase one of the commercial packages such as Skysight or XC Skies as their expectations rise.

The program would need to provide basic details such as; thermal strength and altitude, wind, cloud cover and some convergence information. We imagine this to be at the level previously available through RASP.

We would want the model to cover all Australian gliding sites and states.

We anticipate paying a set fee each year to develop and maintain the program, whether this be a fixed amount or a per capita amount. Currently we have approximately 2500 members nationally.

It could be provided through the GFA web page with a login, or accessed through its own web site.

We would like to commence the service prior to December if that is possible.

If you are interested in providing this service please submit an Expression of Interest providing details of the program and an estimate of the fee for delivery. We are open for negotiating the scope and price of the service.

Send your responses to eo@glidingaustralia.org by the end of September 2017

Club Insurance Policy – Save $ on renewal

There are now nine GFA group insurance policies to choose from, with over 70 aircraft enrolled in the scheme. Be assured that each policy individual remains discrete and unchanged – the simple act of aligning the policy renewal dates allows the broker to bundle them all together when asking the market for a quote. The reduced administration burden produces the saving to the aircraft owner.

Personally I can attest that our glider policy renewal premium was reduced from a little over $3000 to less than $2500 by joining one of these schemes.

For a quote, more information and to join contact;

David Tait P 07 3274 4732, E davidt@aviationinsurance.com.au

Minor Fibreglass Repair Course – BOOK NOW

Narromine 8th to 13th October.

Only FIVE places left. Cost is $250 fully catered – you won’t go hungry.

Contact Arnie Hartley for more information M 0418 270 182, E arnie.hartley@gmail.com

This course will train you for a rating in Minor Fibreglass repairs. Prerequisite – Current Form 2 Inspector rating. Tools and Safety equipment supplied.

Club Affiliation – change to timing

Due to the timing of many club AGMs we are changing GFA club Affiliation from April to October starting next month.

Every club will receive an invitation to update club data (officers, contact information etc) in the next couple of weeks. We ask that you return any changes by the end of October. There is no charge for this. You will then be asked to repeat this process in October every year.

The club information is being expanded so we can provide more details of the services your club offers on our web page “Find a Gliding Club” We have added options such as; Family friendly, Accommodation on site, Week long courses, Cross country coaching in a 2 Seater, etc.

Are you an Official Observer (OO)?

If you are then you will receive an email within the next 2 weeks to let you know that you need to renew your OO rating. This is simple, just follow the link and answer a simple question on the new Sporting Code, and your rating will be re-issued for 2 years. If you do not follow the link, or cannot answer the question, then you will need to re-apply for your OO rating.

If you are a pilot wanting to apply for your Certificate, or Silver, Gold Diamond Badges, or Records remember to check with your preferred OO that they have renewed. Otherwise your certificate application will not be successful.

Booking AEF Flights

We are aware that several larger clubs use Red Balloon to sell AEF flights. With a 20% up-front fee this is a significant impost. GFA member Heath L’Estrange offers a booking service called Experience Flight More details of costs here

Part 139

A CASA Draft of the 2017 Part 139 (NPRM) is out for comment. Among the changes are the removal of the requirement to display the 'Gliding in Progress' markers, clarification on the use of flush markers, and allowing car hazards lights to be used when airside instead of rotating beacons or flashing lights. J The task now will be to convince councils that this is the case and persuade them to amend their rules.

GFA has responded and requested that CASA includes a preference for flush lighting and markers at Aerodromes where there is significant Gliding activity.

Flarm update

Firmware version 6.40 has been released for all FLARM devices. It introduces intuitive obstacle warning behaviour, full antenna diversity, a redesigned range analyser, and a supplementary privacy option. flarm.com/

New Family Membership and Flying Family

The new membership initiative to increase participation is gaining momentum with 14 new Family members already signed up and two new Flying Family members.

Family membership is free so why not join up your family members now. Flying Family membership is only $60 and allows AEF privileges for 12 months to allow family members a “taste” of learning to fly

Join here , More information here

Soaring to the Future (S2F)

I am so excited to be receiving so many positive emails and offers of help for this initiative – thank you all.

We now have a dedicated S2F Forum and an S2F specific enews which is being sent to members of the Forum and all club Presidents (email s2f@glidingaustralia.org) if you would like to join).

