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Hi Members,
Just letting you know that the work on stage 1 of the Club entrance and taxiway project is now underway and concrete will be poured at the entrance on Friday (weather permitting). This means that form work will need to be completed on Wednesday/Thursday so the access to the Clubhouse and Hangars will be via the paddock where we had the the AirVenture under-wing camping last year. ie. Enter off DeBeyers Rd then through the large double gates. Beyond these gates you are Air-side so if you need to take your vehicle beyond the gates, PLEASE BE CAREFUL, drive through between the two rows of hangars to the regular club parking area. The access code for these gates is currently set to 1226 (first four digits of the CTAF frequency) and please lock the gates again behind you. It will be necessary to use this alternate access from Wednesday 5th through to at least Friday 14th June.

Don't forget the next club meeting will be held this Sunday 9th June.

Rylstone Aerodrome:


Anyone intending to fly to the Rylstone Celebration of Aviation this weekend are reminded that the organisers require ALL incoming aircraft to preregister so I have included the following link to the registration form.


CASA AvSafety Seminar:

Again, please try to preregister if you are coming to the Safety Seminar on Wednesday evening 22nd May (6 PM to 8 PM). CASA have advised the 25 people have registered so far which is a good start but we generally have more than that on the night so this reminder is for all of those that have not registered their intention yet. Here is the link to register for this one:

Oz-STOL @ Luskintyre:

The second annual Oz-STOL STOL Competition is on at Luskintyre Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May. Use the link below for more information and to enter if you want to compete in the event.


VALE


Hello Members,

It is with sadness that I have to notify you of the passing of Ex Club Secretary Michael Roche. Michael passed away last night following a lengthy illness and our thoughts go to his wife Anne, a past Club Treasurer.
For those members that did not know Mike, during his period as Secretary, Michael and Anne were very instrumental in procuring and installing the Club's kitchen. They were the former owners of Tecnam  24-7023 and were Hangar 8 syndicate members.



May Meeting.


Don't forget that the May meeting moves forward by one week to avoid the clash with Mother's  Day so this Sunday (5th May) - Not the usual second Sunday.


For those that were not in attendance,

the visit by the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club went well with about five or six taking a TIF. One of their members suggested to me that they should make it an annual event. On his arrival home that evening, the organiser (Club President) indicated in a very complimentary text message that they had a great time and if we were agreeable they would like to do it again at some later date. So thanks to those that helped make it an enjoyable day.

Airshow Volunteers Lucky Draw

has been decided and Paul Benett has generously decided to provide not one but two prizes, both a flight in a War-bird.  
The winners were:  Angela Hipwell and Brett Woodcock...

Congratulations to both!   Unfortunately, neither of the winners are HRFC Members but it was a very generous prize and we were just unlucky on the day.  

Ballon Festival
Anyone checking the Weather Cameras on Tuesday 23rd April or early Wednesday 24th would have noticed about half a dozen or so aircraft parked on the grass in front of hangars 1 to 4. These were the visitors en-rout to the Balloon Festival at Canowindra. By all reports, they were having a great trip and they thanked HRFC for making our facilities available to them and for allowing them to park their aircraft during their overnight stay in Cessnock. They have sent photos of various ports of call.

Aircraft Auction

Slatterery Auctions have advised that they are conducting an auction of around twenty aircraft and helicopters. So for anyone interested, here is a link to more details and for expressions of interest. https://www.slatteryauctions.com.au/product/708/929143

The STOOGES @ Rylstone: See the 4 Ship RV Aerobatic Formation Team " The Stooges" at Rylstone  May 17th & 18th as part of the "Rylstone Celebration of Aviation" Attached is a flyer and here is a link to the Rylstone Aerodrome Air Park. .

