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Presidents Report – December 2019

Fifty seven Club members and their guests enjoyed a fun filled evening at the Feathers Hotel, Burnside for our annual Christmas dinner and awards night on 22nd November.

I was encouraged by the turnout in the end. Ten days earlier we had only 33 registered but a quick ring around by council members bolstered the numbers.

The were plenty of prizes (too many?) and give aways with one in two people present winning something.

The best aircraft award was a tough three way tussle between Chris Moore’s Lancair, Richard Young’s Sonex and John Heather’s Cruzer. The results could not have been closer with the winning aircraft scoring 12 points out of a possible 30 and the other two scoring 9 points each.

The winning aircraft was Richard Young’s scratch built Sonex, a six and a half year project.

All builders this year received a club plaque to acknowledge their efforts.

A special award of Life Membership was awarded to Chris Moore to formally recognise the fantastic support he has provided to the club as President and Secretary for many years. Thank you Chris.

It was also announced that starting in 2020, to try to bolster our membership, up to two scholarships of $1000 each, will be made available to full club members to assist in the cost of their flight training. Details will be published on the club website along with photos of the Christmas dinner.

Please be reminded there is NO formal club meeting at the Feathers Hotel in December or January. The next regular club meeting at the Feathers Hotel will be on February 12th.

Our final club event for the year will be our Christmas BBQ at Murray Bridge Airfield on December 15th. Fly in or drive in, your choice. Morning tea will served in the Windsock Lounge from 10am. For those interested, Paul Baishont will present a workshop on how to tackle NAIPS, in the club hangar from 11am. Lunch will follow back in the Windsock lounge from 12 noon. Cost is $10 per person. 37 people have registered with me so far. If you haven’t yet done so and would like to come along please email me as it will help with getting the catering right.

On January 11th 2020 member Terry Wilson has agreed to host an informal flyin at his private airstrip 2nm south east of Morgan in the Riverland. Please be aware this is a basic facility with no house on the property, just the strip and a hangar with power and water. So come for lunch or camp overnight but it will be a BYO everything. Food, drink, folding chairs would be the minimum. I would suggest not planning on a BBQ as a total fire ban on the day may prevent that.

His strip details are as follows:

  • Position is 2nm SE of Morgan on the east side of the Murray River.
  • Lat/Long: 34 03.2S / 139 42.1E
  • Track is 013 degrees, 65 nm from Murray Bridge.
  • Strip is 09/27, 950m long, unsealed, elevation 100’.
  • Parking is at the western end. No fuel available.

As a courtesy could you let me know if you plan to come along.

Please be reminded that 2020 annual membership fees fall due on January 1st. They have been set at $80, a small increase from the $75 we have had for several years now. They can be paid into the club bank account shown below. You may need to update the EFT bank details on your computer as the club changed it’s account from the NAB to the Bendigo Bank a few months ago. The old account is now closed and will not accept any payments. Additionally, Greg Tabe will be able to accept cash payment at the Club BBQ. Correct change would be appreciated.

It just remains for me to wish you and your families the very best for the festive season and safe flying.

Steve

“That’s not flying, that’s just falling with style”- Woody from Toy Story, with regard to Buzz Lightyear, 1996

SACSA Scholarship Scheme

Commencing January 2020

  • All applicants must commit to 2 years full membership of the club.
  • Applicants must apply to the Club council in writing outlining reasons for the application.
  • Up to $2000 annually available to be used for up to 2 successful applicants. $1000 each.
  • Successful applicants must remain an SACSA member while the scholarship is used.
  • Intended to help cover costs in renewing or obtaining a GA RPL or RAAUS RPC.
  • Available for flying training costs only.
  • Scholarship will be paid out upon presentation of invoices for training until funds are exhausted.
  • One scholarship only per member.
  • Council decision as to who is successful remains final but does not preclude a reapplication.

