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!!!! Pleasant winter flying
%lfloat%Attach:relaxed.jpg"The crew relaxing in front of the pie cart"


Saturday, August 30 turned out to be an excellent end to the winter season, with bright blue skies and little wind.

A number of members took advantage of the conditions to get annual flight checks completed, keeping the PW-6 and the tug busy all day.
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%rfloat%Attach:tuggies.jpg"New tug and new pilot. Frank gives the thumbs up."

Frank and Phil got plenty of towing practice in, and Paul got the Astir airborne, although the thermals proved very elusive.


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!!!%blue%'''"We got it back"'''

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Frank flew on Sunday the 9/03/2014 to the grampians soaring club to claim the Come And Get Me Trophy, well done to everyone on the ground to make this possible.
We now have the trophy once again



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!!!%blue%'''"Some more photos of the best looking tug in Oz
!!!%blue%'''"(when it arrives)"'''

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!!!%blue%'''"Should be in the container and shipped next week"'''

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!!!! Our Tug

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!!!%blue%'''"Some lead, others follow"'''

The `EuroFOX tug has lead the way as a dedicated Rotax powered glider tug since its approval in 2011. Having now demonstrated at over 25 of some of the most demanding UK gliding sites, the `EuroFOX is truly the UK benchmark for Rotax powered glider tugs.

The `EuroFOX has been aerotowing in Europe and Australia for a decade, most sites being difficult grass airstrips. The `EuroFOX can be specified as a tail dragger or nose wheel, and with the majority of UK gliding sites being uneven grass strips, often boggy, sometimes short in length, only the `EuroFOX tail dragger with tundra tyres will do.

It is a fact of life that others will try to follow a successful, innovative and market leading product. However, gliding clubs choose future tugs based on performance, suitability, value, usability, durability and pilot safety: in all these aspects and more, the `EuroFOX is unrivalled as a dedicated liquid cooled Rotax 100 HP tug.



· The only Rotax dedicated tug available as a tail wheel with tundras.

· Approved and proven to aerotow gliders upto 750 kg all up weight

· Visibility is superb with in all directions, even behind

· A huge tug payload of 270kgs, making 2 in the tug for training a reality

· The `EuroFOX has a very low noise "footprint" compared to conventional tugs

· No engine shock loading in the descent due to the LSA dominant Rotax liquid cooled engine

· 2 people in the tug for pilot training, nav training and power syndication in a club environment - perfectly allowable as an aircraft (despite misleading claims from others)

· The tug of choice for the Pribina cup and European gliding championships

· Proven as an economical and very capable tug in Europe since 2005

Banbury GC, Hinton in the hedges

We have completed close to 1000 tows of all our club fleet coming up to the end of the first year of `EuroFOX operation. This is at least 30% up on previous years. Our membership has increased by 28% and we run an extra day (Friday) during the summer months. We have had to replace the brake discs after 800 tows (£60) and have small crack in one spat, other than this the aircraft has performed faultlessly.



Yorkshire GC, Sutton Bank

10 November 2012. Tail dragger `EuroFOXG-ETUG RW 20, Wind 170 5-10 kts. Whole afternoon aerotowing the Club and private gliders. A noticeably better tug in tail wheel configuration, with no complaints from the customers! 1 tow worthy of note - `DG1000 (20 mtr tips600 kg+) towed with gear down crewed by 2 well-fed airline pilots, one flying like a mediocre 'Bloggs'. Rate of climb at 5000 feet asl showed 350 fpm.


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!!!! Congratulations to Peter Raphael for clocking up 500 hours in the Woodstock, who said it will not last??
Peter well done and keep the scores coming on the OLC.

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!!!! Australian Air Force Cadets visit%rfloat%Attach:cadetstom.jpg"Tom takes a cadet for a fly in the PW-6"


On Saturday, December 1, the gliding club held a flying day for the Bendigo branch of the Australian Air Force Cadets.

%lfloat%Attach:cadetsgroup.jpg"Cadets mingle between flights"

A total of 16 cadets and one supervisor attended, and the gliding club provided two 2-seat gliders for the day.

Despite cloudy and relatively cool conditions (for this time of year), over 30 flights were made, with most of the cadets getting airborne twice.

Flight duration was generally short due to a lack of thermals on the day, however the cadets all went home happy to have had the unique experience of a winch launch and circuit in a glider.

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!!!! "Come and Get It" trophy goes to Bacchus%rfloat%Attach:celebrate.jpg"Alf and John celebrate claiming the trophy"


On Sunday, November 18, John Buchanan and Alf Mc Millan from the Geelong
Gliding Club based at Bacchus Marsh landed their Duo Discus at
the Raywood airstrip of the Bendigo Gliding Club to claim the "Come and
Get It" trophy.



%rfloat%Attach:landing.jpg"John and Alf just after landing at Raywood"
The pair had a good tail wind to help them get to Bendigo, but had to
battle against a stiff 20 knot head wind to make it home.

The NSWGA trophy had previously
been brought to Bendigo from Mt Beauty by Peter Raphael and Frank van
der Hoeven, so the Bacchus crew have managed to take it even further
into Victorian territory, making it more difficult for NSW to get it back.

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%lfloat%Attach:grab.jpg"John makes a grab for the trophy from Steve"
It will be interesting to see who can claim it from Bacchus Marsh, maybe it will end up in South Australia!
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!!!! Melbourne Cup Week Coaching Camp%rfloat%Attach:novgrid.jpg"Around 20 glider gridded"

There was a good turnout of around 20 visiting gliders for the annual Melbourne Cup Week activities.

%lfloat%Attach:stevetakeoff.jpg"Steve takes the ASW-19 into the air"


Weather on the Saturday and Sunday was good, however it deteriorated after that, not improving again until Thursday.

By then many visitors had to head home, however a few remained to get some cross country flying in.
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%rfloat%Attach:tugplanes.jpg"Tugs lined up, but grey skies"

Nevertheless, some good flights were made, and a lot of fun was had.

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!!!! Bendigo Cup Day%rfloat%Attach:craigjack.jpg"Jack gets a helping hand into the PW-6"

Wednesday, October 31 was Bendigo Cup Day holiday so a number of members turned up to fly.

Craig managed to get his nephew Jack into the air in the PW-6 for his first ever flight, and a couple of quick passenger flights took place, but unfortunately the day quickly deteriorated due to blustery winds, becoming marginal for flying.

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%lfloat%Attach:patrc.jpg"Patricks flying for the day."

Patrick got his model briefly into the air, for a few flights, but the highlight of the day was the return of the ASW-19.

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%rfloat%Attach:aswreturns.jpg"Nearly ready to fly again."


Phil `McCann unloaded it into the hangar to complete some Form 2 work.

It shouldn't be too long before Phil and Steve get it back into the air - fantastic !


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!!!! New Recruit

%lfloat%Attach:friza.jpg"Dillon Friswell "

Dillon (Neil's grandson) had his first glider flight on Sunday the 23rd of September with his Granddad, while it may only lasted 7 to 8 minutes he did enjoyed it tremendously. In Neil's own words He is keen as mustard wants more flights , and wants to learn , a future glider pilot.


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!!!! Bonfire Night

See "The Monster" model take her test flight on the evening of Bonfire Night.

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http://youtu.be/7ZRsyH3BJno

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!!!! ANZAC Day
Slope soaring at Mount Hollowback

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It was another enjoyable Anzac day at Mt. Hollowback.
The windy conditions made for great slope soaring conditions, we even had people travelling all the way from Gippsland with large model gliders to take advantage of these great conditions.






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!!!! TWO NEW SOLO PILOTS

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This season has seen two young Bendigo Gliding Club members go solo in the dual seat PW-6 glider at the club's airfield located in Raywood.

Mark Farthing is the first Raywood local to achieve the distinction of going solo, a fantastic effort for the 16-year-old.

Chris Tremayne, 19, came to the gliding club through the auspices of the local Australian Airforce Cadets and his achievements in gliding should put him in good stead for a career in aviation.




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!!!!Tom in paddock


%rfloat%Attach:tomout1.jpg"Tom outlands in big paddock."

On Friday, December 30, Tom headed northward from Raywood, but unfortunately the "Thermal Gods" were not kind that day, and he ended up in a paddock around 6km north of the field.

With lots of good paddocks around, he chose the biggest one available - a little rough but a good outlanding.

See more pics in the Gallery.

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!!!!Good Sunday turnout


%lfloat%Attach:rossphil2.jpg"Ross and Phil await a cable."

Sunday, October 23 saw a good turnout of members and gliders, despite the less than ideal conditions.

Although flights were relatively short it was good to see such an array of gliders, and apparently a swarm of bees agreed as they decided to make the Junior their home.
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%rfloat%Attach:bees2.jpg"Bees make a home on the Junior."

Jason managed to relocate the swarm to a bin using a broom, and amazingly no stings were reported.
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%lfloat%Attach:field2.jpg"Both sides of the field are now available."

Sunday was the first official day of using the western side of the field again, and although it is a little rough it is perfectly suitable for operations.



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!!!! We got a new extension to our kitchen

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Thanks to Mal Bennet and Peter Raphael we are now have a new addition and a fresher look to our existing kitchen, also increasing the much needed bench space as well as giving us rodent proof storage for our stock.
Thank you, Mal & Peter





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!!!! Our first news letter "Beat up"

[[Attach:newsletter1.pdf |Beat Up]]



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!!!!Jack's Life Membership Presentation


%lfloat%Attach:Jack-club2.jpg"Jack Lavery with family and friends"

On the evening of 13 May 2011 Jack Lavery was presented with life membership of Bendigo Gliding Club.
The night was attended by a number of club members and his son and grandchildren.
The award was presented by President Keith Evans who outlined a long list of firsts which Jack had achieved over his time at the club
and thanked him for the efforts he had put in over the years as both President and Publicity Officer.
Jack thanked the Club for the recognition and related a number of stories from his days at the Club.


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!!!!Good Easter flying


%lfloat%Attach:easter11b.jpg"More gliders ready for takeoff."

The Easter long weekend brought some excellent weather, with the result that many members dragged their gliders out of the hangar to fly!

Some days had nice Cu's pointing to reasonable thermals.

Many multi-hour flights were undertaken which included a few short cross-countries.

%blue%'' Mark.''

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!!!!Mt Beauty Labour Day Weekend

%rfloat%Attach:mtbeauty2011.jpg"Another great Day!"


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!!!!Victorian Floods


%lfloat%Attach:yabbie.jpg"Yabbie on Carpet"

With all the recent rain in Victoria, hanger two has been flooded out again, but not to let the water go to waste we have yabbies crawling through the hanger. Outside the end of the hanger a large puddle formed with fish, yabbies and all sorts of water life swimming around. I counted at least 10 yabbies in the hanger.

%blue%'' Craig.''
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!!!!Christmas Cheer

%rfloat%Attach:lifemember.jpg"Phil receives his Life Membership certificate"

After a hard day's work doing a working bee the club held its Christmas party at the clubhouse on Saturday, December 18.

A good turnout of members of both the gliding club and astronomical society attended to enjoy an excellent meal prepared by Neil and a number of willing helpers.

One of the highlights of the night was the presentation of Life Membership certificates to Phil Organ and Jack Lavery, as recognition for their outstanding contribution to the Gliding Club. Phil was there to receive his in person, while Jack's will be given to him at a later date.

%blue%'' Mark.''

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!!!!Water Everywhere.

%lfloat%Attach:new_winch.jpg"The New Winch"

With the cancellation of our November cup weekend the club has still kept operating when the weather has not been so wet. On a fair few weekends we have been able to go cross country and have seen heights of up to 10'000ft. On one weekend some our guys did close to 300kms, while the rest did 180-220 km. At the moment there are still a lot of unlandable paddocks due to water and crops but the conditions are on the improve.

The recently built winch has passed the testing period with flying colors. Phil Organ, Paul Dilks and Neil Frizwell did most of the hard work with putting the car onto the back of the new truck and setting the whole drive line and drums up. There where a few others jumped in at the painting stage to get the project finished. The new winch is a Beast. The 5ltr V8 Fairlane as the power plant it is not lacking in power. One feature I like is the airconditioning and the ease of operation.

This weekend we will use our club tractor and slasher to trim the airfeild to a bowling green standard (well almost). Then it's Christmas party on later in the club house.

The club will play host to Geelong Gliding club over the Christmas period. Everyone else is welcome to join in on the excellent flying at our club.

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!!!!Mount Beauty Trip

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On Friday October 8 four cars of eager glider pilots and wife’s (Mandy, Phil and Craig, Paul and Helen, Neil and Lyn, Frank and Janice met at the beans coffee shop at Bright for lunch.

Well, most of us found it first time - while some liked Bright so much they circumnavigated it several times before joining the rest of us.
Paul and Helen led the way through the scenic mountain road towards Mount Beauty but chose to stop at the lookout while the rest of us continued on.

Quick check-in at the Bogong Moth Motel where we found David Tickner and wife Pam already waiting, and off to the Gliding Club we went, which is located right next to the pondage in Mount Beauty.

After a quick briefing and site tour by Mark Bland we got three gliders out of the hangar - an Astir CS77, Pilatus and the IS28 and that&#146;s when our GFA President showed up with is `ASW19b in tow.

Craig was the first one to go up in the IS 28 with Ian from MBGC, Paul and Mark in the already waiting ASK 21, Phil took the Astir for a spin while I had the privilege of flying the Pilatus B4.
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What can I say - serenity, serenity and what about the serenity, flying along ridge lines above massive power lines that in places looked like a gigantic spider web.

Snow caped mountain peaks looking down into valleys, rock outcrops emerging in amongst the trees, streams full of water and people on the lookout it is certainly an experience that everyone should try. But what am I saying, it is only the first day of our arrival.
Going for meal to the “local’ we where joined by Steve Baldini who according to Phil `McCann still thinks that he actually owns half of the `ASW19b.

After a great meal and a few bottles of red it was back to the motel for a good night sleep.
Saturday morning, we split up and consumed breakfast at various locations. Steve, Phil, Mandy, Janice and myself went to a Swedish café, which according to yours truly the CFI had the best coffee he ever, ever, ever had.
Now full of energy (caffeine induced) we made our way to the Field where we met up with everyone once again and where we were later joined by Rod Jewell who brought the telly up to a total of seven BGC members.

Neil had the pleasure of two flights in the IS28 for the day, one with Phil O and the other with Ian from the MBGC.
Paul flew in the IS28 with Steve during the day and also spent a large proportion of the day driving the Mount Beauty winch and if you see the winch you would agree with me that Paul has done us proud.
Rod had the pleasure of flying the `ASK21 with Mark Bland.
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Phil McCann had 2 flights in the `ASW19b while David took the Astir for a very short 10 minute circuit.
Craig had his first flight of the Pilatus while Phil Organ got his bum into the legendary open Libelle, myself taking the Astir for an extended flight and later in the day I had a interesting launch emergency in the IS28 with Steve at 800ft and sudden loss of power it turned out later that the winch simply run out of fuel, which should be a remainder to everyone to check and fill up the fuel each day.

The evening meal was in the form of a BBQ organised by MBGC and it was great. Good food and even better company, evening warmth was provided via a fire pit with the mountains as an awesome background.

Sunday could it get any better ?
Yes it can!
Sunday we saw cloud base at 7000ft and both thermal and ridge lift working.
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Neil and Craig flew the IS28, Rod and Phil Organ took it next with a flight lasting well over 2 hours.
Phil `McCann and Steve took turns in flying the `ASW19b and Steve also managed to get a flight in the Pilatus after it was run in earlier by David. I flew the ASK21 with Mark. Paul had a well deserved flight in the open Libelle.

I believe I speak for everyone that was there - it was a great experience, the accommodation (thanks to Mandy) was excellent and the hospitality from the Mount Beauty crew was second to none.

We will be back.


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!!!!New Acquisition

After searching around for quite a while the Bendigo Gliding Club now has its own tractor, complete with a new slasher.


Should be a great help in keeping the grass to a manageable height.


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!!!!Winter Dinner

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What a venue !
Great food friendly service and good company.
A good night to be had by all and nice to see Ralph is well after his op.

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!!!!Air force cadets get airborne! 19-20 June

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Bendigo Gliding Club played host to approximately 30 members of 410 squadron of the Australian Air Force Cadets on the weekend of June 19-20.

Three dual-seat gliders were made available to provide the cadets with a thrilling winch launch and short flight around the Raywood airstrip, and although the weather threatened at times, everyone present managed at least one flight.

Ranging in age from 13 to 18 years, this was the first time many of the air force cadets have had the chance to become airborne, and may be the first step to aviation careers for some of them.

The gliding club and air force cadets have forged a close relationship, providing a conduit for the aviation minded youth of the region to follow their interest.

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!!!!The Kestrel flys! 4 June

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After several years of hard work and perserverence, Phil Organ was finally able to savour the delights of flying Kestrel GGR following completion of its restoration and airworthiness preparation. This 19m glider, a participant in the World Gliding Competition in Waikerie 1974, exceeded all of Phils expectations and should now be seen regularly in the skies around Raywood.
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!!!!Annex Concreting 16-18 April


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Well, the club has moved a little closer to the assembly of the new winch with the efforts of many club members in the concreting of the annex floor. This will now provide a sound work area for the project. On Friday the area was levelled and prepared and those in attendance, in alphabetical order, were Mal Bennett, Craig Dilks, Neil Friswell, Ralph Keller, Patrick Roberts and Frank Van Der Hoeven this days efforts revolved around preparing the area to level and positioning the mesh. At the same time, the gate frames were installed between the private hangars with the assistance of Mal, Neil, Patrick and Ralph, who also kindly donated the sausages for lunch.

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The concrete trucks began arriving early Saturday morning and the arduous task of moving in some 18 metres of concrete began. With Frank and Peter sharing the screed and Phil Organ following up with the float, we had a team comprising of Paul Dilks, Ralph Keller, David Parham, Neil Friswell, Mal Bennett, Dave Tickner and maybe a few others I couldn't see while I was head down, preparing the way and moving mountains of concrete. Inspired by all the activity, Mark Kerr and Tom Howard did a great job cleaning up the main hangar. Later in the day Bill Hughes even got his'helicopter' endorsement, assisting in the final phase of floor finishing.

Once all the concreting was completed Sunday saw attention turn to completing the gates and with Daves encouragement even Jenne Goldsmith lent a hand squeezing off the many rivets required to hold them together.

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Overall, an excellent effort from all those that attended on the weekend, as even those not directly involved assisted in getting the flying operations started or in many other ways, enabling the labourers to savour a few flights before the conditions deteriorated.

Congratulations Guys & Girl, on a job (jobs) well done.

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!!!!"End of Summer/Start of Autumn" Dinner April 3

A brief report on the "End of Summer" Dinner. All who attended most thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a booking for 28 persons, in the end around 23 attended. The venue, Golden Square Hotel, was excellent, the food was excellent, the atmosphere also was excellent with lots of laughs, lots of tales, tall and true were the order of the night. Thank you to all who attended, commiserations to the those who couldn't attend.

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!!!! Tom Goes Solo!

%lfloat%Attach:tom-solo.jpg"Tom goes solo!"

Congratulations to Tom Howard, AAF Cadet, on achieving his solo status on the 28th March. Tom is now reinforcing his new found freedom by regular attendance. This is a young man with a bright future in aviation and he also has an interest in model rockets, so he may well be Australias next astronaut!

The BGC enjoys a good relationhip with the Australian Air Force Cadets and always looks forward to the opportunity to provide gliding experiences to more of their members.

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!!!!Horsham Coaching Week 2010.

%rfloat%Attach:grid2.jpg"Gridded and ready for liftoff into a cu-filled sky."

Arriving at Horsham on Friday afternoon, checking in at the Wimmera Lakes caravan park on the way and then meeting up with David Tickner at the airfield, after securing our trailers we took a trip into town to stock up on supplies for the week.

Steve Baldini arrived later that day to join us at the caravan park for a BBQ tea.

Next morning early rise and after breakfast we are off to the airfield to rig our gliders and there we meet Mark Kerr and later on Phil `McCann.
After rigging our gliders we had a short briefing and then it was our turn to familiarize ourselves with the surroundings, and what better way than to take a launch and see it from the air. Conditions were soft so most of us were flying within a 25km radius of the aerodrome.

Sunday after the morning briefing and weather forecast, a front was approaching from the north east and a thunderstorm warning was present, so taking all this into consideration the daily task was set, north to Brim, south east to Donald and then back to Horsham a total of 208km.

I was one of the last to launch. After release and establishing myself into the thermal, I looked towards my first turn point and noticed a dark front approaching, so without wasting time I set on-task after reaching 5500ft.

%lfloat%Attach:frankdg.jpg"Franks DG ready for another flight."
Flying under a now overdeveloped sky I could find nothing but sink, so I decided to track into the sunny spots to the east, a diversion of 90 degrees, but it payed off after a low point of 2400ft I managed to find a 4.5 knot claim which took me up to 8500ft.

So now back on track and the sky ahead is not looking good. The front by now well established, by the time I get to Warracknabeal I get a little rained on and looking ahead there is already lightning in front of me.
Looking towards Donald I can see severe rain showers and listening to the radio also suggests that conditions are rapidly deteriorating, that’s when I spotted two gliders thermaling about 2 km in front of me as it turned out it was MK (David) and LN (Mark). David having local knowledge suggested we go to Dimboola instead and then Horsham, which also means flying in the blue.

After agreeing with David and taking my thermal to the top of 10,500ft - the best I have seen all day, I followed those two only to pass them 20km on track it was a further 15km before I found a thermal but it was worth it, averaging 7.4 knots and giving me a height gain of 3050ft finishing a little over 9700 ft.

Rounding Dimboola and on to Horsham. It was only after Horsham that I took another thermal and then continued towards the Grampians, Wartook reservoir from above is a sight I can highly recommend, a blue lake in the middle of what seems to be wilderness, sheer cliffs and large forest areas.
Condition were getting soft by now so back to the aerodrome and secure the glider for the night.

Steve Baldini was flying with Horsham’s legend Max in the Janus that day and Steve will still have this little voice in the back of his head saying “push on Steve push on”.
Monday the weather was not so good with most people doing short flights, while David put on a flight to Dimboola and back, “he must have something about Dimboola”.

Tuesday was a no flying Day due to the Weather so we had lectures about the use of oxygen, thermalling and cross country flying in general.
Wednesday was looking to be the day so we teamed up with our coaches for lead and follow or in a 2 seater.
I was to fly lead and follow with Peter Busken while Steve was to follow Geoff Vincent, David in the Janus two up and Mark ventured out by himself.

The task was Litchfield, Brim and return a total of 185km.
After meeting up with Peter on the east side of the aerodrome at 7000ft we set on track to Lichfield we covered the 72 km with just two thermals so now on to Brim where conditions were not as good and Brim once again was covered by a dark blanket of clouds.
After topping up to 6100ft I flew into Brim rounded the turn point and out again for a height loss of 2800ft. Conditions once again improved so we extended the task, flew to Dimboola and then via Horsham to the Grampians and return - the total distance covered was 360km, 18 glides and 22% thermaling. I think I still had a smile on my face the next morning, what can I say, it was the highlight of the week for me.

Personally I believe I learned a lot from this one flight and little did I know that I could put it all into practise a few days later at Raywood.
Thursday, rain, rain and more rain so more lectures and review of previous days flying (I still had a smile on my face). I believe Steve sneaked out to sample a few wineries. That night being the last one of the course the Horsham club put on a spit roast, cooked over charcoal and redgum followed by some ice cream and liquid amber,
Friday, last day, weak conditions and the task was Lubeck, Dimboola and return. Setting out on task from 3800ft I flew most of the time between 4000 and 3000 ft with a low point of 1600ft.

By the time I got to Dimboola the wind has increased to 18 knot straight from the south breaking up those already weak thermals and making thermalling interesting.
5 km before the airport I ran out of height and landed in a rather soft paddock so no chances of aero tow retrieve. Lucky for me the farmer’s son came over to see if I was ok and as he was on his way to work past the airfield he offered me a lift.

As the farmer showed a great interest in gliding I showed him around the Horsham club and you never know but he may be the next student pilot to join.
Mark and Steve offered to help retrieve, so we derigged WQR in the paddock and after saying good bye to everyone I was on my way home.

I would recommend this coaching camp to anyone interested in gaining or further developing their cross country skills.


%blue%''Frank''[[<<]]

!!!!BGC at Horsham Week 2010.

%lfloat%Attach:3rd_place.jpg"Paul Dilks 3rd Place"
Once again Paul and Craig made the trip over to the Horsham week Competition. This year Craig was lucky to be able to fly David Tickners Hornet GMK, also known by Craig as the Super Hornet. Paul Flew his Astir KYP in Performance class (Sports Class). He won one day and placed just about every other day. Over all Paul finished the Comp in 3rd place.

Craig on the other hand moved into Standard Class for the first time. On one of the days he put water ballast in the wings only to find they leaked, so Craig flew dry for the rest of the comp. Craig had a great time but finished 6th in the field of 10. They both hope to improve their flying and place higher next year at Horsham week 2011.

%blue%''Craig''[[<<]]

!!!!Australia Day at the club

%rfloat%Attach:aussie10.jpg"Steve Baldini finishing off the cooking while the others relax in the shade of the club house"

Like most Aussies we spent Australia Day hanging around with our mates.
It was planned to have and old fashioned BBQ at the club. The day kicked off with the PW-6 and winch being made ready for the days operation, as well as the knots being checked.

While Steve Baldini did the DI on the Pw-6, Phil Organ and Neil Frizwell fired up the BBQ for a feast of snags and onions.

After everyone had a go at cooking and a short Australia Day Quiz, (which as a group we didn’t do so good).
But… None of the questions were about gliding.

After a fairly slow start we finally go into the air, with Rob Young getting to 5000ft in the Pw-6. Mal Bennett had the longest flight of 2 hrs in his Woodstock.

%blue%''Craig''[[<<]]

!!!!Christmas Camp
%lfloat%Attach:ggc1.jpg"Geelong Members"
The year has got of to a 'flying'' start at Raywood with the completion of the [[http://www.gliding-in-melbourne.org/new/|Geelong Gliding Club]] camp at our field. Some extraordinary achievements by both members of their club and ours, and early commentaries from GGC members indicate a glowing appreciation of our clubs ability to host our visitors.

Ailsa `McMillan GGC is the first woman to solo off our field and along with her father Alf, went a long way to achieving their badge requirements. We would have to have had some of the best soaring conditions around for some time and I even managed to coax the Woody out to 341km last Saturday, and that was with being the second last glider to launch on the day.
%rfloat%Attach:ggc2.jpg"Pizza Night"
Terry Bellair kindly provided weather information and advice on the best tasks each day and also set the benchmark in distance flown each day, starting early and finishing late. In between keeping the fridges topped up, the bins emptied and the guests happy, Frank managed to achieve up his first 500k task, encouraged along the way by Caleb White of 'Team DG'. Rod Jewell pushed the Junior around a 300, a first for both of them! There were so many personal success stories during the camp that we will have to wait to read the accounts of the [[http://www.gliding-in-melbourne.org/new/|Geelong Club]] to get a measure of these.