CASA AvSafety Seminar:

Don't forget to register for the AvSafety Seminar to held at the Club on May 22nd. 6 pm to 8 pm with a light supper to be available. This is a free Seminar but CASA like you to register on line if possible. Here is the link for registration:  http://www.casa.gov.au/avsafety Just follow the prompts.
Oz-STOL Competition @ Luskintyre

There will be a STOL Competition held at Luskintyre from Friday May 24th to Sunday May 26th. This is the event's second year at Luskintyre and should be worth a visit  Here is another link, this one to AOPA's site for further information on this event. https://aopa.com.au/events/oz-stol-competition/




Hello Members,

Well if you did not make it to the airshow over the weekend, you missed a great event!
The Paul Bennet Airshow team should be very pleased with their achievement - Five hours of non stop action on both days plus all of the other attractions that were provided made a fantastic show on an almost perfect two days of autumn weather. Almost 7.5k visitors on the first day and my guess is about the same on Sunday (if not more).
While on the subject of the Airshow:
A big thank you to both those members that volunteered at the show and those that assisted at the club - Your effort is very much appreciated by both organisations!
Thanks too for those members that allowed us to display their aircraft in the promotion of the club and the Flying School.. It would have been nice to see a wider variety of light aircraft on static display but we were able to display about a dozen aircraft to an audience of possibly more than 10k people that now know that we and the flying school exist and may not have known without the opportunity provided by the show.
I have it on good authority that those volunteers that worked one day will receive one ticket in the raffle while those that worked two days will receive two tickets. .

Next meeting day:
The April club meeting will be this coming Sunday (14th April) and remember that we will be visited on that day by members of the Vintage Japanese Motor Cycle Club who would like to show us their bikes, join us for lunch and take a look at some of our members' toy collections.

Fire Extinguisher Service carried out:

All Club & Hangar fire extinguishers have been serviced and paid for by the club. A separate note will be distributed to Hangar Reps.indicating the amount payable by their particular hangar syndicate for club reimbursement. All extinguishers are over due for pressure testing so I will seek a quote to change them out and advise when this can be done and costing.,

Site Works:

Council have completed the security fencing around the club area and form-work has arrived on site for the commencement of work on the club entry and stage one of the taxiway upgrade. Again a note will be sent to the Hangar Reps seeking their Syndicate's contribution of $600 being 50% of the estimated cost of this stage one project. A detailed description of the proposed works and estimated costs were distributed earlier this year following the December meeting where the motion was put and carried.

Hangar-keeper's Liability insurance is due shortly:
Our Treasurer is currently working on this with our insurance brokers.

Next CASA AvSafety Seminar:

CASA have been in touch in regard to the next Hunter Valley AvSafety Seminar and I have agreed on behalf of the Club to host the session at the Clubhouse on Wednesday 22nd May at 6.00pm until 8.00pm. Please assist by registering through EventBrite by logging onto   www.casa.gov.au/avsafety and click register now and follow the steps. The subject of this session will be  “ENHANCING PILOT SKILLS IN A
DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT” and the presenter will be Teraya Miller (CASA Aviation Safety Advisor). The Club will provide refreshments as usual..Flyer attached.

Other upcoming happenings

Wedderburn - Napper Field: Also in April, the NSW Sport Aircraft Club will be holding their fly-in at Wedderburn 27th & 28th

Visitors en-rout to Canowindra International Balloon Festival:  A group of flyers en-rout to the the International Balloon Festival at Canowindra will be dropping in on Tuesday April 23rd for an overnight stay at Cessnock and have asked that they leave their aircraft at our facilities before heading down Victor One the following day.

Rylstone Celebration of Aviation: In May, The Rylstone Celebration of Aviation will be held over three days from Friday through to Sunday 19th.

East Australia Safari:: Don Ramsay still has room for a few more aircraft to join him on his trip to Thursday & Horn Islands later in the year. Anyone interested in taqgging along can contact Don on 0418 257 793.

RA-Aus Professional Development Program

RA-Aus will be conducting their Hunter Region PDP at the Club's facilities on Friday 6th September 2019. This program is an all day event aimed at recreational pilot instructors and aircraft maintainers.

