… and … we’re back!!

As the lockdowns ease, we have a few events still on the calendar for 2021. Unfortunately, the Flyaway for the 16th – 17th October is cancelled due to the ongoing border closures but we do have a –

*  Pilot Proficiency Day on Sunday 24th October. Bookings are now open.

Club Seminar Sunday 31st October starting at 4:00pm. Catherine Fitzsimons from Ward Air will host the discussion around IFR and VFR operations interacting at Bathurst aerodrome. Changes to COVID restrictions allow the seminar to be held in person!

*  Flyaway to Temora Saturday 14th November.

*  Annual General Meeting Monday 22nd November – all members are strongly encouraged to attend.

*  Children’s Christmas Party Sunday 5th December for which the elves need some info! Please advise by the 14th November the first names, age and gender of those children who are attending.

VH-BAC Operations

Our Club aircraft is now back online for hire with the following limitations until the new cylinders are run in after at least another 10 hours of operation –

·      No circuits

·      Minimum ground running as required to perform the appropriate pre takeoff checks.

·      No operations above 8000 feet

·      Maintain at least 75% power in cruise

·      Maintain oil level at 6 quarts using the mineral oil in the baggage compartment only.

·      Also please note the Turn Coordinator has been removed for repair so no Night VFR or IFR flights.

Also from the October Board Meeting

The meeting opened with a minute’s silence in remembrance of Club life member John Honeyman RIP.
(Pictured (centre) below cutting the Bathurst Aero Club’s 80th Birthday cake)

o   The recent edition of the Bathurst Aero Club Safety Spotlight has been well received.  David congratulated Michelle on such a professional education initiative for the Club.

o   Fuel sales were up on last month.

o   Trevor and David will be having a working bee on the 31st of October to install cable trays under the eaves of the club to restrain the electrical conduits.

o   Frank and David installed the replacement main entrance doors last week. Key access remains as before.

o   The Board agreed to a request by L2F that they paint the upstairs area.

o   The new interactive hire agreement is with the web designers to build the template. This is one of the most important initiatives taken in recent times by the Club. David congratulated Hugo for his tireless work on this,

o   BAC insurance is due next month and cover details are being reviewed 

o   The Australian Women’s Pilot Association will be holding a fundraiser in the Clubhouse on the 6th November. The Club’s will support for the event by waiving charges for hiring the Clubhouse and assistance with the BBQ.

o   The recently reframed historic photos have been hung in the Clubhouse by Greg and David

o   Ian is pushing for the new signage at the Clubhouse entrance to be installed in time for the Annual Dinner.

o   The defibrillator will be mounted on the inside wall to the left of the main entrance doors.

o   A guest speaker for the dinner has been tentatively arranged.

o   The Bathurst Aero Club will be included in the Bathurst Community Directory for 2022

Colouring & Drawing Competition

A huge congratulations to our winners of our Colouring Competition announced recently . Prize packs have been sent out and we thank all our budding artists and especially organiser Michelle O’Hare for her time and efforts.

Colouring Competition Winning Entry by Zara.
Drawing Competition Winning Entry by Julia

Pilot Proficiency Day

The latest PPD was held in Bathurst on Sunday 20th June for club pilots. WardAir Flight Instructor Luke Patterson led the pilots through the activities, and his report of the day is below.

“The chosen activity for Sunday’s Pilot Proficiency Day was Stall recognition and recovery. Thankfully we were greeted with clear skies for the morning flights and were able to get under way. Pilots were briefed that exercise wouldn’t commence below 6000′ AMSL and that HASELL checks needed to be completed. On the way up to 6000′ we chatted about why the stall occurs, symptoms of the impending stall and the appropriate recovery technique.

Those pilots who undertook the stalling exercise performed well with their recoveries and return to normal flight. Some experienced a wing drop and were quite surprised by it. This is why it’s important to practice stall recovery often.
Unfortunately, cloud developed after the lunch break. We practiced steep turns and recovery from spiral dives instead. Pilots who practiced recovery from the spiral dive were surprised at how quickly the airspeed and rate of descent increased.

Lastly, the wind that developed after lunch was just enough for some pilots to practice their crosswind technique.
It was a busy but rewarding day with most slots booked and it was pleasing to see the skill and enthusiasm shown by Club pilots. Nice work.”

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