The Discover Soaring website is being developed and has regular updates including a news section.

discoversoaring.com.au/index.php/news/

Last Friday all club Presidents received an invitation to complete an Expression of Interest application – so far I have received responses from clubs in all regions except NSW.

As we said - Don’t forget

Minor Repair Course – BOOK NOW

There is a minor repair course at Narromine 8th to 13th October.

Only FIVE places left. Cost is $250 fully catered – you won’t go hungry.

Contact Arnie Hartley for more information M 0418 270 182, E arnie.hartley@gmail.com

This course will train you for a rating in Minor Fibreglass repairs. Prerequisite – Current Form 2 Inspector rating. Tools and Safety equipment supplied.

Events Listing

Airworthiness

8th to 13th Oct Minor Fibreglass Repair course NEW Book Now!

8th to 11th Nov Fabric Covering course Australian Gliding Museum NEW

12th to 15th Nov Wood repair course Bacchus Marsh NEW

Operations

24th to 29th Sept Ab Initio Course Bathurst

8th Oct Safety Seminar Mildura Vic NEW

21st to 22nd Oct Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) Benalla

11th Nov Safety Seminar Caboolture Qld NEW

11th Nov FIRC Woodbury Tas

18th to 19th Nov FIRC Bacchus Marsh

2018

10th Mar Safety Seminar Alice Springs NT NEW

12th to 16th Mar VSA Instructor Training Course

April Safety Seminar Hunter Valley NSW NEW

May Safety Seminar Perth WA NEW

July Safety Seminar Qld NEW

Aug Safety Seminar SA NEW

Sept Safety Seminar Vic NEW



One week Training Courses

A number of clubs have made us aware of their one week training courses – let us know if we missed your club and we can add you to the list.



1. Gliding Club of Victoria - www.glidingclub.org.au/learn-to-soar/

7 day ab initio courses from 11th Nov to 2nd March – Five day post solo courses are being run the last 2 weeks of Nov (Mon to Fri) and in late March subject to demand.

2. Sportaviation – Tocumwal sportaviation.com.au/ by arrangement

3. Narrogin Gliding Club narroginglidingclub.org.au Easter Weekend - Fri to Mon/Tues and October School Holidays - 5 days Monday to Friday and by arrangement

4. Lake Keepit Soaring Club www.keepitsoaring.com/LKSC/index.php/courses-and-training/course-dates

5. Bathurst Soaring Club bathurstsoaring.org.au/courses.htm 0477 945 387 kruisa@ozemail.com.au

6. Adelaide Soaring Club adelaidesoaring.on.net/ 08 8522 1877

7. AV8 av8.net.au/ 0475 359 288 by arrangement

8. Darling Downs SC ddsc.org.au/training-packages

Sports

30th Sept to 7th Oct Qld State gliding Warwick

9th to 18th October Club and Sports Nationals at Goondiwindi

16th to 20th Oct Cross Country Coaching Bathurst NEW

21st to 29th Oct Women in Gliding Kingaroy NEW

29th Oct to 4th Nov WAGA Carter Cup Cunderdin WA

4th to 7th Nov Vintage Glider Melbourne Cup Rally Geelong NEW

5th Nov Australian Gliding Museum Open day NEW

6th to 10th Nov Women in Gliding WA (WIGWA) Narrogin

11th to 18th Nov Keepit Fast

13th to 17th Nov G Dale coaching at Narromine – need to book

18th to 25th Nov Narromine Cup

18th to 25th Nov Waikerie Orange week

25th to 30th Nov Flying Further and Faster Stonefield NEW

4th to 8th Dec Cross Country Flying Week Bathurst NEW

9th to 16th Dec NSW State Comps Temora

11th to 15th Dec G Dale coaching at Narromine – need to book NEW

26th to 31st Dec Bathurst club Christmas Camp at Pipers Field

2018

28th Dec to 5th Jan Formula 1 Leeton www.facebook.com/formula1point0/

31st Dec to 6th Jan Flying Competitions Coaching week Waikerie NEW

6th to 13th Jan Vintage Gliders Rally Bordertown NEW

8th to 19th Jan Multiclass Nationals Waikerie

20th to 27th Jan Joeyglide Narromine

22nd to 28th Jan Sailplane Grand Prix 18m Horsham

29th Jan to 2nd Feb VSA Coaching week Horsham

3rd to 10th Feb Horsham Week

11th to 18th Feb National 20m Championships NEW

24th Feb to 3rd Mar Keepit Regatta

26th Feb to 2nd Mar Cross Country Flying week Bathurst NEW

3rd to 9th Mar VSA Alpine Regatta



See the GFA Calendar for more details of all of these events

www.glidingaustralia.org/calendar



To join the conversation on the GFA Forum click here and follow the prompts. You do NOT need a Google account to join, although it gives that impression. Otherwise email Terry Cubley eo@glidingaustralia.org and he will click for you J



If you notice any errors or omission in the calendar and/or have any suggestions of items or topics for me to include in my next Mande-news please let me know.



