Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 17 Oct 2016 14:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As I wrote about in the recent Glide Angle, VSA members now have a new Soaring Forecast site for Victoria and Tasmania, and covering much of NSW, thanks to the work of Matt Gage and funding from the VSA.



    This model is closely related to RASP, but will be upgraded every 6 months as new information is released, which hopefully should ensure a more consistent standard of prediction.

    New forecasts are created twice each day and cover the next 6 days of flying. The first 2 days are at a very high resolution (good for wave, etc.), the following 4 days are at a lower resolution (but still higher than the previous RASP). Today’s forecast should be ready by about 7:30am and tomorrow’s forecast should be ready by 7:30pm.

    The server will keep about 100 days of historical forecasts, depending on available disk space.

    A link to the new RASP site has been added to the bottom of the members web site for quick reference.

  • 06 Oct 2016 14:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 03 Oct 2016 16:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club house & North Hangar

    The codes for the door locks for the Club house and Nth hangar were changed late Sunday 2.10.16.  All current and paid members received a personnel email containing the new lock codes on the 3.10.16.

    MGC workshop

    Last year the committee endorsed the purchase of a coded lock for the workshop to make it easier and more convenient for members to access,.  The purchase was delayed until the locks were on sale, as a result we recently purchased one thanks to the MASTERS sale at a 40% discount, and plan to install it between now and Christmas.   Once installed all members will receive an email with instructions on its use, and the code to be used.
  • 16 Sep 2016 12:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bus phone and CAM have been transferred from the old bus to the new one, and are now operational.  The CAM can be seen on the main page of  and the bus number is 0490 098 529.

    Many thanks to John Parncutt, who reinstalled them.

  • 15 Sep 2016 09:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All multiday glider bookings are now visible in the club calendar, aircraft booking instructions can be found  here. Many thanks to Michael Aldridge who stepped up to look after glider bookings, Well done Michael.

     If you have any questions please contact Michael Aldridge who looks after multi-day aircraft bookings at or 0422 084 716

  • 05 Sep 2016 21:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club has purchased a new hand pump for inflating glider tyres, and will be stored in the bus.

  • 01 Sep 2016 08:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Defibrillator training at Bacchus Marsh at 10am 10 September

    As you may know, we have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the club house should it be needed around the workshops and the club rooms. So far it remains in pristine, unused condition, I'm pleased to say. However, if we did need to use it, say when we were operating from R01, it would take too long to retrieve it.

    The Victorian Government has agreed to supply us with another defibrillator, on the condition that we are trained on its use, and that we look after it. St. John Ambulance will bring the new defibrillator out to BM at 10am on Saturday 10 September, and train members from all three gliding clubs on how to use it.

    Also on display at the training will be the new Fire and Accident Response cart. It is a small trailer containing fire extinguishers, a first responders first aid kit, equipment for breaking into damaged planes, cutting webbing etc., and, of course, the new defibrillator. The FAR cart will be stored near the fire trailer.

    The plan is for MGC to take out the FAR cart each operations day (no, not just in the fire danger season) and for GGC to return it at the end of operations.

    Please make a point of attending the AED training on 10 September. After all, if you were the one who needed the defibrillator, you would hope that someone around you knew how to use it!!!!!

    Mark White, Safety Officer

    Many thanks to Mark White for organising the event.

  • 22 Aug 2016 09:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The webcam on the North hangar has been repaired and reinstalled, the birds seem to be  happy its back. 

    Webcam - South

    A new cam has been installed on the nth hangar looking west down 27 as a pilot, if we think it is worthwhile please let me know and we can leave it there.

    Webcam - West along 27

    The webcam that overlooked the front of the workshop hangar has been removed, as the constant unplugging and plugging of the power supply into the power point damaged the camera. 

     If you have any ideas on a new location for it please let me know Steve Trone.

  • 17 Aug 2016 15:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks for August 2016 go to the following members:

    • Alan Payne for building rudder clamps for the DG tow-out gear.
    • Rick Gray and Richard Callinan for the Form 2 on VMF.
    • Steve Coulton and (former member) Brian Coulton for managing the BCK repair and transporting bits and pieces all over the state.
    • Allan Petersen and Tom Van Blaricum for solving the NDG undercarriage issue.

    The Committee, and all members, thank you for your contributions!

  • 16 Aug 2016 17:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On behalf of the Committee of the Melbourne Gliding Club, I am pleased to announce to you that the club has purchased a new bus to replace our existing pie cart.

    Thanks to John Parncutt, we were able to secure a new bus at a very reasonable price. John, along with Alan Payne, and others, will now lead the fit-out of the new bus to meet our needs. The bus is being delivered this Friday with work to start straight away.

    It is a timely purchase, as the old bus (having being our pie cart for 30+ years) becomes more difficult to operate, the hydraulics for the entry ramp fail, and rust begins to damage the structural integrity of the bus. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who have kept the current bus going in recent years. For example, Steve Trone has installed solar panels and new switches to keep the electronics going etc. Most of these improvements will be readily transferable to our new bus.

    To be involved in the fit-out of the new bus or to suggest ideas and user requirements, please contact John Parncutt ( or Alan Payne ( directly.

    This represents a significant investment in the future of our club and every member of the club enjoys the benefits that having a pie cart brings. In order to fund this investment, the Committee has created the Melbourne Gliding Club Asset and Equipment Fund. To cover the cost of purchase and fit-out, all active flying members will make a contribution of $50 per annum over the next three years to raise the necessary funds. This will be payable at the time of membership renewal, and will apply for membership renewals effective 1 January 2017 for three years until 31 December 2019.

    On other matters, leadership from the three gliding clubs, along with the Australian Gliding Museum, VSA and GFA, met on 24 July to discuss the ongoing aerodrome issues and how we can work together more effectively to promote Bacchus Marsh as the pre-eminent gliding destination in Victoria.

    Significantly, the three clubs agreed to the creation of a 12-month trial Bacchus Marsh Gliding Club Development Fund to promote the combined gliding activities of the three clubs, particularly in the local community. Examples of how this funding will be spent is on donations of AEF glider flights for school raffles or trivia nights, replacing gliding club signage around the airfield (e.g. on the main road), attendance at local festivals and events. Each club will be donating $20 per active flying member to the Fund. For the MGC, we will be applying this $20 to invoices over the next few months (around November/December). At the end of 12 months (September 2017), the presidents of the three clubs will evaluate the effectiveness of the Fund and make a determination of whether to continue the Fund and under what conditions.  

    This represents a newfound spirit of cooperation between the three clubs and we encourage all gliding people at Bacchus Marsh to seek out how they can be involved in these activities. In advance, we thank you for your donation to this important project.

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