For more details or to submit your application – Click here to email Chris Moore

Presidents Report May 2019

Last month we had the club fly away weekend to Swan Hill. I flew there with my wife, Dominie, and in addition we had six other aircraft and a total of fourteen participants. I was very encouraged to see such a good turnout. Aircraft arrived individually from three different airports on the Saturday afternoon. Apart from a hiccup with the Swan Hill Aero Club refuelling carnet card it all went smoothly and all seven aircraft were secured for the night in front of the clubhouse. A lesson learnt for those who rely only on credit/carnet cards. There will always be a time when they will fail so carrying enough cash to pay for a tank of fuel will save the day.

We checked into our motels and the convened for an early dinner at the local Italian restaurant in the main street. We then walked to the Pioneer village to see their nightly spectacular laser light show. A good feature of Swan Hill is that it is quite compact and everything is easily accessible on foot. An important consideration when you arrive by air.

Following breakfast the next morning we were bused out to Lake Boga museum about 10kms south of Swan Hill. This is a very pretty spot with an almost circular permanent lake about 3kms in diameter. During WW2 it became a secret maintenance depot for the RAAF’s fleet of flying boats, mainly PBY Catalinas. It certainly is an unusual place for flying boat activity, being so far inland.

Local enthusiasts have done a wonderful job in restoring a Catalina to static display along with many other relics from the wartime era. There is even a bunker containing a communications station with all the equipment therein maintained in serviceable condition. Since my last visit to the museum a very nice cafe has been added where one can enjoy a lovely lakeside lunch.

On the trip back to Adelaide we called into Nhill, another former wartime RAAF training base which now has it’s own museum. They have a Wirraway and Tiger Moth in flying condition on display along with an Avro Anson undergoing static restoration. Another enthusiastic group of volunteers run this museum which is worth a visit. It is also a handy spot to drop to refuel or grab a coffee when flying home from the eastern states.

Be reminded that club meetings for the next 3 months will be at The Edinburgh Hotel, High Street Bar, 7 High St. Mitcham. Meals will continue to be ordered online with a choice of 5 mains. See below for details.

The speaker for May is member Mike Holtby, who will give us some reminiscings of his RAF career in the 1950s. He flew some very interesting early jet fighters including the Meteor, Vampire and Sabre. I look forward to hearing his assessment of them.

 In June we have Steve Johnson, local DH82 pilot, who will speak about ownership and operation of the ubiquitous Tiger Moth.

In July we will have RAAus Operation Staff giving a briefing  and Q and A session.

2019 celebrates the centenary of the Smith brothers epic England to Australia flight in under 30 days. In August aviation historian Mike Miln will speak to us about that flight.

On Sunday April 14th the club had another Bunnings BBQ fundraiser at Kent Town. We managed to raise another $630 for the club bringing the total raised in three BBQs to nearly $1500. I thank the volunteers, especially Greg, and those who gave up half a day to help out. I commend it to other members to volunteer for future events. It is good fun, you meet interesting people and it helps raise the club profile to the general public as well as raising funds to keep our club financial.

Blue skies,

Steve

In life you are either a passenger or a pilot, it’s your choice-Unknown

Presidents Report March 2019

Greetings from New Zealand.

Dominie and I are currently touring New Zealand visiting friends and tapping into the Kiwi aviation scene wherever possible.

We arrived in Wellington 2 weeks ago just in time to attend the Wings over Wairarappa (WOW) Airshow at Hood aerodrome, Masterson, about 90 minutes drive northeast of Wellington.

The weekend weather forecast was not shaping up well with heavy rain predicted, especially for the Sunday. People with Sunday tickets were offered the chance to swap them for Saturday so there was quite a large turnout.

As it transpired the wind and rain mostly held off on Saturday so the show went ahead. There were some disappointments with the B52 Stratofortress fly past failing to materialize due to unserviceability in Australia.

The RNZAF came to the rescue at the last minute putting on a creditable P3K Orion display.

The air force also displayed their C130 Hercules, T6C Texan 2 trainer and various helicopters.

The highlight for me were the multiple WW1 reproduction aircraft taking to the air in large numbers, more than a dozen at a time , engaging in mock dog fights. Nowhere else in the world can you see this.

There were Sopwith Pups, Camels, Triplanes and Snipes, Albatross D2s and D5s, Fokker Triplanes and D7, DH4, SE5As and BE2Cs.