Mandy Chair S2F
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Cool newsletter email from my still current Gliding Australia 🇦🇺 membership...
———————————————-
Dear Sean,

Mande-news Sept 2017
 
Message from Bob Flood DDSC

I am sure most would be aware of the tragedy at DDSC on Tuesday. Two lives were lost including our CFI Jeremy Thompson and new member Norbet Gross.

The Thompson Family have asked me to communicate that they will not be holding a public funeral. However, they will host a celebration for Jeremy later in October after the State and National comps in Queensland have concluded. Further details re date, time and location will be published when available. Thanks to all who have already expressed their sorrow to the family and club at the loss of two valuable lives.

The investigation is in the hands of the Coroner and Police with assistance from GFA officials. We ask that comment or speculation on the cause of the accident be left until after the investigation is complete.

Bob Flood

For Darling Downs Soaring Club

Weather Model for all GFA Members – Expression of Interest Sought

The GFA Board is calling for Expressions of Interest for provision of a gliding weather forecasting program for social flyers and others in the early stages of cross country and competition flying. We expect those who learn the benefits of this approach may then want to purchase one of the commercial packages such as Skysight or XC Skies as their expectations rise.

The program would need to provide basic details such as; thermal strength and altitude, wind, cloud cover and some convergence information. We imagine this to be at the level previously available through RASP.

We would want the model to cover all Australian gliding sites and states.

We anticipate paying a set fee each year to develop and maintain the program, whether this be a fixed amount or a per capita amount. Currently we have approximately 2500 members nationally.

It could be provided through the GFA web page with a login, or accessed through its own web site.

We would like to commence the service prior to December if that is possible.

If you are interested in providing this service please submit an Expression of Interest providing details of the program and an estimate of the fee for delivery. We are open for negotiating the scope and price of the service.

Send your responses to  eo@glidingaustralia.org by the end of September 2017

Club Insurance Policy – Save $ on renewal

There are now nine GFA group insurance policies to choose from, with over 70 aircraft enrolled in the scheme.  Be assured that each policy individual remains discrete and unchanged – the simple act of aligning the policy renewal dates allows the broker to bundle them all together when asking the market for a quote. The reduced administration burden produces the saving to the aircraft owner.

Personally I can attest that our glider policy renewal premium was reduced from a little over $3000 to less than $2500 by joining one of these schemes.

For a quote, more information and to join contact;

David Tait P 07 3274 4732, E davidt@aviationinsurance.com.au

Minor Fibreglass Repair Course – BOOK NOW

Narromine 8th to 13th October.

Only FIVE places left. Cost is $250 fully catered – you won’t go hungry.

Contact Arnie Hartley for more information M 0418 270 182, E arnie.hartley@gmail.com

This course will train you for a rating in Minor Fibreglass repairs. Prerequisite – Current Form 2 Inspector rating. Tools and Safety equipment supplied.

Club Affiliation – change to timing

Due to the timing of many club AGMs we are changing GFA club Affiliation from April to October starting next month.

Every club will receive an invitation to update club data (officers, contact information etc) in the next couple of weeks. We ask that you return any changes by the end of October. There is no charge for this. You will then be asked to repeat this process in October every year.

The club information is being expanded so we can provide more details of the services your club offers on our web page “Find a Gliding Club” We have added options such as; Family friendly, Accommodation on site, Week long courses, Cross country coaching in a 2 Seater, etc.

Are you an Official Observer (OO)?

If you are then you will receive an email within the next 2 weeks to let you know that you need to renew your OO rating. This is simple, just follow the link and  answer a simple question on the new Sporting Code, and your rating will be re-issued for 2 years. If you do not follow the link, or cannot answer the question, then you will need to re-apply for your OO rating.

