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UPDATE 22 Feb 2018

 
The "Bloody Big BBQ" Sunday 18th March:
A reminder that we have committed to participating the Bush Flyers Down Under "Bloody Big BBQ" which is a fund raiser for the McGrath Foundation to help fund the appointment of full time Breast Cancer Nurses for reginal and country Australia. This event will run along similar lines to "Australia's Biggest Morning Tea". In the case of the BBBBQ, a number of flying clubs around the country will hold a BBQ during March and all money raised will go directly to the McGrath Foundation. A good cause so please support it if you can. Incidently, Bush Flyers down Under will provide a plaque for the best BBQ and a cricket bat signed by Glen McGrath for the best decorated aircraft (must be decorated in pink). We will also have a couple of local random prizes and run a raffle or two as well on the day. Lunch will be on from 12 noon.      <<< Click Here for Invite >>>

An invitation to the BBQ has been sent to various other Clubs in the area along with a copy of the attached flyer.

  Rabbits on the airport:
We have received advice from Council that the area around our hangars and clubhouse has been identified by Council and the Australian Government Department of the Environment as an area for the release of the calicivirus. Over the next few weeks you may see signes of carots being spread in various locations around the hangars, this is part of the process so, PLEASE be careful if you have childeren or pets on the airport.

  Weather Trainitng Session 10am Sunday March 11th:
On Sunday morning prior to the March meeting, Keith McGeachie will conduct a one hour training session for pilots and student pilots (or anyone else that wants to attend) covering the recently introduced Graphical Area Forecast (GAF) system.

  Human Factors Training Sunday February 25th:
Keith will also be conducting a Human Factors session for pilots and student pilots this Sunday. Anyone interested should contact Keith for further details on 0418 684 131.

  Clifton Fly-in Saturday March 10th:
A couple of our members are planning to fly to the Clifton Fly-in on Saturday March 10th. An early morning start and back before last light - weather permitting of course. So, anyone wishing to fly along in company, should contact Don Ramsay on 0418 257 793.


UPDATE  15 Nov 2017

New Airport Manager:

CCC has now appointed a new person into the roll. This is now a permanent position and I have an appointment to meet with the gentleman on Friday.

  Car Club Visit:

Earlier I advised Members that a Central Coast Car club would be visiting the Club on Saturday (11th November) but we have been advised that the visit has been postponed to a new date to be set in the new year.

  Photos for website:

Our web master (Murray Edwards) is wanting to update the website and is asking for updated photos. So, if you don't have a photo of your aircraft on the site I am sure that Murray would be pleased to here from you. Or if you have an aircraft or any aircraft parts that you would like to sell - Murray is the man.  ( murrayels@gmail.com )

  Lake MacQuarie Fly-in:

The 2017 OzRunways Fly-in is coming up on Saturday 18th November - this is a fund raiser for Angel Flight. Those that subscribe to OzRunways would already be aware of this one but for those that don't, here is the lowdown straight from Matt Hall..
        <<< https://youtu.be/xtEIhV9gStY  >>>

  Gathering of the Moths Fly-in - Mt Beauty:

Gerard Kit has forwarded details of a a Fly-in at Mt Beauty that he plans to attend and advised that if any other members were interested in flying down in company, he intends to depart Cessnock at first light on Saturday 25th November and return sometime on the Sunday (29th).
Here is the flyer    <<< http://www.ymbt.org.au/gathering-of-the-moths/>>>

  Blenheim Air Show Easter 2019:

A suggestion has been put forward that the Club consider arranging a group tour to the 2019 Blenheim Air Show in NZ. This is still a long way off but if we do it we will need to start making arrangements sooner rather than later. So, at this stage I would like to get a feel for the member's interest. Not looking for any commitments right now but if you would be interested, please let me know so that I can look at the options and put together a couple of proposals. In case you are not familiar with this show, here is a link that may be of interest to you.

        <<< http://www.omaka.org.nz/index.html >>>  

2019 will be a celebration of World War 1 - 100 years on, so it should be something special.


Military Exercises over Newcastle

It has come to OUR attention that there will be Military Exercises over Newcastle leading up to and during the V8 Supercar event so thought it may be wise to pass this on and remind members to double check the NOTAMS before heading off to get those aerial shots of the race. I say double check because I know that you all check at least once but  to be even safer, why not check twice just to be sure to be sure. Check these AIP's and CHARTS....

   <<< AIP SUPPLEMENT 1>>>       <<< AIP SUPPLEMENT 2 >>>       <<< CHART 1 >>>       <<< CHART 2 >>>



IMPORTANT  ---  IMPORTANT,
We have been by Brad Benson (New Airport Manager) that some of our members have still not advised Council of their preference for Landing Fees or the Annual Airport User's Fee. Brad has offered a further extension on the deadline for those that want the Annual Fee until the end if this month. However after that, Landing Fees will apply to all that have not requested (and paid) the annual fee.
I have attached another copy of both the list of current Airport Fees & Charges and the Council's Request Form.
Of course those that have advised Council of their preference and have paid the annual fee (if that was your choice) can simply disregard this advice.
                           <<< CESSNOCK AIRPORT - ADOPTED FEES AND CHARGES >>>

                           <<< REQUEST FOR ANNUAL OPERATING FEES OR LANDING FEES >>>


UPDATE 11 Oct 2017

Hi members, a quick update about the 'guides day' at our clubhouse.

From all reports a very very successful day for all.  A special thanks to all those that did give a helping hand from the club and the guide groups.

Here's a couple of happy snaps - just look at the faces.

  

   

   

 



What a great day...


UPDATE 5 Sept 2017

Hi Members,
By now you will have received a separate note with a rundown on the Fly-in & Poker Run so no need to go over that again except to say that it was a great day in all respects - even the weather was just about perfect!

Here's a couple photos early in the day...

 



Reminder - September Meeting is happening this coming Sunday (10th September) at the usual time 11am kick off with 12 oçlock BBQ Lunch.

A couple of fly-out invitations that you may be interested in:

  This coming Saturday (9th May) we have an invitation to a  Fly-in BBQ at Welington  Airport. Here is a copy of the invitation for your information:

> Dear Pilots,
>
> The Wellington Aero Club Inc. is having a BBQ at Wellington Aerodrome on Saturday 9th September 2017 and you are invited to come.
>
> It will be a chance to get together and to inspect the progress on our new hangar. The members have been working hard and have most of the framework up.
>
> Bruce would you please let the Mudgee pilots know? Last time Garry Bloomfield and Bruce Giddings came and they may like to come again.
>
> Keith, would you let the Cessnock people know?
>
> Members, is there anyone else we should invite?
>
>  
>
> Please let me know if you intend to come for catering purposes. If you end up not being able to come due to weather or other issues that’s OK, at least if everyone turns up, there will be enough food to feed everyone.
>
> Regards Fran Philipson
>
> Hon secretary Wellington Aero Club Inc.
>
> George 0427 130139
>
> Fran 0427 871143

  On Saturday 23rd September, Gerard Kitt is off to Temora for an overnighter. Temora Aviators are puting on lunch and Gerard will be demonstrating the new Tecnam P2008. Gerard has asked if anyone would like to join him and fly down in company, they will be very welcome. However, it will be an early start (first light departure) to maximise the time at Temora on Saturday then fly back on Sunday. Anyone interested should contact Gerard on 0439 541 911.

The SW weather camera is now up and running again and has proven its reliability over the past couple of weeks. However, it has a new address so please delete the previously provided link for camera 4 and replace it with this new link. I have asked Murray to update our website and I will ask OzRunways to add the remaining three cameras to their maps tonight so they should all be up on OzRunways within the next few days.

https://icons.wunderground.com/webcamramdisk/w/u/WU_3410162/5/current.jpg?1503112375


UPDATE  29 Aug 2017

The Cessnock Council advise as follows  <<< CLICK HERE >>>


UPDATE  27 Aug 2017


  Don't forget to complete the CCC form and return it to the Council if you have not already done so and you have an aircraft based at YCNK. We have been advised by a couple of our members, that The Council have changed their account and reference number for paying the annual Airport User's Fee by EFT or BPay this year. I think that the correct information is provided on the invoice however, if you have saved information on your computer from any previous year, you will need to update it.

We have attached a few rules for the upcoming Poker Run to be held on the 2nd September this year (only a little over a week away). This document "Poker Run Rules" has also been added to the "Info Pac" (  <<<  CLICK HERE  >>>  )  

Also attached find minutes of the August General Meeting,  the 2017 AGM and the Treasurer's and President's reports. Thanks to Chris Stewart for taking notes in the absence of the Secretary.  



UPDATE  14 Aug 2017

Hello Members,
At the HRFC Meeting today, quite a bit of time was taken up discussing both the upcoming Fly-in / Poker Run and the Weather Cameras so I thought that I should distribute a copy of the initial correspondence sent to surrounding aero clubs and the operators of the private strips that have been good enough to allow us to use their strip in our Poker Run. This should bring all members up to date and it contains the info that will also be forwarded to others that indicate an interest in the Poker Run. It also includes access to the Weather Camera images so you may want to save them in your favorites or bookmark them for future reference.

You may notice that we have what is probably a connection issue with Camera 4 as it is not updating regularly - that will be fixed at first opportunity. At this stage we have had Camera 1 added to OzRunways until we have sorted any bugs that may show up in a new installation. Once we are happy that the system is reliable we will most likely make all four available through OzRunways. These links are also accessible through our website and the images through the Weather Underground website by searching Cessnock Australia and clicking on the icon at the airport.

Anyway, take a look, and if you can identify any problems in the material, please let me know and of course if you have any question just ask.

Regards
Bob Finch

Club President


IMPORTANT  -  IMPORTANT  -  IMPORTANT
Hi Members,
CCC have asked us to send the attached form to all HRFC Members this year in order to clarify each aircraft owner's preference for either Landing Fees or Annual Operating Fee.

So, if you are the owner of any aircraft based at Cessnock, you are required to complete the form and and return it to Cessnock City Council as soon as practical.

Be aware, that it is a condition of the Club's licence to operate from the airport, that we inform Council on an annual basis of all aircraft housed in the HRFC hangars (this requirement remains) and in the past, that advice has included notification of the owner's preference in regard to annual or landing fees.

This revised approach in regard to the fees, should make the process cleaner from the Club's perspective as the charges are not Club fees, they are a charge by Council (as the airport owner) on all aircraft owners for the use of the Council facilities.

For your information, please find attached a copy  of the 2017-2018 schedule of fees <<<  PRESS HERE  >>> and
the form to be sent to council.  <<< PRESS HERE >>>. Thought that it may help you make your decision which way to jump.

Please adhere to these requirements as soon as practical if they apply to you as an aircraft owner so as not to reflect adversely on our Club.


UPATE POST

There was an incorrect phone number included in the "YarrawaInfo" sheet. Peter Marhein's contact number should have read 0429 499 785.
  The landing fee shown in the "WarnervaleInfo" sheet should have read $15 per tonne - not $27.50!

Both of these errors have now been corrected in Dropbox. However, if you have already shared the Dropbox link, it may be wise to notify the recipient.


A NOTE FROM THE PRES - AUG 12

Hello Fellow Aviators,

Last September, the Hunter Recreational Flying Club held it's first Fly-in Luncheon at our Club Facilities on the Western Side of Cessnock Airport (YCNK). That inaugural event was quite low key and was intended to simply "test the water". This year we have decided to run a very similar Fly-in with an all morning breakfast but include a Poker Run on Saturday 2nd September.

I have placed information relating to this years Wine Country Fly-in & Poker Run in Drop Box and have included this link   www.dropbox.com/sh/b83qww5t8jyxk1h/AACqA9iS0gzDZqTtkjDLGlMPa?dl=0   for you to access it. Feel free to pass the information on to anyone that you think may be interested. For a quick look   <<< PRESS HERE >>>

The information included on the five air strips where participating pilots can drop in and collect cards is fairly basic and is simply intended to highlight any local requirements for pilots that are unfamiliar with the location - It is not meant to supersede ERSA or the relevant aeronautical maps etc..

A couple of other points to note concerning the Poker Run that are not specified in the included "Poker Run NOTAM" or may need further clarification (A sort of FAQ's) are:

  Participants can start the Poker Run from any of the listed air fields - It does not start at Cessnock - Just arrive at Cessnock with three cards still in their sealed envelopes for each entrant. Cards are collected from any of the five listed strips. It is not necessary to visit all five but at least two would be good. The remaining two cards will be drawn at Cessnock YCNK to make up a five card poker hand..
  An all morning hot breakfast will be available at reasonable prices.
  The $10 entry fee for the Poker Run is payable on the day at the card table.
  Prizes will be based on the "Wine Country" theme.
  I have not included information relating to Cessnock Airport in the Info Pac as it is all available in ERSA - just follow standard procedures.
  Our Club has just this week installed weather cameras at YCNK which may be of help to anyone coming from further afield. Links to the cameras are at the bottom of this note. There are also links available on our club website and one to the main camera (facing north east) on OzRunways. Incidentally we expect OzRunways to be represented on the day.
  Aircraft parking will be on the grass area in front of the HRFC hangars on the western side of the airport.

Any changes, and I will advise all of those on this distribution. Anyone else wanting to be on the distribution should contact me and if you identify any errors in the material provided, please let me know.

Regarsds
Bob Finch

Club President
Ph  0428 767 279


AS AT 1 AUG 2017

Committee Nominations

Well we am still waiting for the influx of committee nominations for the upcoming AGM - can't understand it - Must have forgotten to attach the nomination forms <<<  PRESS HERE  >>> to my last update so I will try again this time. Can't think of any other reason???.

  August Meeting:
Keep in mind the next meeting day is Sunday week (13th August) and that includes both the 2017 AGM and the August monthly meeting - so please try to be there if you can.

