Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 14 Jul 2016 14:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year's MGC Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday 22 October 2016.

    Further details to come, but please note down this important date in your diary.

  • 14 Jul 2016 14:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks this month go to the following members:

    • Iain Gilmore - for agreeing to become the MGC's new Insurance Officer.
    • John Parncutt - for undertaking a lot of work on our glider batteries, including organising new batteries and installing longer leads.
    • Richard Traill - for volunteering to update the Club Manual (the last update was over 20 years ago).
    • Steve Coulton - for work on the tugs over the past fortnight, and taking on the mowing of the area outside the MGC workshop on a recent weekend.
    • Steve Trone - for installation of south hangar solar lights.
    The Committee and all members extend our thanks for your efforts!
  • 14 Jul 2016 13:58 | Anonymous member

    July committee meeting minutes published

    Please use this link and go to the directory committee, minutes etc.

  • 14 Jul 2016 11:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At recent Panel and Committee meetings, the decision was taken (pending final approval from the Bendigo GC) to attend Raywood for both the Melbourne Cup Weekend and Christmas camps this year. The shift from Wangaratta for this year's Christmas camp was necessary due to the 2017 World Gliding Championships being held at Benalla from 2-21 January 2017. 

    Further details to come. 

  • 14 Jul 2016 10:06 | Anonymous member

    New movement sensitive light installed above the main maintenance hangar entrance door.

  • 06 Jul 2016 19:05 | Anonymous member

    TNC has had its new radio fitted, and is expected to be ferried back to Bacchus Marsh later this week.

    Photo - Ferry flight to Moorabbin last week., note the new 4 bladed prop.

  • 30 Jun 2016 12:01 | Anonymous member

    In 2015, as part of membership renewals, we started to ask all members questions about what we do well as a club, and areas we could improve. Along with planning work by Committee, and discussions with the Instructor Panel, this has given us the basis of a Strategic Plan for the Melbourne Gliding Club for the next three years, through until 2018.

    We need a Strategic Plan to focus our time, energy and resources in a unified direction. 

    It is the first attempt at this Strategic Plan – and the Committee has issued it as a consultation draft (emailed to all members on 14 June) to hear back from you about whether the plan will get the MGC where it needs to be over the next three years and beyond.

    We welcome your feedback via any of the following means:

    - Discussion with any Committee member on the field or on the phone

    - Emailed feedback to   or directly to  

    Feedback on this consultation draft is open until 8 July 2016 (ahead of the next Committee meeting). Following this, the plan will be updated and endorsed by the Committee. This will inform the activities of the Committee and all members of the club over the next three years, but will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant. Progress on individual actions will be monitored by the Committee throughout the year.

    All of us have a contribution to make to our Club. We all have an idea about how we should operate. We encourage you to share those thoughts and take an active role to support our vision to be the best gliding club in Australia with a broad, growing membership, modern fleet, and safe, welcoming and social environment. 

    Tighe Patching

  • 30 Jun 2016 12:00 | Anonymous member

    Many thanks to Mark Hunt, Steve Coulton, Jackson Keogh and Jason Tang who answered the call to promote the club at a house auction in Box Hill in early June. 

    The group fielded questions from a large number of interested onlookers in the hour or so leading up to the auction.  A special thank you to Jason Tang who was able field many questions in Mandarin including the program director of a local Chinese radio station, who is looking to do an on air interview about the club in English and Mandarin in the coming months.

  • 30 Jun 2016 11:59 | Anonymous member

    TNC will be departing in the next couple of weeks to have new Garman GTX200 radio installed (to bring into line with BCK). It will then be heading to Nelson for approximately 3 months for its fabric and airframe overhaul. This is a significant investment from the club at around $30,000 to $40,000. The club is also currently planning for an anticipated engine overhaul or replacement for TNC.

    Following some recent work to replace 3 induction gaskets, install 2 longreach sparkplugs, and an adjustment to resolve an issue with the engine running at low revs, BCK is now performing very well.

    Steve Coulton, Tug Master

  • 30 Jun 2016 10:27 | Anonymous member

    I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Committee who on my retirement from the club most generously gave me at our Annual Dinner, a continuing honorary MGC membership and a 10 year membership award. I truly appreciate them I have always felt that it is a privilege to be a member of the MGC because I got so much from it, not just the flying of some fantastic gliders but all the help and friendship too. Many of you are aware that I’m a two time member, I first flew with the VMFG down at Berwick and was sent solo down there by Alan Patching (7/2/1965). I had never lost the desire to fly so it was a wonderful surprise for me when, after being away for 40 years, I was once again able to do my flying training with Alan Patching, I must be his longest pupil These recent years were full of fun and great personal satisfaction for which I shall treasure. So to each and every one of you, Thank you. 

    See you on the Flight line.


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