2019 AGM

The 2019 AGM is fast approaching so please consider standing for a position on our committee or nominating another members that you feel would be a suitable candidate (and is agreeable to accept nomination). This is particularly important this year as  I know that we will need at least a new President, Secretary and Treasurer. So, please talk to anyone that you think is fit for the job or have someone nominate you if you are up for it. People say that these are thankless jobs but don't believe it - I will personally thank anyone that gives it a go 😊..I will attach a nomination form to this note.   <<< NOMINATION form >>>


Hi Members,


A quick few words about the airshow next week and it's effect on our club & its members.
Flying this week prior to the event? You need to be sure to check for NOTAMs. There will be some practice during the week. Those that I am aware of include:

Wednesday 3rd April at approximately 10.30 am a display by Paul Bennet's Wolf Pitts duration 5 minutes. This is CASA approved and a NOTAM will be issued.

I also understand that there will be practice carried out on Friday afternoon 5th April after 1.00 pm. The Paul Bennet Airshow teem  are very accommodating and do not want to cause inconvenience to other airport users so please check your NOTAMs and work cooperatively with the airshow organisers.

Flying during the event: The runway will be off limits for general flying during the air show - again check the NOTAMS if you intend to fly on either Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th April. In general terms, any flying will need to be completed before or after the airshow and there can be no live props between the rows of hangars or to the west of our hangars between about 8.00 am and 4.30 pm.. The grassed area to the east of the hangars will remain as "Air side" and the public will be restricted from that area.

Vehicular entry to the Club Facilities. During the two days of the airshow, vehicular access to the club will be restricted as public pedestrian access from the parking area to the event will bill be past our hangars and clubhouse. Therefore, if you need to get your car to the club or your hangar, you will need to get it in before 8.30 am or after 4.30 pm. At other times it will be necessary to park in the public car parking area off  De Beyers Road (where the under wing camping was located for Air Venture) and walk through to the club. Special parking for airshow volunteers and exhibitors is being provided by the airshow organisers.

HRFC member's aircraft required for static display: At our March meeting, it was   agreed by those present that by having the airshow visitors walk past our hangars and clubhouse presented an ideal opportunity to promote the club to a large group of people with an interest in aviation. It was decided that an area be partitioned off between the hangars and the public walkway to provide a static display of member;s aircraft to highlight the wide range of aircraft types available to recreational flyers.For this reason, we are asking all members to let me know if you are willing to allow the Club to display your aircraft during the event. Club members will be on hand throughout period to keep an eye on things and the area will be partitioned off with bunting to keep aircraft  out of reach from  sticky fingers  .
Please let me know ASAP either by phone or email if you are able to help.


Hi Members,


You will recall that we sent out a call for volunteers for the Hunter Valley Air Show that will be held at Cessnock on April 6th & 7th. Well there are still a few more volunteers needed so here is what is on offer. Please assist if you can as I am sure our Club's assistance will be very much appreciated.

Unlike AirVenture, food, drinks and bottled water will be provided to volunteers along with free entry to the event.

Volunteers are required for both days and will be expected to work half and enjoy the other half. ie You may want to volunteer Saturday morning and watch the show in the afternoon then vice versa on Sunday? Anyway, what suits can be worked out with the organisers.as they are quite accommodating.

There will be special parking arrangements made for exhibitors and volunteers

Those that volunteer will be kept informed leading up to the event by email from Paul Bennet Air Shows.
.And best of all.........Volunteers will go into a draw for a flight in one of the war-birds.

So, if you are keen, please contact Jeff directly for more details on 0421 784 088 or eMail  jeff@paulbennetgroup.com.au


PAUL BENNET AIR SHOWS

Jeff at Paul Bennet Airshows and he said that they are still in need of a few more volunteers for the airshow on April 6th & 7th so if you are able to help, please make contact with Jeff ASAP.
To support all aviation events within the area can only be of benefit our club and so far the response from HRFC has been very disappointing.  Jeff's contact number is 0421 784 088
CLIFTON FLY-IN

Also this weekend there is the Clifton Fly-in and anyone wishing to fly up in company, should contact Don Ramsay for more details. Don's number is 0418 257 793.

JAPANESE VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Club: On Sunday April 14th (our April meeting day) the Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Club will pay us a visit and join us for a BBQ lunch.

WEDDERBURN - NAPPER FIELD

Also in April, the NSW Sport Aircraft Club will be holding their fly-in at Wedderburn 27th & 28th.