  Fly-in & Poker Run:
Preparations are well under way for the Fly-in lunch and Poker Run to be held on Saturday 2nd September. We are hoping for a good attendance this time with the Poker Run and a few new aircraft on display - it should be a good day. We need as many aircraft as we can get to participate in the Poker Run so if you are interested, you need to contact me (the Pres) for details. It is a simple and fun game of chance - Not a race or test of flying or navigational skills. All that is involved is a short flight to a couple of the other participating airports, pick up a couple of playing cards in sealed envelopes and present them back at the card table by 2pm to find out who the prize winners are. Too easy but should be fun - Oh, and both pilots and passengers can enter. We have attached a flyer <<<  PRESS HERE ((Flyer)) >>>     ...       <<<  PRESS HERE  (( Directions ))  >>> with a little more information, this flyer is being distributed to other Clubs and Airports in the region.

  Weather Cameras:
Camera installation is under way and I am hoping that they will be available for demo and distribution of the access link by next meeting.

  Girl Guides Air Activity Day 7th October:
The Club will be hosting a Girl Guides Air Activity Day on Saturday October 7th. This will be a similar event to those that we have supported in the past for the Lower Hunter Scouts. Aircraft will come from Camden to provide flights for the Guides on the day and the Club will provide the venue. I have agreed to make our BBQ facilities available (the Guides will provide their own food etc.). Guides will have their own group leaders and some parents for supervision, however, we will need to to have a couple of Members on hand to provide access to facilities and to make sure that safety rules are observed. Unfortunately, I won't be available on this date so will be looking for two or three volunteers .

  Volunteers Needed:
With the Fly-in, Poker Run and Guides day coming up, we will need to have some volunteer workers available on those days. So, if you think that you can be available to assist on either or both of those dates (nothing too strenuous) please let me know. I am just hoping that the response is better than it has been from potential committee members 😊.

All of the rules and list of  participating airports
etc. for the Poker run will be available some time in the next couple of days. They will be sent directly to those that indicate that they are interested in entering. So, if that is you, let me know either by return email or phone and I will get the info to you as soon as it is available.



AS AT JULY 31
Attached find two .PDF files - one containing the minutes of the June general Meeting and the second the minutes of last year's AGM.

                   <<<   HRFC AGM MINUTES 2016   >>>                    <<<  HRFC Minutes July 2017   >>>

AS AT 6 JUNE 2017

Another couple of reminders:

  AGM:
The Club's 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held next month (August) and for those that are new to the club, our AGM is traditionally held at 11 am on the second Sunday in August and is immediately followed by the August monthly meeting.

      So, it is time to be thinking about who we want to manage the club for the next twelve months as all committee positions will be declared vacant and a new committee elected at the AGM. If you would like to be nominated for a position or you would like to nominate any member (who is agreeable) just use the attached form <<<  CLICK HERE >>> and have it completed and returned ahead of the AGM.

      Also at the AGM, we need to make a decision on fees and charges.  Any change to joining fees and annual membership charges that may be approved at the AGM, would come into effect at the beginning of the following financial year. ie. July 1st 2018.  I am sure that our current treasurer will provide a detailed financial report and a recommendation in regard to fees and charges. However, it is every member's Club so if you have an opinion on the subject, please let us know or be at the AGM to vote.

  Airpot Fees & Charges:
We have just received the 2017 - 2018 Airport User's fees and charges (Cessnock landing fees and the landing fee exemption cost) from Cessnock City Council and over the next few days, I will put together a list of Member's aircraft and I will send out a request to each owner to nominate whether they want landing fees or the exemption if it is available to their aircraft. On this subject, we have an issue in that a few of our Members who specified the exemption, failed to pay the exemption fee so the Council is not too impressed. They have indicated that unless we (the Club) can help get this cleared up, they intend to take collection action against the defaulting Members. This does not reflect well on the Club so I will send out a separate note to those affected in an attempt to have the matter resolved.

  Fly-in lunch:
Try to keep Saturday 2nd of September free to attend our Fly-in lunch. This time around, we intend to combine a local Poker Run with the Luncheon. More to follow on this one.

  Survey:
At the June Meeting, a decision was made to distribute a brief survey to members to seek input as to the direction in which you would like to see the Club move or any changes that you feel may benefit the Club.  Unfortunately, I have not had an opportunity to do this yet but sometime next week, I will send out a Survey Monkey to gather the information. The more input that we receive, the more benefit is likely to be gained so please respond if you have any ideas to share.

  Weather Cameras:
The Club has purchased weather cameras and the necessary associated equipment to enable us to provide weather shots for the convenience and safety of Members and other pilots operating in or out of Cessnock. The cameras will be installed over the next couple of weeks and once complete, members will be advised on how to access the information

AS AT 3 JUNE 2017

JUNE MEETING MINUTES
                             <<< CLICK HERE FOR THE MINUTES >>>

IF ANYONE HAS ANYTHING THEY WISH TO RAISE AT THE JULY MEETING - PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL WITH YOUR THOUGHTS


AS AT 13 JUNE 2017

PETER BLAKENEY
I have just spoken to Peter's wife and she said that he is still in the hospital and has a fractured disc. Initial thoughts were that he would need surgery but that was revised last night and it was decided to try just pain management and a brace. A further assessment will be carried out tomorrow but even if surgery is not required his wife expects him to remain in the hospital for the rest of the week.
Apparently, Peter has had a back issue for a while (a bulging disc) but whether that had a bearing on the fracture or not, I don't know.


AS AT 9 UNE 2017

Next HRFC Meeting:
Don't forget that the next HRFC General Meeting will be held this coming Sunday (11th June) at the regular time of 11am and the usual BBQ will follow at noon.

  CASA AVSAFETY SEMINAR:
There is a CASA AvSafety Seminar scheduled for Tuesday evening 27th at 6pm.
The AvSafety Seminar will run through to 8pm and will be followed by a light meal. For those that have not attended one of these seminars in the past, they are quite interesting and well presented by CASA Safety Advisers, so please try to be there if you can.
The Club generally hosts at least one and sometimes two per year and all members and non-member pilots, student pilots and other interested parties are welcome. There is no charge - EVEN THE MEAL I FREE.

NOTE: CASA ask that those wishing to attend, pre register on the CASA AvSafety website <www.casa.gov.au/avsafety> We like that too (for catering). Howevcer, if you have any problems - come anyway and register on the night.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS:
Since the last note that I sent out, several of our members have already paid their dues for the 2017-2018 period and those early remittances are very much appreciated - THANK YOU.
For those that have not renewed yet, this is a reminder that all renewals are due by June 30th.
This year's subscriptions remain unchanged at $95 for full members and $25 for social members.
Bank details are shown below for those wanting to pay by EFT (preferred). Otherwise, payment by cash or cheque can be made to the Treasurer at the meeting on Sunday or mailed to Hunter Recreational Flying Club PO Box 614 Cessnock 2325.

HI-VIS CLOTHING:
Members are reminded that there is a requirement from Cessnock City Council and many other airport operators that anyone exiting an aircraft on the movement area, or otherwise entering the movement area for any reason must wear a Hi-Viz vest.
The Club supports all initiatives to improve safety and recommends that members have Hi-Vis vests in their aircraft to meet this requirement.
To further support this requirement, the Club has a stock of suitable vests with the Club Logo on the back and they are available for purchase at $12 each.

HRFC FLY-IN DATE CHANGE:
You may recall that a June date was suggested earlier this year for our next Fly-in Lunch. Unfortunately, that date proved to be unsuitable far a couple of reasons and a Committee decision has been made to push it out to Saturday, September 2nd  2017. More info will be provided shortly.

      HRFC Bank Details:
          Bank: Westpac Cessnock
          Account Name: Hunter Recreational Flying Club
          Acc. Number:  12-1379
          BSB:  032-516

      NOTE: Please put your name as reference on the EFT or advise us by email so that receipts can be assigned to the correct member.


AS AT 30 APRIL 2017
A note from Bob (Pres)

A bit of catch up after my return from NZ. And if anyone wants to know, the Blenheim Airshow was fantastic!!! WW1 Tri planes & Bi planes, dog fights, mock battles, the smell of burning caster oil, the sound of the rotary engines with their hit and miss ignition controlling engine output - I was like a kid in a lolly shop. Then there was the war birds - Spitfires, Hurricanes, Yacs, Avro Anson , Vampire etc. etc. The list goes on and on.

NEXT CLUB MEETING   ---  7 MAY 2017
  Don't forget that the May meeting is always held on the first Sunday of the month (7th) to avoid a clash with Mother's Day. Not the usual second Sunday.


CASA SEMINAR 0 TUESDAY 27 JUNE @ 6PM
  The Club will be sponsoring another CASA AvSafety Seminar on Tuesday 27th June commencing at 6pm and running through to 8pm.

A light meal will follow.

For those members that are not familiar with the AvSafety Seminars, our Club sponsors one or two each year and they are well worth attending. There is no charge and all Members and visitors are welcome.

If you plan on coming, please preregister on line if you can at <www.casa.gov.au/avsafety>

  If you have not used the system before, just click SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS / AVSAFETY SEMINARS / Select the STATE (just above the map) / click NEWCASTLE (on the map) / then select REGISTER NOW / and REGISTER. Select the NUMBER OF PEOPLE from the dropdown box then CHECK OUT / Now FILL IN YOUR DETAILS - Job done. However, if for any reason you are unable to preregister, you can register on the night but please preregister if you can.

The speaker on the night will be Teraya Miller (CASA Aviation Safety Adviser)
  An electronic poster is attached.

OUR LAST FLY-IN
You may recall that back in September, we had a rather low key fly-in in which we invited members of various clubs to join us for lunch on the Saturday and if they wish, stay over and join us for breakfast on the Sunday morning. That seemed to work well so it has been decided to repeat the act on the weekend of June 24th and 25th. With any luck, we may have a couple of new aircraft available to check out so put it in the diary as we would like to build up the numbers and make it a regular event in the future.

GIRL GUIDES/SCOUTS - AIR ACTIVITY DAY - SATURDAY 7 OCT 2017
  We have also agreed to host a Girl Guides Air Activity Day similar to the Scouts Air Activity Days that we have hosted in the past. On these days, the boys and girls are put through various qualifications and the organisers (Country Activity Coordinator (Air Activity Centre)) provide their own aircraft and pilots and take all of the participating Scouts/Guides on a flight. The event takes all day and at the last event that we hosted, three 172s were used to fly about sixty scouts. The kids love it and really enjoy the opportunity to see our planes up close and get to fly Ben's simulator (the real hit of the day). This event will be held on Saturday 7th October so it still a while off.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  I think that we should start now to remind Members that all membership renewals fall due by June 30th - that means that they are overdue on the 1st of July 😊. So, please try to submit your renewal prior to that date to avoid the cost of another joining fee. In the last couple of years, our on-time renewals have improved considerably but as with anything there is always room for further improvement and  it will be nice when we can say that we did not have to chase anyone this year.



AS AT 12 Mar 2017

General Meeting
For those that do not know - the licensing/leasing debarcle is ramping up.  Following a meeting with council of recent date - it appears that they are reneging  on their past position re  length of tenure etc.  Discussed at length at the meeting with the outcome being a request for nominations for Hanger Owners reps, to meet with other lic/leasees on field with the view of a joint approach.  We'll see what happens.

NEW SOLAR PANEL CHARGER
The club now has a new solar charger for the 'ride-on'.  Please follow the instructions and 'DON"T RIDE OFF LEAVING THE PANEL CONNECTED !!!!!! '


AS AT 31 Aug 2016

AGM Election of office bearers:
Very little change from last year - only two new position holders. Bob Francis replaces Phil Murdoch as Secretary and Chris Stewart replaces Ray Hughes as an ordinary committee member. The current committee comprises of Bob Finch (President), Bob Francis (Secretary), Don Ramsay (Treasurer), Murray Edwards (Vice President), Chris Stewart, Ron West & Keith McGeachie (ordinary committee members) and Gordon Timmins (Public Officer).

HRFC Postal Address:
You will notice that the footer at the bottom of this email now contains a Postal Address for Club correspondence. The new mailing address is PO Box 641 Cessnock NSW 2325. Thanks to the new Secretary for setting that up.

Lower Hunter Scouts Air Activity Day:
The Scouts' Activity Day held last Saturday was a big success with seventy-two Scouts & Cubs being put through their paces. There were three Cessna 172's from Camden to give them all a fly. However, in my opinion, Ben Reddall and his daughter Brena with the simulator were the crowd favorites. Ben says, "All up we delivered 80 sim rides (including intro to flight controls, take off, climb, coordinated turns and a few attempts at landing at Williamtown) each ride taking about 5mins with a 1 min turn around to adjust the cockpit fit (scouts come in a wide range of sizes)". A good day's work I say. Thanks too, to Jenny Murdoch, John Arthurson and anyone else that took the time to help out on the day.

            


HRFC Fly-in:
Don't forget to keep the 24th September free for the Club's first Fly-in. Brunch or All Morning Breakfast by Lyons Club on Saturday with a Pancake Breakfast on the Sunday for anyone staying over or just coming back for more.


                                                      

Prop Balancing:
Members may recall that a few months ago we had a visit from Keith Baker who gave us a talk and demonstration of prop balancing on Don Ramsay's Sling. Keith has advised that he will be in the area again in either late August or early September and if any members would like to have their prop dynamically balanced while he is here, he can be contacted on 02 4423 1087 or Mob. 0425 319 669.

Hangar Space Available:
I have been advised that we currently have some hangar space available. So, if you are, or if you know of anyone in need of hangar space, here are the contacts: Hangar 8 (space for rent) contact Don Laverick 02 49876523, Hangar 7 (Space for Rent) Contact Keith Rule 02 49902900, Hangar 2 (Share for sale) Contact Roger Foster 02 49545579. Just be mindful that anyone renting MUST be a financial member of the Club and anyone buying MUST be a financial FULL member.