With an excellent pizza night hosted by Frank and Jason our guests were looked after in fine style. Thanks must go to many of our members who turned up and put themselves out to ensure our visitors had a great time. Thanks Guys.

%blue%''Peter''[[<<]]

!!!!FLARM progress

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With the help of a Community Grant from the City of Greater Bendigo, as well as many hours of work by Paul and Phil, the Bendigo Gliding Club has been able to purchase and fit a FLARM device into the two-seat PW-6 glider.

This will be of great assistance in providing an extra level of flight safety, as well as providing the facility to log flight traces.

%lfloat%Attach:flarm2.jpg"FLARM in PW-6"

FLARM is an affordable, active and cooperative traffic and collision-warning system for general aviation and recreational flying.

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Since 2004, over 11,000 fully FLARM and fully-compatible devices have been installed in aircraft worldwide.

These devices have been credited on many occasions with avoiding dangerous situations and increasing situation awareness. FLARM is the only prevalent alternative to the commercial airliners’ expensive ACAS/TCAS system.

%blue%''Mark''[[<<]]

!!!!Library Display.

%rfloat%Attach:library.jpg"Christmas Party"

In January 2010 the club held a week-long display in the foyer area of the Bendigo Library.

Included in the display were some models, a variety of general gliding information, some gliding equipment as well as various brochures for people with an interest to take home.

Thousands of people pass through this area on their way to the library each week, so the opportunity to have a display at this location provided us with a good deal of public exposure.

If all goes according to plan we will try to have another display late 2010 or early 2011.

%blue%''Mark''[[<<]]



!!!!2009 Christmas Party.

%lfloat%Attach:xmas09.jpg"Christmas Party"

I can't believe its Christmas time again, it only seemed like I was at last years party at Bill Hughes house . This year we held it at the CFI’s house again. Phil an Mandy Organ offered their party room for the Christmas feast of BBQ and a huge range of sweets.

The cooking was done by a few members, but Ralph Keller lead the charge with tongs in hand, nothing was burnt and was cooked to perfection. A highlight of the night was the cake made by Franks wife Janice, marking the 30th birthday of the club.

%rfloat%Attach:cake.jpg"30 Years"

During the night Phil gave a guided tour of the Kestrel 19 he’s repairing, giving a blow by blow description of the repair work and the direction he will take next to finish the project off.

Phil doesn’t call the party room the party room for nothing, with the night going full steam ahead with the drums and other musical instruments getting the full work out. Who would have known we had so many gifted musicians in the club. David Goldsmith broke out the violin and with Mal on the Keyboard providing some back up.

%lfloat%Attach:kestral5.jpg"Kestral Project"

What a great night!, with most of the 30 people that attended staying just past midnight. Oh yeah, and we did do a fair bit of flying over the weekend too.

%blue%''Craig''[[<<]]



!!!!Vintage Rally at Bendigo Gliding Club- Cup Week

%rfloat%Attach:jascolka.jpg"Jaskolka Lecture"
Well, I’m not likely to say it wasn’t a good time - but I reckon that most of those who came WOULD say it was a GREAT time!

The weather started out warm to hot but with a little more wind than we would liked, and we missed a day&#146;s flying on Melbourne Cup day - but one rest day out of nine isn’t bad! From Wednesday the rally had ideal conditions, with light winds and an increasing temperature giving long flights and heights over 9,000 ft. Scattered cu’s dotted the sky on most days. Weather briefings were kindly given by Terry Bellair and Caleb White.
After Sunday’s briefing Ian Bogaard gave a presentation detailing progress on his Jaskolka restoration. This fascinating high performance vintage glider is the only one of the type in Australia and has not flown for many years. It had advanced features including easy rigging, automatic control connection, retractable undercarriage, and fowler flaps. We look forward to seeing it grace our skies once again.

Mal Bennett also gave a comprehensive rundown on progress with the Minimoa building project. This rare and beautiful gull winged sailplane has not been seen before in Australia, and the building process is very complex.

A good roll up of visiting vintage gliders, supplemented by the local ones, gave a total of thirteen vintage craft. In addition, VGA member Robert Percival visited with his Libelle, and Keith Nolan brought his Sapphire ultra-light for the morning temp trace flights

WIN TV and the Bendigo Advertiser both featured the rally in their presentations.

%lfloat%Attach:vga1.jpg"Vintage Gliders"
No vintage tasks were set, and pilots could participate in the coaching course task, nominate their own flight task, or carry out local flying. Quite a few elected to fly crosscountry as conditions improved and good progress was made each day. Certificates and Cherry Ripes were awarded at morning briefing to the pilot making the highest height, longest distance or greatest duration flight on the previous day. A vintage of a different kind, (red), was presented to the overall winners at the final briefing.

Congratulations to all who came! Some excellent flights were made, perhaps the best being the 189 km jaunt taken by Arie Van Spronssen and John `McCorquodale in the Ka-7 to Echuca and down the Murray River. However, the point in vintage gliding is not to fly farthest, fastest or highest, but to fly for the most pleasure, the most fun! Each pilot decides what he would like to do and where he would like to go on the day. There is no pressure, no stress, just the desire to enjoy vintage gliders and the company of other pilots. While the gliders of yesteryear have varying characteristics and some have limited performance, they each have their plusses, such as low sink rates and being fun to fly. There are financial advantages too, as they are often much cheaper to buy and most don’t have airframe life limitations. They also come in different colours

Vintage Gliders Australia would like to thank the members and assistants of the Bendigo Gliding Club for putting on such a friendly rally, and for all the hard work to ensure the smooth running of the rally and the well-being of all the participants. Your efforts were greatly appreciated!

%blue%''Dave G.''

!!!! Spring Flying

%rfloat%Attach:spring_flying2.jpg"Lineup ready for liftoff"
It's easy to tell the soaring season is approaching.

Despite less than perfect weather, Saturday, October 3 saw the biggest lineup of gliders for quite a while.

Taking to the air were the PW-6, Hornet, DG-101, ASW-19, two Libelles and Astir, on what turned out to be a good days flying, with many soaring flights being accomplished.

Although most of the flights were short, Paul showed everyone how it should be done by finding and following a little hawk around the sky for the longest flight of the day in his Astir.

%blue%'' Mark.''[[<<]]

!!!! Winter Dinner

%lfloat%Attach:w-dinner.jpg"Dinner at the Mt.Edgecombe"

Thanks to the organisational skills of 'Friza' and the participation of around 30 club members and their partners a pleasant, social, Saturday evening was spent at the Mount Edgecombe Hotel, Bendigo. If the noise level of the evening and the late departures were any indication then this event was another resounding success.[[<<]]

!!!! Air Force Cadets go Gliding

%rfloat%Attach:cadets.jpg"Australian Air Force Cadets"
On the weekend of June 13 and 14 the local Bendigo based 410 squadron of the Australian Air Force Cadets paid a visit to the Bendigo Gliding Club at its Raywood airfield.

Two staff and 29 cadets (6 female and 23 male) attended, with all of them getting the opportunity to fly in the gliding club's two seater aircraft, the PW-6 and Bocian.

The brisk wind and cold conditions did not affect flying at all, with about 53 flights taking place over the two days.

For many of the teenagers it was their first time in the air, but this didn't put them off, with most electing to take aerobatic flights after their initial training flight. [[<<]]


!!!! Anzac Day Model Flying

%lfloat%Attach:anzac09-1.jpg"Bendigo Group"
This year saw something of a dramatic change to the weather we have experienced over the past few years at Mount Hollowback. This time it was strong winds and low temperatures that greeted the seven club members who attended. Peter arrived at 10 am and managed to sort out a couple of models before the Bendigo contingent of Phil & Bill, Craig, Patrick and Friza & Billy drove in around 11. [[<<]]

%rfloat%Attach:anzac09-2.jpg"On the Hill"
Undeterred by winds gusting to perhaps 25 kts or more the models were ballasted up and under threat of passing showers much flying was done. North Westerly winds saw us flying over the rock strewn side of the hill, but fortunately landings below the summit were minimal. Little damage was incurred on the day in spite of the challenging winds and by 3 pm everyone agreed that they had satisfied their slope soaring urges and departed under rainy skies. [[<<]]
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!!!! Into the blue!

''' Bendigo and Grampians Gliding Clubs visit Donald, Labour Day weekend, 7th to 9th March, 2009'''
%lfloat%Attach:donald_bgo.jpg"Some of the Bendigo contingent at Donald"
Launched into a glorious blue sky behind the Callair tug at Donald, prospects and adrenalin high as nearly all the early starters stayed up and cleared the area, a nice 5 knot thermal from release in a right turn, it doesn’t get much better than this. Set course at 3,500 feet, heading towards Charlton to (rather pessimistically) follow the highway in case Bertha and trailer are called on for a retrieve.

Craig’s brave voice from one of the black boxes, “left Donald for %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]],” encourages, - if plastic can do it, wood should! Dropping 700 feet, tiptoe mode, still assessing the day and keeping height at the expense of speed. Another climb – this time to 4,000, speed up to 50 knots and back on course. Look for the sweet air, savour the moment! After all, when turning, 50% of the time is backtracking!

Problem - air is not sweet enough and back down to 1500 feet we go! Bump – straight into a nice climb back to 4,000. Passed Charlton and heading east-south-east towards %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. Pass beside the quarry as thermals are good, air is sweet and Wedderburn beckons. What’s that? Craig, out well ahead, but down low and struggling, just north of Wedderburn. Ahh, up he goes and sets course a few miles ahead. We pass Wedderburn and I confidently follow towards Mount Korong. Soon Craig is high above Mount Korong as I slip into the air he has recently used so well. Down, down, down….

Approaching the Mount some sweet air searched carefully in widening circles at minimum sink gives a few hundred feet, enough to transit to the large granite rocks of the Mount itself, crossed at 1800 feet, a mere 400 above the top – ahh, up! – oops, down! Round and round. Keep near the selected paddock Dave, safety first! Up to 2300, sneak east-south-east a kilometer &#150; down – back to the bumps! Muck around, remembering “up is not down! This is what your glider is built for – hang on to every sniff!” Why aren&#146;t the sources working? – try harder on the sunny side – nix – try the windward side – nix! Don’t be distracted by the people on the track below looking up! Do they realize how much fun I’m having…..?

It had been a great inter-club long weekend in Donald. All the usual suspects from both clubs, Bendigo and Grampians (Ararat) enjoying the flying and each other’s company. Bendigo had fielded eleven gliders, Grampians four gliders and tug, and of course Keith Willis from Bordertown club showed up. Flying in pleasant mild weather was good, getting better as the weekend progressed. Thermals, however, were not to be taken for granted, cu’s popped - and disappeared just as quickly, a few low scrapes were had by most pilots, who generally reached heights to four and almost five thousand feet. The Jeffcott Pub on Saturday night served excellent food and drink, and lots of stories were told. The barbeque in the caravan park on Sunday night was great (thanks guys and girls), a carnivore’s delight and even bigger stories were told!


Back at Mount Korong, a few hundred feet more allows another attempt at moving on track, this time to a nice thermal, all of two knots all the way round – oh joy!! Slowly, carefully, don’t waste it!! Up to 3,500 feet and I’m off on course again – phew! Twenty five minutes of pure adrenalin!
%cfloat%Attach:donald_track.jpg"Track from Donald to Bendigo"
Heights up to 4,500 as we settle down to eating miles again! Long glides but occasional thermals help keep the pace on, wave “Hi!” to Jean and Bruce McClymont’s farm abeam Bridgewater, won’t be dropping in on them today as I check final glide in the seven knot headwind. 5000 feet and 25 miles become 4000 and 20.

Three thousand and 15 miles becomes two thousand at ten miles. At this rate I will arrive 500 feet below the airfield! Where are those thermals?? Pass south of %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] town, but I need some lift first! It comes, slow and sweet, drags me up 500 and dies. Move out, search for it!

At last, half a kilometer away – 7 knots! What, where have you been all day?! Straight up, the luxury of 6,600 feet, a diversion towards Bendigo City to check out the recent bushfire damage. A nice spot landing to be met by Craig’s smiling “What kept you? Let’s take some photographs!” I just can’t wait for next year!

Bendigo gliders to attend were PW-6, Junior, Woodstock, Super Woodstock, `ESKa6, PW-5, `ASW19, Hornet, Astir, DG-100 and LS-1
Grampians gliders were Janus, PIK-20, `LS1F, `ASW20.
Bordertown glider PW-5.

%blue%'' Dave Goldsmith.''
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!!!! Silver C congratulations!
%lfloat%Attach:silver_c.jpg"The drinks are on Frank and Mark"

Frank and Mark both received their Silver C badge awards last week, on Monday 9-3-09.

Naturally Saturday's drinks at the bar were generously provided by the pair, which was a good thing - especially for Paul.

You see, only the three of them turned up on Saturday.

Just goes to show that it pays to turn up, even on a rainy day!

%blue%'' Mark.''
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!!!! Craig and Paul compete at Horsham
%rfloat%Attach:horsh_astir.jpg"Astir and Super Arrow ready to takeoff"
For the past few years Craig and Paul Dilks have made the trip to Horsham Week, and this year was no different.
Paul had his Astir KYP in tow and Craig had the club's Super Arrow GYS ready to race.

The two of them entered sports class which means 15 meters, no flaps or water ballast. The class also allows 2 seat gliders up to 20 meters.
About lunch time on Friday February 6 Paul and Craig arrived to rig, tie down and to enter the comp.
Arriving early means on Saturday all they had to do is a DI and clean the gliders.

On Saturday the 7th the day was cancelled due to the extreme conditions which gripped Victoria.
The caravan park they were staying at came under threat from a grass fire which went around the boundary fence.
Craig and Paul had left earlier and took all their stuff out to the glider club to wait it out.

At about 7:30pm we called the park to ask if it was safe to come back, and the owner said they were OK but had no power.
On the way back the guys got stopped the Police barricade for three hours before being allowed to continue to the park.
Sunday was also cancelled due to poor conditions and the events the day before.

Monday the 9th started out looking fine and that’s what they said at morning briefing. Time to race at last.
The task for sports class was Marnoo, Warracknabeal and back to Horsham.
The last leg should have been the hardest because it was the most direct into the wind but Craig and Paul found it was the easiest with lots of thermal streeting.

Tuesday was cancelled due to the really poor weather, they launched five gliders and within 10 minutes three had landed. The lift up there was very hard to work and the remaining two gliders just struck it lucky and found a half-good bit.

Wednesday came and the weather had settled down so the racing was back on.
The task for sports class was Minyip, Ellam and back to Horsham. This was an AAT task with 20 km circles around the turn points.
Most of the fleet had a hard time getting home into the strong head wind. Craig had a big struggle in the Super Arrow - it took him 2 hrs 20 mins to make it home with an average speed for that leg of 27kph.

Both Thursday and Friday where fairly good with good lift and light winds. Paul and Craig completed the set tasks with ease. They started seeing heights of up to 8000ft and six to eight knot climbs.
Saturday was the final Day of Horsham week. What a scorcher! That’s what best describes the day.

It was a 2 hour run task, Murtoa, Warrackabeal , Antwerp and back to Horsham. The aim is to go as far as you can before you run out of time.
Paul in his Astir KYP did over 200km in the time at an avg speed of 105kph. Craig in the Super Arrow GYS did 182km in the 2hrs with speed of 91kph. Craig hoped to break the 100kph but it wasn’t to be.
A great time had by both of them and they look forward to Horsham week 2010.

%blue%'' Craig.''
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!!!! Horsham Coaching Week: January 31 – February 6, 2009
%lfloat%Attach:horsham_airfield.jpg"Horsham city with airfield at top"
Horsham Coaching Week was held from Saturday, January 31 to Friday, February 6, and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this event.

The first day was put aside for people to arrive, begin rigging their gliders and generally settle in and get organised.
This proceeded well, with all pitching in to rig each other’s gliders, the only problem being the withering 44 deg temperatures, made worse by a blast-furnace wind.

Overall 15 attendees arrived, as well as nine coaches and several pilots preparing for the competition week which was to immediately follow the coaching week.
On Sunday some people were still rigging, but after that pilots unfamiliar to Horsham took area check flights with instructors, so I went up with Ian Grant in the VMFG Duo Discus for a pleasant flight of over one hour.

%rfloat%Attach:gridded.jpg"Gridded up and ready to go."
The structure of the course was well organised, with each day beginning at 9 am with general announcements and operational issues being covered. These were followed by reviews of the previous day’s flying, usually with several flight traces being analysed.

Instructional talks on various gliding related subjects came next, generally including some discussion on the subject matter with pilots relating their own experiences.
After a short break the prevailing weather conditions were presented and discussed, with a task then being planned taking the weather information into account.

Glider allocations then took place, with coaches and students being assigned, and lead-and-follow or dual flying pairs being organised.
Following this about an hour was allocated for pilots to get organised, DI their aircraft, get flight plans programmed into their GPS etc, then gridding took place.
Typically the first glider on the grid was the PW-5 of Keith Willis. Everyone reckoned if he couldn’t stay up then no-one could, so Keith got the job of sniffer.

On a personal note, three flights stood out for me during this week. The first resulted in my first outlanding, where I travelled 137 km out of the task of 140 km, landing in a large paddock only 3 km from the airfield, battling a 20 kt headwind.
The second flight was one taken directly south to the Grampians. While the task was set to the north and most people headed that way a few of us elected not to do the task.
%lfloat%Attach:grampians2.jpg"The Grampians. Note the dry fields"
Instead we headed towards a breaking line of cu’s which presented a nice street leading all the way to the Grampians. This was a very scenic and enjoyable flight of over four hours. Of the people who did the task there were about six outlandings, so as soon as I landed I was on the job helping to derig and transport these.
The last memorable flight was a task to Arapiles silo, north over the Little Desert to Nhill, then across to Jeparit and back to Horsham, which I then flew around locally for a few hours to achieve the 5-hour requirement for Silver C.

The only real downside of the week was the weather, which was generally very hot with quite a few windy days.
Company was good, meals offered by the hard working members of the Horsham Flying Club were great and a lot of excellent flights took place.
Several attendees achieved some or all of the requirements for their Silver C and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the next Horsham coaching week to those interested in improving their cross-country flying skills.

%blue%'' Mark.''
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!!!!October 25
%lfloat%Attach:frank101.jpg"Frank and his new toy"
Frank's immaculate `DG101 arrived at the field on Friday, and was rigged on Saturday.
Soon after lunch Frank made his first few flights in his new acquisition and we couldn't wipe the smile from his face.
%rfloat%Attach:paving.jpg"Hitting the bricks"
Meanwhile, the working-bee continued, with a tractor mowing the field, bricks getting cleaned and laid, and general trimming, mowing and cleaning up around the club house area.
All is now looking good for the upcoming Cup weekend activities.

%blue%'' Mark.''
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!!!!October 11
%lfloat%Attach:10k_climb.jpg"10k and Climbing"
The field was a hive of activity on Saturday, with everything seeming to be happening at once.
Frank was busy digging holes with his Bobcat, Peter and Mal doing work around the clubhouse, bricks being cleaned, gliders being assembled, on top of all the usual preparations being made for flying. Ka-6's were out in force, with David and Jenne's prepped and ready to go, and John Mackley's being reassembled for its first flight in a while. David Parham's Libelle had just returned from its form 2 ready to take to the air, and many other gliders including the PW-6, Sparrow, Junior, Phil's Libelle, ASW-19, PW-5 and LS-1 were rolled out onto the strip to fly.
%rfloat%Attach:bobcat.jpg"Franks Assets"
Gliders launched into what initially looked to be an average October day, but this rapidly developed into what can only be described as a "boomer". Cumulus clouds began popping out everywhere, almost all of them providing excellent lift. Most pilots had no great plans for cross country flights when they launched, but this quickly changed as the conditions provided excellent opportunities for long distances to be covered. Gliders disappeared in all directions on their ad-hoc tasks. Many gliders broke the 10,000 and 11,000 ft barriers, with straight line flying betwen regions of lift the order of the day. Cloud base was around 11,500 feet, and the main problem everyone seemed to have was getting back down, with most having to apply full airbrakes to get to circuit height. ..%blue%'' Mark.''[[<<]]
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!!!!A Great Weekend at Echuca September 21-22
%lfloat%Attach:riggingpw-6.jpg"Rigging out of the wind"
Four glider trailers from Bendigo arrived in close formation at Echuca
Airport at about 9.15 am on Saturday morning, 20th September, heralding the start of a great weekend for all concerned. Peter Raphael with his Woodstock, followed by Mal Bennett with his Monerai, followed by Mark Kerr with his PW-5, with Paul and Craig Dilks bringing up the rear with the Bendigo Gliding Club's PW-6 two seater. They were met at the gate by Echuca locals and Bendigo Gliding Club members John and Sian Mackley, and Dave and Jenne Goldsmith who had driven - snail-like - to Echuca the previous day in trusty "Bertha" the Bedford motorhome. Other club members to blow in, apart from Tug pilot Tim Cook and Ralph Keller with the Maule towplane, were Keith Evans with Robyn and Kim, David Parham, Kevin Harrison and Colin Campbell. Blow in was the operative word, for the wind blew and blew, the Maule was quickly stowed in the hangar, and the PW-6 was rigged - also in the hangar. Most visitors then took advantage of the tourist attractions in the town - including the riverboat port and shops, to fill in a pleasant afternoon. John had a delicious barbeque ready by 6 o'clock in the Echuca Aero Club's well-appointed and comfortable clubroom.

Sunday dawned clear and calm, and the rigging party started as the
Monerai, Woodstock and PW-5 were removed from trailers and assembled to
their full glory. Neil Friswell, Billy Hughes, Phil and Mandy Organ,
Patrick and Ingrid Roberts, and Rod Jewell showed up to enjoy the day.
Flying got underway using Runway 35 grass left as the warm breeze built
up to about 8 knots and thermals started to pop. Most pilots managed to
get away from their first attempt, and three visitors enjoyed their
flights in the two-seater, one thrilled by his birthday present (a
flight) and leaving for the party to follow. All visitors enjoyed their
experience and expressed their desire to glide again.

Mal Bennett carried out his evaluation flight after a twenty-year inspection of his Monerai, which had not flown for the last five years. Craig then tried the V-tailed glider, and Mal flew it again to show how good it really is, having already logged about 550 hours on his little gem. Peter Raph had a long soaring flight in the Woodstock, and Mark had a nice flight in the PW-5. Mark then kindly offered his pride and joy to Jenne, who joyfully went soaring while crying crocodile tears over her absent Ka6! Jenne followed this up with a nice flight courtesy of Peter in his Woodstock, then Paul also enjoyed the Woodstock. Meanwhile members and visitors continued to keep the PW-6 busy with training and local flights, but the prize goes to Patrick in the PW-5 who stayed up long into the afternoon and found some shear wave lift that gave him the top altitude for the day of 5,700 FEET - also keeping him out from under our FEET while we derigged the gliders!.

Sunday was monthly competition day for the Echuca Aero Club, and the
lunch, including roast lamb, chicken and veges, followed up by chocolate cake for sweets, was well appreciated by the large gathering of power and glider pilots and friends present. Tim was working so hard in the towplane that a sumptuous plate of goodies, covered by foil, was presented to him on the field - we do look after our tow pilots!
Bertha's kitchen was also appreciated on the launch point by those
needing a tea or coffee, and she performed sterling service as a wind
break. The formation flight put on by the Yak and Stearman, followed by
the majestic solo aerobatics of the Stearman, were a highlight of the
day. In the late afternoon, John put a smile on Keith's dial by taking
him flying in the Aero Club's Jabiru.

All round the weekend was a wonderful success - a great experience for
the Bendigo Club members and a wonderful chance to share our interest in sport flying with the Echuca Aero Club members. Thanks are especially due to John Mackley, who worked tirelessly and sacrificed his own flying to ensure the success of the visit. Many thanks are also due to the members of the Echuca Aero Club, a very friendly and hospitable group of aviation enthusiasts, who unselfishly shared their facilities and supported this happy bunch of wandering glider pilots. Hopefully one day soon we can return the favour. Finally, a big THANK-YOU to everyone who contributed to this great weekend!

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The weather was a bit windy on Saturday, but warm at 25 degrees. Thermals went to over 5000 feet, but were a bit broken up by the wind. Nevertheless, some reasonable flights were done on the day.
One of the pics shows the fields are finally getting a bit of colour in them, although this probably won't last too long into the hot weather.
The hangar looks to be almost ready, with the doors sitting on the ground ready to be attached. Once this is done it should be ready to take gliders.
%rfloat%Attach:spring.jpg"Springtime colour"
Bill's LS-1 took to the air on Saturday. I think it had just completed its form 2 and is back in service.The PW-5 was derigged away on Saturday for the Echuca weekend, and the PW-6 derigged on Sunday..%blue%'' Mark.''[[<<]]


!!!!Nearly there! August 17
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Now with wall and roof cladding on, Hangar 3 is almost ready for its new tenants.%blue%'' picture: Craig.''[[<<]]

!!!!Hangar Rises! August 3
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!!!!Pie Night & AGM July 26 &27
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As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal on the AGM Weekend. While the majority of members present on Saturday decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties prepared for us.

The tally for the day was 25 launches and at least one pie and pastie for each person present (some were further observed to over-indulge themselves!). Some of those members absent at the dinner were lucky enough to share the experience for lunch the next day. A BIG Thank You to Bill and Neil for their significant contribution to the social club.
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At the AGM on Sunday Jack gave a summary of the past years achievements before initiating the appointment of [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ContactOrVisitUs|new office bearers]]. With Peter Raphael elected as President supported by David Tickner as Vice President and the perennial Treasurer, Rob Young, a protracted meeting ensued. Other new appointments are Mark Kerr and David Goldsmith as ordinary members of the committee.

It would appear the that club is going to be quite busy over the next year dealing with lots of diverse issues spawned by the growth and enthusiasm we are now experiencing. New hangars, more private gliders,launch method development and strip maintenance being just some of the issues coming under scrutiny.[[<<]]
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Saturday, August 30 turned out to be an excellent end to the winter season, with bright blue skies and little wind.

A number of members took advantage of the conditions to get annual flight checks completed, keeping the PW-6 and the tug busy all day.
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!!!! Pleasant winter flying
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!!!! Bertha outlands
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Frank flew on Sunday to the grampians soaring club to claim the Come And Get Me Trophy, well done to everyone on the ground to make this possible.
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Frank flew on Sunday to the grampians soaring club to claim the Come And Get Me Trophy, well done to everyone on the ground to make this possible.
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After a quick briefing and site tour by Mark Bland we got three gliders out of the hangar - an Astir CS77, Pilatus and the IS28 and that’s when our GFA President showed up with is `ASW19b in tow.
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After a quick briefing and site tour by Mark Bland we got three gliders out of the hangar - an Astir CS77, Pilatus and the IS28 and that&#146;s when our GFA President showed up with is `ASW19b in tow.
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!!!%blue%'''"Frank flew on Sunday to the grampians soaring club to claim the Come And Get Me Trophy, well done to every one on the ground to make this possible.
We now have the trophy once again"'''



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!!!%blue%'''"Some more photos of the best looking tug in Oz (when it arrives)"'''

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The EuroFOX tug has lead the way as a dedicated Rotax powered glider tug since its approval in 2011. Having now demonstrated at over 25 of some of the most demanding UK gliding sites, the EuroFOX is truly the UK benchmark for Rotax powered glider tugs.

