Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 08 May 2017 09:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A real-time flight log of all flarm equipped aircraft is now available on the front page of the member web site or via link on the clubs smart phone app.

    The site keeps flight records for about the last 30 days, beyond this data is available from this site thanks to the work of Micheal Aldridge.

  • 27 Apr 2017 21:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The airfield at Bacchus Marsh is presently very waterlogged following the sustained rain over the past 72 hours. Given the forecast rain for the next 48 hours also, any operations at Bacchus Marsh this weekend are likely to be limited (i.e. with only one or two gliders) to the bitumen runways.

    Given this, we have made a decision as early as possible to postpone Sunday's Family and Friends Flying Day. We are rescheduling this to Sunday 28 May and hope you and your friends and family can join us then. A revised sign-up page will be sent out soon.

    Thank you to all those who had registered for Sunday or were part of the organisation.

    Don't forget that our free April membership offer still has a few days to run if your friends and family would like to join the club and the GFA.

  • 24 Apr 2017 11:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The YBSS flarm receiver has been upgraded.

    If you would like to see the performance of individual flarm units, enter the flarm ID into the web site

    Flarm equiped gliders can be seen live on the members web site, OGN (Open Glider network) and on Flight radar 24

  • 13 Apr 2017 09:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to an increase in AVGAS price of 11 cents, the tow rate per minute has increased by the 11 cents to $5.89/minute effective immediately. (Note: this will practically take effect once operations resume at Bacchus Marsh after Easter, as club camps have a different tow rate).

    You may have also seen in the GFA Board news email sent on 7 April that the cost of 9-day introductory (or AEF) forms is increasing from $30 to $40 from 1 May. We will hold the price of AEF forms at $30 until 30 June of this year, before increasing to $40 in line with the increased GFA cost on 1 July 2017.

  • 13 Apr 2017 09:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Thanks to Tony Carling for bringing back parachute parts from the US on a recent trip.
    • To the many people who de-rigged gliders for the Mt Beauty camp on Saturday 8 April, thank you!
    • To Allan Petersen for such a speedy (but still very thorough) Form 2 of VWR.
    • To Tom Van Blaricum for around five years of club service as the glider maintenance officer - thank you for your many years of coordinating teams, organising spares, and undertaking much of the maintenance yourself.
  • 29 Mar 2017 21:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MGC's April Membership Drive is being run in conjunction with the GFA’s Aviate in April promotion.

    For the month of April 2017, any of your family and friends who join the club as new 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 2017.

    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.

  • 29 Mar 2017 21:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    28 May 2017

    We invite all our members who have family, friends or acquaintances with an interest in taking up gliding to join us on the day for an Air Experience Flight where they can try gliding for themselves and learn about the Melbourne Gliding Club.

    Flights will be at club rates, plus the $30 GFA 9-day introductory membership, and be charged to your flying account.

    To help you and your guests plan your day, book your slot by visiting this site: 

    This event was postponed on 27 April from 30 April to 28 May.

  • 15 Mar 2017 08:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    TNC's engine was delivered from Nelson yesterday and will be heading down to Gippsland this week for the next stage of it's overhaul. 

  • 01 Mar 2017 13:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alan Payne's story

    The picture is of a paddock/airfield used by a RA pilot between Myrtleford and Wangaratta. At a briefing one morning at Wang, various pilots identified this as a good spot to outland if needed. I was flying over the area getting quite low and decided that it may be time to outland.

    Alan Payne's story

    I looked at the said paddock and thought it doesn’t look quite wide enough so I chose to look for a better option.

    The next day a couple of us decided to drive out and have a look at the paddock. Yes a pilot did use it a high wing Jabiru. The strip was 14m wide and the grass on either side was probably a metre high – we fly nothing smaller than 15m.

  • 01 Mar 2017 13:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dermot Coleman's story

    The many photographers present exclaimed with frustration, but were rewarded when it returned a couple of minutes later to make a pass along the front of the lookout point, turning its head to look at us as if it were a celebrity on the red carpet, before banking into a thermal to climb away for the day's scavenging in the mountains.


    You did not need to be a glider pilot to be awed by the size and presence of the Andean condor with its three metre wingspan, dramatic black plumage set-off by a white collar and, above all, its effortless elegance in the air.

    Well below us, in the depths of the canyon we could see other condors working their way up the precipitous face, alighting from time to time on prominent outcrops to rest or await better conditions. From above we could see how their wings would twist in flight to take advantage of the breeze along the cliff face and the separate movements of each of the seven splayed wing tip feathers which are constantly changing individually to provide precise soaring manoeuvres.

    The condors' nests are a kilometre below, deep in the canyon, usually in inaccessible crevices in the cliff face where the egg or chick will be safe from predators such as foxes. The one chick in each nest spends 6–8 months growing before taking to the air, but remains with its parents for another two years. The juvenile condors have brown plumage and lack the distinctive white collar of the adults, whose life expectancy is roughly equivalent to ours. Lacking the talons to capture prey, they feed on carrion, but have been known to swoop unexpectedly on animals in perilous situations in the hope that the startled animal will lose its footing and fall to become fast food. Perhaps that is what our first visitor was trying to achieve when it buzzed us from behind.

    While I have enjoyed the thrill of flying close to wedgetail eagles over the years, the sheer size of these birds – almost twice the size of our wedgetails – puts them in a different class. To be able to see them in the wild, and in close proximity, is an unforgettable experience and only possible in a few locations as the condors have been hunted to the verge of extinction. The lookout sites are both expensive and time-consuming to visit as they are in remote locations and at a height that demands acclimatisation for most people.

    The lookout we visited was the Cross of the Condor (Crux del condor) in the Colca valley in Southern Peru. Because you need to be at the lookout by 8:30 most people stay overnight in the valley, which is four hours' drive from Arequipa, the nearest tourist centre. We saw about a dozen condors over a one hour period climbing up past our lookout, which is regarded as pretty good number, as the condors are reluctant flyers in the cold or wet, and can survive several days without hunting.

    I hope this article shows, that if you can afford to travel to the right area, the effort is worthwhile.

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