AS AT 14  Aug 2016

AGM
All went according to the script.  Good attendance, new nomination/s and a free lunch - plus an intro to and from the new airport manager...
Elected office holders:
        President Bon Finch
        Vice President Murray Edwards
        Secretary Bob Francis
        Treasurer Don Ramsay
        Committee Keith McGeachie, Ron West, Chris Stewart


AS AT 23 JULY 2016

First and foremost the reminder that the next meeting (August) is the Club's 2016 AGM.
As always at the Anual General Meeting, all committee positions will be declared vacant and a new committee will be elected for the 2016-2017 period. So please put the thinking caps on and if there is anyone in the Club that you think would make a good committee member, all you need to do is discuss it with them and if they are prepared to accept nomination, find another member to second the nomination then complete a nomination form (copy attached), have it signed and returned to the current committee prior to the meeting.  Of course, if you would like to be considered for any position on the committee, just have another member nominate you and another second the nomination on the attached sheet and submit it.
NOTE: Our Secretary (Phil Murdoch) has advised that he will not be standing for the position again this year so we will need a new Secretary at the very least but remember that all positions will be up for grabs and they say that "a change is as good as holiday" - So start thinking!!   <<<NOMINATION FORM>>>

Member's Register Update:
In order to keep our records current, from time to time we need to run a survey and ask all members to re-submit their details so I am including the following link to Survey Monkey and ask all members to just fill in the details requested and press the "Done" button when complete to submit your input. If there are two members in your family, you should be able to use this survey twice. It is as simple as that. Here is the link   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B36FSV9

Member's Aircraft Register:
And while on the subject of surveys - why stop at one?. We also need to update the Member's Aircraft Register as we have an obligation under our licence with Cessnock City Council to keep them informed of all aircraft based at the Club's Facilities. So, if you are an owner or part owner of an aircraft based at the Club hangars, please use this link to update your aircraft details including whether you prefer landing fees or the annual airport user's fee to be exempt from landing fees. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBJ6JKT

Hangar Owners:
And what about Hangar Owners? We don't want to ignore them. Recently we noted that neither Council records or Insurance records are completely up to date following the sale of some hangar syndicate shares to let's get that out of the way too. Here is another link for Hangar Owners. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBM52FS

Aircraft Simulator:
Now that you are so comfortable with surveys, and if you are a simulator user, take a look at this one received recently from Ben Reddall. Ben is the builder and owner of the Sim in the Clubhouse and is seeking feedback to improve his machine now that it has been in service for a while and several members have taken advantage of its availability. Ben has asked me to distribute the link for him. Even if you have not used Ben's simulator, but you have used others, Ben would still like your input. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C6SVKPH

Airport Fees and Charges:
The 2016 - 2017 Airport fees and charges have now been received from CCC so I have attached a copy for your review. If you are an aircraft owner, you may want to check this out before updating the Aircraft Owner's Register as one of the questions asks for a decision as to whether you want to pay landing fees or the annual airport user's fee to be exempt from landing fees at Cessnock. Incidentally, Council has advised that a couple of our Members that were expected to pay the annual fee last year but failed to do so, will not be entitled to the landing fee exemption until their account is current.
Well, that is an update with a difference - I think it asks a lot more questions than it answers.    <<LANDING FEES>>

Please help us get the records straight by filling out the surveys that apply to you  


AS AT 8 July 2016

CASA AvSafety Seminar
The AvSafety Seminar hosted by the Club yesterday evening was a success with an attendance of 25 in spite of the freezing wind. So, a big thanks to those that made the effort and braved the weather.

• Next Meeting:
The July Meeting will be held on Sunday (10th July) at the usual time and place - Clubhouse 11am with BBQ to follow at noon.

• Membership Renewals:
The response to our push to get membership renewals in by the due date has been great (and very much appreciated). Most members have done the right thing and there are only a few still outstanding. I will do a further check and if any of the "stragglers" have aircraft at the club or are hangar syndicate members etc. I will send out a final reminder by SMS to those individuals. It is a condition of our licence with Cessnock City Council that only financial members of HRFC can conduct any activities from the Club's facilities.

• An anonymous donor?:
We have received into our bank, what appears to be a membership renewal with the reference 002263 but we don't recognise the number. So, if you are 002263, just let me or the treasurer know so that we can assign the deposit to the correct member.

• Aircraft registrations:
It is time to update the Council with a list of Member's Aircraft again so I will distribute a survey once I receive the 2016-2017 landing fees and exemption charges from Council. This will provide an opportunity to seek updated member details at the same time so I will most likely use Survey Monkey to gather the information in order to simplify your response.

• Lower Hunter Air Scouts:
As you probably know, the Scout's air Activity Day planned for 18th June was cancelled due to bad weather. A new date has now been agreed and it has been rescheduled for Saturday 20th August.


UPDATE 18 June

Members are reminded that the CASA AvSafety Seminar is at 6pm Tuesday evening 21st June and those interested in attending are asked to pre-register online if possible.

Just log onto   www.casa.gov.au/avsafety  and click register now and follow the steps.

Just received a phone call advising that the Lower Hunter Air Scouts Activity Day scheduled for today has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. A new date will be set in the near future.


JUNE 4th UPDATE


Saturday June 11th Flyin   -  QUIRINDI AREO CLUB

We will be having our regular Saturday flyin on the 11th June but with a difference. “Barnstorming with Barnaby” The theme is protecting local airports as important community assets.

Sonja has done a great job in organizing Barnaby Joyce to attend our  Flyin. We will hopefully have BAE training aircraft and instructors coming along as well.

The program will be as follows:

10.00 am- Aircraft arrive for morning tea

11.00 am- Brief history of Quirindi Aero Club

11.15 am- BEA instructors explain training school operation safety and engagement with local GA and RAus fliers

11.45 am- Andrew Hope from Quirindi Council discusses the challenge of managing and maintaining local airport assets.

12.15 pm- Barnaby Joyce- How government may be able to  assist in maintaining community airports.

12.30 pm BBQ Lunch


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Membership Renewals:

Don't forget that all memberships are due for renewal by June 30th. Over the next few days, we will send out a specific reminder setting out the charges (which are still at last year's rate) and the bank detail. It has been brought to our attention that our past practice of allowing members up to the date of our AGM in August to renew is in breech of our constitution so we really need to get our act together and bring the renewals in line with the rules. Payment after the due date should incur another joining fee because under our constitution, membership that has not been renewed by the due date are considered as having lapsed and to renew involves a new application - and I am sure that none of us want to be incurring any more expense than is absolutely necessary.

Over Due subscriptions:

I mentioned previously that due to a glitch in our system, a number of members had not renewed their membership last year and an individual note was sent to each of those concerned. I would like now to thank all of those "defaulters" that quickly responded and brought their subs up to date. There are still a couple of stragglers but the majority were very prompt and that is very much appreciated THANK YOU.

Lower Hunter Air Scouts Activity Day:

Some of our members will recall that two years ago we hosted an Air Activity Day for the Lower Hunter Air Scouts. We have been asked to do the same again this year and a date of Saturday June 18th has now been confirmed. For these occasions, the Scouts provide their own aircraft and pilots but use our Club facilities for lectures and to provide an opportunity for the Scouts to inspect as many aircraft as we can make available. On the last occasion, they were able to use the simulator and have asked that this be made available again this time possible.

Invitations to upcoming events:

CASA AvSafety Seminar:

Our Club facilities have once again been chosen as the preferred venue for another CASA AvSafety Seminar to be held on Tuesday evening (6pm) on June 21st. A flyer is attached and don't forget to register on line if you wish to attend. The url for registering is shown on the flyer but as usual, if you have any issues registering, we can help you out on the night but if possible, please register prior.


Biggest Morning Tea Fly-in:

You may recall that last year, a planned "Biggest Morning Tea" at Peter Marheine's Yarrawa property (near Denman) was cancelled on two occasions due to poor weather. They have not given up and it has been scheduled again for Sunday 29th May. This is a fund raiser with proceeds going to the Cancer Council so it is a good cause and well worth supporting. A flyer with more details is attached.


Another Biggest Morning Tea:

In the last update, I advised that we have been invited to the Orange Aero Club's Biggest Morning Tea to be held on June 4th. I have been expecting to receive a flyer in the mail but at this stage it has not arrived. However, for those that would like to attend, more details can be found on the Club's web site <http://www.orangeaeroclub.com.au/>


Proposed Fly-in:

At the last meeting, it was proposed that the Club conduct a fairly low key fly-in in the not too distant future. To do this we will need to have a number of volunteers - a small sub committee to do some  organizing and a number of volunteers to help on the day. So, if you are feeling energetic and that way inclined, I would love to hear from you.

VALE:

For those that do not already know - it's with a sad heart that we advise of the sad passing of Bruce McLean on the 8th May.
A welcoming happy face to all who bumped into him.
The wind shall be forever under his wings.


AS AT 24 APRIL

Anzac Day:

On Anzac Day, Pay's warbirds will be out in force and Scone Aero Club have organised a look over the aircraft before and after their parade sorties over various town marches, plus watching them depart and return at Scone aerodrome. It was suggested that it would be good to be at Scone by 9.30am if anyone is interested. Scone Aero Club is also organising a BBQ lunch on that day. - Sorry for the short notice on this one.

June 4th:

Orange Aero Club are holding their "Biggest Morning Tea" at 10am on Saturday 4th June. More information can be found on their web site   <http://www.orangeaeroclub.com.au/>

Next HRFC General Meeting:

Don't forget that the next meeting (May) will be brought forward to the first Sunday to avoid a clash with Mother's Day.

Don Ramsay has asked for time following the May meeting to do a quick Q&A session on what is being proposed by RA-Aus in regard to their revised constitution and special resolution to change their form of incorporation. Don will address any questions and explain the voting process. Voting forms will be available for RA-Aus Members to cast their vote on the day if they wish.

HRFC Grounds Maintenance:

You will recall that in the last update and following a motion carried at the February meeting, I included a draft of a proposed roster for having the grass around the hangars, clubhouse and parking area mowed. I asked for members to review the proposed roster that places the onus of organising the monthly mowing on each hangar. The subject was discussed further at the March meeting and as there was no other feedback received, the system is now in play and a further copy of the roster is attached. Just to be clear, the names listed on the roster are those nominated by each hangar as their representative to the HRFC - there is no suggestion that these are the people that are expected to do all of the work! Just to see that arrangements are in place for their allocated month. I intend to send a text message reminder to the relevant Hangar Rep's at the beginning of each month.

Membership Renewals: Recently we have identified an issue in the way that we have (or have not) correctly reconciled our monies received against membership renewals due. This resulted in a lack of follow up on overdue renewals last year and consequently, several renewals were not received. The members effected have been notified by separate correspondence and a process change has been implemented to prevent a reoccurrence this year. We will also send out a separate notice to all members during May as a further reminder that renewals are due by June 30th.

Minutes of the HRFC April meeting and Financial Report have not been received yet from the Secretary or Treasurer but will be distributed separately once received.



AS AT 7 NOV

RA AUS MEMBERS
If you are an RA (Aus) member, you will be aware of the RA (Aus) initiative to engage their CFI's in a safety drive by having the CFI's conduct a "toolbox talk" on safety matters with as many pilots and students as practical. So, during the November meeting, there will be a brief safety discussion conducted by either Keith McGeachie (or one of his instructors). This will be a first for HRFC and if it is successful and the members agree, I would like to see it become a regular agenda item at all of our monthly meetings - we can discuss this further at the meeting. Whether you are an RA (Aus) pilot or Student, a PPL or CPL holder or just an aviation enthusiast, this should be of interest to you so please try to be there as safety is everyone's responsibility.

ELLERSTON STATION VISIT
Last Saturday, along with a couple of other HRFC members I attended the Ellerston Station visit that was organized by the Scone Aero Club and for those that were not there, you missed a great day!

Unfortunately, Allen Malam and I were not able to stay on for the evening dinner and the "Cressfield" stud tour on Sunday but we thoroughly enjoyed the day on Saturday. Extremely well organized by the Scone Members and we were well looked after by the Ellerston staff.

RATHMINES - CATALINA EVENT DAY

Keith McGeachie, Leighton Judd and Harry Ham took part in the aerial display at the Catalina event over Rathmines on Sunday with a three ship formation flight with three Tecnams. I was not able to attend however, I understand that the event went off very well.

FUTURE EVENTS

Also, coming up this month are a few events of interest that members may like to attend:
Luskintyre Aviator's Club - (1st Saturday) Lunch with the Tiger Moths this Saturday 7th November - This month will feature a visit by two Caribou aircraft.

Gloucester Aero Club - Gloucester Fly-in 2015 Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November (flyer attached)

Our HRFC November Meeting - (2nd Sunday) This month with Safety "Toolbox Talk" Sunday 8th November.

Quirindi Aero Club - (2nd Saturday) Monthly Club Day - Saturday 14th November.

Scone Aero Club - (3rd Saturday) Monthly Club Day. Scones, Tea/Coffee and BBQ. Saturday 21st November.

AS AT 19 SEPT
Oooops - Forgot to include a reminder in last night's update for the OzRunways training session this coming Sunday afternoon.

Please try to be there if you are an OzRunways user (or prospective user). This session will commence at 1pm and is expected to run for around 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. The presenter will be Neil Weste - one of the OzRunways founders.


AS AT 18 Sept 2015

Those that were not at the September meeting on Sunday,
missed an interesting talk and demonstration on dynamic prop balancing by Keith Baker. At the end of the meeting, Keith gave a brief run down on the balancing process, the benefits and the electronic equipment used. Then, after lunch a practical demonstration as he balanced the prop and spinner on Don Ramsay's Sling. Don says that there was a noticeable reduction in vibration  in what was considered a smooth running aircraft.

