Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 30 Mar 2018 19:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We now have a continuous view from the ESE through to the NNW. The bus cam has been redeployed and will be replaced in the coming months.


  • 30 Mar 2018 10:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The weather station has been repaired and is back in operation.

  • 07 Mar 2018 14:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club News section returned to the home page, after a bug was fixed that stopped it displaying the latest news.


  • 28 Feb 2018 09:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of our journey to increase participation in the club, the Committee has implemented a ground crew roster to support the daily duty team. It has been great to see so many of you out and about at the airfield. If you’re not a tow pilot, instructor or duty pilot, you’ll find your name on the roster to come out to the airfield on a few days throughout the year to assist with operations for the day. 

    We want you to come out, help out, and be able to go for a flight as well. I know people have commitments that come up, so the same principle applies as with our tow pilots, instructors and duty pilots. If you can’t make a day, please find a member to swap with. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Date Duty Team Ground Crew Ground Crew
    3-Mar-18 3 Garry Stevenson
    4-Mar-18 4 Sue O'Brien Norm Hearn
    10-Mar-18 5 David Xu Lulu Xu
    11-Mar-18 6 Troy Evers Mitchell Ambler
    17-Mar-18 7 Brendan Knight John Wright
    18-Mar-18 8 Luke Carman Luke Logan
    24-Mar-18 1 Toby Tan Grant Cramer
    25-Mar-18 2 Xiyao Sun Andrew Rigby
    31-Mar-18 3 Mt Beauty  
    1-Apr-18 4 Mt Beauty  
    7-Apr-18 5 TBC  
    8-Apr-18 6 Luke Sparkes  
    14-Apr-18 7 Hamish Tobias  
    15-Apr-18 8 TBC  
    21-Apr-18 1 TBC  
    22-Apr-18 2 Andrew Taylor-Harris  
    28-Apr-18 3 Greg Scott  
    29-Apr-18 4 TBC  
    5-May-18 5 Geoff Speedy  
    6-May-18 6 Ian Holt  
    12-May-18 7 Lachlan Hughes  
    13-May-18 8 Peter Gamble  
    19-May-18 1 Toby Tan  
    20-May-18 2 Jim Karamalakis  
    26-May-18 3 Michael Dawson  
    27-May-18 4 Xiaoyu Liu  
    2-Jun-18 5 Colin Dale  
    3-Jun-18 6 Andrew Du  
    9-Jun-18 7 Tony Strazzeri  
    10-Jun-18 8 Ron Fox  
    16-Jun-18 1 Louis Hojnik  
    17-Jun-18 2 Richard Callinan  
    23-Jun-18 3 Neil Burns  
    24-Jun-18 4 Sue O'Brien  
    30-Jun-18 5 Norm Hearn  
    1-Jul-18 6 Peter Summersby  
    2-Jul-18 7 TBC  
    7-Jul-18 8 Garry Stevenson  
    8-Jul-18 1 David Xu  
    14-Jul-18 2 Troy Evers  
    15-Jul-18 3 Mitchell Ambler  
    21-Jul-18 4 Brendan Knight  
    22-Jul-18 5 Lulu Xu  
    28-Jul-18 6 John Wright  
    29-Jul-18 7 Luke Carman  
    4-Aug-18 8 Luke Logan  
    5-Aug-18 1 Toby Tan  
    11-Aug-18 2 Grant Cramer  
    12-Aug-18 3 Xiyao Sun  
    18-Aug-18 4 Sue O'Brien  
    19-Aug-18 5 Andrew Rigby  
    25-Aug-18 6 Peter Gamble  
    26-Aug-18 7 Luke Sparkes  
    1-Sep-18 8 Hamish Tobias  
    2-Sep-18 1 Greg Scott  
    8-Sep-18 2 Andrew Taylor-Harris  
    9-Sep-18 3 TBC  
    15-Sep-18 4 Ian Grant  
    16-Sep-18 5 Geoff Speedy  
    22-Sep-18 6 Ian Holt  
    23-Sep-18 7 Steve Trone  
    29-Sep-18 8 Toby Tan  
    30-Sep-18 1 Jim Karamalakis  
    6-Oct-18 2 Michael Dawson  
    7-Oct-18 3 Xiaoyu Liu  
    13-Oct-18 4 Sue O'Brien  
    14-Oct-18 5 Colin Dale  
    20-Oct-18 6 Andrew Du  
    21-Oct-18 7 Tony Strazzeri  
    27-Oct-18 8 Ron Fox  
    28-Oct-18 1 Louis Hojnik  
    3-Nov-18 2 Cup Weekend  
    4-Nov-18 3 Cup Weekend  


  • 27 Feb 2018 09:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club operations roster is back on the members web site after being repaired.

    Please let Ben, Steve or Michael know if there any errors or omissions.

  • 26 Feb 2018 11:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club has purchased a BBQ & shade tent (photo below), please feel free to use it before and after flying, as long as you clean it after use.