The EuroFOX has been aerotowing in Europe and Australia for a decade, most sites being difficult grass airstrips. The EuroFOX can be specified as a tail dragger or nose wheel, and with the majority of UK gliding sites being uneven grass strips, often boggy, sometimes short in length, only the EuroFOX tail dragger with tundra tyres will do.

It is a fact of life that others will try to follow a successful, innovative and market leading product. However, gliding clubs choose future tugs based on performance, suitability, value, usability, durability and pilot safety: in all these aspects and more, the EuroFOX is unrivalled as a dedicated liquid cooled Rotax 100 HP tug.
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The `EuroFOX tug has lead the way as a dedicated Rotax powered glider tug since its approval in 2011. Having now demonstrated at over 25 of some of the most demanding UK gliding sites, the `EuroFOX is truly the UK benchmark for Rotax powered glider tugs.

The `EuroFOX has been aerotowing in Europe and Australia for a decade, most sites being difficult grass airstrips. The `EuroFOX can be specified as a tail dragger or nose wheel, and with the majority of UK gliding sites being uneven grass strips, often boggy, sometimes short in length, only the `EuroFOX tail dragger with tundra tyres will do.

It is a fact of life that others will try to follow a successful, innovative and market leading product. However, gliding clubs choose future tugs based on performance, suitability, value, usability, durability and pilot safety: in all these aspects and more, the `EuroFOX is unrivalled as a dedicated liquid cooled Rotax 100 HP tug.
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We have completed close to 1000 tows of all our club fleet coming up to the end of the first year of EuroFOX operation. This is at least 30% up on previous years. Our membership has increased by 28% and we run an extra day (Friday) during the summer months. We have had to replace the brake discs after 800 tows (£60) and have small crack in one spat, other than this the aircraft has performed faultlessly.
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We have completed close to 1000 tows of all our club fleet coming up to the end of the first year of `EuroFOX operation. This is at least 30% up on previous years. Our membership has increased by 28% and we run an extra day (Friday) during the summer months. We have had to replace the brake discs after 800 tows (£60) and have small crack in one spat, other than this the aircraft has performed faultlessly.
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10 November 2012. Tail dragger EuroFOXG-ETUG RW 20, Wind 170 5-10 kts. Whole afternoon aerotowing the Club and private gliders. A noticeably better tug in tail wheel configuration, with no complaints from the customers! 1 tow worthy of note - DG1000 (20 mtr tips600 kg+) towed with gear down crewed by 2 well-fed airline pilots, one flying like a mediocre 'Bloggs'. Rate of climb at 5000 feet asl showed 350 fpm.
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10 November 2012. Tail dragger `EuroFOXG-ETUG RW 20, Wind 170 5-10 kts. Whole afternoon aerotowing the Club and private gliders. A noticeably better tug in tail wheel configuration, with no complaints from the customers! 1 tow worthy of note - `DG1000 (20 mtr tips600 kg+) towed with gear down crewed by 2 well-fed airline pilots, one flying like a mediocre 'Bloggs'. Rate of climb at 5000 feet asl showed 350 fpm.
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!!!%blue%'''"Should be in the container and shipped next week"'''

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Approaching the Mount some sweet air searched carefully in widening circles at minimum sink gives a few hundred feet, enough to transit to the large granite rocks of the Mount itself, crossed at 1800 feet, a mere 400 above the top – ahh, up! – oops, down! Round and round. Keep near the selected paddock Dave, safety first! Up to 2300, sneak east-south-east a kilometer &#150; down – back to the bumps! Muck around, remembering “up is not down! This is what your glider is built for – hang on to every sniff!” Why aren’t the sources working? – try harder on the sunny side – nix – try the windward side – nix! Don’t be distracted by the people on the track below looking up! Do they realize how much fun I’m having…..?
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Approaching the Mount some sweet air searched carefully in widening circles at minimum sink gives a few hundred feet, enough to transit to the large granite rocks of the Mount itself, crossed at 1800 feet, a mere 400 above the top – ahh, up! – oops, down! Round and round. Keep near the selected paddock Dave, safety first! Up to 2300, sneak east-south-east a kilometer &#150; down – back to the bumps! Muck around, remembering “up is not down! This is what your glider is built for – hang on to every sniff!” Why aren&#146;t the sources working? – try harder on the sunny side – nix – try the windward side – nix! Don’t be distracted by the people on the track below looking up! Do they realize how much fun I’m having…..?
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!!!! Bertha outlands
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!!!! Bertha outlands
Bailey performs his first outlanding and retrieve having solo'd Bonfire Bertha
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Approaching the Mount some sweet air searched carefully in widening circles at minimum sink gives a few hundred feet, enough to transit to the large granite rocks of the Mount itself, crossed at 1800 feet, a mere 400 above the top – ahh, up! – oops, down! Round and round. Keep near the selected paddock Dave, safety first! Up to 2300, sneak east-south-east a kilometer &#150; down – back to the bumps! Muck around, remembering “up is not down! This is what your glider is built for – hang on to every sniff!” Why aren’t the sources working? – try harder on the sunny side – nix – try the windward side – nix! Don’t be distracted by the people on the track below looking up! Do they realize how much fun I’m having…..?
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!!!! Our Tug

"Some lead, others follow"

The EuroFOX tug has lead the way as a dedicated Rotax powered glider tug since its approval in 2011. Having now demonstrated at over 25 of some of the most demanding UK gliding sites, the EuroFOX is truly the UK benchmark for Rotax powered glider tugs.

The EuroFOX has been aerotowing in Europe and Australia for a decade, most sites being difficult grass airstrips. The EuroFOX can be specified as a tail dragger or nose wheel, and with the majority of UK gliding sites being uneven grass strips, often boggy, sometimes short in length, only the EuroFOX tail dragger with tundra tyres will do.

It is a fact of life that others will try to follow a successful, innovative and market leading product. However, gliding clubs choose future tugs based on performance, suitability, value, usability, durability and pilot safety: in all these aspects and more, the EuroFOX is unrivalled as a dedicated liquid cooled Rotax 100 HP tug.



· The only Rotax dedicated tug available as a tail wheel with tundras.

· Approved and proven to aerotow gliders upto 750 kg all up weight

· Visibility is superb with in all directions, even behind

· A huge tug payload of 270kgs, making 2 in the tug for training a reality

· The EuroFOX has a very low noise "footprint" compared to conventional tugs

· No engine shock loading in the descent due to the LSA dominant Rotax liquid cooled engine

· 2 people in the tug for pilot training, nav training and power syndication in a club environment - perfectly allowable as an aircraft (despite misleading claims from others)

· The tug of choice for the Pribina cup and European gliding championships

· Proven as an economical and very capable tug in Europe since 2005

Banbury GC, Hinton in the hedges

We have completed close to 1000 tows of all our club fleet coming up to the end of the first year of EuroFOX operation. This is at least 30% up on previous years. Our membership has increased by 28% and we run an extra day (Friday) during the summer months. We have had to replace the brake discs after 800 tows (£60) and have small crack in one spat, other than this the aircraft has performed faultlessly.



Yorkshire GC, Sutton Bank

10 November 2012. Tail dragger EuroFOXG-ETUG RW 20, Wind 170 5-10 kts. Whole afternoon aerotowing the Club and private gliders. A noticeably better tug in tail wheel configuration, with no complaints from the customers! 1 tow worthy of note - DG1000 (20 mtr tips600 kg+) towed with gear down crewed by 2 well-fed airline pilots, one flying like a mediocre 'Bloggs'. Rate of climb at 5000 feet asl showed 350 fpm.


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!!!! Bertha outlands
Bailey performs his first outlanding and retrieve having solo'd Bonfire Bertha
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!!!! Create the Caption Competition%rfloat%Attach:colinpeter.jpg"Colin points, Peter bows head"

Now just what was Colin saying to Peter during the Melbourne Cup Week camp?

Do you have a caption for this picture?

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!!!!SPOT THE PHIL COMPETITION


%float%Attach:phildog2.jpg"Which one is Phil."

Phil's dog was seen wearing his hat on Friday, December 30, making it confusing for members to tell them apart at the field.

To win the competition you must identify which is our real CFI, Phil Organ, the face on the left or the face on the right. The winner gets to eat a raw chicken supplied by the dog.

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!!!! Congratulations to Peter Raphael for clocking up 500 hours in the Woodstock, who said it will not last??
Peter well done and keep the scores comming on the OLC.

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!!!! Australian Air Force Cadets visit%rfloat%Attach:cadetstom.jpg"Tom takes a cadet for a fly in the PW-6"


On Saturday, December 1, the gliding club held a flying day for the Bendigo branch of the Australian Air Force Cadets.

%lfloat%Attach:cadetsgroup.jpg"Cadets mingle between flights"

A total of 16 cadets and one supervisor attended, and the gliding club provided two 2-seat gliders for the day.

Despite cloudy and relatively cool conditions (for this time of year), over 30 flights were made, with most of the cadets getting airborne twice.

Flight duration was generally short due to a lack of thermals on the day, however the cadets all went home happy to have had the unique experience of a winch launch and circuit in a glider.

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On Sunday, November 18, John Bucannon and Alf McMillan landed in their Duo Discus to claim the Come and Get It trophy, to take it to Bacchus Marsh.
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On Sunday, November 18, John Buchanan and Alf Mc Millan from the Geelong
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The pair had a good tail wind to help them get to Bendigo, but we are unsure if they made it home against the wind, however given the good lift it seems likely.

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!!!! "Come and Get It" trophy goes to Bacchus%rfloat%Attach:celebrate.jpg"Alf and John celebrate claiming the trophy"


On Sunday, November 18, John Bucannon and Alf McMillan landed in their Duo Discus to claim the Come and Get It trophy, to take it to Bacchus Marsh.


%rfloat%Attach:landing.jpg"John and Alf just after landing at Raywood"
The pair had a good tail wind to help them get to Bendigo, but we are unsure if they made it home against the wind, however given the good lift it seems likely.

The NSWGA trophy had previously been brought to Bendigo from Mt Beauty by Peter Raphael and Frank van der Hoeven, so the Bacchus crew have managed to take it even further into Victorian territory, making it more difficult for NSW to get it back.
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!!!! Melbourne Cup Week Coaching Camp%rfloat%Attach:novgrid.jpg"Around 20 glider gridded"

There was a good turnout of around 20 visiting gliders for the annual Melbourne Cup Week activities.

%lfloat%Attach:stevetakeoff.jpg"Steve takes the ASW-19 into the air"


Weather on the Saturday and Sunday was good, however it deteriorated after that, not improving again until Thursday.

By then many visitors had to head home, however a few remained to get some cross country flying in.
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!!!! Create the Caption Competition%rfloat%Attach:colinpeter.jpg"Colin points, Peter bows head"

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!!!! Bendigo Cup Day%rfloat%Attach:craigjack.jpg"Jack gets a helping hand into the PW-6"

Wednesday, October 31 was Bendigo Cup Day holiday so a number of members turned up to fly.

Craig managed to get his nephew Jack into the air in the PW-6 for his first ever flight, and a couple of quick passenger flights took place, but unfortunately the day quickly deteriorated due to blustery winds, becoming marginal for flying.

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Patrick got his model briefly into the air, for a few flights, but the highlight of the day was the return of the ASW-19.

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Dillon (Neil's grandson) had his first glider flight on Sunday the 23rd of September with his Granddad, while it may only lasted 7 to 8 minutes he did enjoyed it tremendously. In Neil's own words He is keen as mustard wants more flights , and wants to learn , a future glider pilot.
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The weather started out warm to hot but with a little more wind than we would liked, and we missed a day&#146;s flying on Melbourne Cup day - but one rest day out of nine isn’t bad! From Wednesday the rally had ideal conditions, with light winds and an increasing temperature giving long flights and heights over 9,000 ft. Scattered cu’s dotted the sky on most days. Weather briefings were kindly given by Terry Bellair and Caleb White.
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!!!! New Recruit

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See "The Monster" model take her test flight on the evening of Bonfire Night.

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!!!%green%Milestones
!!!!June 28-29
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This weekend two quite different milestone were achieved. On Saturday, Neil Friswell aka 'Friza', soloed in the PW-6. Neil is an accomplished aeromodeller who has decided to demonstrate his flying skills from inside the aircraft. Congratulations Neil!
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Bonfire Night is over again for another year and this time it was at least as good as the last, with lots of entertainment. Tim and Laurel flew down from Tocumwal in the Maule again, and with the PW-6 returning to service after its annual maintenance and the Blanik gaining acceptance, it gave members an opportunity to refresh their aerotow skills.

While a cold southwesterly kept everyone rugged up it did not deter the modeling activities, as dusk approached Phil dragged out the 'Rascal' to perform some scale aerotow and the air-dropping of items designed to entertain. Modellers were well represented this year with the likes of Col Collyer, Dete Hasse and other VARMS members with their quarter scale gliders and a number of the [[http://www.brcac.asn.au/|Bendigo Modellers]] flying illuminated electrics. Even Caleb and Patch persevered into the darkness with their control line models in a determined effort to complete at least one lap with their aging but patient models.
%rfloat%Attach:bon_08.jpg"Dinner is served"

Bill Matthews and Friza took charge of the catering ,performing admirably in the kitchen, preparing a selection of soups and a beautiful roast beef dinner. Even when the genny failed during dinner and we had to resort to the low voltage lighting it did little to impede the enjoyment of the meal and the great company of the assembled. With around 60 people attending it proved the viability of the clubhouse in hosting large groups.

After dinner Phil fired off a few hot air balloons adorned with sparklers and as the bonfire was ignited people filtered out to enjoy the entertainment. After launching his hydrogen balloon, an impressive conflagration, Peter put Big Bertha, a veteran of 3 previous events, into the air several times in the hope of finding a thermal over the fire. Frank also took the opportunity to engage with Surface to Air Missiles in the form of skyrockets, but failed to score a kill. Maybe next year Frank?
%lfloat%Attach:ralph.jpg"Ralph launches"
Meanwhile back at the bonfire, Ralph was given the opportunity of sacrificing one of Paul's old slope soarers to the gods of gliding with a perfect hand launch into the flames.

Sunday dawned and besides a little modelling activity there was scant enthusiasm for gliding activity. The stiff breeze and bleary eyes told the story. After a protracted meeting covering a lot of business and the rigging / derigging of gliders under maintenance, most chose to leave early to repair to warmer surroundings. In all, another successful weekends activity that is sure to be repeated next year. Don't miss it![[<<]][[<<]]
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!!!%green%Another "New" Glider
!!!!June 01
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Last weekend Caleb and I drove to Stonefield to get the Blanik. Saturday morning started with a 5:30am rise, which for me is very rare. I normally surface about 9am, but with 695 km to drive I had to make an effort, even Caleb said he doesnt get up this early on Christmas morning. At 5:50 we jumped into my car and started out, the plan being to swap drivers every hour just to make the trip easier on both of us. Our first long stop was in Ouyen, at the Mallee Bakery, for some much needed food. The pies are worth the long drive. After the 15 minute break headed for Mildura which we thought would be the first fuel stop, as it turned out we didn't stop and kept on going out the other side for half an hour before refueling. Over 400km on 40 ltrs of juice, not bad.

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Down the track a bit further we found a Macca's at Renmark for lunch. Now that we had made it into South Oz the excitement was fairly building, not far to go before we get to see the Blanik at Stonefield. At 2:05pm we arrived at Stonefield and it was then I learned why it was called Stonefield. Not much grass but heaps of stones, for a short time it could have be Mars. Fortunately the Adelaide Uni guys had derigged the glider for us and had it pointed in the right direction. Good job.
At 3pm and after seeing one launch and a taken tour of the club house and hangers we set out for the run back to Victoria. Not having towed this trailer before I was pleasantly surprised at how well it ran. Sitting on 100kmph it rolled along nicely, not even a wobble when trucks went by, the fuel consumption did suffer though.

%rfloat%Attach:blanik2.jpg"Fuel Stop"
Half way between Remark and the border the sun set and we knew it was going to be a long night. In Mildura we halted for tea and a driver stop. Heading on home I decided we would go via Swan Hill because I didn't like the idea of driving through the scrub country. On reaching Swan Hill, and as we needed fuel, Caleb brought up the petrol stations on the Navman. The closest one was on the Truck bypass route but 10 o'clock at night and it was all in darkness, so we had to head for the main street. As we turned into the main street a Police car pulled up behind us and followed us all the way to the petrol station. We were thinking, "what have we done?", turns out they wanted to look at the glider because they had taken a flight at the Swan Hill club and they had loved it.

2 hours to run before we would be back home in %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. We arrived there at 11:50 pm, put the glider in the back annexe and headed into Bendigo and to my place. A 1464km round trip. The Blanik flew the next day. %blue%''Craig.''
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!!!%green%New Glider
!!!!May 10
%lfloat%Attach:rigging_k6.jpg"Rigging the Ka6"
John Mackley flew his recently acquired Ka6cr for the first time this weekend. Racking up 3 flights on Saturday, John was able to appreciate the excellent climbing abilities of this German built glider, in what were challenging conditions. It may be some time before John will lose the permanent smile he carried this weekend!
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Mark's PW-5 also returned to service after its Form 2.
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!!!%green%Anzac Day
!!!!April 25-27

As the Anzac Day holiday fell on a Friday the opportunity presented itself for a number of club members to take advantage of the long weekend and make the trek for a day's slope soaring at Mount Hollowback near Creswick followed by a weekend at the club.

With most arriving on the hill mid morning it was not long before the sky was filled with models. While dark clouds threatened the rain remained at bay and a reasonable breeze throughout the day from the north meant that there was sufficient wind for the more aerobatic models while still being within the scope of the floaters. Frank made several valiant attempts with a borrowed model but the transition to a mode 1 transmitter proved his downfall and in the end and in spite of Frizas excellent skills no amount of tape and glue could rectify matters. Packaging tape was the order of the day and kept a number of models going, however as Chris found, when a foam Zagi turns into a beanbag no amount of determination will make it fly. Phil Organ terrorised everyone doing beat-ups with his DG 500, Paul found the day tiring, probably from all the walking he had to do. Ralph attempted some dual instruction with Craig which did not have the desired outcome. "My Aircraft!" can sometimes be too late. Mal was physically attacked by Geoffs F18 and in the distraction failed to pullout of a loop. In spite of a degree of attrition all agreed it was great day and look forward to returning. Ralph should have some pictures here soon!

After all the excitement it was back to Phils place for a barbeque and a debrief on the days activity. Saturday the field was fairly quiet with no flying, just a meeting of the winch committee and those present getting a head start for Sundays working bee and attending to maintenance tasks around the club.

Sunday was filled with the monthly meeting and plenty of activity on a variety of tasks. The Tickners laboured away on the new floor for the PW-6 trailer. Peter, Mal and John Mackley completed guttering at the front of the clubhouse. Paul and Friza organised the concreting of the turnaround posts at the end of the field while Phil and Craig sorted out the winch motor and obsolete field cars. A number of others shared their time around these and other tasks. To be honest, I was too busy with my own work to take note of everyone, but all that were there did pitch in and got a lot of work done. Toward the end of the day most of the remaining members lent a hand in removing concrete tie downs on the new hangar site. This turned out to be a formidable task with a satisfying outcome. Things are looking good for this weekends visitors.




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!!!%green%Easter Weekend
!!!!March 21-24
Good thermals and pleasant weather with temperatures in the mid
twenties gave pleasant soaring on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to the
clubmembers able to take advantage of the Easter break. Good Friday
did not provide a good start however, as crosswind conditions deterred
pilots who preferred to socialise on the ground.

Saturday's wind was quite light and Paul Dilks flew crosscountry in his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]] to Gunbower, in conditions of streeting cumulus, while heights of up to 7,500 were available. Keith Evans enjoyed a long flight, his first in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#UKF|ASW19]], sharing a thermal with Dave Goldsmith in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GNB|K6]]. Some visitors from Central Coast Gliding Club, NSW, checked out the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]].
%lfloat%Attach:easter.jpg"Easter Camp"
Sunday was a little more difficult, the wooden [[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]] with Dave and the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GNB|Ka6]] with Jenne being the only ones to exceed one hour. Mal Bennett had a nice flight in the Junior, and Dennis Hipperson converted to the Junior. Monday had good thermals for those lucky enough to blunder into one, but many circuits were practiced! Sian Mackley had a circuit and a soaring flight while training in the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]]. A threatening thunderstorm brought the day to a close early as all present had done some flights, except Sian's son Lloyd, who departed with John in the Jabiru before the storm arrived. Lloyd will be attending University in Bendigo, and has already completed 18 glider flights in New Zealand. We hope to welcome him as a new member soon.

A great time was had by all at the informal Club Dinner at the
Queen's Arms, Bendigo, on Saturday evening. The dinner was very well
attended, the sumptuous meals leaving little room for desserts!
Attendance at the club monthly meeting next morning was a little tardy,
but the spirited agenda soon woke the growing crowd! A lively discussion preceded the motion that we accept an offer for the [[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]], which was defeated by a very narrow margin. Also, during the weekend some brick paving was re-laid around the clubhouse after the termite treatment.

All in all, a very relaxed and enjoyable weekend!
%blue%''Anon.''
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!!!%green%Long Weekend at Donald!
!!!!March 8-10

What a great weekend! As with last year the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/index.htm|Ararat]] and Bendigo clubs met at the Donald Airfield to share what turned out to be 3 excellent days of flying and personal achievements. The advance guard in the guise of Frank and Phil `McCann headed over on Friday to greet Brian the tuggie with the Callair and the Janus while the majority of our members arrived via %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] on Saturday.
%rfloat%Attach:rigging.jpg"Rigging The Gliders"

All of the Bendigo club gliders were there, and a majority of the private ones too. In all the excitement Ben T. discovered on arrival that he had left behind most of his gear and had to drive to Warracknabeal to get a sleeping bag! Even Dave and Jenne in ‘Bertha’ arrived in due course and made her apology by providing ample shade for all during the hot afternoons. John V arrived in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GVQ|Dimona]] later in the day, having flown from %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] with plans to stay the night. The weather over the three days was very hot and dry with temperatures ramping up slowly from a max of 37 on Saturday to 40 on Monday, so while things were a little warm it took some time for the conditions to allow for reliable soaring conditions on each day.
%lfloat%Attach:waiting.jpg"Waiting in the Shade"

At the initial briefing, Met specialist, Geoff Vincent of [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/index.htm|Ararat]] encouraged everyone to make the most of the weekend and undertake some cross-country flying. Once things got going some very creditable flights were undertaken and some notable achievements were by Frank and Dennis attaining and renewing their aero tow ratings while Neil and Ben managed some extra lessons in this, for them, different launch method. Some of the more experienced pilots ranged out across the countryside and even flew north across the border.
%rfloat%Attach:covers.jpg"Fitting the Covers"

On Saturday night we all filled two long tables at the Mt Jeffcott Hotel in town, a great meal along with the usual mingling ‘war stories’ and discussions around solving the problems of the sport.
Steve and Rod arrived on Sunday and made the most of the conditions to explore country north of the field, pair flying increasing their chances of a safe return. Mark even extended himself and the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GLN|PW-5]] to visit Charlton and Wycheproof. Phil and Bill had to leave this day but not before the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GAZ|LS-1]] they were sharing had been given a thorough workout.
%lfloat%Attach:chat.jpg"Chatting at the Park"

As with last year the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/index.htm|Ararat]] guys led by Maurice Little and Russell Sparrow, put together a great barbeque dinner at the campground. Not even the loss of lighting when the fuse blew could dampen proceedings and it was late in the evening before the last of the stragglers wandered off to bed. However, the next visits menu may also involve chicken if the resident park rooster is still there!
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On Monday, Jenne in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GNB|K6]], Phil `McCann in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#UKF|ASW19]] and Peter in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HNW|Woodstock]] elected to fly back to %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]], a distance of 112k, as they had previously arranged for groundcrew. All flights were concluded uneventfully and Peter even reporting a climb to over 10000ft early in his journey home.

Mal, not known to be a fan of technology, still managed to unload the following items from his glider at the end of the day. These were:- Palm Pilot, GPS, UHF Handheld, VHF Handheld, Mobile Phone and VHF Panel mount. Oh, the stubbie? That’s an optional post-flight accessory.

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!!!%green%Party Time!
!!!!February 16-17

%rfloat%Attach:food_60.jpg"Great Tucker"
A special weekend for the club on a number of levels.

David Goldsmith celebrated his 60th with the members on Saturday night and thirty pilots, wives and girlfriends enjoyed a birthday celebration hosted by Jenne and Dave at the clubhouse. After a magnificent spread of salads and barbeque (pictured), many of the partygoers moved outside to enjoy the balmy evening and their chocolate mud cake, raspberry sauce and ice cream! This was so delicious that many members were seen indulging in another round of it on Sunday afternoon. Thanks Jenne!
%lfloat%Attach:verandah_60.jpg"Outside Party"
Club members led by Mal Bennett completed the new verandah roof on Sunday morning, immediately appreciating the additional shade that this affords the clubrooms. By Sunday evening some observant member suggested that the new structure had a little lean. A few drinks were enjoyed while we considered the problem, and this seemed to work as it was quite straight when we staggered out! (below)
%rfloat%Attach:verandah.jpg"On The Level?"
Dennis celebrated his "4th" solo this weekend emphasising his "once again" return to active gliding. Perhaps the news that the K6e is in the final stages of painting has him fired up. Dennis is emphatic that this is the last time he will need to "go solo" and is very keen to stay current and rack up the hours.

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!!!%green%BGC Represented at Horsham Week
!!!!February 2-9
%lfloat%Attach:horsh_team.jpg"The Bendigo Team"
A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]]), Terry Bellair ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]]) Caleb White([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]), Dave Goldsmith ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.

Reasonable conditions with some cirrus cloud on the Saturday and Sunday
climaxed with a great day on Monday with thermals to 10,600 feet, and a
skyful of large cumulus. On this day Caleb attained his Gold C Distance and Diamond Goal with a flight of 346 k.
%rfloat%Attach:paul_hshm.jpg"Paul on the grid"
The next three days were not flyable,and most of our team spent Thursday exploring the Grampians and Halls Gap, and looking for Australia's best meat pie!