A few of our members
-flew out to Wellington on Saturday to attend what was the last of the annual Grange View Fly-ins. I have not spoken to all of those that attended but I understand that it was a great day for all of those that made the effort. Apparently the property has been sold and so there will no fly-on next year.

A couple of interesting invitations have been received that you may be interested in:
Ellerton Station Fly-in & Scone Aviation / Equine Weekend 24th - 25th October 2015. Scone Aero Club have invited our members to attend this event which includes a rare opportunity to experience a guided tour around the Packer's internationally renowned polo facilities and 18 hole golf course. A flyer with more details is attached.
There are a couple of important points that need to be noted in regard to the Ellerston Visit so please read the "Fine Print" on the flyer if you are considering this one.

The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS)
- are expanding to include a restoration center at Parkes in Central NSW and the Parkes Aero Club have invited us to Fly in to Parkes on 25th - 26th September to coincide with a visit by one of HARS's historic aircraft (a Dakota DC3). I have attached a copy of the HARS media release for your information along with a photo of the DC3. Any funds raised through inspections of the DC3 on the day will go to HARS.
If you are able, please try to support either one or both of these events - they should be well worth while.

         <<  CLICK (dc3) HERE  >>           << CLICK (HARS MEDFIA RELEASE) HERE >>         << CLICK  (ELLERTON FLYER ) HERE  >>










AS AT 25 Aug 2015


Berima District Aero Club Visit Postponed:
As mentioned earlier the Berima District Aero Club were planning a visit to Cessnock and would like to meet some of our members on Sunday 30th. Since then though, I have been advised that the visit will be postponed until a future date as they have realized that their Warbirds team (The Russian Rooletes) will be practicing in preparation for their Ausfly performance the following weekend, Apparently their practice days attract quite a crowd of onlookers and it is "all hands on deck" for their members to man the BBQ and manage the spectators.

HRFC SGM Results 2015:
In case you were not in attendance at the Club meetings earlier this month, here is a brief rundown on the outcome.

A Special General Meeting (SGM) specifically to vote on the Special Resolution (That the Hunter Recreational Flying Club Inc. adopts the revised constitution as displayed on the Club's website as FINAL DRAFT) was held ahead of the AGM and Monthly General Meeting. The vote went in favor of the resolution which was carried unanimously. A new application to the Department of Fair Trading to register the Constitution has now been submitted. Thank you to those that were unable to attend but took the time to submit an Electronic Proxy Vote.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Followed the SGM and as usual, after reports were heard, all committee positions were declared vacant and the new committee for the 2015-2016 period was elected. New Committee??? Not really, the only change was the election of Gordon Timmins to the position of Public Officer. In the past, the Treasurer has also carried the responsibilities of the Public Officer. As the Club is still in a strong financial position and membership is still strong, there are no changes to fees and charges for the coming year.

The 2015-2016 Committee is made up of the following members:
President - Bob Finch
Vice President - Murray Edwards
Secretary - Phil Murdoch
Treasurer - Don Ramsay
Public Officer - Gordon Timmins
Other Committee Members -
Ron West
Keith McGeachie
Ray Hughes


AS 7 Aug 2015

AGM this Sunday (9/8/15)

Will be held ahead of the monthly general meeting. Don't be shy in putting your hand up for a position on the committee or nominating another member for election. Attached is a copy of the nomination form that should be used and nominations duly accepted and seconded will be accepted right up until meeting time (11am 9th August).


Revised Constitution.

If you don't expect to be in attendance at the meeting on Sunday but wish to submit a proxy vote on the Special Resolution "That the Hunter Recreational Flying Club Inc. adopts the revised constitution as displayed on the Club's website as FINAL DRAFT." you can do so using the electronic Proxy Vote Form  distributed on the 15th July. Just remember that this system closes 24 hrs ahead of the meeting so Proxy forms must be submitted by 11am tomorrow (Saturday)

OzRunways Training -

We mentioned previously that we have an opportunity to have Neil Weste present a training session for us. The feedback from members was positive so I have arranged with Neil to conduct a session on Sunday Afternoon (20th September 2015). Initially Neil suggested September 6th but when it was realized that this clashed with AusFly at Narromine, we have ad to revert to plan B - the next available date was 20th commencing at 1pm. So, put it in your diary.  


Williamtown Airspace -

You may or may not be aware that a Temporary Restricted Area is now in place to the south west of Williamtown. This is a direct result of the recent airspace review covering a 45 nm radius around Williamtown. It was recommended that this change be treated with some urgency on safety grounds while other recommendations coming from the review will be considered after the public consultation process has been completed. Here is a link to the full review for those that are interested and may want to have input. <https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net351/f/Draft_Aeronautical_Study_Williamtown_2015.pdf>


Proposed visit by Berima District Aero Club -

We have had a call from the Berrima District Aero Club to let me know that (weather permitting), a group of their members will fly to Cessnock for lunch at the airport cafe on Sunday 30th August and they would like to catch up with any of our members that can be available. The caller also indicated that they would like to have a reciprocal visit to their club by our members and suggested that the last Sunday of each month would work well with their Club activities. Better let me know if you are interested in a fly-out to Mittagong and we will try to pull something together. In the interim, if you can be at the Club on the last Sunday of this month to meet our visitors, I am sure it will be appreciated.


Clubhouse extension progress:

The volunteers working on the extension to the Clubhouse have made good progress with most of the lining now complete and almost ready for a lick of paint. So, if you have not yet volunteered, you need to get your act together or you may miss out! Of course, I know you will all see the progress made when you come to the meeting on Sunday.


AS AT 5 Aug 2015

Club House Extension & Meeting Room:

Thanks to everyone that attended the working bee for the progress that was made in relocating the rear wall and framing up the new internal walls. Since then Don Laverick, Don Ramsay and Ron West have raised the floor level to match the existing internal floor. Club member Morrie Jay, (a licensed electrician) has volunteered to carry out the necessary electrical work prior to the internal lining - subject of the next working bee.

Club Constitution:

Most members will recall that we revised our Constitution last year and the revised version was accepted unanimously by those that voted at the Special General Meeting called for the purpose. Well unfortunately, with the the standing down of our Treasurer/Public Officer for health reasons shortly after the vote, the application to the Department of Fair Trading was not submitted until the new treasurer took over and so the DFT has rejected the application on the basis that it was not submitted within 28 days following the vote. So, we now have to call another Special General Meeting for the purpose of taking a second poll and re submit the application within the specified time frame.
As I did with the previous vote, I will use Survey Monkey to distribute a Proxy Vote opportunity for any members that feel that they may not be able to attend the meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting next month to deal with the Special Resolution.

Annual General Meeting 2015:

The 2015 AGM will be held at the Clubhouse on the second Sunday of August prior to the regular Monthly General Meeting as usual. Items to be considered at the AGM this year will include a review of fees and charges, a second vote on the special resolution to accept or reject of the revised Constitution and the election of office bearers for the next twelve month period. All committee positions will be declared vacant and members are encouraged to nominate for the various vacancies. A copy of the "Nomination for Election to Committee" form is attached. Just remember that when nominating a member for election, the nomination must be accepted by the nominee and seconded by another financial "Full Member".
                                                       <<< click here for Voting Form>>>
Membership Renewals:

Remember that our Club's financial year is July 1st to June 30th so membership renewals were due by 1st of July. If you have not subscribed for the the 2015-2016 period, you are already over due and only financial members are entitled to vote. Members that have not subscribed by the AGM, will be considered to have let their membership lapse and a new joining fee will apply after that date should they wish to rejoin.

OzRunways Training:

We have an opportunity to have Neil Weste (one of the OzRunways founders) conduct a users training session for us and it has been suggested that if we take up this opportunity, it should be a basic training session, probably a "Fireside Discussion" type session to cover the use of OzRunways at a level appropriate to the participants. Before committing to this, I would like some feedback from the members to gauge whether there is sufficient interest to proceed. So if you would be interested in attending such a session, or if you have any thoughts on the subject, please email me with your comments.

Rutherford Air Show:

Several of our members attended the recent Air Show at Maitland which I found to be of a very high standard and most enjoyable. It was great to see the Tecnams in formation flown by our members Harry Hamm, Keith McGeachie and Leighton Judd. A great promotion for both the Club, Keith's flying school and recreational aviation in general.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Fly-in

originally scheduled for 31st May was a complete wash out and is to be rescheduled. The venue is the same ie Peter Marheine's strip at Yarrawa near Denman. This fly-inn will include a BBQ lunch and is a fund raiser for the Cancer Council so being for a good cause it would be great to see as many members in attendance as possible. If you intend to attend, either fly or drive, please notify Dexter Burkill for catering purposes on 0428 686 396. A revised flyer with more detail is attached.
                                               <<< click here for Flyer >>>>>

Cessnock Airport Audit by CASA:

Recently, Cessnock Airport was audited by CASA and the results of the audit were conveyed to the various airport users by Cessnock City Council at a meeting of Airport Users held in our Clubhouse. In brief, the audit highlighted one non-conformance and two observations none of which related to our operations at the airport. The non-conformance was in regard to a difference in the documentation policy between CCC and CASA and the two observations concerned a person on the active side of the fence without a high visibility vest and a dog being allowed to run on the airport.

Don't forget your membership renewal if you have not already subscribed - Contact the Pres (Bob) for bank.

ANNUAL FEES

The good news is that it has not changed for several years now and still sits at $95.00 for full membership and $25.00 for social membershi

NEXT MEETING

9 Aug 2015 and don't forget it's the AGM - new elections and all that jazz.

Other stuff:
Don't forget that the June Meeting will be on 14th June 2015

Get prepared for a working bee - some of the materials have already been delivered to site in preparation for the Clubhouse extensions. In fact, I understand that a few of our members will be making a start on the frame work last Wednesday.

Membership renewals fall due at the end of the month (June). No change to the fees again this year - Full Membership is still $95.00 and Social Membership is $25.00. New members that have joined in the last month and have paid a full year subscription, will be good for the 2015/2016 period. For those wanting to make an EFT deposit, here are the bank details that you will need - Don't forget to make a note on your submission that let's us know who you are.

Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail Celebrations
are coming up in August and part of this celebration of heritage transport in Coffs, will include a DC3 flying from Essendon to Coffs Harbour and return. The trip will be made up of several legs and seats are available for most legs at an early bird rate of $299.00ea. Port Macquarie to Coffs and Coffs to Port Macquarie are the longest legs and they are priced at $345.00 each way. More information and online bookings can be found at <http://coffsharbourrailcentenary.com.au>

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sat 13 June                            Quirindi Aero Club monthly club day and bbq   
Sat 20 June                            Scone Aero Club monthly club day and bbq

Would you like to take part
-in the aerial tracking of the Regent Honeyeater or take a nostalgic flight in a DC3? Well you can. so read on.

A request from Australian National University to any light aircraft owner or pilot that may be interested in assisting in the tracking of the Regent Honeyeater in the Blue Mountains and/or Hunter Valley. Birds equipped with radio tracking devices will be released into the wild and the Uni is looking for volunteers to help track their movements by flying over some inaccessible areas (sounds like tiger country) where the birds are believed to forage in flowering eucalyptus trees. <<CLICK HERE FOR FLYER>>.

NEXT CLUB MEETING - Sunday 3rd May 2015
And don' forget the RA-AUS General meeting on Saturday 2nd May

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN PILOTS ASSOCIATION RELAY OF FLIGHT - HRFC was delighted to be asked to provide the venue for the baton hand over at Cessnock. The Australian Women Pilot's Association are conducting a fund raiser baton relay for Cancer Research. Inspired by personal stories of cancer survivorship and loss within the group, members of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association will exchange the baton from one flight crew to the next on a 13,000 km journey that will take in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. On 4/3/15, the baton arrived from Bankstown by Robinson 44 and was handed from pilot and crew Sandy Taylor, Joanna Murphy and Lisa Wilkin to World Champion Woman Balloon Pilot Nicola Skaife. Early the following morning, Nicola, took Leonie Mason, Michele Patten, Yvette Gulliver and the baton for a one hour balloon ride over the Hunter Valley before Nicola hand it on to Kerry Nolan for the Cessnock to Camden Haven leg in Kerry's Cessna. Both Leonie and Yvette will fly their aircraft in future legs. See photos in the Gallery under Miscellaneous.
Read more or donate at http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/event/women-pilots-relay-of-flight/#HVt8KRyILDr7D61i.99

NEXT CLUB MEETING - Sunday 12th April 2015

Don't forget that the April meeting is on Sunday 12th commencing 11am and closing 12 noon before the regular BBQ lunch.

Remember too that the May meeting will be brought forward a week to 3rd of May avoid a clash with Mother's Day.


RA-AUS GENERAL MEETING - Saturday 2nd May 2015.

HRFC has been asked to host Recreational Aviation Australia's next general meeting to be held at our Clubhouse on Saturday 2nd May 2015. The meeting will commence at 10am and is expected to run for about an hour followed by a Q&A Session before a hot lunch will be available.

It was decided by the committee, that as our monthly club meeting is scheduled for the following day (Sunday 3rd May) we should invite members from other flying clubs within our region to attend the RA-Aus meeting on the Saturday and if they wish, stay over and join us for a big breakfast on the Sunday morning prior to our meeting. An invitation has been sent to all clubs in the area.
Anyone wishing to participate should register in advance if possible to not only assist with catering needs but as we intend to run a few simple events over the weekend, and registering would also enable us to send out any briefings that may be helpful for say an observation / navigation exercise on the way in or similar.

CASA SAFETY SEMINAR - Wednesday 27th May 2015.

Today we received a request from CASA to host the next AvSafety Seminar scheduled for 6pm on Wednesday 27th May. A copy of the CASA  flyer is attached for your information. As usual with these seminars, CASA ask that people intending to participate pre register on the CASA AvSafety website at <http://www.casa.gov.au/avsafety> however, in the past some people have found this process to not be too user friendly so if for any reason you cant pre register, you will be able to register on the night.