CANOWINDRA INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL

Visitors en-rout to Canowindra International Balloon Festival: Looks like all of the action is happening in April! A group of flyers en-rout to the the International Balloon Festival at Canowindra will be dropping in on Tuesday April 23rd for an overnight stay at Cessnock and have asked that they leave their aircraft at our facilities before heading down Victor One the following day.

RYLSTONE CELEBRATION OF AVIATION

Rylstone Celebration of Aviation: In May, The Rylstone Celebration of Aviation will be held over three days from Friday through to Sunday 19th.

EAST AUSTRALIA SAFARI

East Australia Safari:: Don Ramsay still has room for a few more aircraft to join him on his trip to Thursday & Horn Islands later in the year and as an enticement, I have attached a copy of the Cessna 182 Association's news letter with a rundown of their trip to the region - Looks like a great adventure. Contact Don on 0418 257 793.
RA-Aus Professional Development Program: RA-Aus will be conducting their Hunter Region PDP at the Club's facilities on Friday 6th September 2019. This program is an all day event aimed at recreational pilot instructors and aircraft maintainers.
All of the above events have been added to the Calendar on our club's website.;

CABINET WANTED

Cabinet wanted: Club member Werner Kuerten will be be moving his almost completed RV from his home in Sydney to Hangar 1 at Cessnock in early April and has a need for a lockable metal cabinet for parts and tool storage. So, if anyone has a surplus cabinet that can help, I am sure that Werner  would be pleased to get something reasonably local rather than the need to transport it from Sydney. Werner can be contacted on 0422 006 144 or in person at the meeting on Sunday.


REQUEST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE


This is to request your assistance in locating a small aircraft that might be suitable for the task below. Please pass this message on to anyone that may be able to assist in this request.


I have a request from a friend who is running a school program in Wallsend. He is looking for a small aircraft that they might be able to use in the program as a static display.

The aircraft would be set up on display and roped off. The intention would be for it to be used for photos and as a talking point for the presenter etc.

Transport for the plane can be organised.

The program starts April 1 and I believe it runs for the week.

If you know of something that you think might be suitable, can you please let me know as soon as possible so that logistics can be organised.

If you need any further information, let me know and I can try and answer or find out the answers.

Anyone able to help can contact Leighton on 0407 556 174 or email <leighton.jud@gmail.com>.
 


HUNTER VALLEY AIRSHOW 6TH & 7TH APRIL '19


As you are aware from previous updates, the 2019 Hunter Valley Airshow will move to Cessnock in April and Paul Bennet Airshows, has asked for a limited number of volunteers from our club in return for free entry for those that volunteer. Just general duties for a couple of hours  (This is not AirVenture) so, if you want to take advantage of the offer but have not been in touch with the organisers yet, I suggest that you do so sooner rather than later as only a limited number of volunteers are required. Contact Jeff Blunt on 0421 784 088 OR jeff@paulbennetgroup.com.au. for more information.

And while on the Airshow,  the airport will be closed to other traffic between about 11 am and 4 pm so anyone wanting to fly on these two days will need to do it either before say 10-30 am or sometime after 4 pm. Of course, there will be NOTAMS to this effect but this is just an early heads up.

Public Parking

During the Airshow will be in the vacant paddock to the North West of our Club facilities (where we had the under wing camping during AirVenture last year). This means that the public will be required to walk past our hangars and clubhouse to get to the viewing and exhibition areas of the Airshow. Paul has asked if we (HRFC) could display a range of member's aircraft between our two rows of hangars (or other suitable location) for the public to view on their way from and to the car park.I see this as an opportunity to promote the Club to a large number of people that are obviously interested in aviation as well as giving us the chance to return the favour owed to Paul Bennet following his generous loan of several aircraft for display at our last Club Fly-in.So, the question is, "What do the aircraft owners think?". If we were to partition off an area for this purpose with some form of barrier to keep them out of reach of sticky fingered children, would you be prepared to display your aircraft over the two days? If so, can you let me know by return email, text or phone call please?

