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  1. I hope I wasn't too much of an influence! There were 1,226 voters who cast 2,138 votes (you could vote for two candidates), which means 314 members voted for only one candidate. Rod Birrell failed by only 15 votes (about 1.2%) While I can't get into the mind of the voting members, it sometimes happens that the mediocre one gets up, simply because the other candidates elicit strong feelings eg "Wouldn't vote for him in a fit", and "He's my top pick" then people have to choose the other candidate(s) ... someone who doesn't rock the boat and isn't notorious one way or the
  2. Election results are out - Simon and Luke got up. Rod Birrell fell short by a few votes to Luke. Simon got the clear majority. More voted in the new on-line system than the old Reply-Paid mail in. There were no Informal votes - probably because you had to provide a valid membership and you were unable to vote after the closing date. Look forward to seeing what Simon can contribute. This is Luke's last term.
  3. All candidates are required to disclose any financial interest in aviation on their election statement. I would expect candidates to have some "skin in the game" and as RAA members they should have some aviation experience. I would be suspicious of someone who does not fly wanting to be a Director, also someone who is, say, the Largest Importer of Ultralights might try to use his influence. But at the end of the day they are one voice in 7. The Board need to know a lot about running a business. setting policy and negotiating with Govts.
  4. I did comment on a previous election, on the independent report on the Board, which showed 3 Directors were uncooperative or under performing. I had hoped that they may have changed their attitudes. Rod was one. Back in the days when there were 13, several were passengers, only there for their own benefit. I have been copying and digitising the early AUF magazines and it is appalling that meeting reports mentioned Board members who arrived with their meeting material, sent a month ahead to allow consultation with their State members, was still unopened when they arrived in Canberra and hou
  5. RAA Board Election is open for voting. A change from previous years - the Election Statements are on line (not in the magazine) and you will be voting on line too. I watched the "meet the candidates" live stream, where only two participated. Luke Bayly (a current Board Member) and Simon Ozanne (who unsuccessfully stood last time). Rod Birrell "did not respond" whatever that meant. There are two seats up for grabs. You can watch it on YouTube or Facebook. Members should have received an email from Verovoting. Those without an email will get something in the mail. The electio
  6. So sorry to hear this Doug. I have followed your posts for years with wonder and interest. All the best for the future. 🙂 Sue
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    Isis Flying Club was formed in September 1991. To celebrate 30 years there will be a fly-in 18-19th Sat/Sun Sept 2021. Welcome to fly in Sat afternoon. Sunday Breakfast. For more information [email protected] *subject to COVID restrictions, if any.
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    Isis Flying Club Inc was formed 9th Sept 1991 at the Childers Airstrip. It has grown to be a vibrant club with about 20 hangars and 35 members. To celebrate this milestone the Club will host a lunch at the Isis Club 46 Churchill St Childers Qld for members, guests and friends. $10 each for members and partners, $20 each for non members. RSVP to the Secretary [email protected] before 1st Sept 2021. *subject to COVID restrictions if any.
  9. Isis Flying Club tried Chillie Spray on the grassed runway. The idea is the roos don't like the taste and move elsewhere, and remember it as peppery and yucky. Initially it has worked OK. Has rained since, but still seems effective. Will ask again in a month.
  10. Our Punkin Head cover taken Feb 2008. The covers on the wings were made by an upholsterer. 2021 and they are brown with all the dust & muck in the hangar, but the Punkin Head cover is still looking good and clean. Highly recommended. This was the honeymoon - we spent it in the hangar.
  11. My old password didn't work, I had to do my proof of identity all over again. Nothing went automatically, so sent scans as requested, then get a message saying there was a problem with my POI. It took ages for me to realise that meant Proof Of Identity. Doing it all again over a slow satellite connection...... Darn.
  12. Any one else get one of these? It does not say GA or RAA. I already have an ARN, but I ended up having to go through the whole "Prove who you are" process with birth, marriage certificates, none of which processed automatically. Then the process was finished and I have to wait for the Aircraft Registration bit to go live.