 FINAL CONSTITUTION
Please refer to following link.
                                  CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

THE GRANGE - fly-in
Please refer to following link.
                                   CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK AND HERE

CESSNOCK TO ALBANT TRIP
Please refer to following link.
                                         CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

DRAFT CONSTITUTION (AUGUST)
Please refer to following link.
                                          CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

DRAFT CONSTITUTION (JULY)
Please refer to following link.
                                          CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

DESTINATION 'KEEPIT'
Please refer to following link.
                                           CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

HRFC RECORDS

Please refer to following link.
                                            CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK


Cessnock Airport Adopted Fees

Please refer to following link.
                                               CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

Some sad news

Most of our members will know Lyle Kennedy, a life member of Hunter Recreational Flying Club and a tireless worker for our group. Unfortunately, after a long illness Lyle's wife Shirley passed away earlier this week.

As I am sure that many of you would wish to send Lyle a sympathy card, flowers or attend the funeral, I have listed below, Lyle's address and the funeral arrangements as I understand them. Official notification of the funeral arrangements will be published on Saturday.


The Great Tiger Moth Race:

On April 25th this year (ANZAC Day), the Great Tiger Moth Air Race will be run between Sydney and Port Macquarie. The last time that this event was held was in 2003 and this year the race is expected to attract up to 50 Tigers. For more information, this link will take you to the relevant web site.<http://tigerairrace.com/>

While on the subject of the Tiger Race, The organizers are looking for ground assistance volunteers for various tasks and locations along the way. Below is a list of the various tasks and if any member is interested in volunteering their time to help, I am sure it would be appreciated. There is a phone number and Email address for Richard Brougham at the bottom if you would like to be involved.  

Also, we have had a request from a Tiger Moth owner for temporary hangarage for a period of about three weeks (about two weeks prior and one week after the race) so if anyone has hangar space available for this period, please let me know or contact John Murphy direct at Pt Macquarie on 0428 654 835.  
                                           CLICK HERE TO SEE ATTACHED SHEET FOR FURTHER INFO

Fly-out to Yarrawa:

You may recall that a day trip to Yarrawa planned before Christmas was postponed until the new year to fit with the strip owner's flying commitments - Well, at the last meeting it was decided to delay it little longer until the weather improves.  If the current rain persists, it may settle the dust and may even allow some grass to grow back on the strip. I will keep you informed.

Aircraft & Hangar Shares for sale or rent:

I have prepared a database to list member's aircraft for sale and hangar shares that are available for sale or rent as well as members that are looking for hangar space. Thought it may help members if we have a better knowledge of what is available and can direct inquiries to potential sellers etc.So, if you have an aircraft for sale, a hangar space that is for sale or rent or if you are a potential buyer or renter, let me know and I will try to match buyers with sellers.

Christmas lunch.

Don't forget that the December meeting (8th December) is the last meeting until February 2014 and will be followed by a Christmas lunch. Lunch will be a two course meal including tea/coffee and soft drinks at $15 per head. A wine raffle will be held with tickets at $1 each or 6 for $5 - There will be a first, second and third prize. For catering purposes, please let us know numbers if you plan to attend - either drop us an email, phone call or put you name on the board in the Club meeting room. Look forward to seeing you there.

Fly out to Yarrawa.

At our last meeting, a fly-out to Yarrawa (a private strip near Denman NSW) was proposed for Sunday 24th. However this date does not suit the owner of the strip who has other commitments over the next few weekends. A new date will be set and I will keep members advised. With Christmas almost here, it may be necessary to postpone this one until the new year. Will keep you informed.

Airport operating hours (Cessnock): this is an extract from the CCC Airport Operations Guidelines (Fly Neighborly Policy).

3.1.1 Confine all flights to reasonable hours, ie. after 0800 hrs local time.

Circuit training to be carried out between 0800 and 2200hrs local time (refer to section 7).

3.1.2 Restrict night circuit flying from last light to 2200 hrs local time, and where possible, on
Aerodrome-Operational Policy & User Guidelines 6 one or two nominated nights only per week. Night VFR (visual flight rules), navigation flights and charter flights using the airport for departure and arrivals will have minimal effect, and can operate outside these hours.

3.1.3 Runway 35 is to be used for departures and arrivals in nil wind, light and variable
conditions, and where a crosswind is at 90 degrees to the runway.
This will reduce the noise level experienced by residents of Nulkaba (refer to section 6).

3.1.4 Avoid continuous low flying over farm houses or farm sheds.........


Taxiway between hangar rows:

As mentioned at our last meeting, Keith McGeachie has provided a quote to provide a 4m wide by 45mm thick Hotmix taxiway between our two rows of hangars.  Obviously, it would only be viable if a majority of hangars owners were in agreement to proceed. The proposal does not include the apron in front of the hangars (this would be subject to individual quotes if required). The cost for the taxiway would be $2500 per hangar assuming that opposite hangars agree (I guess that half a taxiway will not work ). If owners would prefer a taxiway at both ends of their hangars, the cost per hangar would increase to $5500.00. Again this excludes the apron. To check out the surface offered, you can inspect the new apron at both ends of hangar four.


AGM: For those that did not make it

to the August meeting, the AGM provided little change - the previous committee members were re elected unopposed with the exception of Don Laverick who decided that after 8 years as a committee member, it was time for  change and did not stand for re-election. Laurie Macey accepted nomination and was duly elected to fill the position vacated by Don. Thanks for the eight years Don and congratulations Laurie.

Visit by the Lower Hunter District Scouts:
We have agreed to host the Lower Hunter District Scouts  Air Activity Day to be held on Saturday 7th September. This function has previously been held at Camden but in order to reduce travel costs it will be held at Cessnock this year. This is an all day affair (8am to 3:30pm) and involves about 60 scouts and their supervisors. I will be meeting with their representative next week and will provide more detail following the meeting.


Draft Cessnock Airport Strategic Plan:

The CCC has now released the plan for public  exhibition - here is a link to the document.
                                    <<   Click here  >>


Casa Safety Seminar:

There will be another CASA Safety Seminar held at the Club on Thursday 31st October 2013. It is an evening event commencing at 6pm. The topic is Regulation Changes - Are you ready? Members and visitors wishing to attend should register on line - Refer to the attached CASA Invitation for further information


Destiny Fly-in & Camp-Over 4th May -

This invitation is to members that want to attend the Upper Hunter Wine & Food Affair at Deman. Full details are available on the Club Website. Before setting off, Members are reminded to check out details of the strip and if you have any concerns, there is a Plan B. Members can fly into Yarrawa and be transported by road if you prefer.

Eddie Seve's OzRunways Presentation at RNAC. Saturday May 11th.

 (Invitation/agenda click here).

Fly-out to Tumbarumba Flying Club 27thApril.

This date has not been confirmed and will be open for discussion at Sunday's meeting. This is not a regular Fly-in but an invitation to our members arranged by Glen Brasier so we need to inform the Tumbi Club of our intentions. If there has been insufficient notice or if members would prefer, this trip can be rescheduled for a date in Spring. A decision needs to be made on Sunday.

Club Wine.

At the last meeting a decision was made to purchase some wine as a fund raiser for the Club. We have taken delivery of a few dozen bottles of a 2011 Hunter Shiraz which is now available for purchase at $10 per bottle or $96 per dozen - a saving of $2 per bottle.

Hangar Space Available.

Eddie will be relocating his aircraft to Wedderburn and his hangar space will become available for rent. Interested members should speak to Eddie for further details.

Printing from iPad.

For those that are looking for a way to print maps from your iPad now that they are approved by CASA - You may be interested in "FingerPrint" from Collobos Software. If you have a printer attached to your desktop and your desktop is attached to a wireless router, "FingerPrint" can make your printer accessable to your iPad or iPhone. I have it and it works great! Free 30 day trial and $20 to purchase - beats buying a new air printer. Google FingerPrint and check it out.

OzRunways now CASA Approved!

OzRunways hinted at it only a few days ago, but it is official: OzRunways is now an approved data vendor under CAR 233(1)(h).
This means you can now use any version of OzRunways EFB as source for Maps, ERSA, DAPs and AIP.
This is a blanket approval for the current version of OzRunways as well as the upcoming 3.0, which will be officially announced at NATFLY this weekend and will be ready for you to update after Easter.

Destiny Fly-in and Camp-over May 4th 2013

The Club has received an invitation for members to attend the Destiny Fly-in & Camp-over in the Upper Hunter Valley on May 4th. This fly-in coincides with the UPPER HUNTER WINE & FOOD AFFAIR at Denman so should be a good weekend. A copy of the invitation with information and contact details is attached.
                                 Click here for more info

OzRunway Seminar - Eddie Seve

Another iPad/OzRunways Presentation - Mid April 2013 date to be advised.
Eddie Seve has been asked ro run the iPad/OzRunways presentation at RNAC Rutherford around mid April and HRFC members that may have missed our session (or those that would like a re run) are invited to attend. Contact Eddie for details.


27 April 2013 (tenative)
Fly Out - Tumbarumba

Tentative date Saturday 27th April 2013
Our Club has been invited to visit the Tumbarumba Flying Club and it has been left to us to suggest a date sometime in Autumn or Spring. As winter is fast approaching, a tentative date of Saturday 27th April has been suggested but this can be discussed further at the April Meeting (14th April).


23 March 2013
Port Macquarie - Fly & Spy

Club members are invited to attend the Port Macquarie Club's Fly & Spy 2013 to be held on Saturday March 23rd. Details can be found on the attached invitation.
                                             Click here for further info

Thanks to Eddie

Thanks go to Eddie SEVE for his professional and informative presentation on Saturday 2 March relating to OzRunway Flight Plan submissions and associated materials.  Extremely favourable
comments have been passed from those that attended.  Well Done Eddie.

SAAA Fly-in at The Mission - March 9th 2013

HRFC Members have been invited to attend the SAAA Chapter 11 Fly-in at "The Mission" on Saturday March 9th.
Any member interested in attending will need to check out the strip details and gain prior approval before flying in. Strip details can be found on the Mission's website http://www.themissions1937.com.au/airstrip/.


17 February 2013

Lyle takes to the air.

Lyle Kennedy has finally taken his raffle prize joy flight and can't get the smile off his face. Several Club Members were there to see Lyle spend half an hour in Tim Windsor's Yac 52 taking part in simulated bombing raids and a range of aerobatics over the airfield. Before the prize flight, Lyle spent some time in the simulator and took a joy ride in one of the Tecnams to make a day of it.

For those that don't know Lyle, he is a life member and tireless worker for the Club who has recently undergone surgery to remove his nose due to cancer, his recovery is not yet to a stage where he can be fitted with prostheses but that will come soon.

Thanks too to Tim Windsor and "Top Red Warbirds"(<www.topredwarbirds.com.au>) for presenting Lyle with a video of the entire flight and his generous gesture in waiving the charge to the Club.


8 Feb 2013

Blue Mountains FlyOver

2013 is the 200th anniversary of the first crossing by settlers. We are organising a Blue Mountains Flyover.
Attached is a package explaining what it is all about and how we intend to do it. Included is a registration form that we will need submitted prior to the deadline of 14 April.
We are encouraging all types of aviation to take part, a ‘bonding’ experience. Formations are more than welcome, so if you are formation rated and have a partner that you fly around with, team up as an entry.

We, and the team at Businesses Supporting the Bicentenary, look forward to the returned forms and working with you on the day.

Matt Hall.
www.matthallracing.com

                                           Click here to see further info and Entry Form




Keith's Flying School gets advanced simulator

Last week, Keith McGeachie's flying school "Recreational Aviation Newcastle" acquired the use of Ben Reddall's simulator for evaluation as an advanced VFR training aid.  Over the Australia Day long weekend those of us in attendance i.e. "Test Pilots" agreed that it has all of the characteristics of the School's Tecnam plus many advanced features that could prove to be invaluable to any modern flying school. Ben is to be commended for developing an excellent product and in particular for making it available to "our" flying school.  Photos can be seen in the "Member's Aircraft" gallery as well as on Keith's website ( www.ranewcastle.com.au ).

Ben will be in attendance at our next meeting (February 10th) to demonstrate the advantages that this simulator has over others that are currently available.




CASA Safety Seminar

A further C.A.S.A. Safety talk has been scheduled for 6pm March 12th, 2013 at our clubhouse.  The speaker will be Kiym Anquetil (Aviation Safety Advisor NSW/ACT) who will discuss C.A.S.A., Airservices, BOM and ATSB websites.  All members and guests are invited to attend.  There will be a small charge for dinner - C.A.S.A. is NOT providing any financial inducements this year.

PROPOSED CLUB EVENTS FOR 2013

The committee is seeking input from members to prepare a calendar for events for the year.  There have been several suggestions put forward including reciprical Breakfast/Lunches with one or two other Clubs (Scone, Gluoster, Mudgee etc), Fly-out BBQ to Yarrawa, a Club Flyout to Albion Park Museum, an overnighter to Old Bar or Middlebrook Station.  Visits from one or two Car Clubs (similar to the one last year).

We want these events to be well supported to please bring your ideas to the next meeting (10th Feb 2013).  we will also be scheduling a few training/refresher session as we did last year.



See the calendar for the next meeting date and up-coming events...




AS 7 Aug 2015


AGM this Sunday (9/8/15)

Will be held ahead of the monthly general meeting. Don't be shy in putting your hand up for a position on the committee or nominating another member for election. Attached is a copy of the nomination form that should be used and nominations duly accepted and seconded will be accepted right up until meeting time (11am 9th August).


Revised Constitution.