THE HASTINGS DISTRICT FLYING CLUB - FLY & SPY OBSERVATION EVENT

The Hastings District Flying Club Fly & Spy Observation Event : We have received an invitation from The Hastings District Flying Club for HRFC Members to attend the annual Port Macquarie Fly-in and "Fly & Spy Observation Event" on Saturday 30th March this year. There is a flyer attached with further details.        <<<Flyer >>>

  


UPDATE 19 FEB 2019



Hunter Valley Airshow 2019:


Don't forget the Hunter Valley Airshow this year will be at Cessnock (YCNK) on April 6th & 7th!  Paul Bennet Airshows are looking for a limited number of volunteers to carry out a variety of general duties in return for free entry and breakfast. Anyone interested in giving up a few hours in return for free entry should contact Jeff Blunt directly for further information. Unlike AirVenture 2018 this will be a true Airshow and the number of volunteers will be limited so it is a case of first first served - so don't leave your run too late.. Jeff can be contacted by email <jeff@paulbennetgroup.com.au> or Ph  0421 784 088. This should be a great couple of days.


   Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Club:

The visit to our club by the Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Club has now been confirmed as April 14th (our April meeting day).

   "Professional Development" training session:

RA-Aus will conduct their 2019 Hunter Region "Professional Development" training at our club facilities on Friday 6th September - This is an all-day session.


Just a quickie to let members know of a few upcoming events that you may be interested in attending and some aircraft for sale that Gerard Kitt has on his books right now..


   Kempsey Sunday 24th February:

Fly to Kempsey via the lane and Taree. Lunch at Kempsey, then on to Walcha and home via Scone. Anyone interested in joining in should contact Don Ramsay on 0418 257 793.

   Clifton Fly-in March 10th:

The Clifton Fly-in is on March 10th. A few planes flew up last year and Don Ramsay is going again this year. Plan is to fy up on Saturday March 9th and return Sunday afternoon;Clifton put on a dinner in the big hangar on the Saturday night and things get quite busy on the Sunday with aircraft arriving and leaving all day. Don will be going on to Kooralbyn for his Sling's annual service so won't be returning to YCNK on the Sunday but again anyone interested in flying up in company should contact him on 0418 257 793. (Flyer attached).

   Wedderburn Fly-in April 27th & 28th:

The NSW Sport Aircraft Club will be holding their fly-in at Wedderburn - Napper Field on April 27-28.

   Ryalstone Celebration of Aviation:

This is a three day event commencing Fri 17th and running through to Sunday 19th May.

   Thursday Island - July 2019:

Don't forget the big one that Don is planning - A 10 or 12 day trip to Thursday and Horn Islands in July. At this stage the plan is still flexible so if you would like to participate or if you have any suggestions that could make the trip better or more interesting 0even if you don't intend to join it) Don would like to hear from you on 0418 257 793.

   Aircraft for sale::

Gerard Kitt of  KG Aviation Australia has asked if I could distribute the following links for those that may be interested in the aircraft that he has on his books for sale.









AIR VENTURE 2019


Looks like the rumour mill had it right - AirVenture will not return to Cessnock this year and instead Parkes on September 20 - 22nd is looking like the place to be. I have still not seen anything official. However, some exhibitors have been approached by RA-Aus seeking their interest in exhibiting again this year.


   Stage 1 of taxiway and club entry upgrade:

This expenditure was approved at the December meeting but due mainly to the extreme weather conditions no progress has been achieved yet. (Not too conducive to concreting).

   Cessnock Council's Strategic Airport Plan is now on public display:

The following link will access the draft document


   Weather Cameras:

The Club's weather cameras are now back up and running on the Club's website, SkyCam and OzRunways. Here is a link to them on SkyCam.


   Hangar Space Available:

I understand that there is a share available for sale in hangar 8 - Glenn Brasier. Glenn's  contact details for anyone interested in purchasing his share in hangar 8 are 0429 785 314 or 02 69483493.


and a spot for rent in hangar 5 - Contact Dave Tenant 0410 491 866.

