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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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