If you don't expect to be in attendance at the meeting on Sunday but wish to submit a proxy vote on the Special Resolution "That the Hunter Recreational Flying Club Inc. adopts the revised constitution as displayed on the Club's website as FINAL DRAFT." you can do so using the electronic Proxy Vote Form  distributed on the 15th July. Just remember that this system closes 24 hrs ahead of the meeting so Proxy forms must be submitted by 11am tomorrow (Saturday)

OzRunways Training -

We mentioned previously that we have an opportunity to have Neil Weste present a training session for us. The feedback from members was positive so I have arranged with Neil to conduct a session on Sunday Afternoon (20th September 2015). Initially Neil suggested September 6th but when it was realized that this clashed with AusFly at Narromine, we have ad to revert to plan B - the next available date was 20th commencing at 1pm. So, put it in your diary.  


Williamtown Airspace -

You may or may not be aware that a Temporary Restricted Area is now in place to the south west of Williamtown. This is a direct result of the recent airspace review covering a 45 nm radius around Williamtown. It was recommended that this change be treated with some urgency on safety grounds while other recommendations coming from the review will be considered after the public consultation process has been completed. Here is a link to the full review for those that are interested and may want to have input. <https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net351/f/Draft_Aeronautical_Study_Williamtown_2015.pdf>


Proposed visit by Berima District Aero Club -

We have had a call from the Berrima District Aero Club to let me know that (weather permitting), a group of their members will fly to Cessnock for lunch at the airport cafe on Sunday 30th August and they would like to catch up with any of our members that can be available. The caller also indicated that they would like to have a reciprocal visit to their club by our members and suggested that the last Sunday of each month would work well with their Club activities. Better let me know if you are interested in a fly-out to Mittagong and we will try to pull something together. In the interim, if you can be at the Club on the last Sunday of this month to meet our visitors, I am sure it will be appreciated.


Clubhouse extension progress:

The volunteers working on the extension to the Clubhouse have made good progress with most of the lining now complete and almost ready for a lick of paint. So, if you have not yet volunteered, you need to get your act together or you may miss out! Of course, I know you will all see the progress made when you come to the meeting on Sunday.


AS AT 5 Aug 2015

Club House Extension & Meeting Room:

Thanks to everyone that attended the working bee for the progress that was made in relocating the rear wall and framing up the new internal walls. Since then Don Laverick, Don Ramsay and Ron West have raised the floor level to match the existing internal floor. Club member Morrie Jay, (a licensed electrician) has volunteered to carry out the necessary electrical work prior to the internal lining - subject of the next working bee.

Club Constitution:

Most members will recall that we revised our Constitution last year and the revised version was accepted unanimously by those that voted at the Special General Meeting called for the purpose. Well unfortunately, with the the standing down of our Treasurer/Public Officer for health reasons shortly after the vote, the application to the Department of Fair Trading was not submitted until the new treasurer took over and so the DFT has rejected the application on the basis that it was not submitted within 28 days following the vote. So, we now have to call another Special General Meeting for the purpose of taking a second poll and re submit the application within the specified time frame.
As I did with the previous vote, I will use Survey Monkey to distribute a Proxy Vote opportunity for any members that feel that they may not be able to attend the meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting next month to deal with the Special Resolution.

Annual General Meeting 2015:

The 2015 AGM will be held at the Clubhouse on the second Sunday of August prior to the regular Monthly General Meeting as usual. Items to be considered at the AGM this year will include a review of fees and charges, a second vote on the special resolution to accept or reject of the revised Constitution and the election of office bearers for the next twelve month period. All committee positions will be declared vacant and members are encouraged to nominate for the various vacancies. A copy of the "Nomination for Election to Committee" form is attached. Just remember that when nominating a member for election, the nomination must be accepted by the nominee and seconded by another financial "Full Member".
                                                       <<< click here for Voting Form>>>
Membership Renewals:

Remember that our Club's financial year is July 1st to June 30th so membership renewals were due by 1st of July. If you have not subscribed for the the 2015-2016 period, you are already over due and only financial members are entitled to vote. Members that have not subscribed by the AGM, will be considered to have let their membership lapse and a new joining fee will apply after that date should they wish to rejoin.

OzRunways Training:

We have an opportunity to have Neil Weste (one of the OzRunways founders) conduct a users training session for us and it has been suggested that if we take up this opportunity, it should be a basic training session, probably a "Fireside Discussion" type session to cover the use of OzRunways at a level appropriate to the participants. Before committing to this, I would like some feedback from the members to gauge whether there is sufficient interest to proceed. So if you would be interested in attending such a session, or if you have any thoughts on the subject, please email me with your comments.

Rutherford Air Show:

Several of our members attended the recent Air Show at Maitland which I found to be of a very high standard and most enjoyable. It was great to see the Tecnams in formation flown by our members Harry Hamm, Keith McGeachie and Leighton Judd. A great promotion for both the Club, Keith's flying school and recreational aviation in general.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Fly-in

originally scheduled for 31st May was a complete wash out and is to be rescheduled. The venue is the same ie Peter Marheine's strip at Yarrawa near Denman. This fly-inn will include a BBQ lunch and is a fund raiser for the Cancer Council so being for a good cause it would be great to see as many members in attendance as possible. If you intend to attend, either fly or drive, please notify Dexter Burkill for catering purposes on 0428 686 396. A revised flyer with more detail is attached.
                                               <<< click here for Flyer >>>>>

Cessnock Airport Audit by CASA:

Recently, Cessnock Airport was audited by CASA and the results of the audit were conveyed to the various airport users by Cessnock City Council at a meeting of Airport Users held in our Clubhouse. In brief, the audit highlighted one non-conformance and two observations none of which related to our operations at the airport. The non-conformance was in regard to a difference in the documentation policy between CCC and CASA and the two observations concerned a person on the active side of the fence without a high visibility vest and a dog being allowed to run on the airport.

Don't forget your membership renewal if you have not already subscribed - Contact the Pres (Bob) for bank.

ANNUAL FEES

The good news is that it has not changed for several years now and still sits at $95.00 for full membership and $25.00 for social membershi

NEXT MEETING

9 Aug 2015 and don't forget it's the AGM - new elections and all that jazz.

Other stuff:
Don't forget that the June Meeting will be on 14th June 2015

Get prepared for a working bee - some of the materials have already been delivered to site in preparation for the Clubhouse extensions. In fact, I understand that a few of our members will be making a start on the frame work last Wednesday.

Membership renewals fall due at the end of the month (June). No change to the fees again this year - Full Membership is still $95.00 and Social Membership is $25.00. New members that have joined in the last month and have paid a full year subscription, will be good for the 2015/2016 period. For those wanting to make an EFT deposit, here are the bank details that you will need - Don't forget to make a note on your submission that let's us know who you are.

Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail Celebrations
are coming up in August and part of this celebration of heritage transport in Coffs, will include a DC3 flying from Essendon to Coffs Harbour and return. The trip will be made up of several legs and seats are available for most legs at an early bird rate of $299.00ea. Port Macquarie to Coffs and Coffs to Port Macquarie are the longest legs and they are priced at $345.00 each way. More information and online bookings can be found at <http://coffsharbourrailcentenary.com.au>

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sat 13 June                            Quirindi Aero Club monthly club day and bbq   
Sat 20 June                            Scone Aero Club monthly club day and bbq

Would you like to take part
-in the aerial tracking of the Regent Honeyeater or take a nostalgic flight in a DC3? Well you can. so read on.

A request from Australian National University to any light aircraft owner or pilot that may be interested in assisting in the tracking of the Regent Honeyeater in the Blue Mountains and/or Hunter Valley. Birds equipped with radio tracking devices will be released into the wild and the Uni is looking for volunteers to help track their movements by flying over some inaccessible areas (sounds like tiger country) where the birds are believed to forage in flowering eucalyptus trees. <<CLICK HERE FOR FLYER>>.

NEXT CLUB MEETING - Sunday 3rd May 2015
And don' forget the RA-AUS General meeting on Saturday 2nd May

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN PILOTS ASSOCIATION RELAY OF FLIGHT - HRFC was delighted to be asked to provide the venue for the baton hand over at Cessnock. The Australian Women Pilot's Association are conducting a fund raiser baton relay for Cancer Research. Inspired by personal stories of cancer survivorship and loss within the group, members of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association will exchange the baton from one flight crew to the next on a 13,000 km journey that will take in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. On 4/3/15, the baton arrived from Bankstown by Robinson 44 and was handed from pilot and crew Sandy Taylor, Joanna Murphy and Lisa Wilkin to World Champion Woman Balloon Pilot Nicola Skaife. Early the following morning, Nicola, took Leonie Mason, Michele Patten, Yvette Gulliver and the baton for a one hour balloon ride over the Hunter Valley before Nicola hand it on to Kerry Nolan for the Cessnock to Camden Haven leg in Kerry's Cessna. Both Leonie and Yvette will fly their aircraft in future legs. See photos in the Gallery under Miscellaneous.
Read more or donate at http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/event/women-pilots-relay-of-flight/#HVt8KRyILDr7D61i.99

NEXT CLUB MEETING - Sunday 12th April 2015

Don't forget that the April meeting is on Sunday 12th commencing 11am and closing 12 noon before the regular BBQ lunch.

Remember too that the May meeting will be brought forward a week to 3rd of May avoid a clash with Mother's Day.


RA-AUS GENERAL MEETING - Saturday 2nd May 2015.

HRFC has been asked to host Recreational Aviation Australia's next general meeting to be held at our Clubhouse on Saturday 2nd May 2015. The meeting will commence at 10am and is expected to run for about an hour followed by a Q&A Session before a hot lunch will be available.

It was decided by the committee, that as our monthly club meeting is scheduled for the following day (Sunday 3rd May) we should invite members from other flying clubs within our region to attend the RA-Aus meeting on the Saturday and if they wish, stay over and join us for a big breakfast on the Sunday morning prior to our meeting. An invitation has been sent to all clubs in the area.
Anyone wishing to participate should register in advance if possible to not only assist with catering needs but as we intend to run a few simple events over the weekend, and registering would also enable us to send out any briefings that may be helpful for say an observation / navigation exercise on the way in or similar.

CASA SAFETY SEMINAR - Wednesday 27th May 2015.

Today we received a request from CASA to host the next AvSafety Seminar scheduled for 6pm on Wednesday 27th May. A copy of the CASA  flyer is attached for your information. As usual with these seminars, CASA ask that people intending to participate pre register on the CASA AvSafety website at <http://www.casa.gov.au/avsafety> however, in the past some people have found this process to not be too user friendly so if for any reason you cant pre register, you will be able to register on the night.


 FINAL CONSTITUTION
Please refer to following link.
                                  CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

THE GRANGE - fly-in
Please refer to following link.
                                   CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK AND HERE

CESSNOCK TO ALBANT TRIP
Please refer to following link.
                                         CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

DRAFT CONSTITUTION (AUGUST)
Please refer to following link.
                                          CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

DRAFT CONSTITUTION (JULY)
Please refer to following link.
                                          CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

DESTINATION 'KEEPIT'
Please refer to following link.
                                           CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

HRFC RECORDS

Please refer to following link.
                                            CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK


Cessnock Airport Adopted Fees

Please refer to following link.
                                               CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LINK

Some sad news

Most of our members will know Lyle Kennedy, a life member of Hunter Recreational Flying Club and a tireless worker for our group. Unfortunately, after a long illness Lyle's wife Shirley passed away earlier this week.

As I am sure that many of you would wish to send Lyle a sympathy card, flowers or attend the funeral, I have listed below, Lyle's address and the funeral arrangements as I understand them. Official notification of the funeral arrangements will be published on Saturday.


The Great Tiger Moth Race:

On April 25th this year (ANZAC Day), the Great Tiger Moth Air Race will be run between Sydney and Port Macquarie. The last time that this event was held was in 2003 and this year the race is expected to attract up to 50 Tigers. For more information, this link will take you to the relevant web site.<http://tigerairrace.com/>

While on the subject of the Tiger Race, The organizers are looking for ground assistance volunteers for various tasks and locations along the way. Below is a list of the various tasks and if any member is interested in volunteering their time to help, I am sure it would be appreciated. There is a phone number and Email address for Richard Brougham at the bottom if you would like to be involved.  

Also, we have had a request from a Tiger Moth owner for temporary hangarage for a period of about three weeks (about two weeks prior and one week after the race) so if anyone has hangar space available for this period, please let me know or contact John Murphy direct at Pt Macquarie on 0428 654 835.  
                                           CLICK HERE TO SEE ATTACHED SHEET FOR FURTHER INFO

Fly-out to Yarrawa:

You may recall that a day trip to Yarrawa planned before Christmas was postponed until the new year to fit with the strip owner's flying commitments - Well, at the last meeting it was decided to delay it little longer until the weather improves.  If the current rain persists, it may settle the dust and may even allow some grass to grow back on the strip. I will keep you informed.

Aircraft & Hangar Shares for sale or rent:

I have prepared a database to list member's aircraft for sale and hangar shares that are available for sale or rent as well as members that are looking for hangar space. Thought it may help members if we have a better knowledge of what is available and can direct inquiries to potential sellers etc.So, if you have an aircraft for sale, a hangar space that is for sale or rent or if you are a potential buyer or renter, let me know and I will try to match buyers with sellers.

Christmas lunch.

Don't forget that the December meeting (8th December) is the last meeting until February 2014 and will be followed by a Christmas lunch. Lunch will be a two course meal including tea/coffee and soft drinks at $15 per head. A wine raffle will be held with tickets at $1 each or 6 for $5 - There will be a first, second and third prize. For catering purposes, please let us know numbers if you plan to attend - either drop us an email, phone call or put you name on the board in the Club meeting room. Look forward to seeing you there.

Fly out to Yarrawa.

At our last meeting, a fly-out to Yarrawa (a private strip near Denman NSW) was proposed for Sunday 24th. However this date does not suit the owner of the strip who has other commitments over the next few weekends. A new date will be set and I will keep members advised. With Christmas almost here, it may be necessary to postpone this one until the new year. Will keep you informed.