    The BBQ is on wheels and will be stored in the hangar with the shade tent, ready to go, along with a plastic container with cooking gear.

    Please ensure it is cleaned after each use ready for the next group.


  • 23 Nov 2017 15:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of our journey to increase participation in the club, the Committee has decided to introduce a ground crew roster to support the daily duty team. The first edition of the new ground crew roster is now live to kick off from the first weekend in December (see list below). If you’re not a tow pilot, instructor or duty pilot, you’ll find your name on the roster to come out to the airfield on a few days throughout the year to assist with operations for the day. You’ll see we usually have two crew for the summer months (through to the Easter camp) and then one in the winter period. We want you to come out, help out, and be able to go for a flight as well. I know people have commitments that come up, so the same principle applies as with our tow pilots, instructors and duty pilots. If you can’t make a day, please find a member to swap with. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Ground Crew Roster:

    Date

    Ground Crew

    Ground Crew

    Duty Team

    2-Dec-17

     Colin Gamble

    Troy Evers

    1

    3-Dec-17

     Garry Stevenson


    2

    9-Dec-17

     David Xu

    Lulu Xu

    3

    10-Dec-17

     Sue O'Brien

    Brendan Knight

    4

    16-Dec-17

     Grant Cramer

    John Wright

    5

    17-Dec-17

     Luke Carman

    Luke Logan

    6

    23-Dec-17

     

    7

    24-Dec-17

     

    8

    30-Dec-17

     Wangaratta

     

    1

    31-Dec-17

     Wangaratta

     

    2

    6-Jan-18

     Wangaratta

     

    3

    7-Jan-18

     Wangaratta

     

    4

    13-Jan-18

     Graham Bell

    Luke Sparkes

    5

    14-Jan-18

     Peter Gamble

    Andrew Rigby

    6

    20-Jan-18

     Deirdre Wilson


    7

    21-Jan-18

     Greg Scott

    Andrew Taylor-Harris

    8

    27-Jan-18

     Toby Tan

    Chris Hunter

    1

    28-Jan-18

     Geoff Speedy

    Ian Holt

    2

    3-Feb-18

     Lachlan Hughes

    Alexander Jarosz

    3

    4-Feb-18

     Sue O'Brien

    Jim Karamalakis

    4

    10-Feb-18

     David Tansek

    Ian Grant

    5

    11-Feb-18

     Colin Dale

    Andrew Du

    6

    17-Feb-18

     Neil Burns

    Richard Callinan

    7

    18-Feb-18

     Ron Fox

    Tony Strazzeri

    8

    24-Feb-18

     Peter Summersby

    Adam Webb

    1

    25-Feb-18

     Louis Hojnik


    2

    3-Mar-18

     Colin Gamble

    Garry Stevenson

    3

    4-Mar-18

     Sue O'Brien

    Norm Hearn

    4

    10-Mar-18

     David Xu

    Lulu Xu

    5

    11-Mar-18

     Troy Evers


    6

    17-Mar-18

     Brendan Knight

    John Wright

    7

    18-Mar-18

     Luke Carman

    Luke Logan

    8

    24-Mar-18

     Toby Tan

    Grant Cramer

    1

    25-Mar-18

     Graham Bell

    Andrew Rigby

    2

    31-Mar-18

     Mt Beauty

     

    3

    1-Apr-18

     Mt Beauty

     

    4

    7-Apr-18

     Peter Gamble

     

    5

    8-Apr-18

     Luke Sparkes

     

    6

    14-Apr-18

     

     

    7

    15-Apr-18

     Greg Scott

     

    8

    21-Apr-18

     Richard Machin

     

    1

    22-Apr-18

     Andrew Taylor-Harris

     

    2

    28-Apr-18

     Chris Hunter

     

    3

    29-Apr-18

     Ian Grant

     

    4

    5-May-18

     Geoff Speedy

     

    5

    6-May-18 

     Ian Holt

     

    6

    12-May-18

     Lachlan Hughes

     

    7

    13-May-18

     Alexander Jarosz

     

    8

    19-May-18

     Toby Tan

     

    1

    20-May-18

     Jim Karamalakis

     

    2

    26-May-18

     David Tansek

     

    3

    27-May-18

     Steve Trone

     

    4

    2-Jun-18

     Colin Dale

     

    5

    3-Jun-18

     Andrew Du

     

    6

    9-Jun-18

     Tony Strazzeri

     

    7

    10-Jun-18

     Adam Webb

     

    8

    16-Jun-18

     Louis Hojnik

     

    1

    17-Jun-18

     Richard Callinan

     

    2

    23-Jun-18

     Neil Burns

     

    3

    24-Jun-18

     Sue O'Brien

     

    4

    30-Jun-18

     Norm Hearn

     

    5

    1-Jul-18

     Peter Summersby


    6


  • 23 Nov 2017 15:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are now well and truly heading into the season and a number of members kicked things off with some great flying at Raywood over the Cup weekend. The focus on currency continues in our operations. Please ensure you know your own situation when coming out to fly and be aware of the rules. If you’re planning a summer of cross-country flying at Wangaratta, or one of the many competition weeks, you should already be getting time in the air under your belt.

