Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 20 Apr 2018 12:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to GFA MOSP2, Section 18.8.2, when a tug is at full stretch of the 55m tow rope for an aerotow launch, the tug must be 60m downwind from the displaced threshold [piano keys] on all runways.  This means that at launch, both the glider and, by definition, the forward-most operations vehicle, must be some 100m from the piano keys.

    To help us comply as best we can with GFA requirements for launching gliders, we already use two markers to assist all of us parking operations vehicles.  On R19, there is the bright yellow marker fixed to the dirt road.  On R27, the fence corner is the position indicator; any further east and we would be blocking our access to the field.

    At the launch point of each of the two other runways (R01 and R09), there is now a fence picket painted bright yellow to help us position the forward-most operations vehicle.


  • 08 Apr 2018 20:04 | Anonymous member

    The Bus camera has been redeployed to replace a broken cam on the hangar, as it was an expensive outdoor unit that designed for outside use.

    Due to Bus CAMs popularity I plan to replace the camera with 2 units so we can see the entire flight line.

    We are looking for a replacement unit that looks similar to this http://dashiest.com/products/cctv-ip-camera-wifi-720p-hd-mini-security-wireless-security-home-system-onvif-webcam-audio-door-cam-de-seguridad-vigilancia/

    There appears to be many models on the market that look like this but they are all missing http, ftp and snapshot functionality which is required for the bus.

    If you know of any please email steve@techexecs.com.au with the details ASAP.

  • 03 Apr 2018 12:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our April Membership Drive is again being run in conjunction with the GFA’s Aviate in April promotion which is back again for 2018.

    For the month of April 2018, those who join the club as new, first-time members will receive free membership of the club (bond/debenture and GFA membership will still be payable). This offer does not apply to renewals during the month of April 2018.

    To take advantage of this offer, your friends and family should use the code MGCFREE when they sign up. Full terms and conditions are available on our website.

  • 03 Apr 2018 12:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Family and Friends Day is back for 2018!

    The MGC Committee is pleased to announce we will be holding our second MGC Family and Friends Flying Day on Sunday 22 April 2018.

    Flights will be at club member rates, plus the $40 GFA 30-day introductory membership, and be charged to your flying account.

    To help you and your guests plan your day, book your slot by visiting our sign-up site. 

    There will be a free BBQ lunch on the day.

    Family and friends visiting on the day can also take advantage of our April Membership Drive being run in conjunction with the GFA’s Aviate in April promotion which is back again for 2018.

    For the month of April 2018, any of your family and friends who join the club as new, first-time members will receive free membership of the club (bond/debenture and GFA membership will still be payable). This offer does not apply to renewals during the month of April 2018.

    To take advantage of this offer, your friends and family should use the code MGCFREE when they sign up. Full terms and conditions are available on our website.

    We look forward to seeing you, and meeting your family and friends, on 22 April.


  • 30 Mar 2018 19:41 | Anonymous member

    A pair of windsocks have been installed near the entrance gate from the club house to the airfield, and the fence corner at the 27 launch area.  While the plan is to install them at the end of each runway the 2 installations will test the setup.

    Many thanks to Steve Coulton for manufacturing the top swivels the windsocks attach to.


    Enjoy, Steve Trone

  • 30 Mar 2018 19:29 | Anonymous member

    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

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

  • 07 Mar 2018 14:26 | Anonymous member

    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

    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.

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