  13. I know the plane and pilot. He's out of hospital. Very experienced, always practicing forced landings and circuits etc. I'll let him tell the story.
  14. I know of plenty of unfinished aircraft builds for sale - if anyone would take them. A lot are going to be more trouble to get flying than if you got something new. Then there are the post accident rebuilds - know a few of them. Getting them back on the Register GA or RAA is going to be a bridge too far for most people, unless you have lots of time & money. Engines are going to be a problem - out of time, rusted up, no parts.
  15. First thing - see your local Council. Find out what is allowed under the Town Plan (airstrip, minimum subdivision, number of sheds etc). Then decide what you want to do. To ask for something more than allowed, you will have to mount a case which will include Planners, application fees, studies etc = money! Assuming you already have an approved airstrip on freehold land - you can go two ways. 1. subdivide airside land into house / hangar lots and sell the freehold. 2. Lease areas of land - you could build hangars and lease these or lease the land and let someone build (but you may hav
  16. It was voted on by the members and changed. This is not the first time the AUF has been a limited company. They were decades ago, but decided to change back. I would have to trawl though my magazines to find the saga, but I don't think they bothered involving membership back then. As an Incorporated Association (what it has been for most of it's history) it has to be Incorporated in a particular State and subject to that State's rules. I vaguely remember them being incorporated in Vic or NSW, but as a general rule of thumb, National organisations were Incorporated in the ACT, where they h
  17. I'm still waiting for my Sport Pilot. Mr FV got his and he's still monopolising it, but from the "language" emanating from behind the glossy pages, I would say its a bit contentious. I emailed our Club's contact details etc twice and we are still not in there. Asked about advertising our 30th anniversary celebrations, and that is still hanging in the air. Pace are essentially a travel magazine publisher.
  18. I just heard this morning, on the ABC Wide Bay News Radio that a helicopter pilot has been fined $500 for landing without permission. The story said that no aircraft is allowed to land on Fraser Island, that the beach landing area is for the commercial operator who has permission. The helicopter landed there and it sounded like he compromised the ALA for the commercial flight that was due in shortly. I was in the car at the time, so I only got the gist of the story, so don't know if this was today or earlier. The emphasis was that private aircraft cannot land on Fraser. I have been lookin
  19. We already have lots of pads of A3 graph paper. What he wants to do is convert the data (x,y co-ordinates) into a life-size drawing on graph paper. He wants to take data like this Data file, and plot it like the Graph file. He is not trying to make a tracing of an existing aircraft. I have explained how much work (plotting x,y & joining the dots) this will be, but he is adamant that this is what he wants to do, he only needs a long roll of pre-printed graph paper .... then a huge table to work on .... Fortunately he has a lovely wife who puts up with him I tried
  20. Mr FV wants to graph an aerofoil, life-size, so he is after some graph paper that will stretch that far, so he can plot the x,y co-ordinates and lay it out for wing construction, design etc. I tried a quick search for Graph Paper Rolls and came up with little in Australia. Thinking like a Plotter roll (or smaller), but with pre-printed grid. Any ideas on where we can get some? I see that Birch makes a dressmaker's graph paper in rolls. Anyone used that or any other suggestions? Mr FV is not computer savvy and has resisted my suggestions of an Excel chart (I did one for him pre
  21. More on this accident including pictures & video Koo Wee Rup airfield: man dead in aircraft crash (news.com.au) The presenter said it may have been caused when his helmet came loose. RIP
  22. ABC news reporting a fatality at 7am Man dies after aircraft crash in Koo Wee Rup, south-east of Melbourne - ABC News
  23. 110 aircraft in colour plus three-view silhouettes and specifications
  24. A listing of homebuilt aircraft registered through SAAA including details on the Aviation Register - Rego, name, address, date of registration, including all previous owners, make, model, photo. Separate register of aircraft and construction number. Includes 95-10 ultralights.
  25. Men & women and their machines in the various races and challenges they competed in. Covers 19 events in detail with coloured photos
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