Friday was difficult with wind and areas of overcast. Some competitors outlanded but all our team made it home, although Dave flew a special task all of his own and scored no points. Saturday with small scattered cu looked good however the third leg into wind made the going tough, but again our trusty gliders prevailed to get everyone home. In their classes, Terry and Caleb came third and Craig came a very creditable fourth in the [[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. Paul came in ninth and Dave with one scoring day was tenth.

Generally they were billed as the friendly comps and about thirty five
gliders competed. Once again [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] had shown itself to be a great introduction for those interested in competition or crosscountry flying, with everything from met briefings, marshalling and tugs through to catering with three meals a day and a bar service laid on. The previous week had seen a cross-country coaching course with twelve students, who were very enthusiastic in their praise for the course.
%lfloat%Attach:award_hshm.jpg"Achievement Award"
Like %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]], plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]] was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]], while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!

Caleb shares with Jenne the excitement of winning the Achievement Award at
[[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]]. This award was won by Craig last year.%blue%''David G''[[<<]]
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!!!%green%Australia Day Weekend
!!!!January 26- 28
%lfloat%Attach:ben_solo_sm2.jpg"Ben Go's Solo"
Some excellent flying was experienced out of %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]], over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day.
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Jack had called a working bee for Monday morning with the intention of making a start on the verandah. Once this was underway attention turned to preparation for flying. Mal, Peter and John pressed on with the project until the frame was complete then rigged the Woodstocks to join in the flying fun.

This Australia Day holiday was even more special for Ben Tickner, as he made his first solo flight and not even a dousing by the CFI could wash the smile off his face. Congratulations Ben! [[<<]]
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!!!%green%Club Christmas Gathering
!!!!Saturday December 1
%float%Attach:xmas1.jpg"Party Time"
Once again, Mandy and Phil Organ kindly hosted the club's Christmas gathering. After what was an exceptional days flying for many, with climbs above 8,000 feet, many members and their partners still found enough energy to spend the evening enjoying each others company at Lockwood South. Served up in Phil's wonderful entertainment facility, a barbeque of a wide selection of meats was carefully cooked by Craig and Phil, and wonderful salads and desserts ensured no one was left hungry.
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As the evening wore on the latent musical talents of some of the members were exposed when Rod took up a guitar and Mal put his hands to the keyboard. Bill didn't take much urging from Phil to follow up on the drums and we were all treated to a period of light musical entertainment. Maybe we should utilise these talents during our Cup Week Regattas!
It was after midnight before the last of the attendees finally filtered away into the night.(Inset: Rob asks Phil and Rod to play a request)

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!!!%green%Terry cleans up at the Narromine Cup

%lfloat%Attach:narromine.jpg"Terry wins Narromine"
Bendigo Gliding Club member Terry Bellair won the prestigious Narromine Cup last week in his DG-400 sailplane. Held between 18 - 24 November, the event attracted over 50 pilots from eleven countries. Due to extensive thunderstorms, the competition was restricted to four flying days. Terry’s four flights covered 748, 563, 693 and 533 km, landing back at Narromine on each occasion. These distances were sufficient to score first place on three days and second on the other.

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!!!%green%Mammoth Weekend at Raywood

To say that last weekend was a huge weekend in gliding at the Bendigo Gliding Club would be an understatement. It was massive, over 2000 km was flown by club pilots in cross country flights and we had a first solo plus a new instructor joining the ranks.

On Saturday the 10th of November the day started with most people arriving before 10am and the winch and gliders ready to go at 11am. First, launch training commenced at 10 past 11, and by 12:30 the first crosscounry flight was airborne. Craig was in the Astir KYP and Phil was in his Libelle GSQ. They planned to go north west, up to Boort then if the day looked good through to Nyah. Just as they left %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] Terry reported in from his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]] HDE that he was at 9'000ft just north of Boort. Patrick in the `IS29 HNC got all excited when he heard this and decided to head to Swan Hill.

After reaching Nyah Craig went to Donald before returning to %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. Phil made it to Nyah also and Patrick turned Swan Hill before both of them went on back to %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]].
Terry did just short of 750km in his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]], Craig did 420km in the Astir, Phil flew 350km in the Libelle and Patrick did 320km in the `IS29. When you get heights of 10'000 ft it does make crosscountry easier.

On Sunday, with the use of Geelongs Super Cub, some of the Bendigo Gliding Club pilots refreshed their aerotow ratings. We still did winch launching for most of the day because our tug pilot had to go home early after having done 8 days of towing. Phil `McCann did a top job for those days, I know he likes towing but after awhile it does become something like hard work.
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The Big news for the weekend is that we had a First Solo flight. John Mackley has been training with the club for about 3 months now and yesterday Phil Organ sent him solo. When John got back on the ground he said it was the quietest flight he has ever had and the PW-6 feels much lighter without the instructor aboard. In other news David Goldsmith got his level 1 instructor rating back, David took a break way from gliding due to work commitments and now that he is back into gliding wants to teach people the the art of gliding again. Noel Vagg from the Beaufort Gliding Club was the Level 3 instructor present to renew Davids rating.

%blue%''Craig.''
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!!!%green%Cup Weekend Regatta

Cup Weekend began under the spectre of a poor weather forecast with rain expected right across the weekend. Unfortunately, the weather prognosis discouraged a lot of visitors, particularly the vintage gliding participants, as they do not enjoy wet conditions. An analysis of weather conditions by David Wilson was not encouraging but in spite of this many decided to rig and soar locally. Eighteen launches, winch and aerotow, were undertaken on Saturday before showers late in the day ended proceedings.

%lfloat%Attach:rain.jpg"Downpour"
Sunday was a washout, with most choosing to lounge around the newly dedicated club extension and partake in the informative talk that was presented by David Wilson on Thermal Theory. This was preceded by the official opening of the new clubroom and the unveiling of a magnificent painting by Ralph Keller, of the Club's original Kookaburra and the current PW-6, soaring in company over the field. Along with the sometimes torrential rain, strong South Easterly winds did make it uncomfortable for campers.

%rfloat%Attach:grid_cw.jpg"Gridding Up"
By Monday morning things were looking a little better, the rain having departed and the winds easing, and so a 120k task was set, but most pilots did more like 200k. Brian in the Grampians Callair and Phil in the Geelong Super Cub were kept busy with launches over the afternoon and conditions continued to improve steadily, with only one outlanding reported.

Tuesday proved even better with climbs in the vicinity of 7500'. A larger, 180k plus task had been set, Raywood, Elmore, Borung, Inglewood, %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. Again nearly all pilots did 250k some doing 400 plus and this was completed with little difficulty by most of the field. On the vintage scene the field was graced with the presence of a beautifully maintained Scheibe `SF25C Motorfalke flown in by Neale Halsall and Pete Boreham of the Mangalore Gliding Club (now based at the Nagambie Soaring Centre at Wahring).

%lfloat%Attach:motorfalke_sml.jpg"Motorfalke"
In view of the improving conditions a number of pilots remained on for Wednesday and pilots did tasks ranging from 120k, to two pilots, David W.& Geoff V., doing 500k. Craig even did a creditable 200k in the Woodstock.

And the days just keep getting better! On Thursday Geoff V. did 600k in 7:30 hrs and Keith W. had a 7hr flight and 9000' plus heights.

Once again, at great personal sacrifice, (who wants to use up their annual leave doing this?), Helen Dilks, with the assistance of her mother Val, took care of the catering requirements and ensured that no-one went hungry. Thanks Helen, Val, and the members who went out of their way to make sure our guests had a great time. If you didn't make it this year than check out [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|Melbourne Cup Weekend]] and put it in your calendar.

Now is the time to get those gliders prepared and take advantage of what looks like being a record breaking season. With a bit of moisture around now the skies should be full of Cu's begging to be used. Get cracking!

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!!!%green%Presentation Dinner.

On Saturday the 27th of October the Tyson Reef Pub came alive with the Bendigo Gliding Clubs Presentation night. We had about 25 members and their better halves there. The Night began with a few drinks followed by the meal, like most little pubs, when a gliding club swarms the meals come out a little slower than normal, but then most of the meals you would have had trouble jumping over!

%rfloat%Attach:cup1.jpg"Staying Up Cup"
At about 9pm new club President, Jack Lavery, kicked off the formal part of the night presenting the [[Main/ClubTrophies|"Get Knotted Trophy"]]. This is the one awarded when you have a giant tangle on the winch. This year Paul Dilks won it by a mile after his effort at Easter. Paul wrapped the wire around the whole airfield twice on good Friday and it took about 3 and a half hours to fix it on the Saturday.

Next Cab off the rank was the [[Main/ClubTrophies|200km Cup]] which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The [[Main/ClubTrophies|"Staying Up" Cup]] was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didn't plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.
%lfloat%Attach:100kprize.jpg"100k Trophy"
This year saw a new trophy added to the list, it's called the [[Main/ClubTrophies|"Winch Craft" Award.]] The Winch Craft Award is for outstanding good effort on the winch, e.g. launching, fixing and teaching of new drivers. It was awarded to Ralph Keller who seems to be always in the winch.

The final Trophy was the one for Clubmanship but due to the person or persons not being at the night it will be presented this weekend in front of a bigger group of pilots. Everyone had a great night and are really looking forward the the [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|Melbourne Cup Weekend]].

%blue%''Craig''

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This season has seen two young Bendigo Gliding Club members go solo in the dual seat PW-6 glider at the club's airfield located in Raywood.

Mark Farthing is the first Raywood local to achieve the distinction of going solo, a fantastic effort for the 16-year-old.

Chris Tremayne, 19, came to the gliding club through the auspices of the local Australian Airforce Cadets and his achievements in gliding should put him in good stead for a career in aviation.



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Phil's dog was seen wearing his hat on Friday, December 30, making it confusing for members to tell them apart at the field.

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!!!!We Got It
Story by Peter Raphael

Bendigo Gliding Club Captures the NSWGA “Come And Get It Trophy”
This story began a year ago when some of the members of the Bendigo Gliding Club paid a visit to the Mt Beauty Gliding Club. A chance discussion between Mark Bland and Frank Van Der Hoeven , elicited the fact that the the NSWGA “Come and Get It Trophy” was in the hands of the Mt Beauty Club. This was due to the efforts of Mark and Richard Todd, who flew north across the state border to the Canberra Gliding Club on the 21st March 2009, in order to claim the Mug. In the spirit of its purpose the prized Mug was then relinquished to the Victorians and flown, at least part of the way, back to Mount Beauty in Victoria. Conditions require that the suitors must depart from their home club and subsequently be launched by the host club to return by air, or as far as possible given the prevailing weather conditions.
While we know little of the history of the NSWGA “Come and Get It Trophy”, actually a pewter mug, the engravings thereon indicate that it was first claimed by the Federated Gliding Club on 12/11/1977 and subsequently claimed by the Canberra Gliding Club on 10/12/1977. There it had languished until the members of the MBGC claimed the Mug on 21st March 2009 (see article - Soaring Aust. May 2009).
Obviously the thought of this prize being within reach, well 263 km reach anyway, was not far from Franks mind and so during the course of the Christmas Camp at Raywood, when he suggested that we might fly over and get the trophy, my immediate response was, ”Of course, let’s do it!”
Next morning we checked out the Temp trace and the RASP predictions and the indications were for light NE winds and Cu and bases at 8500’ to the east, the direction we planned to head. Perfect.
Taking the first winch launch of the day in the clubs PW-6 GYC at 12:30, we struggled with the first climb but eventually reached 3000’, so the decision was made to push out on heading and take what we could find. Subsequent climbs got progressively better and by the time we had begun to cross the Kamarooka Forest east of the field we had experienced 3 knots to 5000’ and were convinced that it was on. As we were confronted with lakes and some irrigated patches in the early stages we decided to fly conservatively pushing harder when we approached some of the known airstrips enroute.
Our route took us over Elmore north of Lake Cooper, and around the northern edge of Waranga Basin with all these inland lakes busy with skiboats visible by their white wake and skiers in tow whizzing around enjoying the end of the drought years, and on past Murchison heralding the approach of the Goulburn Valley Highway that threads its way north to Shepparton and on toward the border.
All the while we could see tantalising Cu’s along the edge of the Strathbogie range, out of reach and it wasn’t until we had crossed the Goulburn Valley Highway that we experienced our lowest point of the journey, 2500’. At this point we were contemplating heading toward the Goulburn Valley GC airstrip at Wahring when we finally connected with the emerging Cu front and began to see climbs to 7000’ eventually achieving our best climb of 8300’ at 6.2kts average, abeam Benalla. From here we chased the clouds into the Ovens Valley, past Myrtleford and on toward Mount Buffalo and Porepunkah.
With Porepunkah airstrip now within range we were looking for a last climb to take us up over the Tawonga Gap into the Kiewa Valley. As we approached the tree covered ridges rising to meet us we spied a lone paraglider circling ahead and not waiting to miss the opportunity we moved in underneath and joined about 500’ below him. While we could not outclimb him it was interesting to watch as he peered downwards keeping a close eye on our progress. Eventually he pushed off toward Mt Buffalo leaving us to continue our climb.
Now with a clear view into the Kiewa Valley and goal in our grasp we ran off the last 25km to Mount Beauty. It was at this point that Frank felt that recording a video clip on his iPhone incorporating with a celebratory song was in order, not something likely to win any awards, but the elation of imminent success was shared nevertheless. A gentle orbit of the town in benign air as we waited for the Mt Beauty IS28 to join circuit ahead of us and we were soon on the ground. The first phase of our adventure, a 5 hour journey, had come to an end.
We were instantly made welcome and after making an effort to safely store our glider in the club hangar we were transported by Richard Todd to our accommodation.
As we were travelling extremely light we must thank Richard Todd and Ian Cohn for providing us with accommodation for the night and to Craig Collings and John McWilliams for providing their company and sharing an evening meal with us.
The next morning, after a stroll into and around the picturesque town of Mount Beauty for breakfast we met up with Mark Bland for the official handover of the Trophy and attendant photo opportunities. Then attention turned to preparing gliders for what we were hoping to be another excellent day of soaring.
As the claimant must fly away with their prize, we launched from Mount Beauty to return with the trophy to Raywood. It was only after our third winch launch that we were able to successfully climb high enough to move out of the Kiewa Valley and on our way towards home. Unfortunately this meant that we didn’t get away until 14:00 but we were determined to go as far as we could to minimise the retrieve. As luck would have it the return flight ended in the Ovens Valley after only 53 km, with a safe outlanding at Whorouly East, alongside the “snow road” so called because of it’s access to the Victorian ski fields. As we had landed only some 50m from the house the owner came out and expressed surprise at seeing an aircraft landing past her kitchen window. Turns out that her father builds and flies ultralights and she suspected that he may have been involved in the arrival of an aircraft. After reassurances that all was well, we were made welcome and offered a cool drink.
Meanwhile Frank made a call to the club to organise the retrieve crew and I called my friend, Terry Whitford, with whom I had built a Woodstock glider some 20 years ago. As he only lives a short distance away in Stanley he came and took us back to his home to await a call from the crew as they approached. Outlandings shouldn’t be this good! A slap up barbeque meal, wine and good company only to be curtailed by a call that the crew and trailer was fast approaching and we needed to get back to the glider I still think that Frank harbours a suspicion that this outlanding was not entirely unplanned… But he didn’t complain as he was given another bottle of locally produced red to take with him.
Neil Friswell and David Parham of the Bendigo Gliding Club had very kindly sacrificed their New Years Eve in order to travel the some 250km to retrieve us and by 20:00 hours we were packed up and on our way home. A short stop in Benalla to refuel the hungry crew and a long drive through the night on the now very quiet roads saw us arrive back at the clubhouse just before midnight in time to watch the Melbourne fireworks display on TV, consume a few celebratory drinks and a take a well earned rest.
The NSWGA “Come and Get It Trophy” is a hostage at the Bendigo Gliding Club for the present, but hopefully not for long. No doubt once the word gets out there will be some serious attempts made to return it to the home state of NSW, otherwise it may just be moved inextricably deeper into Victoria, dashing any hopes of easy recovery




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Story by Peter Raphael

Bendigo Gliding Club Captures the NSWGA “Come And Get It Trophy”
This story began a year ago when some of the members of the Bendigo Gliding Club paid a visit to the Mt Beauty Gliding Club
. A chance discussion between Mark Bland and Frank Van Der Hoeven , elicited the fact that the the NSWGA “Come and Get It Trophy” was in the hands of the Mt Beauty Club. This was due to the efforts of Mark and Richard Todd, who flew north across the state border to the Canberra Gliding Club on the 21st March 2009, in order to claim the Mug. In the spirit of its purpose the prized Mug was then relinquished to the Victorians and flown, at least part of the way, back to Mount Beauty in Victoria. Conditions require that the suitors must depart from their home club and subsequently be launched by the host club to return by air, or as far as possible given the prevailing weather conditions.
While we know little of the history of the NSWGA “Come and Get It Trophy”, actually a pewter mug, the engravings thereon indicate that it was first claimed by the Federated Gliding Club on 12/11/1977 and subsequently claimed by the Canberra Gliding Club on 10/12/1977. There it had languished until the members of the MBGC claimed the Mug on 21st March 2009 (see article - Soaring Aust. May 2009).
Obviously the thought of this prize being within reach, well 263 km reach anyway, was not far from Franks mind and so during the course of the Christmas Camp at Raywood, when he suggested that we might fly over and get the trophy, my immediate response was, ”Of course, let’s do it!”
Next morning we checked out the Temp trace and the RASP predictions and the indications were for light NE winds and Cu and bases at 8500’ to the east, the direction we planned to head. Perfect.
Taking the first winch launch of the day in the clubs PW-6 GYC at 12:30, we struggled with the first climb but eventually reached 3000’, so the decision was made to push out on heading and take what we could find. Subsequent climbs got progressively better and by the time we had begun to cross the Kamarooka Forest east of the field we had experienced 3 knots to 5000’ and were convinced that it was on. As we were confronted with lakes and some irrigated patches in the early stages we decided to fly conservatively pushing harder when we approached some of the known airstrips enroute.
Our route took us over Elmore north of Lake Cooper, and around the northern edge of Waranga Basin with all these inland lakes busy with skiboats visible by their white wake and skiers in tow whizzing around enjoying the end of the drought years, and on past Murchison heralding the approach of the Goulburn Valley Highway that threads its way north to Shepparton and on toward the border.
All the while we could see tantalising Cu’s along the edge of the Strathbogie range, out of reach and it wasn’t until we had crossed the Goulburn Valley Highway that we experienced our lowest point of the journey, 2500’. At this point we were contemplating heading toward the Goulburn Valley GC airstrip at Wahring when we finally connected with the emerging Cu front and began to see climbs to 7000’ eventually achieving our best climb of 8300’ at 6.2kts average, abeam Benalla. From here we chased the clouds into the Ovens Valley, past Myrtleford and on toward Mount Buffalo and Porepunkah.
With Porepunkah airstrip now within range we were looking for a last climb to take us up over the Tawonga Gap into the Kiewa Valley. As we approached the tree covered ridges rising to meet us we spied a lone paraglider circling ahead and not waiting to miss the opportunity we moved in underneath and joined about 500’ below him. While we could not outclimb him it was interesting to watch as he peered downwards keeping a close eye on our progress. Eventually he pushed off toward Mt Buffalo leaving us to continue our climb.
Now with a clear view into the Kiewa Valley and goal in our grasp we ran off the last 25km to Mount Beauty. It was at this point that Frank felt that recording a video clip on his iPhone incorporating with a celebratory song was in order, not something likely to win any awards, but the elation of imminent success was shared nevertheless. A gentle orbit of the town in benign air as we waited for the Mt Beauty IS28 to join circuit ahead of us and we were soon on the ground. The first phase of our adventure, a 5 hour journey, had come to an end.
We were instantly made welcome and after making an effort to safely store our glider in the club hangar we were transported by Richard Todd to our accommodation.
As we were travelling extremely light we must thank Richard Todd and Ian Cohn for providing us with accommodation for the night and to Craig Collings and John McWilliams for providing their company and sharing an evening meal with us.
The next morning, after a stroll into and around the picturesque town of Mount Beauty for breakfast we met up with Mark Bland for the official handover of the Trophy and attendant photo opportunities. Then attention turned to preparing gliders for what we were hoping to be another excellent day of soaring.
As the claimant must fly away with their prize, we launched from Mount Beauty to return with the trophy to Raywood. It was only after our third winch launch that we were able to successfully climb high enough to move out of the Kiewa Valley and on our way towards home. Unfortunately this meant that we didn’t get away until 14:00 but we were determined to go as far as we could to minimise the retrieve. As luck would have it the return flight ended in the Ovens Valley after only 53 km, with a safe outlanding at Whorouly East, alongside the “snow road” so called because of it’s access to the Victorian ski fields. As we had landed only some 50m from the house the owner came out and expressed surprise at seeing an aircraft landing past her kitchen window. Turns out that her father builds and flies ultralights and she suspected that he may have been involved in the arrival of an aircraft. After reassurances that all was well, we were made welcome and offered a cool drink.
Meanwhile Frank made a call to the club to organise the retrieve crew and I called my friend, Terry Whitford, with whom I had built a Woodstock glider some 20 years ago. As he only lives a short distance away in Stanley he came and took us back to his home to await a call from the crew as they approached. Outlandings shouldn’t be this good! A slap up barbeque meal, wine and good company only to be curtailed by a call that the crew and trailer was fast approaching and we needed to get back to the glider I still think that Frank harbours a suspicion that this outlanding was not entirely unplanned… But he didn’t complain as he was given another bottle of locally produced red to take with him.
Neil Friswell and David Parham of the Bendigo Gliding Club had very kindly sacrificed their New Years Eve in order to travel the some 250km to retrieve us and by 20:00 hours we were packed up and on our way home. A short stop in Benalla to refuel the hungry crew and a long drive through the night on the now very quiet roads saw us arrive back at the clubhouse just before midnight in time to watch the Melbourne fireworks display on TV, consume a few celebratory drinks and a take a well earned rest.
The NSWGA “Come and Get It Trophy” is a hostage at the Bendigo Gliding Club for the present, but hopefully not for long. No doubt once the word gets out there will be some serious attempts made to return it to the home state of NSW, otherwise it may just be moved inextricably deeper into Victoria, dashing any hopes of easy recovery
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!!!!SPOT THE PHIL COMPETITION


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Phil's dog was seen wearing his hat on Friday, December 30, making it confusing for members to tell them apart at the field.

To win the competition you must identify which is our real CFI, Phil Organ, the face on the left or the face on the right. The winner gets to eat a raw chicken supplied by the dog.

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%rfloat%Attach:tomout1.jpg"Tom outlands in big paddock."

On Friday, December 30, Tom headed northward from Raywood, but unfortunately the "Thermal Gods" were not kind that day, and he ended up in a paddock around 6km north of the field.

With lots of good paddocks around, he chose the biggest one available - a little rough but a good outlanding.

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!!!!Good Sunday turnout


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Sunday, October 23 saw a good turnout of members and gliders, despite the less than ideal conditions.

Although flights were relatively short it was good to see such an array of gliders, and apparently a swarm of bees agreed as they decided to make the Junior their home.
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Jason managed to relocate the swarm to a bin using a broom, and amazingly no stings were reported.
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On the evening of 13 May 2011 Jack Lavery was presented with life membership of Bendigo Gliding Club.
The night was attended by a number of club members and his son and grandchildren.
The award was presented by President Keith Evans who outlined a long list of firsts which Jack had achieved over his time at the club
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The Easter long weekend brought some excellent weather, with the result that many members dragged their gliders out of the hangar to fly!

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Some days had nice Cu's pointing to reasonable thermals.

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!!!!Good Easter flying


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The Easter long weekend brought some excellent weather, with the result that many members dragged their gliders out of the hangar to fly!

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After a hard day's work doing a working bee the club held its Christmas party at the clubhouse on Saturday, December 18.

A good turnout of members of both the gliding club and astronomical society attended to enjoy an excellent meal prepared by Neil and a number of willing helpers.

One of the highlights of the night was the presentation of Life Membership certificates to Phil Organ and Jack Lavery, as recognition for their outstanding contribution to the Gliding Club. Phil was there to receive his in person, while Jack's will be given to him at a later date.

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With the cancellation of our November cup weekend the club has still kept operating when the weather has not been so wet. On a fair few weekends we have been able to go croos country and seen heights of up to 10'000ft. On one weekend some our guys did close to 300kms, while the rest did 180-220 km. At the moment there is still a lot of unlandable paddocks due to water and crops but the conditions are on the improve.
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With the cancellation of our November cup weekend the club has still kept operating when the weather has not been so wet. On a fair few weekends we have been able to go cross country and have seen heights of up to 10'000ft. On one weekend some our guys did close to 300kms, while the rest did 180-220 km. At the moment there are still a lot of unlandable paddocks due to water and crops but the conditions are on the improve.
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The recently built winch has past the testing period with flying colors. Phil Organ, Paul Dilks and Neil Frizwell did most of the hard work with putting the car onto the back of the new truck and setting the whole drive line and drums up. There where a few others jumped in at the painting stage to get the project finished. The new winch is a Beast. The 5ltr V8 Fairlane as the power plant it is not lacking in power. One feature I like is the airconditioning and the ease of operation.
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The recently built winch has passed the testing period with flying colors. Phil Organ, Paul Dilks and Neil Frizwell did most of the hard work with putting the car onto the back of the new truck and setting the whole drive line and drums up. There where a few others jumped in at the painting stage to get the project finished. The new winch is a Beast. The 5ltr V8 Fairlane as the power plant it is not lacking in power. One feature I like is the airconditioning and the ease of operation.
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The recently built winch has past the testing period with flying colors. Phil Organ, Paul Dilks and Neil Frizwell did most of the hard work with putting the car onto the back of the new truck and setting the whole drive line and drums up. There where a few others jumped in at the painting stage to get the project finished. The new winch is a Beast. The 5ltr V8 Fairlane as the power plant it is not lacking in power. One feature I like is the airconditioning and the ease of operation.

This weekend we will use our club tractor and slasher to trim the airfeild to a bowling green standard (well almost). Then it's Christmas party on later in the club house.

The club will play host to Geelong Gliding club over the Christmas period. Everyone else is welcome to join in on the excellent flying at our club.

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On Friday October 8 four cars of eager glider pilots and wife’s (Mandy, Phil and Craig, Paul and Helen, Neil and Lyn, Frank and Janice met at the beans coffee shop at Bright for lunch.

Well, most of us found it first time - while some liked Bright so much they circumnavigated it several times before joining the rest of us.
Paul and Helen led the way through the scenic mountain road towards Mount Beauty but chose to stop at the lookout while the rest of us continued on.

Quick check-in at the Bogong Moth Motel where we found David Tickner and wife Pam already waiting, and off to the Gliding Club we went, which is located right next to the pondage in Mount Beauty.

After a quick briefing and site tour by Mark Bland we got three gliders out of the hangar - an Astir CS77, Pilatus and the IS28 and that’s when our GFA President showed up with is ASW19b in tow.