If you are a pilot wanting to apply for your Certificate, or Silver, Gold Diamond Badges, or Records remember to check with your preferred OO that they have renewed. Otherwise your certificate  application will not be successful.

Booking AEF Flights

We are aware that several larger clubs use Red Balloon to sell AEF flights. With a 20% up-front fee this is a significant impost. GFA member Heath L’Estrange offers a booking service called Experience Flight  More details of costs here

Part 139

A CASA Draft of the 2017 Part 139 (NPRM) is out for comment.  Among the changes are the removal of the requirement to display the Gliding in Progress markers, clarification on the use of flush markers, and allowing car hazards lights to be used when airside instead of rotating beacons or flashing lights. J  The task now will be to convince councils that this is the case and persuade them to amend their rules.

GFA has responded and requested that CASA includes a preference for flush lighting and markers at Aerodromes where there is significant Gliding activity.

Flarm update

Firmware version 6.40 has been released for all FLARM devices. It introduces intuitive obstacle warning behaviour, full antenna diversity, a redesigned range analyser, and a supplementary privacy option. http://flarm.com/

New Family Membership and Flying Family

The new membership initiative to increase participation is gaining momentum with 14 new Family members already signed up and two new Flying Family members.

Family membership is free so why not join up your family members now. Flying Family membership is only $60 and allows AEF privileges for 12 months to allow family members a “taste” of learning to fly

Join here , More information here

Soaring to the Future (S2F)

I am so excited to be receiving so many positive emails and offers of help for this initiative – thank you all.

We now have a dedicated S2F Forum and an S2F specific enews which is being sent to members of the Forum and all club Presidents (email s2f@glidingaustralia.org) if you would like to join).

The Discover Soaring website is being developed and has regular updates including a news section.

https://discoversoaring.com.au/index.php/news/

Last Friday all club Presidents received an invitation to complete an Expression of Interest application – so far I have received responses from clubs in all regions except NSW.

As we said - Don’t forget

Minor Repair Course – BOOK NOW

There is a minor repair course at Narromine 8th to 13th October.

Only FIVE places left. Cost is $250 fully catered – you won’t go hungry.

Contact Arnie Hartley for more information M 0418 270 182, E arnie.hartley@gmail.com

This course will train you for a rating in Minor Fibreglass repairs. Prerequisite – Current Form 2 Inspector rating. Tools and Safety equipment supplied.

Events Listing

Airworthiness

8th to 13th Oct Minor Fibreglass Repair course NEW Book Now!

8th to 11th Nov Fabric Covering course Australian Gliding Museum NEW

12th to 15th Nov Wood repair course Bacchus Marsh NEW

Operations

24th to 29th Sept Ab Initio Course Bathurst

8th Oct Safety Seminar Mildura Vic NEW

21st to 22nd Oct Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) Benalla

11th Nov Safety Seminar Caboolture Qld NEW

11th Nov FIRC Woodbury Tas

18th to 19th Nov FIRC Bacchus Marsh

2018

10th Mar Safety Seminar Alice Springs NT NEW

12th to 16th Mar VSA Instructor Training Course

April Safety Seminar Hunter Valley NSW NEW

May Safety Seminar Perth WA NEW

July Safety Seminar Qld NEW

Aug Safety Seminar SA NEW

Sept Safety Seminar Vic NEW

 

One week Training Courses

A number of clubs have made us aware of their one week training courses – let us know if we missed your club and we can add you to the list.

 

1.       Gliding Club of Victoria - http://www.glidingclub.org.au/learn-to-soar/

7 day ab initio courses from 11th Nov to 2nd March –  Five day post solo courses are being run the last 2 weeks of Nov (Mon to Fri) and in late      March subject to demand.

2.       Sportaviation – Tocumwal http://sportaviation.com.au/ by arrangement

3.       Narrogin Gliding Club narroginglidingclub.org.au  Easter Weekend - Fri to Mon/Tues and October School Holidays - 5 days Monday to Friday and by arrangement