   AirVenture Australia 2019:

I have not received any official advice as yest, but I believe that it is unlikely that AirVenture will return to Cessnock this year. That means that we need to make a decision as to whether or not we re introduce our own fly-in (Wine Country Fly-in) so please bring your ideas to the meeting on Sunday.

   Horn Island & Thursday Island trip:

I advised members back on 17th January that Don Ramsay is planning a 12 day trip "East Australia Safari 2019" to Thursday and Horn Islands for later in the year and has invited other members that may be interested in joining him to make contact. Don will discuss his plans further at the meeting on Sunday so if you are interested joining him, please try to be there.

   Airport Security Fencing:

You can expect to see some activity around the airport over the next few weeks as CCC get the next stage of the airport security fencing underway. I don't expect this work to interfere with our Club activities or access to our facilities in any way.

   A few other dates to keep in mind:

       Paul Bennett is moving the Hunter Valley Airshow from Maitland to Cessnock this year so keep the weekend of April 6th & 7th free.
       Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) will conduct an all day "Professional  Development" training session at our Club on Friday 6th September.

       A group of flyers will be flying down Victor 1 on their way to Cowra to attend the World Balloon Championships and Festival to be held at Canowindra in April. They will meet at our Club, leave their aircraft  and over night in Cessnock on 23rd of April. So, if you see a few unfamiliar aircraft parked around the club  on the 23rd & 24th,- that is what it is all about.



UPDATE  7 SEPT 2018


FROM RAA


The Great Aussie Fly-in, landing at Cessnock Aerodrome 20-22 September

AirVenture Australia is just weeks away and the event is promising to be bigger and better than ever!

Being held at Cessnock Aerodrome in the beautiful Hunter Valley, just a two-hour drive from Sydney and less than an hour from Newcastle, this aviation event is perfect for both a day trip or an extended stay.

The event kicks off on Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st with a host of seminars, exhibitors and trade stalls, aircraft displays, and interactive sales demonstrations.

Saturday the 22nd begins with some fantastic presentations from Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall, Women in Aviation International, and contestants from the Outback Air Race.

Saturday afternoon will see a high energy airshow featuring Matt Hall, the RAAF Roulettes, and many more.

There is so much to see and do for the whole family. There will be helicopter flights, adventure flights, joy flights, and trial introductory flights, for anyone hoping to get a taste of what it's like to be behind the controls. Kids will be kept entertained with inflatables, rides and activities, and visitors will be able to walk the lines of aircraft on display.

The event will close with a celebratory Gala Dinner for those that want to kick up their heels on Saturday night.

As well as everything that AirVenture Australia has to offer, there is so much to see and do in the Cessnock region. Be sure to visit the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre to plan your trip.

Ticket discounts for RAAus members
AirVenture Australia is now only weeks away! Earlybird online pricing means that you can save money and avoid the queues. Ticket prices will be higher at the gate, so don't leave your ticket purchase until the last minute!

Just one ticket will give you access to all three days of AirVenture Australia. Choose from individual passes, family tickets (two adults and unlimited children), and you can also bundle your entry pass with at ticket to Saturday night's fantastic Gala Dinner

RAAus members can log in to the ticket sales page to access fantastic discounts, saving up to 50%!

Tickets on sale now until sold out. Visit AirVenture Australia for more details!
Join us at the AirVenture Australia Gala Dinner
AirVenture Australia will conclude with a Gala Dinner at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort on the evening of Saturday 22 September incorporating fine wine, food and entertainment.

The evening's focus will be to celebrate aviation and encourage the next generation of aviation professionals through networking. There will be an exclusive keynote address from Red Bull Air Race Pilot Matt Hall and Scholarship Award Presentation to the 2018 recipients.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner are selling fast, and are available to purchase individually or bundled with an event pass. Big discounts apply for RAAus members, so don't miss out on this black tie celebration to round off The Great Aussie Fly-in!
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Under-wing camping at Cessnock Aerodrome
One of the best things about flying in to an event is retiring under the stars of an evening, camping by your plane among fellow pilots.

AirVenture Australia is offering pilots the opportunity to camp under wing on-site between Wednesday the 19th and Sunday the 23rd. There are amenities available and there will be food and drink available to purchase on-site.