Craig was the first one to go up in the IS 28 with Ian from MBGC, Paul and Mark in the already waiting ASK 21, Phil took the Astir for a spin while I had the privilege of flying the Pilatus B4.
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What can I say - serenity, serenity and what about the serenity, flying along ridge lines above massive power lines that in places looked like a gigantic spider web.

Snow caped mountain peaks looking down into valleys, rock outcrops emerging in amongst the trees, streams full of water and people on the lookout it is certainly an experience that everyone should try. But what am I saying, it is only the first day of our arrival.
Going for meal to the “local’ we where joined by Steve Baldini who according to Phil McCann still thinks that he actually owns half of the ASW19b.

After a great meal and a few bottles of red it was back to the motel for a good night sleep.
Saturday morning, we split up and consumed breakfast at various locations. Steve, Phil, Mandy, Janice and myself went to a Swedish café, which according to yours truly the CFI had the best coffee he ever, ever, ever had.
Now full of energy (caffeine induced) we made our way to the Field where we met up with everyone once again and where we were later joined by Rod Jewell who brought the telly up to a total of seven BGC members.

Neil had the pleasure of two flights in the IS28 for the day, one with Phil O and the other with Ian from the MBGC.
Paul flew in the IS28 with Steve during the day and also spent a large proportion of the day driving the Mount Beauty winch and if you see the winch you would agree with me that Paul has done us proud.
Rod had the pleasure of flying the ASK21 with Mark Bland.
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Phil McCann had 2 flights in the ASW19b while David took the Astir for a very short 10 minute circuit.
Craig had his first flight of the Pilatus while Phil Organ got his bum into the legendary open Libelle, myself taking the Astir for an extended flight and later in the day I had a interesting launch emergency in the IS28 with Steve at 800ft and sudden loss of power it turned out later that the winch simply run out of fuel, which should be a remainder to everyone to check and fill up the fuel each day.

The evening meal was in the form of a BBQ organised by MBGC and it was great. Good food and even better company, evening warmth was provided via a fire pit with the mountains as an awesome background.

Sunday could it get any better ?
Yes it can!
Sunday we saw cloud base at 7000ft and both thermal and ridge lift working.
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Neil and Craig flew the IS28, Rod and Phil Organ took it next with a flight lasting well over 2 hours.
Phil McCann and Steve took turns in flying the ASW19b and Steve also managed to get a flight in the Pilatus after it was run in earlier by David. I flew the ASK21 with Mark. Paul had a well deserved flight in the open Libelle.

I believe I speak for everyone that was there - it was a great experience, the accommodation (thanks to Mandy) was excellent and the hospitality from the Mount Beauty crew was second to none.

We will be back.


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!!!!New Acquisition

After searching around for quite a while the Bendigo Gliding Club now has its own tractor, complete with a new slasher.


Should be a great help in keeping the grass to a manageable height.


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!!!!Winter Dinner

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What a venue !
Great food friendly service and good company.
A good night to be had by all and nice to see Ralph is well after his op.

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June 23, 2010, at 06:51 PM by Mark - AAFCadets
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Bendigo Gliding Club played host to approximately 30 members of 410 squadron of the Australian Air Force Cadets last weekend.
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Bendigo Gliding Club played host to approximately 30 members of 410 squadron of the Australian Air Force Cadets on the weekend of June 19-20.
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After several years of hard work and perserverence, Phil Organ was finally able to savour the delights of flying Kestrel GGR following completion of its restoration and airworthiness preparation. This 19m glider, a participant in the World Gliding Competition in Waikerie 1974, exceeded all of Phils expectations and should now be seen regularly in the skies around Raywood.
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Bendigo Gliding Club played host to approximately 30 members of 410 squadron of the Australian Air Force Cadets last weekend.

Three dual-seat gliders were made available to provide the cadets with a thrilling winch launch and short flight around the Raywood airstrip
, and although the weather threatened at times, everyone present managed at least one flight.

Ranging in age from 13 to 18 years, this was the first time many of the air force cadets have had the chance to become airborne, and may be the first step to aviation careers for some of them.

The gliding club and air force cadets have forged a close relationship, providing a conduit for the aviation minded youth of the region to follow their interest.
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After several years of hard work and perserverence, Phil Organ was finally able to savour the delights of flying Kestrel GGR following completion of its restoration and airworthiness preparation. This 19m glider, a participant in the World Gliding Competition in Waikerie 1974, exceeded all of Phils expectations and should now be seen regularly in the skies around Raywood.
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After several years of hard work and perserverence, Phil Organ was finally able to savour the delights of flying Kestrel GGR following completion of its restoration and airworthiness preparation. This 19m glider, a participant in the World Gliding Competition in Waikerie 1974, exceeded all of Phils expectations and should now be seen regularly in the skies around Raywood.
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After several years of hard work and perserverence, Phil Organ was finally able to savour the delights of flying Kestrel GGR following completion of its restoration and airworthiness preparation. This 19m glider, a participant in the World Gliding Competition in Waikerie 1974 exceeded all of Phils expectations and should now be seen regularly in the skies around Raywood.
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The concrete trucks began arriving early Saturday morning and the arduous task of moving in 18 metres of concrete began. With Frank and Peter sharing the screed and Phil Organ following up with the float, we had a team comprising of Paul Dilks, Ralph Keller, David Parham, Neil Friswell, Mal Bennett, Dave Tickner and maybe a few others I couldn't see while I was head down, preparing the way and moving mountains of concrete. Inspired by all the activity, Mark Kerr and Tom Howard did a great job cleaning up the main hangar. Later in the day Bill Hughes even got his'helicopter' endorsement, assisting in the final phase of floor finishing.
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The concrete trucks began arriving early Saturday morning and the arduous task of moving in some 18 metres of concrete began. With Frank and Peter sharing the screed and Phil Organ following up with the float, we had a team comprising of Paul Dilks, Ralph Keller, David Parham, Neil Friswell, Mal Bennett, Dave Tickner and maybe a few others I couldn't see while I was head down, preparing the way and moving mountains of concrete. Inspired by all the activity, Mark Kerr and Tom Howard did a great job cleaning up the main hangar. Later in the day Bill Hughes even got his'helicopter' endorsement, assisting in the final phase of floor finishing.
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Well, the club has moved a little closer to the assembly of the new winch with the efforts of many club members in the concreting of the annex floor. this will now provide a sound work area for the project. On Friday the area was prepared and those in attendance, in alphabetical order, were Mal Bennett, Craig Dilks, Neil Friswell, Ralph Keller, Patrick Roberts and Frank Van Der Hoeven this days efforts revolved around preparing the area to level and positioning the mesh. At the same time, the gate frames were installed between the private hangars with the assistance of Mal, Neil, Patrick and Ralph, who also kindly donated the sausages for lunch.
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Well, the club has moved a little closer to the assembly of the new winch with the efforts of many club members in the concreting of the annex floor. This will now provide a sound work area for the project. On Friday the area was levelled and prepared and those in attendance, in alphabetical order, were Mal Bennett, Craig Dilks, Neil Friswell, Ralph Keller, Patrick Roberts and Frank Van Der Hoeven this days efforts revolved around preparing the area to level and positioning the mesh. At the same time, the gate frames were installed between the private hangars with the assistance of Mal, Neil, Patrick and Ralph, who also kindly donated the sausages for lunch.
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Overall, an excellent effort from all those that attended on the weekend, as even those not directly involved assisted in getting the operation under way, enabling the labourers to savour a few flights before the conditions deteriorated.

Congratulations Guys,
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Overall, an excellent effort from all those that attended on the weekend, as even those not directly involved assisted in getting the flying operations started or in many other ways, enabling the labourers to savour a few flights before the conditions deteriorated.

Congratulations Guys & Girl
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!!!!Annex Concreting 16-18 April

Well, the club has moved a little closer to the assembly of the new winch with the efforts of many club members in the concreting of the annex floor. this will now provide a sound work area for the project. On Friday the area was prepared and those in attendance, in alphabetical order, were Mal Bennett, Craig Dilks, Neil Friswell, Ralph Keller, Patrick Roberts and Frank Van Der Hoeven this days efforts revolved around preparing the area to level and positioning the mesh. At the same time, the gate frames were installed between the private hangars with the assistance of Mal, Neil, Patrick and Ralph, who also kindly donated the sausages for lunch.

The concrete trucks began arriving early Saturday morning and the arduous task of moving in 18 metres of concrete began. With Frank and Peter sharing the screed and Phil Organ following up with the float, we had a team comprising of Paul Dilks, Ralph Keller, David Parham, Neil Friswell, Mal Bennett, Dave Tickner and maybe a few others I couldn't see while I was head down, preparing the way and moving mountains of concrete. Inspired by all the activity, Mark Kerr and Tom Howard did a great job cleaning up the main hangar. Later in the day Bill Hughes even got his'helicopter' endorsement, assisting in the final phase of floor finishing.

Once all the concreting was completed Sunday saw attention turn to completing the gates and with Daves encouragement even Jenne Goldsmith lent a hand squeezing off the many rivets required to hold them together.

Overall, an excellent effort from all those that attended on the weekend, as even those not directly involved assisted in getting the operation under way, enabling the labourers to savour a few flights before the conditions deteriorated.

Congratulations Guys, on a job (jobs) well done.

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A brief report on the "End of Summer" Dinner. All who attended most thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a booking for 28 persons, in the end around 23 attended. The venue, Golden Square Hotel, was excellent, the food was excellent, the atmosphere also was excellent with lots of laughs, lots of tales, tall and true were the order of the night. Thank you to all who attended, commiserations to the those who couldn't attend.

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Congratulations to Tom Howard, AAF Cadet, on achieving his solo status on the 28th March. Tom is reinforcing his new found freedom by regular attendance. This is a young man with a bright future in aviation and he also has an interest in model rockets, so he may be Australias next astronaut!
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Congratulations to Tom Howard, AAF Cadet, on achieving his solo status on the 28th March. Tom is now reinforcing his new found freedom by regular attendance. This is a young man with a bright future in aviation and he also has an interest in model rockets, so he may well be Australias next astronaut!

The BGC enjoys a good relationhip with the Australian Air Force Cadets and always looks forward to the opportunity to provide gliding experiences to more of their members.
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Congratulations to Tom Howard, AAF Cadet, on achieving his solo status on the 28th March. Tom is reinforcing his new found freedom by regular attendance. This is a young man with a bright future in aviation and he also has an interest in model rockets, so he may be Australias next astronaut!

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!!!!Library Display.

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In January 2010 the club held a week-long display in the foyer area of the Bendigo Library.

Included in the display were some models, a variety of general gliding information, some gliding equipment as well as various brochures for people with an interest to take home.

Thousands of people pass through this area on their way to the library each week, so the opportunity to have a display at this location provided us with a good deal of public exposure.

If all goes according to plan we will try to have another display late 2010 or early 2011.

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FLARM is an affordable, active and cooperative traffic and collision-warning system for general aviation and recreational flying. Since 2004, over 11,000 fully FLARM and fully-compatible devices have been installed in aircraft worldwide.

These devices have been credited on many occasions with avoiding dangerous situations and increasing situation awareness. FLARM is the only prevalent alternative to the commercial airliners’ expensive ACAS/TCAS system.
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Since 2004, over 11,000 fully FLARM and fully-compatible devices have been installed in aircraft worldwide.

These devices have been credited on many occasions with avoiding dangerous situations and increasing situation awareness. FLARM is the only prevalent alternative to the commercial airliners’ expensive ACAS/TCAS system.
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With the help of a Community Grant from the City of Greater Bendigo, as well as many hours of work by Paul and Phil, the Bendigo Gliding Club has been able to purchase and fit a FLARM device into the two-seat PW-6 glider.

This will be of great assistance in providing an extra level of flight safety, as well as providing the facility to log flight traces.

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FLARM is an affordable, active and cooperative traffic and collision-warning system for general aviation and recreational flying. Since 2004, over 11,000 fully FLARM and fully-compatible devices have been installed in aircraft worldwide.

These devices have been credited on many occasions with avoiding dangerous situations and increasing situation awareness. FLARM is the only prevalent alternative to the commercial airliners’ expensive ACAS/TCAS system.

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After agreeing with David and taking my thermal to the top of 10,500ft - the best I have seen all day, I followed those two only to pass them 20km on track it was a further 15km before I found a thermal but it was worse, averaging 7.4 knots and giving me a height gain of 3050ft finishing a little over 9700 ft.
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After agreeing with David and taking my thermal to the top of 10,500ft - the best I have seen all day, I followed those two only to pass them 20km on track it was a further 15km before I found a thermal but it was worth it, averaging 7.4 knots and giving me a height gain of 3050ft finishing a little over 9700 ft.
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!!!!Horsham Coaching Week 2010.

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Arriving at Horsham on Friday afternoon, checking in at the Wimmera Lakes caravan park on the way and then meeting up with David Tickner at the airfield, after securing our trailers we took a trip into town to stock up on supplies for the week.

Steve Baldini arrived later that day to join us at the caravan park for a BBQ tea.

Next morning early rise and after breakfast we are off to the airfield to rig our gliders and there we meet Mark Kerr and later on Phil McCann.
After rigging our gliders we had a short briefing and then it was our turn to familiarize ourselves with the surroundings, and what better way than to take a launch and see it from the air. Conditions were soft so most of us were flying within a 25km radius of the aerodrome.

Sunday after the morning briefing and weather forecast, a front was approaching from the north east and a thunderstorm warning was present, so taking all this into consideration the daily task was set, north to Brim, south east to Donald and then back to Horsham a total of 208km.

I was one of the last to launch. After release and establishing myself into the thermal, I looked towards my first turn point and noticed a dark front approaching, so without wasting time I set on-task after reaching 5500ft.

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Flying under a now overdeveloped sky I could find nothing but sink, so I decided to track into the sunny spots to the east, a diversion of 90 degrees, but it payed off after a low point of 2400ft I managed to find a 4.5 knot claim which took me up to 8500ft.

So now back on track and the sky ahead is not looking good. The front by now well established, by the time I get to Warracknabeal I get a little rained on and looking ahead there is already lightning in front of me.
Looking towards Donald I can see severe rain showers and listening to the radio also suggests that conditions are rapidly deteriorating, that’s when I spotted two gliders thermaling about 2 km in front of me as it turned out it was MK (David) and LN (Mark). David having local knowledge suggested we go to Dimboola instead and then Horsham, which also means flying in the blue.

After agreeing with David and taking my thermal to the top of 10,500ft - the best I have seen all day, I followed those two only to pass them 20km on track it was a further 15km before I found a thermal but it was worse, averaging 7.4 knots and giving me a height gain of 3050ft finishing a little over 9700 ft.

Rounding Dimboola and on to Horsham. It was only after Horsham that I took another thermal and then continued towards the Grampians, Wartook reservoir from above is a sight I can highly recommend, a blue lake in the middle of what seems to be wilderness, sheer cliffs and large forest areas.
Condition were getting soft by now so back to the aerodrome and secure the glider for the night.

Steve Baldini was flying with Horsham’s legend Max in the Janus that day and Steve will still have this little voice in the back of his head saying “push on Steve push on”.
Monday the weather was not so good with most people doing short flights, while David put on a flight to Dimboola and back, “he must have something about Dimboola”.

Tuesday was a no flying Day due to the Weather so we had lectures about the use of oxygen, thermalling and cross country flying in general.
Wednesday was looking to be the day so we teamed up with our coaches for lead and follow or in a 2 seater.
I was to fly lead and follow with Peter Busken while Steve was to follow Geoff Vincent, David in the Janus two up and Mark ventured out by himself.

The task was Litchfield, Brim and return a total of 185km.
After meeting up with Peter on the east side of the aerodrome at 7000ft we set on track to Lichfield we covered the 72 km with just two thermals so now on to Brim where conditions were not as good and Brim once again was covered by a dark blanket of clouds.
After topping up to 6100ft I flew into Brim rounded the turn point and out again for a height loss of 2800ft. Conditions once again improved so we extended the task, flew to Dimboola and then via Horsham to the Grampians and return - the total distance covered was 360km, 18 glides and 22% thermaling. I think I still had a smile on my face the next morning, what can I say, it was the highlight of the week for me.

Personally I believe I learned a lot from this one flight and little did I know that I could put it all into practise a few days later at Raywood.
Thursday, rain, rain and more rain so more lectures and review of previous days flying (I still had a smile on my face). I believe Steve sneaked out to sample a few wineries. That night being the last one of the course the Horsham club put on a spit roast, cooked over charcoal and redgum followed by some ice cream and liquid amber,
Friday, last day, weak conditions and the task was Lubeck, Dimboola and return. Setting out on task from 3800ft I flew most of the time between 4000 and 3000 ft with a low point of 1600ft.

By the time I got to Dimboola the wind has increased to 18 knot straight from the south breaking up those already weak thermals and making thermalling interesting.
5 km before the airport I ran out of height and landed in a rather soft paddock so no chances of aero tow retrieve. Lucky for me the farmer’s son came over to see if I was ok and as he was on his way to work past the airfield he offered me a lift.

As the farmer showed a great interest in gliding I showed him around the Horsham club and you never know but he may be the next student pilot to join.
Mark and Steve offered to help retrieve, so we derigged WQR in the paddock and after saying good bye to everyone I was on my way home.

I would recommend this coaching camp to anyone interested in gaining or further developing their cross country skills.


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Once again Paul and Craig made the trip over to the Horsham week Competition. This year Craig was lucky to be able to fly David Tickners Hornet GMK, also known by Craig as the Super Hornet. Paul Flew his Astir KYP in Performance class (Sports Class). He won one day and placed just about every other day. Over all Paul finished the Comp in 3rd place.

Craig on the other hand moved into Standard Class for the first time. On one of the days he put water ballast in the wings only to find they leaked, so Craig flew dry for the rest of the comp. Craig had a great time but finished 6th in the field of 10. They both hope to improve their flying and place higher next year at Horsham week 2011.

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The year has got of to a 'flying'' start at Raywood with the completion of the [[http://www.gliding-in-melbourne.org/new/|Geelong Gliding Club]] camp at our field. Some extraordinary achievements by both members of their club and ours, and early commentaries from GGC members indicate a glowing appreciation of our clubs ability to host our visitors.
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Terry Bellair kindly provided weather information and advice on the best tasks each day and also set the benchmark in distance flown each day, starting early and finishing late. In between keeping the fridges topped up, the bins emptied and the guests happy, Frank managed to achieve up his first 500k task, encouraged along the way by Caleb White of 'Team DG'. Rod Jewell pushed the Junior around a 300, a first for both of them! There were so many personal success stories during the camp that we will have to wait to read the accounts of the Geelong Club to get a measure of these.
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Terry Bellair kindly provided weather information and advice on the best tasks each day and also set the benchmark in distance flown each day, starting early and finishing late. In between keeping the fridges topped up, the bins emptied and the guests happy, Frank managed to achieve up his first 500k task, encouraged along the way by Caleb White of 'Team DG'. Rod Jewell pushed the Junior around a 300, a first for both of them! There were so many personal success stories during the camp that we will have to wait to read the accounts of the [[http://www.gliding-in-melbourne.org/new/|Geelong Club]] to get a measure of these.
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Terry Bellair kindly provided weather information and advice on the best tasks each day and also set the benchmark in distance flown each day, starting early and finishing late. In between keeping the fridges topped up, the bins emptied and the guests happy, Frank managed to achieve up his first 500k task encouraged along the way by Caleb White of 'Team DG'. Rod Jewell pushed the Junior around a 300, a first for both of them! There were so many personal success stories during the camp that we will have to wait to read the accounts of the Geelong Club to get a measure of these. Thanks must go to many of our members who turned up and put themselves out to ensure our visitors had a great time. Thanks Guys.
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Terry Bellair kindly provided weather information and advice on the best tasks each day and also set the benchmark in distance flown each
day, starting early and finishing late. In between keeping the fridges topped up, the bins emptied and the guests happy, Frank managed to achieve up his first 500k task, encouraged along the way by Caleb White of 'Team DG'. Rod Jewell pushed the Junior around a 300, a first for both of them! There were so many personal success stories during the camp that we will have to wait to read the accounts of the Geelong Club to get a measure of these.

With an excellent pizza night hosted by Frank and Jason our guests were looked after in fine style
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The year has got of to a 'flying'' start at Raywood with the completion of the Geelong Gliding Club camp at our field. Some extraordinary achievements by both members of their club and ours, and early commentaries from GGC members indicate a glowing appreciation of our clubs ability to host our visitors.

Ailsa McMillan
GGC is the first woman to solo off our field and along with her father Alf, went a long way to achieving their badge requirements. We would have to have had some of the best soaring conditions around for some time and I even managed to coax the Woody out to 341km last Saturday, and that was with being the second last glider to launch on the day.
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The year has got of to a
'flying'' start at Raywood with the completion of the Geelong Gliding Club camp at our field. Some extraordinary achievements by both members of their club and ours, and early commentaries from GGC members indicate a glowing appreciation of our clubs ability to host our visitors.

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GGC is the first woman to solo off our field and along with her father Alf, went a long way to achieving their badge requirements. We would have to have had some of the best soaring conditions around for some time and I even managed to coax the Woody out to 341km last Saturday, and that was with being the second last glider to launch on the day.
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The year has got of to a 'flying'' start at Raywood with the completion of the Geelong Gliding Club camp at our field. Some extraordinary achievements by both members of their club and ours, and early commentaries from GGC members indicate a glowing appreciation of our clubs ability to host our visitors.

Ailsa McMillan GGC is the first woman to solo off our field and along with her father Alf, went a long way to achieving their badge requirements. We would have to have had some of the best soaring conditions around for some time and I even managed to coax the Woody out to 341km last Saturday, and that was with being the second last glider to launch on the day.

Terry Bellair kindly provided weather information and advice on the best tasks each day and also set the benchmark in distance flown each day, starting early and finishing late. In between keeping the fridges topped up, the bins emptied and the guests happy, Frank managed to achieve up his first 500k task encouraged along the way by Caleb White of 'Team DG'. Rod Jewell pushed the Junior around a 300, a first for both of them! There were so many personal success stories during the camp that we will have to wait to read the accounts of the Geelong Club to get a measure of these. Thanks must go to many of our members who turned up and put themselves out to ensure our visitors had a great time. Thanks Guys.

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Like most Aussies we spent Australia Day hanging around with our mates.
It was planned to have and old fashioned BBQ at the club. The day kicked off with the PW-6 and winch being made ready for the days operation, as well as the knots being checked.

While Steve Baldini did the DI on the Pw-6, Phil Organ and Neil Frizwell fired up the BBQ for a feast of snags and onions.

After everyone had a go at cooking and a short Australia Day Quiz, (which as a group we didn’t do so good).
But… None of the questions where about gliding.

After a fairly slow start we finally go into the air, with Rob Young getting to 5000ft in the Pw-6. Mal Bennett had the longest flight of 2 hrs in his Woodstock.

%blue%''Craig''[[<<]]
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I can believe its Christmas time again it only seemed like I was at last years party at Bill Hughes house . This year we had it at the CFI’s house again. Phil an Mandy Organ offerred their party room for the Christmas feast of BBQ and a huge range of sweets.
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I can't believe its Christmas time again, it only seemed like I was at last years party at Bill Hughes house . This year we held it at the CFI’s house again. Phil an Mandy Organ offered their party room for the Christmas feast of BBQ and a huge range of sweets.
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The cooking was do by most members but Ralph Keller lead the charge with tongs in hand nothing was burnt and was cook to perfection. A high light of the night was the cake marking the 30th birthday of the club made by Franks wife Janice.
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The cooking was done by a few members, but Ralph Keller lead the charge with tongs in hand, nothing was burnt and was cooked to perfection. A highlight of the night was the cake made by Franks wife Janice, marking the 30th birthday of the club.
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Phil doesn’t call the party room the party room for nothing with the night going full steam ahead with the drums and other musical instruments getting the full work out. Who would have know we had so many gifted musicians in the club. David Goldsmith broke out the violin and with Mal on the Keyboard providing some back up.

What a night!, with most of the 30 people that attended staying just past midnight. Oh yeah we did do a fair bit of flying over the weekend too.
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Phil doesn’t call the party room the party room for nothing, with the night going full steam ahead with the drums and other musical instruments getting the full work out. Who would have known we had so many gifted musicians in the club. David Goldsmith broke out the violin and with Mal on the Keyboard providing some back up.

What a great night!, with most of the 30 people that attended staying just past midnight. Oh yeah, and we did do a fair bit of flying over the weekend too.
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!!!!2009 Christmas Party.

I can believe its Christmas time again it only seemed like I was at last years party at Bill Hughes house . This year we had it at the CFI’s house again. Phil an Mandy Organ offerred their party room for the Christmas feast of BBQ and a huge range of sweets.

The cooking was do by most members but Ralph Keller lead the charge with tongs in hand nothing was burnt and was cook to perfection. A high light of the night was the cake marking the 30th birthday of the club made by Franks wife Janice.

During the night Phil gave a guided tour of the Kestrel 19 he’s repairing, giving a blow by blow description of the repair work and the direction he will take next to finish the project off.

Phil doesn’t call the party room the party room for nothing with the night going full steam ahead with the drums and other musical instruments getting the full work out. Who would have know we had so many gifted musicians in the club. David Goldsmith broke out the violin and with Mal on the Keyboard providing some back up.

What a night!, with most of the 30 people that attended staying just past midnight. Oh yeah we did do a fair bit of flying over the weekend too.

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Additionally, vintage supporters to visit the rally included Alan and Wendy Pilkington, Dennis Hipperson, Eddie and Judy Self, Vintage Gliders Australia President Alan Patching, Keith Willis, Ian Bogaard from the Hunter Valley Gliding Club, and Ross Birch from Geelong Gliding Club. Scott’s family were present, Amanda due to have their second child soon and Scott getting some flying in while he has the chance!
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Congratulations to all who came! Some excellent flights were made, perhaps the best being the 189 km jaunt taken by Arie Van Spronssen and John McCorquodale in the Ka-7 to Echuca and down the Murray River. However, the point in vintage gliding is not to fly farthest, fastest or highest, but to fly for the most pleasure, the most fun! Each pilot decides what he would like to do and where he would like to go on the day. There is no pressure, no stress, just the desire to enjoy vintage gliders and the company of other pilots. While the gliders of yesteryear have varying characteristics and some have limited performance, they each have their plusses, such as low sink rates and being fun to fly. There are financial advantages too, as they are often much cheaper to buy and most don’t have airframe life limitations. They also come in different colours
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Congratulations to all who came! Some excellent flights were made, perhaps the best being the 189 km jaunt taken by Arie Van Spronssen and John `McCorquodale in the Ka-7 to Echuca and down the Murray River. However, the point in vintage gliding is not to fly farthest, fastest or highest, but to fly for the most pleasure, the most fun! Each pilot decides what he would like to do and where he would like to go on the day. There is no pressure, no stress, just the desire to enjoy vintage gliders and the company of other pilots. While the gliders of yesteryear have varying characteristics and some have limited performance, they each have their plusses, such as low sink rates and being fun to fly. There are financial advantages too, as they are often much cheaper to buy and most don’t have airframe life limitations. They also come in different colours
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!!!!Vintage Rally at Bendigo Gliding Club- Cup Week

Well, I’m not likely to say it wasn’t a good time - but I reckon that most of those who came WOULD say it was a GREAT time!

