The following release information has been received from Flarm, and it is published as received. Owners of Flarm devices please take note, and pass this on to any in your clubs who may not have seen it.
GFA recommends contacting Flarm directly or their agents in Australia with any questions.
FLARM FIRMWARE UPDATE
FLARM Technology GmbH
Lindenstrasse 4 | CH-6340 Baar | Switzerland
Scheduled and mandatory firmware update to all FLARM
and PowerFLARM devices has been released
– March 18, 2015 –
The scheduled and mandatory firmware update (version 6) has been released. The update is required for all FLARM-compatible designs. This includes classic FLARM, PowerFLARM and FLARM manufactured by LXNAV, LX Navigation, Garrecht/Butterfly/AIR Avionics, Triadis, Ediatec, Flytec/Bräuniger, OzFlarm and others. All devices must be updated before the next flight!
The update is available now on http://flarm.com/support/firmware-updates/ at no cost. We also recommend an update to the obstacle database as data changes frequently.
If the update is not applied, the device will stop to operate after March 31, 2015 and display an error code or message.
Because of the improvements in this update, like Tracking Privacy, Stealth Mode, Frequency use, and Alert Zones (skydiver drop zones, RPAS zones, etc.), this has to be a mandatory update. More information about these and other changes is available in the Release Notes, which are published in connection with the firmware update.
Because of improvements to the radio protocol, the new firmware is notcompatible with previous versions. This means that FLARM, PowerFLARM and 3rd party devices with version 6 will not see and/or issue collision warnings about non-updated devices, and vice versa. This is however only an issue until April 1, 2015, when any remaining not updated devices will cease to operate anyway. To ensure that all devices can communicate with each other until April 1, it's essential that they are updated with the new firmware version 6 before the next flight.
Due to technical limitations of some first-generation products introduced a decade ago and still being used, we could not provide an automatic switchover as in previous updates. We will however make some changes to the firmware, so future major updates will be seamless, as part of the new update process.
The login/password process that was introduced for the SOAR and MyGFA systems has been replaced with a simpler “authentication” process. This makes use of two things that you will all know – your Membership number and your Date of Birth. As long as you know these two things, you will be able to access your MyGFA and SOAR areas of the website.
This will make it much easier to remember how to access the system when you need to. But remember – just about everything on the website is public information, and needs no login or identification to access.
Clubs of course, don’t have a “date of birth”, so we have had to create one. So the email we have sent to clubs will show the date we have assigned. If you would like a different date please ask the GFA Office to make a change.
The GFA shop is not affected by this change. You will still have to identify yourself to the shop when making a purchase. The main reason is identification, not security – we need to know who you are when you make a purchase. The shop itself is a separate program that is not directly connected with other systems and it is a free off-the shelf product. We didn’t create it and while we can configure it to some extent, we can’t reprogram it. We do understand that the identification process can be a bit frustrating. If there is a better way, we will find it.
The GFA IT Team
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As you may have read in the magazine the Safety Committee are starting a new initiative to encourage us all to learn from each other’s mistakes.
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JWGC will be held from the 1st to the 12th December 2015 at Narromine, NSW. This international
event will feature the best young pilots from around the globe. Preparations are underway.
So please support our pilots as they strive for success.
Joeyglide / Pre Worlds 2014 will take place at Narromine from 5th to 13th December.
Joeyglide / Pre Worlds 20124 will take place at Narromine from 5th to 13th December. There will be a number of international competitors attending from Europe and New Zealand.
In addition to the great flying there will a range of other entertainment including the RAAF FA18 simulator and demonstrations by Australia’s only MDM Fox.
David Pietsch from Canberra GC has produced a set of training and safety notes for our annual wave soaring camp for many years. His guidance document has evolved and been improved over time. The current 2014 version is now a very mature, polished product, with some great attachments all relevant to flying in the hazardous high altitude environment. I endorse its contents without reservation.
The big news is the resignation of our President Anita Taylor. Our new President is John Summers I can only add that Anita has left the GFA in a very good condition, with a good Board and Executive to continue the work. We also welcome Dave Shorter as our new Treasurer.
Annual General Meeting
The GFA annual General Meeting was held in Adelaide on the 23rd August, with the rest of the weekend used for a Board meeting. The AGM had no specific issues to address and so was a formal reporting event, with both the Presidents report and the Financial report being accepted by the 30 members present. The meeting also appoints the Regional board members for the next 12 months. The members appointed were:
NSW Board Member & alternate – Tim Carr & Dion Weston
Queensland Board Member & alternate – Dave Donald & Lindsay Mitchell
South Australian Board Member & alternate – Peter Cesco & Reg Moore
Victorian Board Member & alternate – Marta Najfeld & John Switala
Western Australia Board Member & alternate – Tom Holt & Owen Jones
The minutes of the AGM, together with the reports and previous minutes, are available for your viewing via the GFA web page. [www.glidingaustralia.org / GFA members info/ Administration/ Minutes/ AGM].
