New Aircraft Hire Agreement

An information session was held on 29th December going through the new Aircraft Hire Agreement which goes live on 3 January 2022. A recording of the Zoom session is available for viewing below.

Hugo Wansey is available by phone or email to answer any specific questions members may have about the new agreement.

In short ..

  1. The existing booking system is still used to reserve the aircraft for the hire dates, (however it will be upgraded in the near future), and
  2. At the time of the hire, the Hire Agreement Form is filled out and submitted by the hirer of the aircraft.
    The terms in the Hire Agreement are mostly predicated by the requirements of our insurer.

Events coming up

Our 2022 Events Calendar has been released, and will be in digital form this year, rather than printed and mailed out to our members. You can download and print the full calendar yourself here , or keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.

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Children’s Christmas Party

VH-BAC managed to safely deliver Santa to the club once again to the delight of the member’s children & grandchildren. His elves had prepared food, craft activities, and of-course all the kids received a present from Santa.

Many thanks to everyone who helped, but especially the Head Elf Margaret Collins for her efforts with the gifts.

AGM 2021 – New Board Elected

Bathurst Aero Club welcomes three new board members who were recently elected at the clubs Annual General Meeting.

Lenka Melville, Jock Crossing and Steve Ruttley have now joined the board and will contribute to the management and running of the club. We wish Lenka, Jock and Steve all the best in their new roles. Congratulations Steve, Lenka and Jock.

It was a very special AGM as a number of longstanding board members retired, most notably Jerry Trevor-Jones who after 60 odd years handed the Treasurer’s role over to Kingsley Picker. Many thanks to Jerry for your commitment to the club and congratulations to Kingsley.

Also Ian Johnson was elected President, David Druitt was elected Vice President and Jock Crossing was elected club Secretary.

Other elected and returning board members include Hugo Wansey, Trevor Hill, Michelle O’Hare and John Marston, congratulations to each of you. I look forward to taking up the role of President for the coming year and working with the board to deliver ongoing services to the club’s members. 

Ian Johnson
President, Bathurst Aero Club  

Annual Dinner 2021

A great evening with over fifty members and guests making the event a really positive contrast to the restrictions and uncertainties of 2021. A major highlight was the excellent presentation from guest speaker Owen Zupp describing the epic story of his father’s life – one lived to the full but without fanfare.

It was not possible to make any of the usual awards due to the lack of flying activity in 2021. However the President exercised his prerogative to make awards recognising the efforts of members who have “gone above and beyond …”. So two Presidents Awards were made –

One to Michelle O’Hare for her efforts to promote aviation to youth, publish our monthly safety bulletin and trying to organise fly aways, Pilot Development Days, and seminars, and the other to Hugo Wansey for mammoth task of reviewing the Club’s insurance cover and hire agreement.

Another special “award” was made to Spencer Ferrier for his invaluable legal advice assisting Hugo.

The President made special acknowledgment of the service of retiring Board members Jerry Trevor Jones and Frank Wells. After decades of dedicated service to the Club, Jerry is stepping away from any official roles but won’t be going very far away!