The weather started out warm to hot but with a little more wind than we would liked, and we missed a day’s flying on Melbourne Cup day - but one rest day out of nine isn’t bad! From Wednesday the rally had ideal conditions, with light winds and an increasing temperature giving long flights and heights over 9,000 ft. Scattered cu’s dotted the sky on most days. Weather briefings were kindly given by Terry Bellair and Caleb White.
After Sunday’s briefing Ian Bogaard gave a presentation detailing progress on his Jaskolka restoration. This fascinating high performance vintage glider is the only one of the type in Australia and has not flown for many years. It had advanced features including easy rigging, automatic control connection, retractable undercarriage, and fowler flaps. We look forward to seeing it grace our skies once again.

Mal Bennett also gave a comprehensive rundown on progress with the Minimoa building project. This rare and beautiful gull winged sailplane has not been seen before in Australia, and the building process is very complex.

A good roll up of visiting vintage gliders, supplemented by the local ones, gave a total of thirteen vintage craft. In addition, VGA member Robert Percival visited with his Libelle, and Keith Nolan brought his Sapphire ultra-light for the morning temp trace flights

Additionally, vintage supporters to visit the rally included Alan and Wendy Pilkington, Dennis Hipperson, Eddie and Judy Self, Vintage Gliders Australia President Alan Patching, Keith Willis, Ian Bogaard from the Hunter Valley Gliding Club, and Ross Birch from Geelong Gliding Club. Scott’s family were present, Amanda due to have their second child soon and Scott getting some flying in while he has the chance!

WIN TV and the Bendigo Advertiser both featured the rally in their presentations.

No vintage tasks were set, and pilots could participate in the coaching course task, nominate their own flight task, or carry out local flying. Quite a few elected to fly crosscountry as conditions improved and good progress was made each day. Certificates and Cherry Ripes were awarded at morning briefing to the pilot making the highest height, longest distance or greatest duration flight on the previous day. A vintage of a different kind, (red), was presented to the overall winners at the final briefing.

Congratulations to all who came! Some excellent flights were made, perhaps the best being the 189 km jaunt taken by Arie Van Spronssen and John McCorquodale in the Ka-7 to Echuca and down the Murray River. However, the point in vintage gliding is not to fly farthest, fastest or highest, but to fly for the most pleasure, the most fun! Each pilot decides what he would like to do and where he would like to go on the day. There is no pressure, no stress, just the desire to enjoy vintage gliders and the company of other pilots. While the gliders of yesteryear have varying characteristics and some have limited performance, they each have their plusses, such as low sink rates and being fun to fly. There are financial advantages too, as they are often much cheaper to buy and most don’t have airframe life limitations. They also come in different colours

Vintage Gliders Australia would like to thank the members and assistants of the Bendigo Gliding Club for putting on such a friendly rally, and for all the hard work to ensure the smooth running of the rally and the well-being of all the participants. Your efforts were greatly appreciated!

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!!!! Spring Flying

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It's easy to tell the soaring season is approaching.

Despite less than perfect weather, Saturday, April 3 saw the biggest lineup of gliders for quite a while.

Taking to the air were the PW-6, Hornet, DG-101, ASW-19, two Libelles and Astir, on what turned out to be a good days flying, with many soaring flights being accomplished.

Although most of the flights were short, Paul showed everyone how it should be done by finding and following a little hawk around the sky for the longest flight of the day in his Astir.

%blue%'' Mark.''[[<<]]
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Thanks to the organisational skills of 'Friza' and the participation of around 30 club members and their partners a pleasant, social, Saturday evening was spent at the Mount Edgecombe Hotel, Bendigo. If the noise level of the evening and the late departures were any indication then this event was another resounding success.[[<<]]
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!!!! Winter Dinner

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Approximately 30 members of the Cadets attended, with all of them getting the opportunity to fly in the gliding club's two seater aircraft, the PW-6 and Bocian.

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Two staff and 29 cadets (6 female and 23 male) attended, with all of them getting the opportunity to fly in the gliding club's two seater aircraft, the PW-6 and Bocian.

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!!!! Air Force Cadets go Gliding

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On the weekend of June 13 and 14 the local Bendigo based 410 squadron of the Australian Air Force Cadets paid a visit to the Bendigo Gliding Club at its Raywood airfield.

Approximately 30 members of the Cadets attended, with all of them getting the opportunity to fly in the gliding club's two seater aircraft, the PW-6 and Bocian.

The brisk wind and cold conditions did not affect flying at all, with about 60 flights taking place over the two days.

For many of the teenagers it was their first time in the air, but this didn't put them off, with most electing to take aerobatic flights after their initial training flight. 410 squadron is based in Bendigo [[<<]]
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Craig’s brave voice from one of the black boxes, “left Donald for Raywood,” encourages, - if plastic can do it, wood should! Dropping 700 feet, tiptoe mode, still assessing the day and keeping height at the expense of speed. Another climb – this time to 4,000, speed up to 50 knots and back on course. Look for the sweet air, savour the moment! After all, when turning, 50% of the time is backtracking!

Problem - air is not sweet enough and back down to 1500 feet we go! Bump – straight into a nice climb back to 4,000. Passed Charlton and heading east-south-east towards Raywood. Pass beside the quarry as thermals are good, air is sweet and Wedderburn beckons. What’s that? Craig, out well ahead, but down low and struggling, just north of Wedderburn. Ahh, up he goes and sets course a few miles ahead. We pass Wedderburn and I confidently follow towards Mount Korong. Soon Craig is high above Mount Korong as I slip into the air he has recently used so well. Down, down, down….
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Craig’s brave voice from one of the black boxes, “left Donald for %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]],” encourages, - if plastic can do it, wood should! Dropping 700 feet, tiptoe mode, still assessing the day and keeping height at the expense of speed. Another climb – this time to 4,000, speed up to 50 knots and back on course. Look for the sweet air, savour the moment! After all, when turning, 50% of the time is backtracking!

Problem - air is not sweet enough and back down to 1500 feet we go! Bump – straight into a nice climb back to 4,000. Passed Charlton and heading east-south-east towards %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. Pass beside the quarry as thermals are good, air is sweet and Wedderburn beckons. What’s that? Craig, out well ahead, but down low and struggling, just north of Wedderburn. Ahh, up he goes and sets course a few miles ahead. We pass Wedderburn and I confidently follow towards Mount Korong. Soon Craig is high above Mount Korong as I slip into the air he has recently used so well. Down, down, down….
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Three thousand and 15 miles becomes two thousand at ten miles. At this rate I will arrive 500 feet below the airfield! Where are those thermals?? Pass south of Raywood town, but I need some lift first! It comes, slow and sweet, drags me up 500 and dies. Move out, search for it!
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Three thousand and 15 miles becomes two thousand at ten miles. At this rate I will arrive 500 feet below the airfield! Where are those thermals?? Pass south of %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] town, but I need some lift first! It comes, slow and sweet, drags me up 500 and dies. Move out, search for it!
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2 hours to run before we would be back home in Raywood. We arrived there at 11:50 pm, put the glider in the back annexe and headed into Bendigo and to my place. A 1464km round trip. The Blanik flew the next day. %blue%''Craig.''
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2 hours to run before we would be back home in %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. We arrived there at 11:50 pm, put the glider in the back annexe and headed into Bendigo and to my place. A 1464km round trip. The Blanik flew the next day. %blue%''Craig.''
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What a great weekend! As with last year the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/index.htm|Ararat]] and Bendigo clubs met at the Donald Airfield to share what turned out to be 3 excellent days of flying and personal achievements. The advance guard in the guise of Frank and Phil `McCann headed over on Friday to greet Brian the tuggie with the Callair and the Janus while the majority of our members arrived via Raywood on Saturday.
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What a great weekend! As with last year the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/index.htm|Ararat]] and Bendigo clubs met at the Donald Airfield to share what turned out to be 3 excellent days of flying and personal achievements. The advance guard in the guise of Frank and Phil `McCann headed over on Friday to greet Brian the tuggie with the Callair and the Janus while the majority of our members arrived via %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] on Saturday.
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All of the Bendigo club gliders were there, and a majority of the private ones too. In all the excitement Ben T. discovered on arrival that he had left behind most of his gear and had to drive to Warracknabeal to get a sleeping bag! Even Dave and Jenne in ‘Bertha’ arrived in due course and made her apology by providing ample shade for all during the hot afternoons. John V arrived in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GVQ|Dimona]] later in the day, having flown from Raywood with plans to stay the night. The weather over the three days was very hot and dry with temperatures ramping up slowly from a max of 37 on Saturday to 40 on Monday, so while things were a little warm it took some time for the conditions to allow for reliable soaring conditions on each day.
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All of the Bendigo club gliders were there, and a majority of the private ones too. In all the excitement Ben T. discovered on arrival that he had left behind most of his gear and had to drive to Warracknabeal to get a sleeping bag! Even Dave and Jenne in ‘Bertha’ arrived in due course and made her apology by providing ample shade for all during the hot afternoons. John V arrived in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GVQ|Dimona]] later in the day, having flown from %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] with plans to stay the night. The weather over the three days was very hot and dry with temperatures ramping up slowly from a max of 37 on Saturday to 40 on Monday, so while things were a little warm it took some time for the conditions to allow for reliable soaring conditions on each day.
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On Monday, Jenne in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GNB|K6]], Phil `McCann in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#UKF|ASW19]] and Peter in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HNW|Woodstock]] elected to fly back to Raywood, a distance of 112k, as they had previously arranged for groundcrew. All flights were concluded uneventfully and Peter even reporting a climb to over 10000ft early in his journey home.
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On Monday, Jenne in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GNB|K6]], Phil `McCann in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#UKF|ASW19]] and Peter in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HNW|Woodstock]] elected to fly back to %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]], a distance of 112k, as they had previously arranged for groundcrew. All flights were concluded uneventfully and Peter even reporting a climb to over 10000ft early in his journey home.
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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]] was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]], while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!
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Like %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]], plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]] was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]], while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!
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Some excellent flying was experienced out of Raywood over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day.
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Some excellent flying was experienced out of %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]], over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day.
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On Saturday the 10th of November the day started with most people arriving before 10am and the winch and gliders ready to go at 11am. First, launch training commenced at 10 past 11, and by 12:30 the first crosscounry flight was airborne. Craig was in the Astir KYP and Phil was in his Libelle GSQ. They planned to go north west, up to Boort then if the day looked good through to Nyah. Just as they left Raywood Terry reported in from his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]] HDE that he was at 9'000ft just north of Boort. Patrick in the `IS29 HNC got all excited when he heard this and decided to head to Swan Hill.

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On Saturday the 10th of November the day started with most people arriving before 10am and the winch and gliders ready to go at 11am. First, launch training commenced at 10 past 11, and by 12:30 the first crosscounry flight was airborne. Craig was in the Astir KYP and Phil was in his Libelle GSQ. They planned to go north west, up to Boort then if the day looked good through to Nyah. Just as they left %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]] Terry reported in from his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]] HDE that he was at 9'000ft just north of Boort. Patrick in the `IS29 HNC got all excited when he heard this and decided to head to Swan Hill.

After reaching Nyah Craig went to Donald before returning to %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. Phil made it to Nyah also and Patrick turned Swan Hill before both of them went on back to %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]
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Tuesday proved even better with climbs in the vicinity of 7500'. A larger, 180k plus task had been set, Raywood, Elmore, Borung, Inglewood, Raywood. Again nearly all pilots did 250k some doing 400 plus and this was completed with little difficulty by most of the field. On the vintage scene the field was graced with the presence of a beautifully maintained Scheibe `SF25C Motorfalke flown in by Neale Halsall and Pete Boreham of the Mangalore Gliding Club (now based at the Nagambie Soaring Centre at Wahring).
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Tuesday proved even better with climbs in the vicinity of 7500'. A larger, 180k plus task had been set, Raywood, Elmore, Borung, Inglewood, %newwin%[[http://raywood.vic.au/|Raywood]]. Again nearly all pilots did 250k some doing 400 plus and this was completed with little difficulty by most of the field. On the vintage scene the field was graced with the presence of a beautifully maintained Scheibe `SF25C Motorfalke flown in by Neale Halsall and Pete Boreham of the Mangalore Gliding Club (now based at the Nagambie Soaring Centre at Wahring).
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Undeterred by winds gusting to perhaps 25 kts or more the models were ballasted up and under threat of passing showers much flying was done. North Westerly winds saw us flying over the rock strewn side of the hill, but fortunately landings below the summit were minimal. Little damage was incurred on the day in spite of the challenging winds and by 3 pm everyone agreed that they had satisfied their modelling urge and departed under rainy skies. [[<<]]
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Undeterred by winds gusting to perhaps 25 kts or more the models were ballasted up and under threat of passing showers much flying was done. North Westerly winds saw us flying over the rock strewn side of the hill, but fortunately landings below the summit were minimal. Little damage was incurred on the day in spite of the challenging winds and by 3 pm everyone agreed that they had satisfied their slope soaring urges and departed under rainy skies. [[<<]]
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Undeterred by winds gusting to perhaps 25 kts or more the models were ballasted up and under threat of passing showers much flying was done. North Westerly winds saw us flying over the rock strewn side of the hill, but fortunately landings below the summit were minimal. Little damage was incurred on the day in spite of the challenging winds and by 3 pm everyone agreed that they had satisfied their modelling urge and departed under rainy skies. [[<<]]
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!!!! Anzac Day Model Flying

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This year saw something of a dramatic change to the weather we have experienced over the past few years at Mount Hollowback. This time it was strong winds and low temperatures that greeted the seven club members who attended. Peter arrived at 10 am and managed to sort out a couple of models before the Bendigo contingent of Phil & Bill, Craig, Patrick and Friza & Billy drove in around 11. [[<<]]

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Bendigo gliders to attend were PW6, Junior, Woodstock, Super Woodstock, ESKa6, PW5, ASW19, Hornet, Astir, DG-100 and LS-1
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Bendigo gliders to attend were PW-6, Junior, Woodstock, Super Woodstock, `ESKa6, PW-5, `ASW19, Hornet, Astir, DG-100 and LS-1
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!!!! Into the blue!

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Launched into a glorious blue sky behind the Callair tug at Donald, prospects and adrenalin high as nearly all the early starters stayed up and cleared the area, a nice 5 knot thermal from release in a right turn, it doesn’t get much better than this. Set course at 3,500 feet, heading towards Charlton to (rather pessimistically) follow the highway in case Bertha and trailer are called on for a retrieve.

Craig’s brave voice from one of the black boxes, “left Donald for Raywood,” encourages, - if plastic can do it, wood should! Dropping 700 feet, tiptoe mode, still assessing the day and keeping height at the expense of speed. Another climb – this time to 4,000, speed up to 50 knots and back on course. Look for the sweet air, savour the moment! After all, when turning, 50% of the time is backtracking!

Problem - air is not sweet enough and back down to 1500 feet we go! Bump – straight into a nice climb back to 4,000. Passed Charlton and heading east-south-east towards Raywood. Pass beside the quarry as thermals are good, air is sweet and Wedderburn beckons. What’s that? Craig, out well ahead, but down low and struggling, just north of Wedderburn. Ahh, up he goes and sets course a few miles ahead. We pass Wedderburn and I confidently follow towards Mount Korong. Soon Craig is high above Mount Korong as I slip into the air he has recently used so well. Down, down, down….

Approaching the Mount some sweet air searched carefully in widening circles at minimum sink gives a few hundred feet, enough to transit to the large granite rocks of the Mount itself, crossed at 1800 feet, a mere 400 above the top – ahh, up! – oops, down! Round and round. Keep near the selected paddock Dave, safety first! Up to 2300, sneak east-south-east a kilometer – down – back to the bumps! Muck around, remembering “up is not down! This is what your glider is built for – hang on to every sniff!” Why aren’t the sources working? – try harder on the sunny side – nix – try the windward side – nix! Don’t be distracted by the people on the track below looking up! Do they realize how much fun I’m having…..?

It had been a great inter-club long weekend in Donald. All the usual suspects from both clubs, Bendigo and Grampians (Ararat) enjoying the flying and each other’s company. Bendigo had fielded eleven gliders, Grampians four gliders and tug, and of course Keith Willis from Bordertown club showed up. Flying in pleasant mild weather was good, getting better as the weekend progressed. Thermals, however, were not to be taken for granted, cu’s popped - and disappeared just as quickly, a few low scrapes were had by most pilots, who generally reached heights to four and almost five thousand feet. The Jeffcott Pub on Saturday night served excellent food and drink, and lots of stories were told. The barbeque in the caravan park on Sunday night was great (thanks guys and girls), a carnivore’s delight and even bigger stories were told!


Back at Mount Korong, a few hundred feet more allows another attempt at moving on track, this time to a nice thermal, all of two knots all the way round – oh joy!! Slowly, carefully, don’t waste it!! Up to 3,500 feet and I’m off on course again – phew! Twenty five minutes of pure adrenalin!
%cfloat%Attach:donald_track.jpg"Track from Donald to Bendigo"
Heights up to 4,500 as we settle down to eating miles again! Long glides but occasional thermals help keep the pace on, wave “Hi!” to Jean and Bruce McClymont’s farm abeam Bridgewater, won’t be dropping in on them today as I check final glide in the seven knot headwind. 5000 feet and 25 miles become 4000 and 20.

Three thousand and 15 miles becomes two thousand at ten miles. At this rate I will arrive 500 feet below the airfield! Where are those thermals?? Pass south of Raywood town, but I need some lift first! It comes, slow and sweet, drags me up 500 and dies. Move out, search for it!

At last, half a kilometer away – 7 knots! What, where have you been all day?! Straight up, the luxury of 6,600 feet, a diversion towards Bendigo City to check out the recent bushfire damage. A nice spot landing to be met by Craig’s smiling “What kept you? Let’s take some photographs!” I just can’t wait for next year!

Bendigo gliders to attend were PW6, Junior, Woodstock, Super Woodstock, ESKa6, PW5, ASW19, Hornet, Astir, DG-100 and LS-1
Grampians gliders were Janus, PIK-20, LS1F, ASW20.
Bordertown glider PW-5.

%blue%'' Dave Goldsmith.''
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!!!! Silver C congratulations!
%lfloat%Attach:silver_c.jpg"The drinks are on Frank and Mark"

Frank and Mark both received their Silver C badge awards last week, on Monday 9-3-09.

Naturally Saturday's drinks at the bar were generously provided by the pair, which was a good thing - especially for Paul.

You see, only the three of them turned up on Saturday.

Just goes to show that it pays to turn up, even on a rainy day!

%blue%'' Mark.''
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!!!! Craig and Paul compete at Horsham
%rfloat%Attach:horsh_astir.jpg"Astir and Super Arrow ready to takeoff"
For the past few years Craig and Paul Dilks have made the trip to Horsham Week, and this year was no different.
Paul had his Astir KYP in tow and Craig had the club's Super Arrow GYS ready to race.

The two of them entered sports class which means 15 meters, no flaps or water ballast. The class also allows 2 seat gliders up to 20 meters.
About lunch time on Friday February 6 Paul and Craig arrived to rig, tie down and to enter the comp.
Arriving early means on Saturday all they had to do is a DI and clean the gliders.

On Saturday the 7th the day was cancelled due to the extreme conditions which gripped Victoria.
The caravan park they were staying at came under threat from a grass fire which went around the boundary fence.
Craig and Paul had left earlier and took all their stuff out to the glider club to wait it out.

At about 7:30pm we called the park to ask if it was safe to come back, and the owner said they were OK but had no power.
On the way back the guys got stopped the Police barricade for three hours before being allowed to continue to the park.
Sunday was also cancelled due to poor conditions and the events the day before.

Monday the 9th started out looking fine and that’s what they said at morning briefing. Time to race at last.
The task for sports class was Marnoo, Warracknabeal and back to Horsham.
The last leg should have been the hardest because it was the most direct into the wind but Craig and Paul found it was the easiest with lots of thermal streeting.

Tuesday was cancelled due to the really poor weather, they launched five gliders and within 10 minutes three had landed. The lift up there was very hard to work and the remaining two gliders just struck it lucky and found a half-good bit.

Wednesday came and the weather had settled down so the racing was back on.
The task for sports class was Minyip, Ellam and back to Horsham. This was an AAT task with 20 km circles around the turn points.
Most of the fleet had a hard time getting home into the strong head wind. Craig had a big struggle in the Super Arrow - it took him 2 hrs 20 mins to make it home with an average speed for that leg of 27kph.

Both Thursday and Friday where fairly good with good lift and light winds. Paul and Craig completed the set tasks with ease. They started seeing heights of up to 8000ft and six to eight knot climbs.
Saturday was the final Day of Horsham week. What a scorcher! That’s what best describes the day.

It was a 2 hour run task, Murtoa, Warrackabeal , Antwerp and back to Horsham. The aim is to go as far as you can before you run out of time.
Paul in his Astir KYP did over 200km in the time at an avg speed of 105kph. Craig in the Super Arrow GYS did 182km in the 2hrs with speed of 91kph. Craig hoped to break the 100kph but it wasn’t to be.
A great time had by both of them and they look forward to Horsham week 2010.

%blue%'' Craig.''
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!!!! Horsham Coaching Week: January 31 – February 6, 2009
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!!!! January 31 – February 6, 2009
%lfloat%Attach:horsham_airfield.jpg"Horsham city with airfield at top"
Horsham Coaching Week was held from Saturday, January 31 to Friday, February 6, and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this event.

The first day was put aside for people to arrive, begin rigging their gliders and generally settle in and get organised.
This proceeded well, with all pitching in to rig each other’s gliders, the only problem being the withering 44 deg temperatures, made worse by a blast-furnace wind.

Overall 15 attendees arrived, as well as nine coaches and several pilots preparing for the competition week which was to immediately follow the coaching week.
On Sunday some people were still rigging, but after that pilots unfamiliar to Horsham took area check flights with instructors, so I went up with Ian Grant in the VMFG Duo Discus for a pleasant flight of over one hour.

%rfloat%Attach:gridded.jpg"Gridded up and ready to go."
The structure of the course was well organised, with each day beginning at 9 am with general announcements and operational issues being covered. These were followed by reviews of the previous day’s flying, usually with several flight traces being analysed.

Instructional talks on various gliding related subjects came next, generally including some discussion on the subject matter with pilots relating their own experiences.
After a short break the prevailing weather conditions were presented and discussed, with a task then being planned taking the weather information into account.

Glider allocations then took place, with coaches and students being assigned, and lead-and-follow or dual flying pairs being organised.
Following this about an hour was allocated for pilots to get organised, DI their aircraft, get flight plans programmed into their GPS etc, then gridding took place.
Typically the first glider on the grid was the PW-5 of Keith Willis. Everyone reckoned if he couldn’t stay up then no-one could, so Keith got the job of sniffer.

On a personal note, three flights stood out for me during this week. The first resulted in my first outlanding, where I travelled 137 km out of the task of 140 km, landing in a large paddock only 3 km from the airfield, battling a 20 kt headwind.
The second flight was one taken directly south to the Grampians. While the task was set to the north and most people headed that way a few of us elected not to do the task.
%lfloat%Attach:grampians2.jpg"The Grampians. Note the dry fields"
Instead we headed towards a breaking line of cu’s which presented a nice street leading all the way to the Grampians. This was a very scenic and enjoyable flight of over four hours. Of the people who did the task there were about six outlandings, so as soon as I landed I was on the job helping to derig and transport these.
The last memorable flight was a task to Arapiles silo, north over the Little Desert to Nhill, then across to Jeparit and back to Horsham, which I then flew around locally for a few hours to achieve the 5-hour requirement for Silver C.

The only real downside of the week was the weather, which was generally very hot with quite a few windy days.
Company was good, meals offered by the hard working members of the Horsham Flying Club were great and a lot of excellent flights took place.
Several attendees achieved some or all of the requirements for their Silver C and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the next Horsham coaching week to those interested in improving their cross-country flying skills.

%blue%'' Mark.''
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All is now looking good for the upcoming Cup weekend activities.

%blue%'' Mark.''

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!!!!October 25
Frank's immaculate `DG101 arrived at the field on Friday, and was rigged on Saturday.
Soon after lunch Frank made his first few flights in his new acquisition and we couldn't wipe the smile from his face.
Meanwhile, the working-bee continued, with a tractor mowing the field, bricks getting cleaned and laid, and general trimming, mowing and cleaning up around the club house area.
All is now looking good for the upcoming Cup weekend activities.
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Frank was busy digging holes, Peter and Mal doing work around the clubhouse, bricks being cleaned, gliders being assembled, on top of all the usual preparations being made for flying. Ka-6's were out in force, with David and Jenne's prepped and ready to go, and John Mackley's being reassembled for its first flight in a while. David Parham's Libelle had just returned from its form 2 ready to take to the air, and many other gliders including the PW-6, Sparrow, Junior, Phil's Libelle, ASW-19, PW-5 and LS-1 were rolled out onto the strip to fly.
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Frank was busy digging holes with his Bobcat, Peter and Mal doing work around the clubhouse, bricks being cleaned, gliders being assembled, on top of all the usual preparations being made for flying. Ka-6's were out in force, with David and Jenne's prepped and ready to go, and John Mackley's being reassembled for its first flight in a while. David Parham's Libelle had just returned from its form 2 ready to take to the air, and many other gliders including the PW-6, Sparrow, Junior, Phil's Libelle, ASW-19, PW-5 and LS-1 were rolled out onto the strip to fly.
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!!!!October 11
The field was a hive of activity on Saturday, with everything seeming to be happening at once.
Frank was busy digging holes, Peter and Mal doing work around the clubhouse, bricks being cleaned, gliders being assembled, on top of all the usual preparations being made for flying. Ka-6's were out in force, with David and Jenne's prepped and ready to go, and John Mackley's being reassembled for its first flight in a while. David Parham's Libelle had just returned from its form 2 ready to take to the air, and many other gliders including the PW-6, Sparrow, Junior, Phil's Libelle, ASW-19, PW-5 and LS-1 were rolled out onto the strip to fly.

Gliders launched into what initially looked to be an average October day, but this rapidly developed into what can only be described as a "boomer". Cumulus clouds began popping out everywhere, almost all of them providing excellent lift. Most pilots had no great plans for cross country flights when they launched, but this quickly changed as the conditions provided excellent opportunities for long distances to be covered. Gliders disappeared in all directions on their ad-hoc tasks. Many gliders broke the 10,000 and 11,000 ft barriers, with straight line flying betwen regions of lift the order of the day. Cloud base was around 11,500 feet, and the main problem everyone seemed to have was getting back down, with most having to apply full airbrakes to get to circuit height. ..%blue%'' Mark.''[[<<]]
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!!!October 21
%rfloat%Attach:winchrep.jpg"Phil Repairs Drum"
After its outlanding the previous weekend the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6 ]]was unloaded from its trailer and re-rigged.
While that was going on, Phil Organ and a team of helpers were doing some major repairs on the yellow drum of the winch.[[<<]]
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!!!%green%A Big Weekend.