Many of these are fitted with their original engines so they are completely authentic. The rotary engined Sopwiths and the Mercedes engined Albatross sound amazing. Most of these aircraft are flown without the benefit of wheel brakes or tailwheels, as per the original, necessitating wing walkers whilst on the ground.

All of these aircraft come from the The Vintage Aviator Limited (TVAL), a company set up by film director Sir Peter Jackson at Hood aerodrome.

The Red Stars, a 9 ship Yak 52 civilian formation display team, did a very creditable display including a 9 aircraft loop, the only civilian team anywhere in the world currently doing this.

The night Airshow highlight were 2 Grob 109b motor gliders fitted with LED lights and pyrotechnics which are discharged during a synchronized display set to music. This team came all the way from UK again, having had their 2017 WOW display cancelled due weather.

As it turned out that was the last display we saw as Sunday was a complete washout.

We moved onto Christchurch in the South Island, visiting aviation friends. By now the weather was much improved and were invited to fly in their Bell 206 Jetranger Helicopter for lunch in Hokitika on the West coast. To the unfamiliar this involves a 1 hour through the valleys of the Southern Alps surrounded by mountains up to 10000 feet! Truly spectacular!

I even had a go at flying the helicopter on the way back to Christchurch.

They are extremely sensitive with minute control inputs needed. Also, they cannot be trimmed out so they must be flown 100% of the time.

Yesterday I jumped into something more familiar being my friend’s RV6.

We tracked south across the Canterbury plain to Timaru and Ashburton.

The folk at the Timaru Aero Club were very friendly and chatty.

At Ashbuton, a former RNZAF wartime training base, we visited the Aviation museum. A very nice smaller museum of about 25 aircraft well restored and presented.

This week I also hope to get to the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre near Gore in the deep south of the island. Here they specialize in all types of De Havilland restorations.

I will arrive home just in time for the club’s AGM next week.

Please come along to vote on the changes to the constitution. If you can’t make it then the committee can accept proxies right up until the meeting starts.

Don’t forget that 2019 membership fees of $75 are due if you have not yet paid. They can be paid online or by cash or cheque at the next meeting.

Our guest speaker for March is our own Rob Wintulich. He will give us a report on the Scout Jamboree  air activities at Tailem Bend in January.

Blue skies,

Steve

Assorted Hardware – Free, Yes Free! (+postage)

Photo for illustration purposes – even Ian doesn’t know whats in the boxes yet…

Ian Shaughnessy has saved a collection of hardware (nuts, bolts, rivets, clamps etc.) from being thrown out and would like to give them away to builders who need them.

Give away. Plus postage.

Still unpacking boxes, so he may have what you want.

Click here to Email Ian to see if he has the ones you are after before you buy the ones with the gold thread and silly postage from the usual overseas suspects.

Items found and listed so far include

Nuts, and Bolts

  • MS35207-226
  • MS24693526
  • MS24693527
  • NAS 1801-3-2
  • MS35207-264
  • NAS263-3-12
  • NAS623-3-4
  • MS21059-L3
  • MS21042-L3
  • NAS1153-5
  • NAS623-3-5
  • NAS623-3-8

Rivets

  • MS20426AD4-6
  • MS20426AD4-7
  • MS20470AD3-6
  • MS20425AD6-15
  • MS20426AD3-7

Clamps

  • MS21919WCJ10   Blue
  • MS21919WDGE   Black
  • MS21919BG11     Black
  • MS219118WOG12 Black
  • MS21919WDG22   Black
  • MS21919WDG5   Black

Update – F1D Indoor World Championships

Steve Nelson (Australian Team Manager) Reporting on the F1D World Championships from West Baden Springs Hotel, Indiana.

Eventual winner was Brett Sanborn (US). He had a 27min flight on Wednesday and was the one to beat. But just when a few others were getting close, he pulled out another 27min flight in the last round of the final day.

Aussies all had a good final round (at last) with Tim getting 14:28. Max with 13:56 and Alex with a really good 17:14. A nice way to end.

Tim even used up his 15 minutes of Fame on the local media!


Final Results here

Steve Nelson