Australian Gliding Museum, Bacchus marsh
The Australian Gliding Museum will be running Wood and Fabric Courses.
A Fabric course is scheduled from theat the Bacchus Marsh airfield in the Museum buildings.
Contact Jim Barton on (03) 9309 4412 or 0419 562 213 for full details.
A Minor wood repair course will take place fromat the Bacchus Marsh airfield in the Museum buildings.
The cost will be $400 each including materials. Accommodation in the gliding clubrooms is available for $20 per night (discount available for members of Bacchus Marsh clubs) including continental breakfast.
For Registration Forms and Disclaimer of Liability please go to the AGM website: www.australianglidingmuseum.
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.
The website for the championships is www.spr.aero/jwgc2015
The Australia Junior World Gliding Team needs your support to achieve a podium finish in the World Championships so please make a tax deductible donation on our Australian Sports Foundation page to help them realise the goal. Thank you for your support.
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Joey glide will be held 17th to 23rd of January - venue to be confirmed. Contact Andrew Maddocks for more details
54th Nationals and PreWorlds - Benalla January 2016
The competition website for the next Multiclass Nationals and Pre-Worlds is now up and running at www.ozglide.com
This site contains initial details of the event, entry forms, and useful information and links. It is of course far from complete but it will grow quickly. and if you are planning to attend please bookmark the site.
Please also pass the link on to anyone in Australia or overseas who you think may be interested.
Please contact me through the site if you need more information.
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.
Do you want to improve your cross country flying skills?
Do you want to learn more about competition flying?
Do you want to fly in a relaxed mentoring and coaching environment?
Do you want to have some fun?
If this sounds like you, then the Keepit Regatta is for you!
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.
So if you want to make a profit from Bar Talk now is your chance!
Ideal length for publication is 150 words. Longer articles may be edited to save space. Include your name and contact phone number.
Please advise if you wish the story to be published anonymously or if you want your name published
The author of the best article submitted and published in each 2 month cycle wins a $50
There is a larger $300 prize for the best of the 6 published articles.
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.
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.