Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 13 Dec 2016 09:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tom van Blaricum - for stepping up and flying three AEF passengers and three F&F flights for another member on a recent weekend. Six consecutive flights in warm conditions. Thanks for your assistance that day, Tom.

    Steve Coulton - for agreeing to be the MGC representative for the soon to be established aerodrome Hangar Owners Group (MGC has a vote as an owner/tenant of the North Hangar).

    And changes at BMAM have seen some new people join and others take on new roles. So, thank you to Steve Trone (Chairperson), Roger Druce (Aerodrome Manager), Dermot Coleman (Secretary), Ben Loxton (MGC delegate) and Tighe Patching (MGC alternate delegate) for agreeing to take on these positions at such an important time. The first meeting of the new BMAM Committee was held last week and was positive.

  • 12 Dec 2016 15:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Best of luck to one of our junior members, Jackson Keogh, competing at Joey Glide (the Australian Junior Nationals) at Temora this week. Follow his results hereSafe and speedy flying, Jackson!

    And congratulations to a couple of members for their glider conversions over the weekend: Colin Gamble into the Discus CS and Jason Tang into the Junior.

    And Ian Northey recently achieved his family and friend rating - well done! (Next stop: AEI/Level 0 instructor!)

  • 24 Nov 2016 23:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to all who transported the aircraft and equipment to Raywood for the Melbourne cup weekend.

    With only a month to go we need to start organising the transport of gliders and equipment to the camp.

    We have 2 seat and single seat aircraft also the expedition trailer to transport, any offers?.As always you can claim 0.10 c per kilometre travel with the trailer following behind or the option to choose the day and the aircraft you have towed up to fly.

    If there is Tug pilots who are going up specifically to tow on set dates, it would be neat if you could register via the online system and advise dates so we can plan ahead.

    If you can help with the transport of aircraft and equipment please contact me direct.

    Best Regards

    Max Callingham  max@optusnet.com.au  or text / talk 0416 237 672


  • 11 Nov 2016 09:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Digital locks will be installed in the club house, MGC workshop and Sth hangar this summer.

    The Sth hangar is the most obvious place that needs to be secured as it is home to most of the GGC and MGC fleet, and is readily accessible by anyone at any time.

    Securing the sth hangar is a little more time consuming than just installing a lock on the hangar door, as restraints need to be installed on many of the sliding doors, so they wont open.  If you can help with this please let Steve know via steve@techexecs.com.au or 0457 513 239.

    Once the restraints and digital locks are installed, all sliding doors will need to be locked / unlocked from the inside, and you will need to enter / exit via the door at the nth end of the hangar.

    Note: the door code will be the same as the one for the club house and workshop.


  • 11 Nov 2016 07:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a reminder to all members that when conducting a private passenger flight, which may also be known in the club as a family and friend flight, they are not permitted to touch the aircraft controls while the aircraft is flying.  During AEF flights the Air Experience passenger is not permitted to touch the controls when the aircraft is below 800ft AGL  The difference between an AEF and Passenger flight is that the AEF has completed the GFA AEF form and the pilot is AEF rated. Noting the GFA AEF forms cost $30 each.

    Please refer to section 11.1 and 10.5 of the GFA operations manual for more detail.

  • 05 Nov 2016 11:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Running a gliding club takes many people and a diverse range of skills, everyone needs to do their bit. The club has just published a central list of roles and responsibilities on the members web site.  If you know of any roles that may not be listed please email info@vmfg.org.au so we can add them.

    The club is currently looking for people to help with Grants, Bacchus Marsh Airfield Management (3rd representative), and a Bacchus Marsh Gliding representative.  If you are able to help please contact the one of the committee members

  • 02 Nov 2016 11:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Around 50 hours of flying by approximately 20 club members took place at the Bendigo GC in Raywood from 29 October to 1 November, making it one of the most successful camps for MGC in recent years.

    Although the weather could have been slightly more cooperative, we flew on three days out of four, with many members achieving good early season cross-country flights and gaining much needed currency. Of note, Richard Traill flew 226km on the Saturday (in his new ASG 29, Caleb White 204km on the Monday (in the White's new DG-200/17), and many members cracked 100km multiple times.

    Best of all was the great social atmosphere (only slightly dampened by the mosquitos!) and seeing members working together to make the weekend a success. On that note, thanks to all who towed gliders there and back, to Ben and Paul for ferrying the tug and NDG, to Ben, Steve and guest tug pilot Peter Summersby (who visited in his RV-7) for the towing over the three days. And a special thanks to the crew at the Bendigo GC for their hospitality. We look forward to being back there for Christmas.

    All gliders and equipment are now back at Bacchus Marsh (tug and NDG arriving Thursday) so please get out there on Saturday if you can to help rig. There's only 7 more weekends until the Christmas camp, so get out to the Marsh to keep (or build) your currency.

  • 28 Oct 2016 12:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Club's AGM for 2015-16 was held last weekend - 22 October. Thanks to those members who attended. An enjoyable dinner in town was held afterwards, where much of the discussion was about preparing for this weekend's expedition to Raywood.

    At the AGM, the Committee for the coming year was elected as follows:

    Role 

     Member

     President  Ben Loxton
     Vice President  Tighe Patching
     Secretary  Michael Aldridge (NEW)
     Treasurer  Tony Carling
     Committee member  Paul Spooner (CFI)
     Committee member  Steve Coulton (Tugmaster)
     Committee member  Mark Hunt
     Committee member  Ian Northey
     Committee member  Bob Hickman

  • 28 Oct 2016 11:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club now accepts credit card payments for flying invoices directly, instead of making credit card payments via PayPal.

    At he bottom of your invoice select Pay online now you will be taken to an online invoice. At the top left of the screen, click the green button that says Pay with Credit card or PayPal, a new screen will appear where you can make the appropriate selections and provide your details.

    Please note the financial transaction fee will be added to your invoice total.


  • 26 Oct 2016 16:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club introduced the PayPal payment option a few years ago, to provide an alterntive method of payment for flying.  At the time the financial transaction fees from the service provider were deducted from the member payment, and the remaining funds credited to the members invoice.  The process for deducting the transaction fees was laborious and time consuming, it was also confusing to members as the invoice they thought they had paid was a few always dollars short, as a result of the service provider transaction fee.  When the PayPal processing workload was combined with the work that was required to straighten out the clubs accounts, it was decided to stop the process until a simpler solution could be found.

    Recently a new service provider was identified that automatically processes the financial processing fee, at the time of payment.  As a result the club is in the process of changing over to the new provider, and plan to roll it out during Oct. - Nov.  The new service provider is called eway and is based in Australia, 

    Once operational, members choosing  to pay via credit card or PayPal will have the financial processing fee added to their invoice total at the time of payment.  The service also simplifies the processing of credit card payments, compared to PayPal.

    Details on how to pay can be found at the bottom of all invoices.If you have any queries please contact  accounts@vmfg.org.au


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