Saturday 13 September 2014 If you are at all interested in cross country flying, at either an advanced or early stage, then here is an opportunity to hear from two of Australia’s most successful pilots. In case you haven’t heard of these pilots, both have been world champions and both are known for enjoying their flying and being interested in continuing to learn more about what is going in our playground in the sky.
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The Royal Australian Navy Gliding Association (RANGA) has established a scholarship
valued at up to $1500 annually to be awarded to a person who can demonstrate a strong
commitment to aviation but who is not yet at solo standard in any form of flying.
The money is a grant to assist in training in gliding, and will be paid to the club which provides
that training.The rules for the scholarship, and the process for applications, can be found
on the GFA Website. Click here
The scholarship runs from 24 July 2014 to 23 July 2015. Applications can be made
until 3 July 2014.
GFA Awards Officer
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.
CASA’s sport aviation website www.casa.gov.au/sportaviation has been updated and refreshed.
The website has now has all the CASA safety resources in one spot, including their online store, Flight Safety Australia magazine, pilot guides and information, Avsafety seminars, ramp check information, links to external sites – such as the ATSB – avoidable accident series, and much more.
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.