'''October 13 and 14 '''
%lfloat%Attach:carpet.jpg"Dave cuts tiles"
A big weekend at Bendigo as preparations continue for the Cup Weekend. On the clubhouse scene we managed to get the carpet tiles down in the main room and the office, along with some trim painting. You can see Dave Goldsmith in the background, hard at work, while Jenne discusses the virtues of K6's with John. Still lots of preparatory work to do for the event so if you have some spare time speak to Jack or Paul, they could use the support. There was flurry of pilots intent on completing their Annual Checks and this work occupied most of Saturday and Sunday's flying.
%rfloat%Attach:wb.jpg"Weight and Balance"
Phil and Steves ASW-19 returned to the field on Sunday, having been away for its Form 2. After Paul had obtained required data for a Weight and Balance calculation she was cleared for flight. An interesting afternoon ensued with a late finish involving the retrieve of the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] from an adjacent paddock. Seems like these launch failure checks can get a little too interesting. Loss of hydraulics on the winch also curtailed a last flight for Tom.
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!!!%green%Doncaster Air League.

'''October 6 and 7 '''
%lfloat%Attach:don_paul.jpg"Paul and Air League passenger"
Pictures of the visit on Saturday and Sunday by the Doncaster Air League, courtesy of Mark Kerr.

%rfloat%Attach:don_keith.jpg"Keith and Air League passenger"
Despite a fair crosswind the day proved very good for flying and all of the air leaguers got decent times in the air.[[<<]]

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!!!%green%Annual General Meeting

The Club's AGM was held on Sunday 23 September 2007.

The Club elected the following Officers and Committee members:-


President: Jack Lavery

Vice President: Rod Jewell

Secretary: Phil `McCann

Treasurer: Rob Young

Committee: Craig Dilks, Keith Evans, David Goldsmith.

Committee Members by role: Phil Organ (CFI) and Paul Dilks (Airworthiness Officer).

President Jack Lavery thanked Craig Dilks on behalf of the Club for his two years as President and welcomed the new members of the Committee.
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!!!%green%Berwick Air League Camp


'''22nd 23rd September'''

The Berwick Air League visited us for the week end with a compliment of 17 cadets and officers. They arrived bright and early on Saturday and we were ready to aviate before mid day. The day was warm and sunny with no wind but the thermals were far and few between. Most flights were of around the six minute mark although a few lucky ones were able to stay aloft for twenty minutes. Both the Bocian and [[ClubFleet#pw6|`PW6]] were working well in tandem till Mark Kerr commented how well things were going with the winch. With in twenty minutes, we were experiencing copious problems with the winch wire. Thanks Mark!


Sunday saw a late start to proceedings due to the Club's AGM and monthly meeting. The wind was up and it looked like we may have to cancel the days flying but it stabilised enough to launch. John Viney took several cadets up in his Dimona which took away some of the pressure and added another dimension to the experience of the cadets. Berwick finally said goodbye late afternoon happy and content with their experience with the gliders. A big thank you to all who turned out to help make it a successful week end for the cadets.

%blue%''Rod Jewell'' On behalf of the Youth Development Committee.

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!!!%green%Australian Air League - Victorian Group
'''Sunday 16th September 2007 at Ashwood Oval'''[[<<]]
'''Annual Review & Field Competitions Day'''

I was invited by Judy Owen, Executive Commissioner of the Victorian Group, to attend as a representative of the Bendigo Gliding Club, in recognition of our ongoing work with several squadrons, and to be part of the Official party. The reviewing officer for the day was the Chief Commissioner of the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/|Australian Air League]]. As part of the official party, I was also asked to present one of the awards.

Squadrons came from all around including Ballarat, Bendigo, Sunbury, outer Melbourne such as Berwick and Lilydale, and from around Melbourne.
The day consisted of squadrons competing against each other in areas such as discipline, drill, presentation, flag party and on field ball game competitions. There was also judging of model aeroplanes and gliders constructed by the cadets and flight displays set up by the squadrons.

Much interest was shown by several squadrons in also attending a gliding camp. Two options spring to mind. We can either extend the number of squadrons that we invite to come to Bendigo, or we can arrange for another club to come on board with us in this programme. Our work with the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/|Air League]] is catching the eye of the hierarchy of the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/|Australian Air League]], not only in Victoria.

All in all, another great event to keep gliding in the public eye and to nurture youth in the wonders of flight.

%blue%''Rod Jewell'' On behalf of the Youth Development Committee[[<<]]
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!!!Scouts and Rovers go Gliding 8th September
The Bendigo Gliding Club hosted a visit from the 1st Castlemaine Scout Group and the Bevan Trimble Rover Crew on Saturday at Raywood.
It was a magnificent day with bright blue sky, no wind and cumulus clouds popping at about 4000 ft. The clouds seemed to roll in from the North and South and meet over the field.

One of the Club's instructors, Paul Dilks, explained to the Scouts that the clouds were forming what was known as a “Cloud Street” all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine. He implied that a good pilot could fly all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine and back again just by following the “Street” or almost anyway.

The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.

As the thermals developed the gliders flew higher and longer. The pilots used their air brakes and side slipped to loose height to get down; some days you just can’t go wrong.

The Scouts tackled the syllabus for their red and blue Air Activities badges while waiting for their turn. Only one of the Scouts had to use his “air travel comfort bag” and only one of the Rovers jammed his foot under the rudder pedal to test the pilot’s skills and diplomacy.
All in all it was a very exciting and successful day and one which the Scouts will remember for a long time. Pictures soon %blue%''Tom''[[<<]]

!!!Vale Galant
%lfloat%Attach:galant.jpg"The Galant out to pasture"
It is with some sadness that we have to report to members that the Clubs best tow out car, The Mighty Galant, has towed its last cable. During a tow out the Galant blew its head gasket turning into a steam powered car and running on about 3 1/2 cylinders. In 2001 we were given the Galant by one of our club members and since this time it has had little attention, it has used little oil or water until now and we have put it through everything. Glider towout car, cable tow out car, push starter for other cars. The Galant lost a side window, most of its lights and had a hole in the radiator which was fixed by squashing the leak with pliers. At our club we prefer to put money into gliders and other projects, not the fixing of tow out cars. This one has has outlived 3 Datsuns, 2 Corollas, a Barina and a few others.
Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.%blue%''Craig'' [[<<]][[<<]][[<<]]

%rfloat%Attach:paint.jpg"Painting in Progress"
The building program continues and, in conjunction with the flying, a Working Bee around the club over the weekend saw the interior and most of the exterior painted, along with a number of other important tasks. Tim, our blind expert is on the job, restoring the blinds, and once the floor is levelled the interior decoration can begin. Well Done Guys![[<<]]
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!!!Work in Progress - K6e
%lfloat%Attach:GEA_sml.jpg"K6e"
Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, looks likely to take to the skies over Raywood this season. In the hands of the [[http://www.gfa.org.au/museum/index.php|Australian Gliding Museum]] for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.[[<<]]
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!!!Winter Dinner - 26 August
%rfloat%Attach:Dinner.jpg"The National"
What a great night out! Craig had booked dinner at the The Bendigo National Hotel/Motel and it was so popular that we eventually had to drag in an extra table to accomodate all our guests. The meals were well presented and with members circulating and chatting it was close to midnight before we all dispersed for the evening. As for the rest of the weekend, well, the weather was kind but the thermals failed to materialise to any satisfying extent. Flying continued nevertheless with a number of pilots using this time to advance their annual checks. After the monthly meeting on Sunday, Phil `McCann gave the first of this years Safety Seminars on launches. Oh, and the building program? Well, the plasterwork has been filled and the trims installed. A little more preparation and it will be all hands on deck armed with brushes and rollers. Standby![[<<]]
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!!!Building Program Stage 4& Flying
!!!!18-19 August

%lfloat%Attach:lining5.jpg"Craig at Work"
An All-round good weekend. Some gliding and some productive work. Current status of the building is the completion of the lining, leaving only the flushing-up of the plasterwork before painting can proceed. Saturday saw the specialists focus on the plasterwork while the "lucky" ones got to sort out the problems with the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] and eventually enjoy some soaring flights. Craig sacrificed his flying to assist with the installation of the cornice.
%rfloat%Attach:lining7.jpg"Looking Out"
On Sunday additional fitout of doors and architraves continued until work was halted at lunchtime to ensure that everyone got to fly. A number of extended soaring flights were had on a beautiful, clear winters day and Craig eventually scooped the pool, as he managed to stay airborne long enough to watch the setting sun. (see [[ImageGallery|Gallery]])[[<<]]

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!!!Building Program - Stage Three
!!!!4-5 August

%lfloat%Attach:lining1.jpg"Time to relax"
Inside, things are now beginning to look like a clubroom. A large proportion of the lining of the new clubroom was installed over the weekend, along with the construction of the office walls. After rectifying some outstanding issues and the installation of the ceiling battens on Saturday morning it was all hands on deck to hoist the 6 and 4 metre ceiling sheets into position. Luckily we had a great turnout of members to assist with this task, as they first had to carry the sheets from the main hangar to the clubroom. Meanwhile, Keith, Patrick and a few other willing helpers pressed on with the task of completion the exterior cladding.

%rfloat%Attach:lining2.jpg"Craig and Steve"
Craig once again excelled in the culinary arts by producing roast chicken and chips in the club oven. Having Mum and, Dad Paul, away overseas hasn't hurt his cooking skills any, as so far, Craig has managed a diverse menu of lunches that have certainly kept the workers adequately fuelled.

Anyway by Saturday evening the majority of the extension was lined and insulated and we were all able to sit back, relax and admire our efforts over a few beers. Not bad for what has amounted to 5 days work so far!

%lfloat%Attach:lining3.jpg"Looking out"
Sunday saw Caleb , Mal and Peter well into the taping and jointing of the walls and ceiling whereupon Patrick arrived with the skills to supply us with electricity once again. Work then started in earnest on the office walls and was only interrupted in order to derig the Kookaburra. Caleb has acquired a new canopy and was keen to take it away for fitting. By the end of the day Keith, assisted later in the afternoon by Fabian, saw to the completion of the exterior. No mean feat either, as they had to scratch around the club for the materials to do it.
%rfloat%Attach:lining4.jpg"Keith and Fabian"
A little more plaster to hang, lots of jointing to do, but things are well on schedule for the rooms to be ready for the coming season. A huge thanks to all the guys who turned up to do their bit and It's great to see the enthusiasm that a project like this engenders within the membership.[[<<]]
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!!!Building Program - Stage Two
!!!!21-21 July
%lfloat%Attach:inside.jpg"Days end"
Well, its happened again! Undeterred by the previous weekend of hardship a large number of the members attended for a weekend of construction on the clubhouse extension. Braving the sub-zero morning temperatures, the workers progressively assembled to meet the challenge. The weekend's primary goal was to get the building to lockup stage. This meant the relocation of a large window, the installation of the new roof along with the installation of the valleys required to meld it with the old structure, and the positioning of a 5 metre beam that would allow the enlargement of the openings between the new and old structures.
%rfloat%Attach:inside2.jpg"Time for a beer"
With Mal and his crew tackling the roof cutting, Peter and company concentrated on the relocation of the window and the installation of, the soon to be office, sliding door. Terry was around the back looking after the facia and gutter and Ken had a team working on the exterior cladding. By late Saturday afternoon Peter and Craig were well into fixing the new iron to the roof, ably assisted by Mark, handling the underlying foil. We conceeded to the conditions only when the dew on the roof would not allow a secure footing. Sliding down and waiting for the boots to catch a screwhead is not a great feeling! Things may have gone more smoothly this day had not the generators decided to become temperamental. First the diesel would not start, and then late in the day when the VW finally ran out of petrol, it would not restart, placing additional strain on the cordless appliances.
%lfloat%Attach:outside.jpg"Looking good!"
Sunday dawned to crystallised pastures but the prospect of a fine day. We were not looking forward to hand cranking the VW into life and when David Tickner and Ben arrived, Dave was quickly despatched to look at the "genny", Within short order he had diagnosed and rectified the problem and we were back online, fantastic! While we waited for the roof to dry preparation for installation of the beam proceeded. This was interupted by the monthly meeting although our resident "sparkie" ,Ken, was undeterred and continued with "the rough in" for the required electrics.

Once the meeting was over the beam was soon in place and attention turned to the roof. With a surplus of labour a few members also took the chance to make the most of the day and get in some training flights. While Mal and Barry beavered away on the second valley, Peter and Steve completed the roofing to the first. Concurrently, work was progressing on the cladding of the gable end. Once people had had their "flying fix" the workforce expanded and it was with some sense of urgency that the final stages of the roof were completed in the fading light. It was dark before everyone was able to enjoy the confines of the new extension but it was obvious that this will make a huge difference to the club in the coming and future seasons.

Phil `McCann takes the frame inspection tomorrow so it is anticipated the the next major step will be the construction of the office walls and lining of the clubroom. Phil has done the groundwork on this too, and has already got all the lining materials onsite. Plenty to do, so try and be there! %blue%''Peter''

PS The frame inspection went well. There are a few minor modifications required and then we can hang the plaster and proceed to completion. ''Phil''

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!!!Building Program - Stage One
!!!!7-8 June
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Well, what a great weekends effort!, and thanks to the large contingent of club members who turned up to help with the building program a huge leap forward in the clubhouse extension was achieved. It seemed that we had more members in attendance than one would expect to see at the field on a fine summers day!. Mal even seconded his B.I.L., Barry, along with his tools and ladders, to support the effort too. Craig also supplied a pizza lunch to keep the workers fuelled and happy.
While Saturdays weather conspired to delay proceedings, apart from an occasional rain shower, construction of the wall frames proceeded and by the days end they were standing and the first roof truss was in position. This set the scene for some serious work to be done the next day. Those members not going home then adjourned to the Sebastian Hotel for a well earned meal.
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Sunday dawned fine and the task of erecting the remaining trusses was addressed. Additional teams saw to the installation of the front doors and one outside window,the other window remaining to be done after the roof is in place. This work then allowed another team to focus on the exterior cladding of some of the outside walls. Toward the end of the day the roof battens were put in place and bracing tasks completed. Once again the social club cranked up the BBQ to feed this army. It's alway been a policy that if you work for the club at a working bee you will get fed.
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While there is still much to do before we can consider the building to be at lockup, by the end of the day it was possible to gain a real sense of what the new extension will mean to the facility of the clubrooms.
A huge thanks to all those who attended, and remember, while we all may not be skilled in the required building arts and may feel left out, even the "lift and carry","gofers" and "feeders" are necessary and much appreciated.

I deliberately haven't tried to name all the participants here as this will be best served in the photos of the event that we hope will eventually grace the new clubroom photoboard.

%blue%''Peter''
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Airport at about 9.15 am on Saturday morning, 20th September, heralding the start of a great weekend for all concerned. Peter Raphael with his Woodstock, followed by Mal Bennett with his Monerai, followed by Mark Kerr with his PW-5, with Paul and Craig Dilks bringing up the rear with the Bendigo Gliding Club's PW-6 two seater. They were met at the gate by Echuca locals and Bendigo Gliding Club members John and Sian Mackley, and Dave and Jenne Goldsmith who had driven - snail-like - to Echuca the previous day in trusty "Bertha" the Bedford motorhome. Other club members to blow in, apart from Tug pilot Tim and Ralph Keller with the Maule towplane, were Keith Evans with Robyn and Kim, David Parham, Kevin Harrison and Colin Campbell. Blow in was the operative word, for the wind blew and blew, the Maule was quickly stowed in the hangar, and the PW-6 was rigged - also in the hangar. Most visitors then took advantage of the tourist attractions in the town - including the riverboat port and shops, to fill in a pleasant afternoon. John had a delicious barbeque ready by 6 o'clock in the Echuca Aero Club's well-appointed and comfortable clubroom.
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Airport at about 9.15 am on Saturday morning, 20th September, heralding the start of a great weekend for all concerned. Peter Raphael with his Woodstock, followed by Mal Bennett with his Monerai, followed by Mark Kerr with his PW-5, with Paul and Craig Dilks bringing up the rear with the Bendigo Gliding Club's PW-6 two seater. They were met at the gate by Echuca locals and Bendigo Gliding Club members John and Sian Mackley, and Dave and Jenne Goldsmith who had driven - snail-like - to Echuca the previous day in trusty "Bertha" the Bedford motorhome. Other club members to blow in, apart from Tug pilot Tim Cook and Ralph Keller with the Maule towplane, were Keith Evans with Robyn and Kim, David Parham, Kevin Harrison and Colin Campbell. Blow in was the operative word, for the wind blew and blew, the Maule was quickly stowed in the hangar, and the PW-6 was rigged - also in the hangar. Most visitors then took advantage of the tourist attractions in the town - including the riverboat port and shops, to fill in a pleasant afternoon. John had a delicious barbeque ready by 6 o'clock in the Echuca Aero Club's well-appointed and comfortable clubroom.
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experience and expressed their desire to glide again. Mal Bennett
carried out his evaluation flight after a twenty-year inspection of his
Monerai, which had not flown for the last five years. Craig then tried
the V-tailed glider, and Mal flew it again to show how good it really
is, having already logged about 550 hours on his little gem. Peter Raph
had a long soaring flight in the Woodstock, and Mark had a nice flight
in the PW-5. Mark then kindly offered his pride and joy to Jenne, who
joyfully went soaring while crying crocodile tears over her absent Ka6!
Jenne followed this up with a nice flight courtesy of Peter in his
Woodstock, then Paul also enjoyed the Woodstock. Meanwhile members and
visitors continued to keep the PW-6 busy with training and local
flights, but the prize goes to Patrick in the PW-5 who stayed up long
into the afternoon and found some shear wave lift that gave him the top
altitude for the day of 5,700 FEET - also keeping him out from under our FEET while we derigged the gliders!.
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experience and expressed their desire to glide again.

Mal Bennett carried out his evaluation flight after a twenty-year inspection of his Monerai, which had not flown for the last five years. Craig then tried the V-tailed glider, and Mal flew it again to show how good it really is, having already logged about 550 hours on his little gem. Peter Raph had a long soaring flight in the Woodstock, and Mark had a nice flight in the PW-5. Mark then kindly offered his pride and joy to Jenne, who joyfully went soaring while crying crocodile tears over her absent Ka6! Jenne followed this up with a nice flight courtesy of Peter in his Woodstock, then Paul also enjoyed the Woodstock. Meanwhile members and visitors continued to keep the PW-6 busy with training and local flights, but the prize goes to Patrick in the PW-5 who stayed up long into the afternoon and found some shear wave lift that gave him the top altitude for the day of 5,700 FEET - also keeping him out from under our FEET while we derigged the gliders!.
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the Bendigo Club members and a wonderful chance to share our interest in sport flying with the Echuca Aero Club members. Thanks are especially due to John Mackley, who worked tirelessly and sacrificed his own flying to ensure the success of the visit. Many thanks are also due to the
members of the Echuca Aero Club, a very friendly and hospitable group of aviation enthusiasts, who unselfishly shared their facilities and
supported this happy bunch of wandering glider pilots. Hopefully one day soon we can return the favour. Finally, a big THANK-YOU to everyone who contributed to this great weekend!
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the Bendigo Club members and a wonderful chance to share our interest in sport flying with the Echuca Aero Club members. Thanks are especially due to John Mackley, who worked tirelessly and sacrificed his own flying to ensure the success of the visit. Many thanks are also due to the members of the Echuca Aero Club, a very friendly and hospitable group of aviation enthusiasts, who unselfishly shared their facilities and supported this happy bunch of wandering glider pilots. Hopefully one day soon we can return the favour. Finally, a big THANK-YOU to everyone who contributed to this great weekend!
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!!!!A Great Weekend at Echuca September 21-22
Four glider trailers from Bendigo arrived in close formation at Echuca
Airport at about 9.15 am on Saturday morning, 20th September, heralding the start of a great weekend for all concerned. Peter Raphael with his Woodstock, followed by Mal Bennett with his Monerai, followed by Mark Kerr with his PW-5, with Paul and Craig Dilks bringing up the rear with the Bendigo Gliding Club's PW-6 two seater. They were met at the gate by Echuca locals and Bendigo Gliding Club members John and Sian Mackley, and Dave and Jenne Goldsmith who had driven - snail-like - to Echuca the previous day in trusty "Bertha" the Bedford motorhome. Other club members to blow in, apart from Tug pilot Tim and Ralph Keller with the Maule towplane, were Keith Evans with Robyn and Kim, David Parham, Kevin Harrison and Colin Campbell. Blow in was the operative word, for the wind blew and blew, the Maule was quickly stowed in the hangar, and the PW-6 was rigged - also in the hangar. Most visitors then took advantage of the tourist attractions in the town - including the riverboat port and shops, to fill in a pleasant afternoon. John had a delicious barbeque ready by 6 o'clock in the Echuca Aero Club's well-appointed and comfortable clubroom.

Sunday dawned clear and calm, and the rigging party started as the
Monerai, Woodstock and PW-5 were removed from trailers and assembled to
their full glory. Neil Friswell, Billy Hughes, Phil and Mandy Organ,
Patrick and Ingrid Roberts, and Rod Jewell showed up to enjoy the day.
Flying got underway using Runway 35 grass left as the warm breeze built
up to about 8 knots and thermals started to pop. Most pilots managed to
get away from their first attempt, and three visitors enjoyed their
flights in the two-seater, one thrilled by his birthday present (a
flight) and leaving for the party to follow. All visitors enjoyed their
experience and expressed their desire to glide again. Mal Bennett
carried out his evaluation flight after a twenty-year inspection of his
Monerai, which had not flown for the last five years. Craig then tried
the V-tailed glider, and Mal flew it again to show how good it really
is, having already logged about 550 hours on his little gem. Peter Raph
had a long soaring flight in the Woodstock, and Mark had a nice flight
in the PW-5. Mark then kindly offered his pride and joy to Jenne, who
joyfully went soaring while crying crocodile tears over her absent Ka6!
Jenne followed this up with a nice flight courtesy of Peter in his
Woodstock, then Paul also enjoyed the Woodstock. Meanwhile members and
visitors continued to keep the PW-6 busy with training and local
flights, but the prize goes to Patrick in the PW-5 who stayed up long
into the afternoon and found some shear wave lift that gave him the top
altitude for the day of 5,700 FEET - also keeping him out from under our FEET while we derigged the gliders!.

Sunday was monthly competition day for the Echuca Aero Club, and the
lunch, including roast lamb, chicken and veges, followed up by chocolate cake for sweets, was well appreciated by the large gathering of power and glider pilots and friends present. Tim was working so hard in the towplane that a sumptuous plate of goodies, covered by foil, was presented to him on the field - we do look after our tow pilots!
Bertha's kitchen was also appreciated on the launch point by those
needing a tea or coffee, and she performed sterling service as a wind
break. The formation flight put on by the Yak and Stearman, followed by
the majestic solo aerobatics of the Stearman, were a highlight of the
day. In the late afternoon, John put a smile on Keith's dial by taking
him flying in the Aero Club's Jabiru.

All round the weekend was a wonderful success - a great experience for
the Bendigo Club members and a wonderful chance to share our interest in sport flying with the Echuca Aero Club members. Thanks are especially due to John Mackley, who worked tirelessly and sacrificed his own flying to ensure the success of the visit. Many thanks are also due to the
members of the Echuca Aero Club, a very friendly and hospitable group of aviation enthusiasts, who unselfishly shared their facilities and
supported this happy bunch of wandering glider pilots. Hopefully one day soon we can return the favour. Finally, a big THANK-YOU to everyone who contributed to this great weekend!

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!!!!Nearly there! August 17
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!!!!September 13-14
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The weather was a bit windy on Saturday, but warm at 25 degrees. Thermals went to over 5000 feet, but were a bit broken up by the wind. Nevertheless, some reasonable flights were done on the day.
One of the pics shows the fields are finally getting a bit of colour in them, although this probably won't last too long into the hot weather.
The hangar looks to be almost ready, with the doors sitting on the ground ready to be attached. Once this is done it should be ready to take gliders.
Bill's LS-1 took to the air on Saturday. I think it had just completed its form 2 and is back in service.The PW-5 was derigged away on Saturday for the Echuca weekend, and the PW-6 derigged on Sunday..%blue%'' Mark.''[[<<]]
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!!!!Nearly there! August 17
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Now with wall and roof cladding on, Hangar 3 is almost ready for its new tenants.%blue%''picture: Craig.''[[<<]]
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Now with wall and roof cladding on, Hangar 3 is almost ready for its new tenants.%blue%'' picture: Craig.''[[<<]]
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!!!!Nearly there! August 17
%lfloat%Attach:hangar3-3.jpg"Work Commences"
Now with wall and roof cladding on, Hangar 3 is almost ready for its new tenants.%blue%''picture: Craig.''[[<<]]
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As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal on the AGM Weekend. While the majority of members present on Saturday decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties prepared.
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As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal on the AGM Weekend. While the majority of members present on Saturday decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties prepared for us.
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At the AGM on Sunday the Jack gave a summary of the past years achievements before initiating the appointment of [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ContactOrVisitUs|new office bearers]]. With Peter Raphael elected as President supported by David Tickner as Vice President and the perennial Treasurer, Rob Young, a protracted meeting ensued. Other new appointments are Mark Kerr and David Goldsmith as ordinary members of the committee.
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At the AGM on Sunday Jack gave a summary of the past years achievements before initiating the appointment of [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ContactOrVisitUs|new office bearers]]. With Peter Raphael elected as President supported by David Tickner as Vice President and the perennial Treasurer, Rob Young, a protracted meeting ensued. Other new appointments are Mark Kerr and David Goldsmith as ordinary members of the committee.
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!!!!Hangar Rises! August 3
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Hangar 3 finally takes its 3 dimensional form as the steelwork begins to rise above the earth.[[<<]]
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As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal before the meeting. While the majority of members present decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties.
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As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal on the AGM Weekend. While the majority of members present on Saturday decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties prepared.
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As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal before the meeting. While the majority of members present decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties. The tally for the day was 25 launches and at least one pie and pastie for each person present (some were further observed to over-indulge themselves!). Some of those members absent at the dinner were lucky enough to share the experience for lunch the next day. A BIG Thank You to Bill and Neil for their significant contribution to the social club.

