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  1. 16 points
    If I could offer an opinion at this point of the discussion it would be this, My life experiences would suggest that steve runciman is not a manageable personality an as such does not have flexability and leadership skills to utilise for the benefit of the board. What skills he does have appear to be used in bullying and stand over tactics. If my understanding is correct he has no place as our president or on the board. His two off siders although lead by him are no better. I don't doubt all three of them believe they have done nothing wrong but what they fail to see is this type of leadership is something belonging in the 1930s. It's time we made a great big jump into the 21 century. Their inability to change with the times and adopt a more professional and open style of management means they must go and soon. The rest of the board can be judged at election time. Their performance may well shine with the removal of these bullies. Their failure to provide Jim Tatlock with documents he requires to carry out his role has for me signed their death warrant.
  2. 15 points
  3. 15 points
    Man. Cant win hey. Some people say there isnt enough communication from the board. Some people say that maj should check everything he says with the board. It doesnt say "RAA board member" in his handle. This is not the official RAA website. He has been posting as Maj for years before he was on the board. He qualifies his statements as not being the views of the board (unless he is actually expressing board views). Whats the problem here people? Cant you see the resource for what it is. You have the ear of a board member here. He is willing to take comment and give some. I sence the axes are being grinned in the background here and its got little to do with Ross expressing his "qualified" opinion on jabiru engines. lets not forget, this dude has been fixing (and operating) aeroplane engines professionally since long before jabiru were around:)
  4. 14 points
    I was passing by Bowen NQ airport late yesterday, when I noticed a strange Lightwing parked there. Being a Lightwing owner it didn't take much for me to turn into the airport, and investigate. There I found Dave Bailey sitting under the wing of his GA Lightwing. He sat on a little collapsable chair, sourrounded by his swag, portable gas stove, and folding bicycle, which he had used to ride into town on for supplies. Dave is no spring chicken, and started his adventure from Jamestown SA. He arrived in NQ via longreach Charleville, Clermont etc. He's generally heading towards Broom, with no set route or schedual. He waits for the pension money to be put in every two weeks, fills the lightwing up, and away he goes !......There's not a lot of room left in the Lightwing when Dave is packed up ready to go !!............ After some discussion with me at Bowen yesterday, Dave flew into Montpelier Airpark Townsville NQ mid-morning today, and his LW is tied down currently in front of my hangar. I helped him fuel up today, and I'll bring more out for him in the morning. He is currently visiting in Townsville with his ex-wifey and 11 year old daughter. What's amazing about this you ask ??..............well Dave is a survivor, and lacks full usage of his legs. A few years back he contracted a bad case of food poisioning bought on by consuming a bad piece of chicken !...he spent a year in hospital paralized, and when released spent another couple of years in a wheel chair, before he could even walk again !.........when he could walk again, he decided to buy the lightwing and go flying !!!!!!:thumb up: He cannot fuel the LW in the normal manner, and has to syphon all the fuel up into the wings, so it was a pleasure to fuel for him today, and I'll do the same for him tomorrow. The LW has double the normal fuel capacity, so once he is full he's got quite a bit of range. Dave originally lived in the Townsville area, and was trained to fly by Pat McGrath years ago. Pats now hung up the headsets, but I called him today for a good chat, so hopefully the two can touch base again before Dave departs. If you have the pleasure of running into Dave on his travels, take the time to have a chat, you'll be richer for the experience, and may some of his great UL spirit remain with you !.... :thumb up::thumb up::thumb up:..................................Maj...
  5. 13 points
  6. 13 points
    First of all, you do not have to be involved with SAAA in any way to build and register a home built aircraft, secondly the reason we have the home built fraternity is so that people can have the joy ( frustration) of building and flying something they have created, and thirdly ,nearly everyone I've talked to laments the fact that we are completely over governed in this country, when I started on the RV6 I rang CASA to be sure that I could actually build my own aeroplane , guess what he said YES, how friggin awesome, I can do this at home ,build it, test fly it, and if it kills me then so be it , but I have been given the right to do something and take total responsibility for the out come . It seems to me that this is almost the last place I can think of where the guvmint will let you risk your own life and leave you alone to do ( perhaps yachting inter country) so please there is a lot of stuff wrong but please don't start to complain about a bit of freedom we still have
  7. 13 points
    Hello Gavin And a sincere welcome from one of us cowards. It's good that some of the Board have come out of their collective bunker and been prepared to post a response...even one like your's which was not all that conducive to a better understanding of the issues as viewed from each side. The people here have tried to put their views forward and have tried to explain to the Board that its policy of non-information is destructive of trust. I honestly believe everyone of us here would like to see RAAus run smoothly and efficiently for the benefit of us all, but trust is lacking because of a long history of less than excellent performance by, as you say, successive boards. The current board has undoubtedly inherited problems; but unfortunately it has presided over a fair few, too. And to me, personally, it seems not to have a real sense of direction. It seems to be engaging in crisis management rather than effective governance. Audit of financials not published Failed CASA audits x 4 Grounding of aircraft Incorrect registrations Airworthiness issues Staff turnover Litigation 1 ...the matter in which CASA is joined Litigation 2, 3 and ? ...unfair dismissals/breach of contract ? The Ian Baker membership debacle The juniors debacle Ad hoc board meetings called and cancelled The Presidents uncertain tenure as a representative of his membership And more I understand that your lawyers have probably advised that the Board should not publicise its actions or its circumstance because of the current litigation. But things have deteriorated in my view to the stage where it can't get much worse and it might get a lot better if we are all singing the same song. There is a lot of knowledge, energy and skill available to RAAus here and all it would take is a board that is prepared to be proactive and harness it for things to improve, markedly. I have no doubt that you and most of the other board members are working your socks off and doing the best you can. But I fear there is a lack of cohesion of purpose and process because collectively things aren't going all that well. I think honest and open dialogue with the people whom you represent (the collective membership) will cause the rumours and innuendo to dry up. I think good leadership will unite the factions. And I think you guys should be employing staff able to fix the crises not trying to do it yourselves on a part-time voluntary basis. Hope you stay with us, Gavin, because I think you might be the very sort of person we need to drive the association forward. Kaz
  8. 12 points
    An Irishman wants a job, but the foreman won't hire him until he passes a little math test. Here is your first question, the foreman said. "Without using numbers, represent the number 9." "Without numbers?" The Irishman says? "Dat is easy." And proceeds to draw three trees. "What's this?" the boss asks. "Have you ain't got no brain? Tree and tree plus tree makes 9" says the Irishman. "Fair enough," says the boss. "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99." The Irishman stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree... "Ere you go." The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?" "Each of da trees is dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, and dirty tree, plus dirty tree. Dat makes 99." The boss is getting worried that he's going to actually have to hire this Irishman, so he says, "All right, last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100." The Irishman stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred." The boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!" The Irishman leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and whispers, "A little dog come along and pooped by each tree. So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd, which makes ONE HUNDRED!" The Irishman is now head of Qantas and just got a Queens Birthday award!
  9. 12 points
    I flew to Corryong yesterday and was lucky enough to be offerred a ride in Dragon Rapide VH-UXZ. I read the history of this aircraft and noted that Sander Veenstra brought the damaged aircraft into Australiaa in 1979. It had several owners before Maurice Rolfe bought it and restored it as a part time project over thirty years. Must say, it was a great opportinity to have a flight in such an aircraft.
  10. 12 points
    Just been to the cinema to watch 12 years a slave. . . .. . .I was totally shocked at the horror, cruelty & pure exploitation that man can inflict upon his fellow man. . . .I mean, . .$19 ?. . . for popcorn and Coke ! ! >
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