    Fleet news

    Some exciting fleet news to kick off – VCS should be back at Bacchus Marsh by the time you read this after its repairs. And in very exciting news – the return of TNC is imminent. Melbourne GC is about to have the best Pawnee in the country, and I’m sure that our tuggies will be lining up to fly her. I’d like to thank Steve Coulton, our Tug Master, for the significant amount of work he has dedicated to this project. Keep an eye out for her next time you’re out at Bacchus.

    Ground crew roster

    As I mentioned last month, as part of our journey to increase participation in the club, the Committee has decided to introduce a ground crew roster to support the daily duty team. The first edition of the new ground crew roster is now live to kick off from the first weekend in December (see list published on the website). If you’re not a tow pilot, instructor or duty pilot, you’ll find your name on the roster to come out to the airfield on a few days throughout the year to assist with operations for the day. You’ll see we have two crew for the summer months (through to the Easter camp) and then one in the winter period. We want you to come out, help out, and be able to go for a flight as well. I know people have commitments that come up, so the same principle applies as with our tow pilots, instructors and duty pilots. If you can’t make a day, please find a member to swap with. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Wangaratta Christmas / New Year Camp

    We are heading back to Wangaratta this year for the Club’s Christmas / New Year Camp. The official dates are Tuesday 26 December to Sunday 7 January. You can register now on the website.

    Please consider how you can get involved if you aren’t and contact me any time if you have anything you'd like to discuss.

    Safe thermals, Tighe

  • 06 Nov 2017 12:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    BMAM is hosting an airfield BBQ this Saturday. The BBQ is a fantastic opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded aviators from the airfield. There will also be a short update from BMAM about the aerodrome situation, and the opportunity to ask questions to members of the BMAM board.


    When: this Saturday 11 November 2017
    Time: 1230 to 1430
    Where: the Gliding Clubhouse


    The BBQ is complimentary from BMAM, but for catering purposes please register your intentions using this link.
  • 30 Oct 2017 19:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It has been a sad few weeks for gliding in Australia with three fatal accidents resulting in the deaths of four GFA members. I know that a number of our club members knew some of those involved well and our best wishes go to them as they grieve their gliding mates. We of course also extend our thoughts to the families and close friends of those involved.  

    Although formal investigations are still to be finalised, you would have seen my email recently about the importance of currency as we come out of winter and into the soaring season. This was discussed at both the recent Committee and Instructor Panel meetings. Please ensure you know your own situation when coming out to fly and be aware of the rules. I know the CFI, Paul Spooner, will be writing about this in his Glide Angle column.

    Closer to home, the days that have been flyable have been busy and it's been good to see members out doing some flying. I had a great couple of flights with Jackson Keogh on the Grand Final public holiday - much better than being at work! I hope those out at the airfield on Saturday 14 October enjoyed the start of the season pizza night and we'll look to have more of these types of events over the coming year. 

    The Cup Weekend Camp at Raywood hosted by our friends at the Bendigo Gliding Club is fast approaching. Please register on the website as soon as possible so that we know who is coming and what we need to take!

    The club will soon be updating our membership categories to align with the new GFA family member approach that has been launched as part of the Soaring to the Future (S2F) initiative. This will include a couple of options for your own family members (partners, children etc.) to join the Melbourne Gliding Club and be part of our sport - ranging from a free membership through to a flying membership. More details soon. 

    We've also decided as part of our journey to increase participation with the club to introduce a revised ground crew roster in the near future. The Committee and I really want to see our members out at the field, and, as the classic saying goes "many hands make light work". What does this mean for you? Essentially any member who isn't already part of our regular duty roster as an instructor, tow pilot, or duty pilot, will be asked to come out to the airfield on a couple of days throughout the year to assist with operations for the day. We'll focus in on the soaring season (October to April) for maximum benefit. The hope is that you'll come out, help out, and be able to go for a flight as well. This kind of approach is used in a whole range of clubs - I know of some great examples from sailing clubs, dive clubs etc. Again, more details, including notification of dates, on this soon.

    On the airfield situation, we await a date for mediation between BMAM and the Council at the Small Business Commissioner. At the Committee, we'll spend some our time at the next meeting planning out the next 12 months. Thank you to Roger Krueger who has volunteered to take one of the three Committee vacancies. The Committee has accordingly co-opted Roger for the next 12 months.

    There's plenty happening, so please consider how you can get involved. Please contact me at any time if you have anything you'd like to discuss, and enjoy the next month of flying, including the Raywood camp.

    Safe thermals, Tighe

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