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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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