Airport operating hours (Cessnock): this is an extract from the CCC Airport Operations Guidelines (Fly Neighborly Policy).

3.1.1 Confine all flights to reasonable hours, ie. after 0800 hrs local time.

Circuit training to be carried out between 0800 and 2200hrs local time (refer to section 7).

3.1.2 Restrict night circuit flying from last light to 2200 hrs local time, and where possible, on
Aerodrome-Operational Policy & User Guidelines 6 one or two nominated nights only per week. Night VFR (visual flight rules), navigation flights and charter flights using the airport for departure and arrivals will have minimal effect, and can operate outside these hours.

3.1.3 Runway 35 is to be used for departures and arrivals in nil wind, light and variable
conditions, and where a crosswind is at 90 degrees to the runway.
This will reduce the noise level experienced by residents of Nulkaba (refer to section 6).

3.1.4 Avoid continuous low flying over farm houses or farm sheds.........


Taxiway between hangar rows:

As mentioned at our last meeting, Keith McGeachie has provided a quote to provide a 4m wide by 45mm thick Hotmix taxiway between our two rows of hangars.  Obviously, it would only be viable if a majority of hangars owners were in agreement to proceed. The proposal does not include the apron in front of the hangars (this would be subject to individual quotes if required). The cost for the taxiway would be $2500 per hangar assuming that opposite hangars agree (I guess that half a taxiway will not work ). If owners would prefer a taxiway at both ends of their hangars, the cost per hangar would increase to $5500.00. Again this excludes the apron. To check out the surface offered, you can inspect the new apron at both ends of hangar four.


AGM: For those that did not make it

to the August meeting, the AGM provided little change - the previous committee members were re elected unopposed with the exception of Don Laverick who decided that after 8 years as a committee member, it was time for  change and did not stand for re-election. Laurie Macey accepted nomination and was duly elected to fill the position vacated by Don. Thanks for the eight years Don and congratulations Laurie.

Visit by the Lower Hunter District Scouts:
We have agreed to host the Lower Hunter District Scouts  Air Activity Day to be held on Saturday 7th September. This function has previously been held at Camden but in order to reduce travel costs it will be held at Cessnock this year. This is an all day affair (8am to 3:30pm) and involves about 60 scouts and their supervisors. I will be meeting with their representative next week and will provide more detail following the meeting.


Draft Cessnock Airport Strategic Plan:

The CCC has now released the plan for public  exhibition - here is a link to the document.
                                    <<   Click here  >>


Casa Safety Seminar:

There will be another CASA Safety Seminar held at the Club on Thursday 31st October 2013. It is an evening event commencing at 6pm. The topic is Regulation Changes - Are you ready? Members and visitors wishing to attend should register on line - Refer to the attached CASA Invitation for further information


Destiny Fly-in & Camp-Over 4th May -

This invitation is to members that want to attend the Upper Hunter Wine & Food Affair at Deman. Full details are available on the Club Website. Before setting off, Members are reminded to check out details of the strip and if you have any concerns, there is a Plan B. Members can fly into Yarrawa and be transported by road if you prefer.

Eddie Seve's OzRunways Presentation at RNAC. Saturday May 11th.

 (Invitation/agenda click here).

Fly-out to Tumbarumba Flying Club 27thApril.

This date has not been confirmed and will be open for discussion at Sunday's meeting. This is not a regular Fly-in but an invitation to our members arranged by Glen Brasier so we need to inform the Tumbi Club of our intentions. If there has been insufficient notice or if members would prefer, this trip can be rescheduled for a date in Spring. A decision needs to be made on Sunday.

Club Wine.

At the last meeting a decision was made to purchase some wine as a fund raiser for the Club. We have taken delivery of a few dozen bottles of a 2011 Hunter Shiraz which is now available for purchase at $10 per bottle or $96 per dozen - a saving of $2 per bottle.

Hangar Space Available.

Eddie will be relocating his aircraft to Wedderburn and his hangar space will become available for rent. Interested members should speak to Eddie for further details.

Printing from iPad.

For those that are looking for a way to print maps from your iPad now that they are approved by CASA - You may be interested in "FingerPrint" from Collobos Software. If you have a printer attached to your desktop and your desktop is attached to a wireless router, "FingerPrint" can make your printer accessable to your iPad or iPhone. I have it and it works great! Free 30 day trial and $20 to purchase - beats buying a new air printer. Google FingerPrint and check it out.

OzRunways now CASA Approved!

OzRunways hinted at it only a few days ago, but it is official: OzRunways is now an approved data vendor under CAR 233(1)(h).
This means you can now use any version of OzRunways EFB as source for Maps, ERSA, DAPs and AIP.
This is a blanket approval for the current version of OzRunways as well as the upcoming 3.0, which will be officially announced at NATFLY this weekend and will be ready for you to update after Easter.

Destiny Fly-in and Camp-over May 4th 2013

The Club has received an invitation for members to attend the Destiny Fly-in & Camp-over in the Upper Hunter Valley on May 4th. This fly-in coincides with the UPPER HUNTER WINE & FOOD AFFAIR at Denman so should be a good weekend. A copy of the invitation with information and contact details is attached.
                                 Click here for more info

OzRunway Seminar - Eddie Seve

Another iPad/OzRunways Presentation - Mid April 2013 date to be advised.
Eddie Seve has been asked ro run the iPad/OzRunways presentation at RNAC Rutherford around mid April and HRFC members that may have missed our session (or those that would like a re run) are invited to attend. Contact Eddie for details.


27 April 2013 (tenative)
Fly Out - Tumbarumba

Tentative date Saturday 27th April 2013
Our Club has been invited to visit the Tumbarumba Flying Club and it has been left to us to suggest a date sometime in Autumn or Spring. As winter is fast approaching, a tentative date of Saturday 27th April has been suggested but this can be discussed further at the April Meeting (14th April).


23 March 2013
Port Macquarie - Fly & Spy

Club members are invited to attend the Port Macquarie Club's Fly & Spy 2013 to be held on Saturday March 23rd. Details can be found on the attached invitation.
                                             Click here for further info

Thanks to Eddie

Thanks go to Eddie SEVE for his professional and informative presentation on Saturday 2 March relating to OzRunway Flight Plan submissions and associated materials.  Extremely favourable
comments have been passed from those that attended.  Well Done Eddie.

SAAA Fly-in at The Mission - March 9th 2013

HRFC Members have been invited to attend the SAAA Chapter 11 Fly-in at "The Mission" on Saturday March 9th.
Any member interested in attending will need to check out the strip details and gain prior approval before flying in. Strip details can be found on the Mission's website http://www.themissions1937.com.au/airstrip/.


17 February 2013

Lyle takes to the air.

Lyle Kennedy has finally taken his raffle prize joy flight and can't get the smile off his face. Several Club Members were there to see Lyle spend half an hour in Tim Windsor's Yac 52 taking part in simulated bombing raids and a range of aerobatics over the airfield. Before the prize flight, Lyle spent some time in the simulator and took a joy ride in one of the Tecnams to make a day of it.

For those that don't know Lyle, he is a life member and tireless worker for the Club who has recently undergone surgery to remove his nose due to cancer, his recovery is not yet to a stage where he can be fitted with prostheses but that will come soon.

Thanks too to Tim Windsor and "Top Red Warbirds"(<www.topredwarbirds.com.au>) for presenting Lyle with a video of the entire flight and his generous gesture in waiving the charge to the Club.


8 Feb 2013

Blue Mountains FlyOver

2013 is the 200th anniversary of the first crossing by settlers. We are organising a Blue Mountains Flyover.
Attached is a package explaining what it is all about and how we intend to do it. Included is a registration form that we will need submitted prior to the deadline of 14 April.
We are encouraging all types of aviation to take part, a ‘bonding’ experience. Formations are more than welcome, so if you are formation rated and have a partner that you fly around with, team up as an entry.

We, and the team at Businesses Supporting the Bicentenary, look forward to the returned forms and working with you on the day.

Matt Hall.
www.matthallracing.com

                                           Click here to see further info and Entry Form




Keith's Flying School gets advanced simulator

Last week, Keith McGeachie's flying school "Recreational Aviation Newcastle" acquired the use of Ben Reddall's simulator for evaluation as an advanced VFR training aid.  Over the Australia Day long weekend those of us in attendance i.e. "Test Pilots" agreed that it has all of the characteristics of the School's Tecnam plus many advanced features that could prove to be invaluable to any modern flying school. Ben is to be commended for developing an excellent product and in particular for making it available to "our" flying school.  Photos can be seen in the "Member's Aircraft" gallery as well as on Keith's website ( www.ranewcastle.com.au ).

Ben will be in attendance at our next meeting (February 10th) to demonstrate the advantages that this simulator has over others that are currently available.




CASA Safety Seminar

A further C.A.S.A. Safety talk has been scheduled for 6pm March 12th, 2013 at our clubhouse.  The speaker will be Kiym Anquetil (Aviation Safety Advisor NSW/ACT) who will discuss C.A.S.A., Airservices, BOM and ATSB websites.  All members and guests are invited to attend.  There will be a small charge for dinner - C.A.S.A. is NOT providing any financial inducements this year.

PROPOSED CLUB EVENTS FOR 2013

The committee is seeking input from members to prepare a calendar for events for the year.  There have been several suggestions put forward including reciprical Breakfast/Lunches with one or two other Clubs (Scone, Gluoster, Mudgee etc), Fly-out BBQ to Yarrawa, a Club Flyout to Albion Park Museum, an overnighter to Old Bar or Middlebrook Station.  Visits from one or two Car Clubs (similar to the one last year).

We want these events to be well supported to please bring your ideas to the next meeting (10th Feb 2013).  we will also be scheduling a few training/refresher session as we did last year.



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PROPOSED CLUB EVENTS FOR 2013


The committee is seeking input from members to prepare a calendar for events for the year.  There have been several suggestions put forward including reciprical Breakfast/Lunches with one or two other Clubs (Scone, Gluoster, Mudgee etc), Fly-out BBQ to Yarrawa, a Club Flyout to Albion Park Museum, an overnighter to Old Bar or Middlebrook Station.  Visits from one or two Car Clubs (similar to the one last year).

We want these events to be well supported to please bring your ideas to the next meeting (10th Feb 2013).  we will also be scheduling a few training/refresher session as we did last year.

1 Feb 2013

Lyle's Aerobatic Flight
Lyle Kennedy flight (prize) has been re-scheduled to Feb 17th.  

NSW Sports Aircraft Club Fly-In

Set for 3 Feb 2013 ... click here to see attachment


Next Club Meeting - 10 February 2013

Our next club meeting will be held on the 10 February at 11am followed by our traditional BBQ...
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Of Note

Since October 2012 we have been holding a wine raffle at each meeting.  This has proved quite successful.

Winners to-date:    Murray Edwards, Jenny Murdoch, Jeannie Gould and Keith McGeachie has won a framed photograph/picture.

Lyle's Aerobatic Flight
Lyle Kennedy is scheduled to take his aerobatic flight raffle prize at 10am on Feb 10th just prior to our February meeting and BBQ.  Thanks to Tim Windsor and Top Red Warbirds.

BBQ Menu
The club will introduce some further menu options commencing at the BBQ following the Feb meeting.

Club Meeting - December

On the 9 December we held our last meeting for the year.

The meeting was followed by a GREAT xmas party - attended by approx 80 people.  A fabulous meal meal was provided (many thanks to all those involved in the organising and preparation of the food).  

It was good to see many visitors, non-flyers and members at the function.


April Meeting

Due to our April meeting date coinciding with the Easter long weekend, the meeting for April has been cancelled.

The next general meeting will be 6 May, the first Sunday of the month - to avoid the clash with Mothers day.

Mowing

Hangar 8 is responsible for mowing in February/March

Gunnedah Aero Club - CASA Lecture - 24 September
The Gunnedah aero club is hosting a CASA Lecture on aging Aero planes. I hope you will be able to come and support the Gunnedah club as it hosts the day.

CASA will present the talk from 9.00am on the 24th of September at the club and will finish with a BBQ 12.00 noon. It is put on for the benefit of all our local pilots.

After the BBQ there will be an inter club comp through till 4.30pm then drinks. For those who want to stay over for the activities the next day billets will be found for you or I can suggest accommodation in town.

The next days activities will be one of two options. One BBQ at Narrabri at about 12.00 noon or TWO glider at Lake Keepit with BBQ.

If you can support the club and hear what CASA has to say I will appreciate it.

If you would like a billet please email mail Sam - samboclift@hotmail.com
Gunnedah Club Captain.
Spare seats for flyin's

If you are going to a flyin and have a spare seat you wouldn't mind being occupied by a passenger, please let us know.
There are often people looking to come along.

Please contact club Secretary - Leighton:
leighton.judd@gmail.com
0407 564 174
Kempsey Flying Club is Turning 50!
Note: this event is on the same day as our HRFC Meeting.

Fellow flying enthusiasts from Gloucester, Cessnock, Taree, South Grafton, Evans Head, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Luskintre, Scone, Ballina and Armidale are invited to attend Kempsey Flying Club’s 50th Birthday Fly-In Celebrations!
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2011
Venue: Kempsey Flying Club, Kempsey Airport
Time: 8am start
Catering: BBQ Breakfast and Morning Tea provided (at minimal cost)

For further information and to register your attendance, please contact Club President Graeme Smith, telephone 02 6566 9231, mobile 0428 275 610 or email him at Susannah.Smith714@gmail.com
Lawlor Winery Marathon 7am-1pm Sun 17th July
For details of this activity go to the events listing.