Whether you decide to fly in for one night or four, one flat fee of $30 will secure your site for the duration of the event. The number of campsites is strictly limited and they will sell out. If you are planning to fly in to AirVenture Australia, don't delay in locking in your site!

Part of the proceeds of the camping fees will be shared with the Hunter Recreational Flying Club.


MESSAGE FROM THE PRES..


Hello Volunteers,


Just a brief note to thank all of you that have offered to assist at the upcoming AirVenture Fly-in and to let you all know that we have not gone to sleep on the job!

We are pleased with the response to date and this broadcast is going out to a list of 35 who have indicated an interest in volunteering during the event. Our target number at this stage is around 40 and that should be achievable without too much difficulty.

There will be a meeting on site with both AirVenture and RA-Aus on Monday to finalize the layout of the event and from that we should be able to determine the volunteer duties needed and then we will start to establish a roster. Naturally we don't want everyone working all day and not having the opportunity to enjoy what should be a great few days. When we get to the rostering stage, we will be in close contact so that the final outcome will work with your availability and any special requirements that you may have.


Just for now though, here are a few points of interest:


   We expect that most of the volunteering will involve crowd marshalling, marshalling arriving and departing aircraft to and from two separate aircraft parking areas. Of course there will be several other rolls for the volunteers but this will be the bulk of our needs.
   Although the public are welcome to attend on any or all of the three days, Thursday and Friday will be mainly trade related for pilots and others within or with an interest in the industry.
   Saturday will be the main day for the public and includes a 2 - 2 1/2 hour air show during the afternoon. This is the day when we will need all hands on deck to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. We want the visiting public to be able to get up close and personal with as many aircraft as possible but we must keep people and propellers well separated and no kids swinging off pitot tubes - this means lots of marshals.
   There will be a welcoming function at the Crown Plasa (opposite the airport) on the Wednesday evening to meet and welcome the volunteers and exhibitors. (More inf on this will follow later).
   At the welcoming function, there will also be a safety briefing and ALL volunteers and exhibitors will need to participate. We understand that not everyone will be able to attend on the Wednesday evening so there will be other opportunities provided. Just be aware that a run through of all safety procedures including emergency response plans etc. is a mandatory requirement before commencing any planned duties.

I will be back in contact sometime next week but in the interim, if you can respond to this note or give me a call to indicate what day or days you expect to be available to help or if you have any special requirements or limitations on what activities that you may be able to undertake. We will try to cater for any special needs or limitations that you may have.


Thanks again and regards.


Bob Finch


AirVenture Australia - Seminar registration now open, exhibitors announced,

airshow line-up, and more!

Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 September,
Cessnock Aerodrome, Hunter Valley NSW

You can view the seminar timetable on the AirVenture Australia website, and head to the registration page for details of presenters and the full seminar descriptions.


Registration for seminars is FREE and bookings are allocated on a first come, first served basis until the venues reach capacity, so don't miss out!



UPDATE 13 Jul 2018


Hello Volunteers,


Just a brief note to thank all of you that have offered to assist at the upcoming AirVenture Fly-in and to let you all know that we have not gone to sleep on the job!

We are pleased with the response to date and this broadcast is going out to a list of 35 who have indicated an interest in volunteering during the event. Our target number at this stage is around 40 and that should be achievable without too much difficulty.

There will be a meeting on site with both AirVenture and RA-Aus on Monday to finalize the layout of the event and from that we should be able to determine the volunteer duties needed and then we will start to establish a roster. Naturally we don't want everyone working all day and not having the opportunity to enjoy what should be a great few days. When we get to the rostering stage, we will be in close contact so that the final outcome will work with your availability and any special requirements that you may have.


Just for now though, here are a few points of interest:


   We expect that most of the volunteering will involve crowd marshalling, marshalling arriving and departing aircraft to and from two separate aircraft parking areas. Of course there will be several other rolls for the volunteers but this will be the bulk of our needs.
   Although the public are welcome to attend on any or all of the three days, Thursday and Friday will be mainly trade related for pilots and others within or with an interest in the industry.