Changes to Office holders
With Anita’s resignation, there was a knock on effect which has caused a few changes to Board Executive positions. New office holders are:
Treasurer: Dave Shorter
President: John Summers
Vice President: Mandy Temple
Chair Sports Committee: Marta Najfeld
Marta’s appointment will result in a change to the VSA Board member position, and we are waiting on a decision from VSA regarding this appointment.
The remaining Executive members continue in their role
Chair of Airworthiness: Rob Hanbury
Chair of Operations: Drew McKinnie
Chair of Development: John Styles
Head of IT: Richard Frawley
The GFA Awards were presented at the Awards Dinner on the Saturday evening. Details of the awards can be found on the GFA web page.
Award Recipient Achievement
Iggulden Geoff Wood Services to Gliding administration
Wallington David Wilson Services to Sport
Hoinville John Hudson Services to Operations
Muller Damien O’Reilly Services to Marketing/Development
Martin Warner Rick Agnew 18/8/2013
20,213 ft Gain of height
Wally Woods Chris Woolley 1299km
Bob Irvine Matthew Scutter 1245km
Roger Woods Adam Woolley Best place in Club Class WGC
RAeS Shield Adam Woolley Fastest speed Club Class WGC
Top 50 James Cooper GCWA
>200 hrs Terry Ryan SportAviation
<200 hrs Steve McMahon DDSC
Accessing the Member Self-Service system
This is not a compulsory requirement, it is only there if you wish to use it. If you prefer to use the website without logging in, that is OK with us.
Thanks for your co-operation.
The CASA Forms required for the administration of the Glider Register have changed. There is a new link in the Airworthiness section which takes you to the relevant forms.
The forms can be found by clicking HERE as well.
Please make sure that you use the new forms for all administration associated with Certificates of Registration, Deregistration, Ownership and other changes. Effective from 26th March 2014 the old forms will not be accepted, so please use the ones you find at this link.
If you have questions please contact Tanya Loriot in the GFA Office.
Extract: A discussion paper that attempts to define the structure and culture that is the GFA. This paper will be used to explain “What is GFA” in discussions with members and external stakeholders, and forms the basis for our promotion of GFA as a self-administering sport organisation.
It starts by defining 4 cornerstones of the movement
GLIDING CORNERSTONE 1: PRIMACY OF PILOT ACCOUNTABILITY: The glider pilot-in-command is primarily accountable for successful flying missions.
GLIDING CORNERSTONE 2: CLUB-BASED GLIDING SYSTEM:Australian Gliding’s club-based system underpins success.
GLIDING CORNERSTONE 3: STRENGTH THROUGH SHARED VALUES: A collegial and egalitarian gliding realm tied together by noble and durable retained values.
GLIDING CORNERSTONE 4: GFA - REPRESENTING, SUPPORTING AND SERVING AUSTRALIAN GLIDING:
Structure: Additional to the primacy of pilot accountability for successful gliding is the need to comply with Australian aviation law. A complex set of rules, systems and processes have been devised by the aviation regulator to “safe-guard” all Australian airspace users and whilst some concessions have been granted to gliding in the past (exemptions), these may soon disappear in favour of something new. Therefore, a direct link exists between every glider pilot-in-command and aviation law (via the Regulator). All other gliding entities (CFIs, clubs, regional associations and GFA) are peripheral and ancillary to the contract of compliance that exists between each pilot and aviation law. Structural arrangements linking CASA, GFA, Clubs, Pilots and Regions cannot be allowed to interfere with, usurp or diminish each pilot’s obligations and accountability for compliance. This is what self-administration is really all about.
The GFA Office has moved to new premises in Broadmeadows. For the first time in its history, GFA owns this office, which will save a considerable amount in rent and will also provide a capital gain over time.
The new office details are as follows:
Address: C4/1-13 The Gateway, Broadmeadows, Vic,3047
These numbers are now operational and you should use them.
There will be no change to email addresses or the website. For a few months our old phone numbers are being redirected.
Australian International Gliding Teams 2014
The Sports Committee has ratified the following pilots to represent Australia next year
Tom Claffey - 18 m
Ben Loxton - 18m
Matthew Scutter - 15m
Craig Collings - 15m
Matt Gage - Std class
Allan Barnes - Std Class
Eric Stauss - Club Class
Adam Woolley - Club Class
During 2014-17 Australia will host two world championships - Junior, December 2015, Narromine -
Flapped, January 2017, Benalla, plus pre-world championships in the preceding years. Links to information
on each event are on the left-hand menu.
We will also bring you news and updates about each event over the
At a meeting of the International Gliding Commission (IGC) in the Netherlands
on 2 March 2013, Australia won the vote to stage the 2016 World Gliding
Championships in the Open, 18M and 15M classes at the
Gliding Club of Victoria, Benalla in January 2017.
The Standard, Club and 20M Classes wil be held in Pociunai, Lithuania.
Australia's Terry Cubley attended the meeting and presented the case
for Australia's bid. Terry was also voted to be the Vice President of the IGC.