Funeral Notice Don Gould
Sadly, one of the Club's foundation members, Don Gould passed away on Tuesday night.
His funeral will be held at 10am on Monday 4th July at the Palmdale Crematorium, Palmdale Rd Palmdale 2258. A wake will follow the service at the Munmorah Bowling Club on the corner of Acacia Ave and Colongra Bay Rd Lake Munmorah.
The Club extends its deepest sympathies to Jeanie, his family and friends.

Clubhouse Extension Working Bee 17/4/11
What a good Club we have. A large turnout of volunteers helped erect the steelwork for the clubhouse extension on Sunday 17th April. Thanks to Keith McGeachie for the excavation and formwork and Don Laverick for arranging materials and concrete finishers. Ron West and Don cut out the two main arches and Dave Freestone welded them up. Other helpers were Fred, Lyle, Jenny, Phil, Bob Barry, Bob Finch, Reg, John Arthurson, Don Ramsay, Chris, Harry, Leighton and Murray Edwards. Thanks to all. Apologies to anyone I may have overlooked. See some more photos in the picture gallery.    

Clubhouse extension Working Bee Sunday 17th April
Vounteers required for steel erection of clubhouse extension on Sunday 17th April. Bring your gloves, PPE any any other tools that could be useful. Work starts at 8.00 am. If you can make it give Chris Stewart a call 0419486125 or just turn up. Thanks

Scone Aeroclub Fly in Sunday 13th Feb
Scone Aeroclub is hosting a fly in on Sunday 13th Feb. This clashes with our meeting day but it is still a good activity for those who feel the need to fly that day. Ther will also be a tour of the Pay hangar about midday. Their email address is in the Latest Events section.

Hangar for rent
A hangar space is now available for rental in hangar three for approx. 6 months. Anyone interested should contact Geoff Eather on 49472393 or 0405181122 or email geather@bigbond.net.au Please note that anyone renting a hangar spot must be, or must become a financial HRFC member.

13 - 19 March 2011 - Fly Away & Discover Victoria
Fly Away & Discover Victoria - there will be five day trips based out of Bendigo.
Bendigo is a Historical Gold town with numerous attractions to visit on the non flying days.
The pilots will be responsible for their own accommodation – there is no camping on the airfield
If you are interested in going and for more information, please contact:
Mike Roche 0408203362

Revfest event 14th Nov
All members please be advised that the Revfest event that was to take place on Oct 31 has now been rescheduled for Sunday 14 November. This is our monthly meeting day so please be aware that there could be some delays accessing the taxiway after the starting time of midday. The event organisers have amended the access arrangements and will be entering the venue via a gate off DeBeyers Rd and should not encroach on our premises at all now.

Membership Fees 2010 - 2011
Members please note. Fees for this year are-
Full membership with voting rights $95.00
Social membership $25.00
Rejoining fee after Sept meeting $40.00

Club working bee 15th May
The working bee held on May 15th was a huge success. A BIG thankyou to all who were able to attend on such short notice. Three projects were completed. The main gates were fitted to their new posts together with new star picket and wire fencing. A metre of slag was moved from near the hangar 8 fenceline and used to repair the potholed access road and the storeage container had a corrugated iron roof installed complete with whirly bird fume extractor. This was a great club effort, thankyou.    

Funeral Notice
Members please note that the funeral of Paul Caban, the son of HRFC member Fred Caban will be held at Pettigrews Wallsend at 2pm on Monday 10th May. The Club extends its deepest sympathies to Fred , his family and friends.
Hangar availability
Members please note! A temporary hangar spot is available in hangar 3 untill the end of September. Contact Geoff Eather mob. 0405181122 or email geather@bigpond.net.au for details.

Seniors Visit to HRFC 24th March 201
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An approach from CCC and Airport Management for the Club to host a morning tea for a group of senior citizens was agreed to at our last meeting and volunteers called for. The visit was a great success with 12 people attending accompanied by Jessica Forbes from CCC and Lyndon Baker from ALC. A huge thankyou to Joan and Ron West, Rhonda and John Arthurson, Anne and Mike Roche, Reg Connors, Lyle Kennedy, Bob Finch, Robyn Stewart and anyone I have overlooked for this great Club effort.

Nancy Bird-Walton Memorial Tower Opening 7/11/09
The Nancy Bird-Walton Memorial Tower at Luskintyre Airfield was officially opened by the Mayor of Maitland, Peter Blackmore on Saturday 7th Nov. 2009. About thirty aeroplanes flew in to celebrate the opening which was attended by approximately 250 people including many HRFC members..    

New Years Day Dawn Patrol from Luskintyre 2010
Six aeroplanes took off at first light on Friday morning in an attempt to see the years first sunrise from the air. Five from Luskintyre, including a pristine 1944 model Beechcraft Staggerwing, three Tigers and a Cessna and a Karatoo from Cessnock made the flight to Newcastle Beach, then down the coast to Swansea before returning to Luskintyre for a cooked breakfast. Cloud obscured the sunrise but the flight was one of the smoothest I can remember.    

Weather Forcasts using the Internet and GPS
The weather GPS tutorial presented by Kevin White and Eddie Seve last Saturday was a great success from all reports. Anne-Marie took lots of photo's which can be seen on her album. Congratulations to presenters and attendees.    

HRFC Flyout to Old Bar 20/9/09
This months relocated flyout provided some challenges to the crews who were able to make the flight. There was a precautionary diversion to Wallis Island for the X-Air and bushfire smoke to hamper visability on the return from Taree. Denis Gracie and his brother Ian met us at Old Bar and stayed for hamburger,chips and Coke lunch. They had recently mown and groomed the strip and it looked great. They are having their annual festival there on Oct 3rd & 4th to which the Club is welcome to attend    

Grangeview Fly-in 12/09/09
What a fabulous day this was. Clear skies, no turbulence, mild weather, good company and great food, even if we did have to volunteer to man the BBQ. Thanks to George and Fran for their hospitality and we look forward to another visit next year.    

Wanted to Buy.
Hangar space at Cessnock airfield.
Ph 0249772889 home
Ph 0249771004 work
Mob 0425312341
Dave Freestone

HRFC Monthly Flyout. Yarrawa 19 07 09
This months Club flyout to Yarrawa was a great success. Seven aeroplanes and twelve people made the flight. Arrival times ranged from 10am till a little after midday. The wind was 25kts @ 270 deg. so we all enjoyed a quick flight home. Thanks to Christine and Peter for their hospitality and to the participants for their enthusiasm and morning teas supplied. Hope you can make it to our next outing to Old Bar on August 16th.    

Spare seats for flyin's

If you are going to a flyin and have a spare seat you wouldn't mind being occupied by a passenger, please let us know. There are often people looking to come along. Please contact club Secretary - Leighton: leighton.judd@gmail.com 0407 564 174

Kempsey Flying Club is Turning 50! Note: this event is on the same day as our HRFC Meeting. Fellow flying enthusiasts from Gloucester, Cessnock, Taree, South Grafton, Evans Head, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Luskintre, Scone, Ballina and Armidale are invited to attend Kempsey Flying Club’s 50th Birthday Fly-In Celebrations! Date: Sunday, September 11, 2011 Venue: Kempsey Flying Club, Kempsey Airport Time: 8am start Catering: BBQ Breakfast and Morning Tea provided (at minimal cost) For further information and to register your attendance, please contact Club President Graeme Smith, telephone 02 6566 9231, mobile 0428 275 610 or email him at Susannah.Smith714@gmail.com

Lawlor Winery Marathon 7am-1pm Sun 17th July For details of this activity go to the events listing.

Funeral Notice Don Gould Sadly, one of the Club's foundation members, Don Gould passed away on Tuesday night. His funeral will be held at 10am on Monday 4th July at the Palmdale Crematorium, Palmdale Rd Palmdale 2258. A wake will follow the service at the Munmorah Bowling Club on the corner of Acacia Ave and Colongra Bay Rd Lake Munmorah. The Club extends its deepest sympathies to Jeanie, his family and friends.

Clubhouse Extension Working Bee 17/4/11 What a good Club we have. A large turnout of volunteers helped erect the steelwork for the clubhouse extension on Sunday 17th April. Thanks to Keith McGeachie for the excavation and formwork and Don Laverick for arranging materials and concrete finishers. Ron West and Don cut out the two main arches and Dave Freestone welded them up. Other helpers were Fred, Lyle, Jenny, Phil, Bob Barry, Bob Finch, Reg, John Arthurson, Don Ramsay, Chris, Harry, Leighton and Murray Edwards. Thanks to all. Apologies to anyone I may have overlooked. See some more photos in the picture gallery.

Clubhouse extension Working Bee Sunday 17th April

Vounteers required for steel erection of clubhouse extension on Sunday 17th April. Bring your gloves, PPE any any other tools that could be useful. Work starts at 8.00 am. If you can make it give Chris Stewart a call 0419486125 or just turn up. Thanks

Scone Aeroclub Fly in Sunday 13th Feb

Scone Aeroclub is hosting a fly in on Sunday 13th Feb. This clashes with our meeting day but it is still a good activity for those who feel the need to fly that day. Ther will also be a tour of the Pay hangar about midday. Their email address is in the Latest Events section.

Hangar for rent

A hangar space is now available for rental in hangar three for approx. 6 months. Anyone interested should contact Geoff Eather on 49472393 or 0405181122 or email geather@bigbond.net.au Please note that anyone renting a hangar spot must be, or must become a financial HRFC member.
13 - 19 March 2011 - Fly Away & Discover Victoria

Fly Away & Discover Victoria - there will be five day trips based out of Bendigo.
Bendigo is a Historical Gold town with numerous attractions to visit on the non flying days.
The pilots will be responsible for their own accommodation – there is no camping on the airfield
If you are interested in going and for more information, please contact:
Mike Roche 0408203362
Revfest event 14th Nov

All members please be advised that the Revfest event that was to take place on Oct 31 has now been rescheduled for Sunday 14 November. This is our monthly meeting day so please be aware that there could be some delays accessing the taxiway after the starting time of midday. The event organisers have amended the access arrangements and will be entering the venue via a gate off DeBeyers Rd and should not encroach on our premises at all now.
Membership Fees 2010 - 2011

Members please note.
Fees for this year are-
Full membership with voting rights $95.00
Social membership $25.00
Rejoining fee after Sept meeting $40.00
Club working bee 15th May

The working bee held on May 15th was a huge success. A BIG thankyou to all who were able to attend on such short notice. Three projects were completed. The main gates were fitted to their new posts together with new star picket and wire fencing. A metre of slag was moved from near the hangar 8 fenceline and used to repair the potholed access road and the storeage container had a corrugated iron roof installed complete with whirly bird fume extractor. This was a great club effort, thankyou.
 
Funeral Notice
Members please note that the funeral of Paul Caban, the son of HRFC member Fred Caban will be held at Pettigrews Wallsend at 2pm on Monday 10th May. The Club extends its deepest sympathies to Fred , his family and friends.
Hangar availability

Members please note! A temporary hangar spot is available in hangar 3 untill the end of September. Contact Geoff Eather mob. 0405181122 or email geather@bigpond.net.au for details.

Seniors Visit to HRFC 24th March 2010


An approach from CCC and Airport Management for the Club to host a morning tea for a group of senior citizens was agreed to at our last meeting and volunteers called for. The visit was a great success with 12 people attending accompanied by Jessica Forbes from CCC and Lyndon Baker from ALC. A huge thankyou to Joan and Ron West, Rhonda and John Arthurson, Anne and Mike Roche, Reg Connors, Lyle Kennedy, Bob Finch, Robyn Stewart and anyone I have overlooked for this great Club effort.
Nancy Bird-Walton Memorial Tower Opening 7/11/09

The Nancy Bird-Walton Memorial Tower at Luskintyre Airfield was officially opened by the Mayor of Maitland, Peter Blackmore on Saturday 7th Nov. 2009. About thirty aeroplanes flew in to celebrate the opening which was attended by approximately 250 people including many HRFC members..
 
New Years Day Dawn Patrol from Luskintyre 2010

Six aeroplanes took off at first light on Friday morning in an attempt to see the years first sunrise from the air. Five from Luskintyre, including a pristine 1944 model Beechcraft Staggerwing, three Tigers and a Cessna and a Karatoo from Cessnock made the flight to Newcastle Beach, then down the coast to Swansea before returning to Luskintyre for a cooked breakfast. Cloud obscured the sunrise but the flight was one of the smoothest I can remember.
 
Weather Forcasts using the Internet and GPS

The weather GPS tutorial presented by Kevin White and Eddie Seve last Saturday was a great success from all reports. Anne-Marie took lots of photo's which can be seen on her album. Congratulations to presenters and attendees.
 
HRFC Flyout to Old Bar 20/9/09

This months relocated flyout provided some challenges to the crews who were able to make the flight. There was a precautionary diversion to Wallis Island for the X-Air and bushfire smoke to hamper visability on the return from Taree. Denis Gracie and his brother Ian met us at Old Bar and stayed for hamburger,chips and Coke lunch. They had recently mown and groomed the strip and it looked great. They are having their annual festival there on Oct 3rd & 4th to which the Club is welcome to attend
      
Grangeview Fly-in 12/09/09

What a fabulous day this was. Clear skies, no turbulence, mild weather, good company and great food, even if we did have to volunteer to man the BBQ. Thanks to George and Fran for their hospitality and we look forward to another visit next year.
 
Wanted to Buy.

Hangar space at Cessnock airfield.

Ph 0249772889 home
Ph 0249771004 work
Mob 0425312341
Dave Freestone
HRFC Monthly Flyout. Yarrawa 19 07 09

This months Club flyout to Yarrawa was a great success. Seven aeroplanes and twelve people made the flight. Arrival times ranged from 10am till a little after midday. The wind was 25kts @ 270 deg. so we all enjoyed a quick flight home. Thanks to Christine and Peter for their hospitality and to the participants for their enthusiasm and morning teas supplied. Hope you can make it to our next outing to Old Bar on August 16th.
 

 
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