Presidents Report – August 2020

The relaxing of COVID19 requirements saw an improvement in the turnout for last month’s club meeting where 20 attended. Hopefully everyone will continue to do the right thing so we don’t repeat the debacle happening in Victoria.

Regarding club meetings, we are now having our meals as well as the formal meeting in the Dalton Room with a 24 person limit imposed. Online registration through the club website is required so we can monitor the numbers attending. If the maximum of 24 is reached you will be advised during registration that the meeting is full. You can then advise Bob Scrymgour that you would like to waitlist so if anyone registered cannot attend due illness etc, then we can still fully utilise the room.

This keeps the hotel management happy so that they will continue to provide the meeting venue free of charge. The council will monitor the numbers attending so if too many members are missing out then we will need to reconsider the venue.

Coming up on August 29th at 2pm is a workshop visit with a difference. No aircraft but a garage full of Classic cars including a Rolls Royce. Councillor Barry Windle has organised this one with Nigel Steel-Scott who is opening up his garage in the Adelaide Hills. There is also a lovely garden to view so you might like to bring your partner as well. Afternoon tea will be served. You have to be logged in to see the Calendar entry. This is a change in club policy where we will no longer publish personal information like addresses and phone numbers on an open website without permission.

There was a positive response from the membership to have another Club BBQ get together at Murray Bridge sooner rather than later. We have set a date for September 19th at 11am. Format will be the same as the one held in June.

On a sad note I report the passing of member Mick Wright, after a brave battle with cancer. Mick was very generous in sharing his time and knowledge of all things aviation. He helped many owner/builders in their projects, helping to see them through to final inspection and weight and balance. He was instrumental in introducing an RAAUS maintenance course for members to improve their technical knowledge. He will be sorely missed. The club council will examine a suitable way to acknowledge Mick’s legacy.

I do hope you have been taking advantage of the superb winter flying days of late. Sunny, still and NO turbulence. Absolutely brilliant!

Blue skies,


In the Alaskan bush I would rather have a 2 hour bladder and 3 hours of gas than vice versa. –Kurt Wein