   Saturday will be the main day for the public and includes a 2 - 2 1/2 hour air show during the afternoon. This is the day when we will need all hands on deck to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. We want the visiting public to be able to get up close and personal with as many aircraft as possible but we must keep people and propellers well separated and no kids swinging off pitot tubes - this means lots of marshals.

   There will be a welcoming function at the Crown Plasa (opposite the airport) on the Wednesday evening to meet and welcome the volunteers and exhibitors. (More inf on this will follow later).

   At the welcoming function, there will also be a safety briefing and ALL volunteers and exhibitors will need to participate. We understand that not everyone will be able to attend on the Wednesday evening so there will be other opportunities provided. Just be aware that a run through of all safety procedures including emergency response plans etc. is a mandatory requirement before commencing any planned duties.

I will be back in contact sometime next week but in the interim, if you can respond to this note or give me a call to indicate what day or days you expect to be available to help or if you have any special requirements or limitations on what activities that you may be able to undertake. We will try to cater for any special needs or limitations that you may have.

Bob


EMAIL RE AIRVENTURE AUSTRALIA


Hi All,



We are planning an airfield user meeting at the Hunter Valley Flyers this coming Monday, the 16th of July at 6.00pm  to discuss Airventure.


The meeting will be used to update you all on the progress of the event planning. Can I ask in anticipation of the meeting that you advise Scott (scott@forefrontaviation.com) if you intend to provide joyflights or TIFs at AirVenture. We need this information by the completion of the meeting on Monday night at the latest.


Please again, ask around for any other airfield users who wish to attend the meeting, to come along on Monday night.


Look forward to seeing you there,


Warm regards



Scott Bretland

Display Organiser



By now you should have received a note from the Secretary reminding you of the next Club meeting (Sunday 08/07/18) and including a copy of last month's meeting minutes but I have some more news that I know you have all been hanging out for!


   2018-2019 Airport Fees and Charges:

Cessnock Council have now released the Fees & Charges for the 2018-19 financial year and I have attached a copy of the relevant section to this note. All of Council's new fees are available <<< HERE >>>.

   Requesting either Annual Operating Fees or Landing Fees:

You may recall we recently distributed a copy of Council's request form that they want all members with aircraft based at the Airport to use this year to advise them of your prefference. Please find attached another copy of the form to this note and ask that you deal directly with Council on this matter.  <<< FORM HERE >>>

However, until we know how successful this revised system is, it may be wise to send a copy of your form to the Club - Hopefully, the Club's involvement with fees should not be necessary in the future. However, the Club will still be required to keep Council advised of what aircraft are based at the Club.

   2018 Annual General Meeting:

A reminder that the Club's AGM is scheduled for 11am on August 12th and as usual, will precede the regular monthly meeting on that day.

For your information, please find attached a copy of the Treasurer's Financial Statement for both the month of June and the 2017-2018 financial year as well as the list of HRFC Assets and Liabilities. Please review these documents and if you have any questions of the Treasurer, please bring your concerns to the next meeting for further discussion or clarification.

There is also a nomination form for election to the committee attached.  <<< HERE >>>

So, if you feel that you would like to stand for election or if you would like to nominate any other full member for any position on the committee, here is your big chance. If you wish to nominate someone for a position, please check that they are prepared to accept nominatin by signing the form and have another member second the nomination. We do need to turn these positions over at a reasonable frequency so do give it some thought.

   AirVenture 2018:

For those Members that have put up their hand to assist as vulunteers during AirVenture THANK YOU.

There is another visit from AirVenture and RA-Aus scheduled for July 16th & 17th and at that time it should be possible to finalise the layout for the Fly-in and determine numbers and duties for the Volunteers.

Then we will be in a position to start working on a roster to fit with everone's availability. So, if you have volunteered, don't feel that you are being neglected the communication will start to get serious after the 17th. If you have not put your hand up to volunteer, my question to you is "Why not?".

At this stage we have a list of 22 Members and 13 non members that have indicated a willingness to help and I think that that is pretty good this far out from the event but my estimation is that we will need at least 40 so you are not too late.

TREASURERS REPORTS






 
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