4.       Lake Keepit Soaring Club http://www.keepitsoaring.com/LKSC/index.php/courses-and-training/course-dates

5.       Bathurst Soaring Club http://bathurstsoaring.org.au/courses.htm  0477 945 387 kruisa@ozemail.com.au

6.       Adelaide Soaring Club http://adelaidesoaring.on.net/ 08 8522 1877

7.       AV8 http://av8.net.au/ 0475 359 288  by arrangement

8.       Darling Downs SC http://ddsc.org.au/training-packages

Sports

30th Sept to 7th Oct Qld State gliding Warwick

9th to 18th October Club and Sports Nationals at Goondiwindi

16th to 20th Oct Cross Country Coaching Bathurst NEW

21st to 29th Oct Women in Gliding Kingaroy NEW

29th Oct to 4th Nov WAGA Carter Cup Cunderdin WA

4th to 7th Nov Vintage Glider Melbourne Cup Rally Geelong NEW

5th Nov Australian Gliding Museum Open day NEW

6th to 10th Nov Women in Gliding WA (WIGWA) Narrogin

11th to 18th Nov Keepit Fast

13th to 17th Nov G Dale coaching at Narromine – need to book

18th to 25th Nov Narromine Cup

18th to 25th Nov Waikerie Orange week

25th to 30th Nov Flying Further and Faster Stonefield NEW

4th to 8th Dec Cross Country Flying Week Bathurst NEW

9th to 16th Dec NSW State Comps Temora

11th to 15th Dec G Dale coaching at Narromine – need to book NEW

26th to 31st Dec Bathurst club Christmas Camp at Pipers Field

2018

28th Dec to 5th Jan Formula 1 Leeton https://www.facebook.com/formula1point0/

31st Dec to 6th Jan Flying Competitions Coaching week Waikerie NEW

6th to 13th Jan Vintage Gliders Rally Bordertown NEW

8th to 19th Jan Multiclass Nationals Waikerie

20th to 27th Jan Joeyglide Narromine

22nd to 28th Jan Sailplane Grand Prix 18m Horsham

29th Jan to 2nd Feb VSA Coaching week Horsham

3rd to 10th Feb Horsham Week

11th to 18th Feb National 20m Championships NEW

24th Feb to 3rd Mar Keepit Regatta

26th Feb to 2nd Mar Cross Country Flying week Bathurst NEW

3rd to 9th Mar VSA Alpine Regatta

 

See the GFA Calendar for more details of all of these events

http://www.glidingaustralia.org/calendar

 

To join the conversation on the GFA Forum click here and follow the prompts. You do NOT need a Google account to join, although it gives that impression. Otherwise email Terry Cubley eo@glidingaustralia.org and he will click for you J

 

If you notice any errors or omission in the calendar and/or have any suggestions of items or topics for me to include in my next Mande-news please let me know.

 

Mandy Chair S2F

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From Gliding Federation Australia 🇦🇺...

With deep regret, we have to inform members of The Gliding Federation of Australia that on the morning of Tuesday 19 September 2017, we lost two of our members in a single glider accident at Darling Downs Soaring Club (DDSC), Jondaryan QLD. The deceased members are Chief Flying Instructor Jeremy Thompson and student Norbert Gross.

GFA Operations and Airworthiness investigators were immediately mobilised, and are assisting Queensland Police and Coronial authorities.

Jeremy and Norbert were flying an ASK-21 two-seater glider, which was witnessed flying a normal circuit and approach until about 50ft above the ground, then impacting the ground about 60 degrees nose down attitude. Initial investigation of the airframe suggests that the glider was capable of safe flight up to the moment of ground impact but a more detailed inspection of the airframe is yet to be completed. We do not know who was on the controls late in the approach. We cannot discount a catastrophic medical event. Members will appreciate that much more investigative work is required, by many parties, before any firm conclusions can be drawn.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and close friends of Jeremy Thompson and Norbert Gross, the members of Darling Downs Gliding Club and their many gliding friends.

Peter Cesco

GFA President

WIN News Toowoomba
OVERWHELMING SUPPORT: The family of Darling Downs flying instructor, Jeremy Thompson, has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, in the wake of his tragic death, yesterday. #WINNews
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Satellite over Minden this PM.  Expecting some epic flights tonight on OLC...

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youtu.be/cErcY6LdQ2MEpic battle between Voodoo and Strega
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Sean Fidler Soaring

First flight in a JS1c Evo w/ jet sustainer
Awesome!!
Thank you Jim Lee.
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Awesome video bud!! Say hi to Tiffany,Jim and Cathy for me. Enjoy your trip.

Never tire of that view, second best way to see Heavenly ski area

JS1 thermalling - Flap 5, 60 knots!

Very nice. Can't wait for my next chance to fly a JS-X

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