At the AGM on Sunday
the Jack gave a summary of the past years achievements before initiating the appointment of [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ContactOrVisitUs|new office bearers]]. With Peter Raphael elected as President supported by David Tickner as Vice President and the perennial Treasurer, Rob Young, a protracted meeting ensued. Other new appointments are Mark Kerr and David Goldsmith as ordinary members of the committee. It would appear the that club is going to be quite busy over the next year dealing with lots of diverse issues spawned by the growth and enthusiasm we are now experiencing. New hangars, more private gliders,launch method development and strip maintenance being just some of the issues coming under scrutiny.
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%lfloat%Attach:pasties.jpg"Cooks at Work"
As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills
and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal before the meeting. While the majority of members present decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties.

The tally for the day was 25 launches
and at least one pie and pastie for each person present (some were further observed to over-indulge themselves!). Some of those members absent at the dinner were lucky enough to share the experience for lunch the next day. A BIG Thank You to Bill and Neil for their significant contribution to the social club.

At
the AGM on Sunday the Jack gave a summary of the past years achievements before initiating the appointment of [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ContactOrVisitUs|new office bearers]]. With Peter Raphael elected as President supported by David Tickner as Vice President and the perennial Treasurer, Rob Young, a protracted meeting ensued. Other new appointments are Mark Kerr and David Goldsmith as ordinary members of the committee.

It would appear the that club is going to be quite busy over the next year dealing with lots of diverse issues spawned by the growth and enthusiasm we are now experiencing. New hangars, more private gliders,launch method development and strip maintenance being just some of the issues coming under scrutiny.[[<<]]
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!!!!Pie Night & AGM July 26 &27

As a precursor to the AGM, members Bill Matthews and Neil Friswell agreed to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare pies and pasties for the evening meal before the meeting. While the majority of members present decided to take at least one launch and test the winter conditions, Bill and Neil laboured away in the kitchen preparing their delicacies and filling the clubhouse with a mouth-watering aroma. With the longest flight for the day being only 14 minutes there was no contest as to whether the flying was going to be better than the pies and pasties. The tally for the day was 25 launches and at least one pie and pastie for each person present (some were further observed to over-indulge themselves!). Some of those members absent at the dinner were lucky enough to share the experience for lunch the next day. A BIG Thank You to Bill and Neil for their significant contribution to the social club.

At the AGM on Sunday the Jack gave a summary of the past years achievements before initiating the appointment of [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ContactOrVisitUs|new office bearers]]. With Peter Raphael elected as President supported by David Tickner as Vice President and the perennial Treasurer, Rob Young, a protracted meeting ensued. Other new appointments are Mark Kerr and David Goldsmith as ordinary members of the committee. It would appear the that club is going to be quite busy over the next year dealing with lots of diverse issues spawned by the growth and enthusiasm we are now experiencing. New hangars, more private gliders,launch method development and strip maintenance being just some of the issues coming under scrutiny.
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This weekend two quite different milestone were achieved. On Saturday, Neil Frizwell aka 'Friza', soloed in the PW-6. Neil is an accomplished aeromodeller who has decided to demonstrate his flying skills from inside the aircraft. Congratulations Neil!
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This weekend two quite different milestone were achieved. On Saturday, Neil Friswell aka 'Friza', soloed in the PW-6. Neil is an accomplished aeromodeller who has decided to demonstrate his flying skills from inside the aircraft. Congratulations Neil!
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This weekend two quite difffernt milestone were achieved. On Saturday, Neil Frizwell aka 'Friza', soloed in the PW-6. Neil is an accomplished aeromodeller who has decided to demonstrate his flying skills from inside the aircraft.

On Sunday Mark Kerr logged
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This weekend two quite different milestone were
achieved. On Saturday, Neil Frizwell aka 'Friza', soloed in the PW-6. Neil is an accomplished aeromodeller who has decided to demonstrate his flying skills from inside the aircraft. Congratulations Neil!
%rfloat%Attach:mark-99a.jpg"100th
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On Sunday Mark Kerr logged flight number 100 for his PW-5. As is usual, the ever present grin was still there at the end of the
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!!!%green%Milestones
!!!!June 28-29

This weekend two quite difffernt milestone were achieved. On Saturday, Neil Frizwell aka 'Friza', soloed in the PW-6. Neil is an accomplished aeromodeller who has decided to demonstrate his flying skills from inside the aircraft.

On Sunday Mark Kerr logged flight number 100 for his PW-5. As is usual, the ever present grin was still there at the end of the flight.
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While a cold southwesterly kept everyone rugged up it did not deter the modeling activities, as dusk approached Phil dragged out the 'Rascal' to perform some scale aerotow and the air-dropping of items designed to entertain. Modellers were well represented this year with the likes of Col Collyer, Dete Haas and other VARMS members with their quarter scale gliders and a number of the Bendigo Modellers flying illuminated electrics. Even Caleb and Patch perservered into the darkness with their control line models in a determined effort to complete at least one lap with their aging but patient models.
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While a cold southwesterly kept everyone rugged up it did not deter the modeling activities, as dusk approached Phil dragged out the 'Rascal' to perform some scale aerotow and the air-dropping of items designed to entertain. Modellers were well represented this year with the likes of Col Collyer, Dete Hasse and other VARMS members with their quarter scale gliders and a number of the [[http://www.brcac.asn.au/|Bendigo Modellers]] flying illuminated electrics. Even Caleb and Patch persevered into the darkness with their control line models in a determined effort to complete at least one lap with their aging but patient models.
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Bill and Friza took charge of the catering ,performing admirably in the kitchen, preparing a selection of soups and a beautiful roast beef dinner. Even when the genny failed during dinner and we had to resort to the low voltage lighting it did little to impede the enjoyment of the meal and the great company of the assembled. With around 60 people attending it proved the viability of the clubhouse in hosting large groups.
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Bill Matthews and Friza took charge of the catering ,performing admirably in the kitchen, preparing a selection of soups and a beautiful roast beef dinner. Even when the genny failed during dinner and we had to resort to the low voltage lighting it did little to impede the enjoyment of the meal and the great company of the assembled. With around 60 people attending it proved the viability of the clubhouse in hosting large groups.
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Sunday dawned and besides a little modelling activity there was scant enthusiasm for gliding activity. The stiff breeze and bleary eyes told the story. After a protracted meeting covering a lot of business and the rigging / derigging of gliders under maintenance, most chose to leave early to repair to warmer surroundings. In all, another successful weekends activity that is sure to be repeated next year. Don't miss it!
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Sunday dawned and besides a little modelling activity there was scant enthusiasm for gliding activity. The stiff breeze and bleary eyes told the story. After a protracted meeting covering a lot of business and the rigging / derigging of gliders under maintenance, most chose to leave early to repair to warmer surroundings. In all, another successful weekends activity that is sure to be repeated next year. Don't miss it![[<<]][[<<]]
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!!! Winch Returns!
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.%blue%''Craig''[[<<]]
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!!! Bonfire Night
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and while this was happening members DI'd the [[ClubFleet#pw6 |PW-6]] and just about everything else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft but we were able to maintain currency in aerotow launches. Approaching 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook, this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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While the food was cooking Paul set about trimming his flying UFO, a saucer shaped model, and now that we know all UFO's are here only to attack us, we will avoid them in future.Phil Organ did some impressive flying with his Rascal 110 model with the 26cc engine, Model club member, Neil Friswell, flew his electric Beaver at night with lights and a few other modellers also flew similar models. At 7:30pm Craig lit the Bonnie then we retired to the clubhouse for a 3 course meal of soup, roast and dessert.Many thanks to the members and their partners whose efforts made this dinner a great success.
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Over the course of the evening The usual hydrogen an hot air balloons were released and there was plenty of aerial activity to amuse everyone. The model flying went long into the night with the last flight at 2:30am, let's just say that one model is now back in kit form.

After a very cold start of -2 degrees C the next morning we emptied the club hangar and did a full days flying of both aerotow and auto launching. We are now focussing on starting the new extension to the the club house in 2 weeks time.
%blue%''Craig.''

%black%poem by Terry Whitford

It was great to catch up with everybody again[[<<]]
On that wonderful night of nights[[<<]]
It is very much becoming a must do thing[[<<]]
The Raywood Bonfire night[[<<]]

There were models of every size and shape[[<<]]
And the fun started as soon as we arrived[[<<]]
And although some of the stunts were really mistakes[[<<]]
I feel that some of them were contrived[[<<]]

One of the models was appropriately named [[<<]]
It went by the name of BIG BERTHA[[<<]]
It was made out of foam with some lights in the frame[[<<]]
I didn’t think it would take off from the eartha[[<<]]

Well it got fired up and it climbed into the air[[<<]]
But it was a very short flight I recall[[<<]]
And that old adage came true, that the bigger they are[[<<]]
The harder they bloody well fall[[<<]]

Well the design engineers all got together[[<<]]
And came up with a system of repair[[<<]]
But it was 5 minute epoxy and a series of tapes[[<<]]
That put it finally back into the air[[<<]]

There was one there among us who was trying to fly[[<<]]
An object like a very large plate[[<<]]
He stuck an engine on the front and flung it into the sky[[<<]]
And sent it aloft to its fate[[<<]]

Well it just went berserk. It was out of control[[<<]]
And it nearly cleaned up some of the men[[<<]]
But quite undeterred he fueled it up[[<<]]
And it attacked everybody again[[<<]]

We had things that went bang and hot air balloons[[<<]]
That, as they rose made a really weird sight[[<<]]
But I think on the whole and despite all the hoons[[<<]]
We had a really great bonfire night[[<<]]
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On Thursday June 14 a main part of our club house extension project arrived at the club. The delivery was at half past eight in the morning and Club president Craig Dilks met the truck driver at the gate to let him in. The roof trusses took about 20 minutes to unload, the crane on the truck making it easy. The Club plans to make a start on the frame in the coming weeks.[[<<]]
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!!!PW-6 Back On Line
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The [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] returned to service this weekend , having had its annual inspection completed.
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A big effort by a number of the members there on Saturday ensured that it was all nicely polished and waxed before taking to the air.[[<<]]
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While a cold southwesterly kept everyone rugged up it did not deter the modeling activities, as dusk approached Phil dragged out the 'Rascal' to perform some scale aerotow and the air-dropping of items designed to entertain. Modellers were well represented this year with the likes of Col Collyer, Dete Haas and other VARMS members with their quarter scale gliders and a number of the Bendigo Modellers flying illuminated electrics. Even Caleb and Patch perservered into the darkness with their control line models in a determined effort to complete at least one lap with their aging but patient models.
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While a cold southwesterly kept everyone rugged up it did not deter the modeling activities, as dusk approached Phil dragged out the 'Rascal' to perform some scale aerotow and the air-dropping of items designed to entertain. Modellers were well represented this year with the likes of Col Collyer, Dete Haas and other VARMS members with their quarter scale gliders and a number of the Bendigo Modellers flying illuminated electrics. Even Caleb and Patch perservered into the darkness with their control line models in a determined effort to complete at least one lap with their aging but patient models.
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!!!%green%Bonfire Night
!!!!June 21-22
Bonfire Night is over again for another year and this time it was at least as good as the last, with lots of entertainment. Tim and Laurel flew down from Tocumwal in the Maule again, and with the PW-6 returning to service after its annual maintenance and the Blanik gaining acceptance, it gave members an opportunity to refresh their aerotow skills.

While a cold southwesterly kept everyone rugged up it did not deter the modeling activities, as dusk approached Phil dragged out the 'Rascal' to perform some scale aerotow and the air-dropping of items designed to entertain. Modellers were well represented this year with the likes of Col Collyer, Dete Haas and other VARMS members with their quarter scale gliders and a number of the Bendigo Modellers flying illuminated electrics. Even Caleb and Patch perservered into the darkness with their control line models in a determined effort to complete at least one lap with their aging but patient models.

Bill and Friza took charge of the catering ,performing admirably in the kitchen, preparing a selection of soups and a beautiful roast beef dinner. Even when the genny failed during dinner and we had to resort to the low voltage lighting it did little to impede the enjoyment of the meal and the great company of the assembled. With around 60 people attending it proved the viability of the clubhouse in hosting large groups.

After dinner Phil fired off a few hot air balloons adorned with sparklers and as the bonfire was ignited people filtered out to enjoy the entertainment. After launching his hydrogen balloon, an impressive conflagration, Peter put Big Bertha, a veteran of 3 previous events, into the air several times in the hope of finding a thermal over the fire. Frank also took the opportunity to engage with Surface to Air Missiles in the form of skyrockets, but failed to score a kill. Maybe next year Frank?

Meanwhile back at the bonfire, Ralph was given the opportunity of sacrificing one of Paul's old slope soarers to the gods of gliding with a perfect hand launch into the flames.

Sunday dawned and besides a little modelling activity there was scant enthusiasm for gliding activity. The stiff breeze and bleary eyes told the story. After a protracted meeting covering a lot of business and the rigging / derigging of gliders under maintenance, most chose to leave early to repair to warmer surroundings. In all, another successful weekends activity that is sure to be repeated next year. Don't miss it!
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2 hours to run before we got back home to Raywood. We arrived there at 11:50 pm, put the glider in the back annexe and headed into Bendigo and to my place. A 1464km round trip. The Blanik flew the next day. %blue%''Craig.''
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2 hours to run before we would be back home in Raywood. We arrived there at 11:50 pm, put the glider in the back annexe and headed into Bendigo and to my place. A 1464km round trip. The Blanik flew the next day. %blue%''Craig.''
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Last weekend Caleb and I drove to Stonefield to get the Blanik. Saturday morning started with a 5:30am rise, which for me is very rare. I normally surface about 9am, but with 695 km to drive I had to make an effort, even Caleb said he doesnt get up this early on Christmas morning. At 5:50 we jumped into my car and started out, the plan being to swap drivers every hour just to make the trip easier on both of us. Our first long stop was in Ouyen, at the Mallee Bakery, for some much needed food. The pies are worth the long drive. After the 15 minute break headed for Mildura which we thought would be the first fuel stop, as it turned out we didn't stop and kept on going out the other side for half an hour before refueling. Over 400km on 40 ltrs of juice, not bad.
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Down the track a bit further we found a Macca's at Renmark for lunch. Now that we had made it into South Oz the excitement was fairly building, not far to go before we get to see the Blanik at Stonefield. At 2:05pm we arrived at Stonefield and it was then I learned why it was called Stonefield. Not much grass but heaps of stones, for a short time it could have be Mars. Fortunately the Adelaide Uni guys had derigged the glider for us and had it pointed in the right direction. Good job.
At 3pm and after seeing one launch and a taken tour of the club house and hangers we set out for the run back to Victoria. Not having towed this trailer before I was pleasantly surprised at how well it ran. Sitting on 100kmph it rolled along nicely, not even a wobble when trucks went by, the fuel consumption did suffer though.
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Half way between Remark and the border the sun set and we knew it was going to be a long night. In Mildura we halted for tea and a driver stop. Heading on home I decided we would go via Swan Hill because I didn't like the idea of driving through the scrub country. On reaching Swan Hill, and as we needed fuel, Caleb brought up the petrol stations on the Navman. The closest one was on the Truck bypass route but 10 o'clock at night and it was all in darkness, so we had to head for the main street. As we turned into the main street a Police car pulled up behind us and followed us all the way to the petrol station. We were thinking, "what have we done?", turns out they wanted to look at the glider because they had taken a flight at the Swan Hill club and they had loved it.

2 hours to run before we got back home to Raywood. We arrived there at 11:50 pm, put the glider in the back annexe and headed into Bendigo and to my place. A 1464km round trip. The Blanik flew the next day. %blue%''Craig.''
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Recently placed in the care of the Bendigo club is the Blanik GAQ that belongs to The Australian Junior Gliding Club.Craig and Caleb made the trip to Stonefield S.A. in order to relocate it.
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%lfloat%Attach:rigging_k6.jpg"Rigging the Ka6" John Mackley flew his recently acquired Ka6cr for the first time this weekend. Racking up 3 flights on Saturday, John was able to appreciate the excellent climbing abilities of this Gernman built glider, in what were challenging conditions. It may be some time before John will lose the permanent smile he carried this weekend!
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John Mackley flew his recently acquired Ka6cr for the first time this weekend. Racking up 3 flights on Saturday, John was able to appreciate the excellent climbing abilities of this German built glider, in what were challenging conditions. It may be some time before John will lose the permanent smile he carried this weekend!
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!!!!May 10
%lfloat%Attach:rigging_k6.jpg"Rigging the Ka6" John Mackley flew his recently acquired Ka6cr for the first time this weekend. Racking up 3 flights on Saturday, John was able to appreciate the excellent climbing abilities of this Gernman built glider, in what were challenging conditions. It may be some time before John will lose the permanent smile he carried this weekend!
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!!! Air League Visit
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Another big weekend at the Bendigo Gliding Club on the 5th & 6th of May. We had the Nolan Wing of the Australian Air league come gliding. There were 20 cadets and 5 leaders in total, all of them keen to take to the skies over Raywood, some for the first time and others who are still in the unit from last year.

Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]]. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.

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On Sunday a few Cadets did not want a second flight but there were still 18 who lined up for the ride of a life time. Plus we had 3 pupils to get some training. In all we did just short of 70 flights for the weekend and on Sunday the club had 6 gliders in the air at the same time even though the conditions were marginal.
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!!! Slope Day Mount Hollowback

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For the past 5 Anzac Days Club members have made the trip to Mt Hollowback near Creswick. Once again, our annual pilgrimage was a great success with even more club members attending than ever before. Most turned up around mid-morning and wasted no time in getting models into the air. Paul arrived a little later, confessing to having slept in. The mornings flying afforded us with a variable northerly around 10-12 knots just suitable for the zagi's and some aerobatic gliders and perfect for all the floater types. Dennis brought the Collier 'Eagle' and unfortunately it went home with concussion after a frequency clash with persons un-named but Dennis consoled himself with helping Caleb get the hang of slope soaring. Patrick spent time helping Tim get his models into the air, and Mal undertook a few major wing repairs in the field.
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As the afternoon progressed, winds got lighter and lighter, occasioning some launches that seemed destined to end in tragedy on the rock strewn slopes below hilltop. Phil, Craig and Bill opted to use electricity to extend their flight times and on occasion, (Phil), terrorise the crowd with high speed passes and snap rolls. At times the adventureous were able to push out and take advantage of passing thermals with Chris and Peter even managing to soar to the limits of visibility on a couple of occasions. While there were a few midair 'taps', most of the model damage occured while landing amongst the rocks below the hilltop and I think everyone went home with a few scarred models.Another great day out! [[<<]]

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!!!%green%Anzac Day
!!!!April 25-27

As the Anzac Day holiday fell on a Friday the opportunity presented itself for a number of club members to take advantage of the long weekend and make the trek for a day's slope soaring at Mount Hollowback near Creswick followed by a weekend at the club.

With most arriving on the hill mid morning it was not long before the sky was filled with models. While dark clouds threatened the rain remained at bay and a reasonable breeze throughout the day from the north meant that there was sufficient wind for the more aerobatic models while still being within the scope of the floaters. Frank made several valiant attempts with a borrowed model but the transition to a mode 1 transmitter proved his downfall and in the end and in spite of Frizas excellent skills no amount of tape and glue could rectify matters. Packaging tape was the order of the day and kept a number of models going, however as Chris found, when a foam Zagi turns into a beanbag no amount of determination will make it fly. Phil Organ terrorised everyone doing beat-ups with his DG 500, Paul found the day tiring, probably from all the walking he had to do. Ralph attempted some dual instruction with Craig which did not have the desired outcome. "My Aircraft!" can sometimes be too late. Mal was physically attacked by Geoffs F18 and in the distraction failed to pullout of a loop. In spite of a degree of attrition all agreed it was great day and look forward to returning. Ralph should have some pictures here soon!

After all the excitement it was back to Phils place for a barbeque and a debrief on the days activity. Saturday the field was fairly quiet with no flying, just a meeting of the winch committee and those present getting a head start for Sundays working bee and attending to maintenance tasks around the club.

Sunday was filled with the monthly meeting and plenty of activity on a variety of tasks. The Tickners laboured away on the new floor for the PW-6 trailer. Peter, Mal and John Mackley completed guttering at the front of the clubhouse. Paul and Friza organised the concreting of the turnaround posts at the end of the field while Phil and Craig sorted out the winch motor and obsolete field cars. A number of others shared their time around these and other tasks. To be honest, I was too busy with my own work to take note of everyone, but all that were there did pitch in and got a lot of work done. Toward the end of the day most of the remaining members lent a hand in removing concrete tie downs on the new hangar site. This turned out to be a formidable task with a satisfying outcome. Things are looking good for this weekends visitors.




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!!!The Easter Weekend.

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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the [[http://ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] out as well as the [[http://ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!

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On Saturday morning it took a group of 6 guys one hour to sort out the mess on the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]]. It must have been one of the busiest days we have seen at the club for a while, all but 2 of the rigged gliders flew on Saturday. At one stage we had 10 gliders all in the air, some out on cross countries and some just local flying.
Easter Sunday started out with a few less people but by lunch time Mal and Peter both had the 2 Woodstocks rigged and ready to fly. We auto launched Peter in his Woodstock and he soon climbed just about out of sight. One of our latest Students, Kent, was out and he did some training with Keith Evans. David Goldsmith went cross country in the Ka6 ,Inglewood, Pyramid Hill return to Raywood. David Parham, in his Libelle, disappeared for over 5 hours, being second to launch and last to land.

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Monday was a mirror image of Sunday as far as the weather and we had about the same amount of people out flying. Kent continued his training with Colin. While this was happening Peter went cross country in the Wood Stock, Elmore, Mitiamo and return to Raywood. Tom Dannatt is now a [[ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]] pilot. ''Craig''[[<<]]

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!!!TOP Flyers Visit
!!!!Sunday April 1

TOP Flyers once again flew into our field for what is becoming an annual fixture on their aerial touring calendar. At a little after 10am two aircraft arrived from Tooradin. First was Piper Cherokee EDJ, then a little later Cessna 172 WXA. Not long after the crews had made themselves comfortable, Bonanza FCT arrived from Lilydale after being somewhat delayed by low cloud through the Kilmore Gap. This brought to eight the number of TOP visitors flying in, nine in all attending including Peter, a BGC member.

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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.

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Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupant's flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar, and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers-''Thanks Guys''

By Email: ''%green%"Peter on behalf of Top Flyers could you pass our thanks to the Gliding club for once again organising a great day, everyone appreciated the effort and enjoyed the visit." Ray''[[<<]]

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!!! Club Night Saturday
!!!!March 31

What huge weekend it was at the club, on Saturday we saw Jenny Goldsmith have her first flight in the club's [[ClubFleet#ES60b |Super Arrow GYS]]. The day was fairly good for local flying but Terry Bellair did over 300km in his DG 400 HDE. Later that night the club had a dinner at Phil Organs place, in his new party room. Phil's wife Mandy prepared all sorts of fine food like Greek lamb and marinated chicken, delicately cooked on the BBQ by club president Craig Dilks. Ralph Keller kindly donated funds for the catering so this was the first time the club has been able to put everything on for the members, including the drinks. The last of the 35 club members attending finally left around midnight.

On Sunday morning flying started early because the TOP flyers were expected (more above). It must have been the weekend for people to convert to the [[ClubFleet#ES60b |Super Arrow]] because David Tickner had his first flight in it, and then another to seal the deal by climbing away to 4,000ft and coming back to the field 2 hrs later. We also signed up 2 new members to the club, they already know how to fly and they will be bringing their own gliders to Raywood. Look for the photos among the [[Main/PrivateFleet|private fleet]] in the next few weeks.[[<<]]

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!!!1,000th flight
!!!!March 17

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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the club's old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said "that was it for flying gliders". But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the skies again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[<<]]

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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the [[http://ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]

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Jack said "it might have taken 24 years to make the 1st 1000 but there's still hope for another 1000 more, gliding is in my blood and giving up is never on my mind".[[<<]]

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Saturday's wind was quite light and Paul Dilks flew crosscountry in his Astir to Gunbower, in conditions of streeting cumulus, while heights of up to 7,500 were available. Keith Evans enjoyed a long flight, his first in the ASW 19, sharing a thermal with Dave Goldsmith in the Ka6. Some visitors from Central Coast Gliding Club, NSW, checked out the `PW6.

Sunday was a little more difficult, the wooden Super Arrow with Dave and the Ka6 with Jenne being the only ones to exceed one hour. Mal Bennett had a nice flight in the Junior, and Dennis Hipperson converted to the Junior. Monday had good thermals for those lucky enough to blunder into one, but many circuits were practiced! Sian Mackley had a circuit and a soaring flight while training in the `PW6. A threatening thunderstorm brought the day to a close early as all present had done some flights, except Sian's son Lloyd, who departed with John in the Jabiru before the storm arrived. Lloyd will be attending University in Bendigo, and has already completed 18 glider flights in New Zealand. We hope to welcome him as a new member soon.
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Saturday's wind was quite light and Paul Dilks flew crosscountry in his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]] to Gunbower, in conditions of streeting cumulus, while heights of up to 7,500 were available. Keith Evans enjoyed a long flight, his first in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#UKF|ASW19]], sharing a thermal with Dave Goldsmith in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GNB|K6]]. Some visitors from Central Coast Gliding Club, NSW, checked out the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]].
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was a little more difficult, the wooden [[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]] with Dave and the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GNB|Ka6]] with Jenne being the only ones to exceed one hour. Mal Bennett had a nice flight in the Junior, and Dennis Hipperson converted to the Junior. Monday had good thermals for those lucky enough to blunder into one, but many circuits were practiced! Sian Mackley had a circuit and a soaring flight while training in the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]]. A threatening thunderstorm brought the day to a close early as all present had done some flights, except Sian's son Lloyd, who departed with John in the Jabiru before the storm arrived. Lloyd will be attending University in Bendigo, and has already completed 18 glider flights in New Zealand. We hope to welcome him as a new member soon.
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but the spirited agenda soon woke the growing crowd! A lively discussion preceded the motion that we accept an offer for the Super Arrow, which was defeated by a very narrow margin. Also, during the weekend some brick paving was re-laid around the clubhouse after the termite treatment.
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but the spirited agenda soon woke the growing crowd! A lively discussion preceded the motion that we accept an offer for the [[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]], which was defeated by a very narrow margin. Also, during the weekend some brick paving was re-laid around the clubhouse after the termite treatment.
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Good thermals and pleasant weather with temperatures in the mid
twenties gave pleasant soaring on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to the
clubmembers able to take advantage of the Easter break. Good Friday
did not provide a good start however, as crosswind conditions deterred
pilots who preferred to socialise on the ground.

Saturday's wind was quite light and Paul Dilks flew crosscountry in his Astir to Gunbower, in conditions of streeting cumulus, while heights of up to 7,500 were available. Keith Evans enjoyed a long flight, his first in the ASW 19, sharing a thermal with Dave Goldsmith in the Ka6. Some visitors from Central Coast Gliding Club, NSW, checked out the `PW6.

Sunday was a little more difficult, the wooden Super Arrow with Dave and the Ka6 with Jenne being the only ones to exceed one hour. Mal Bennett had a nice flight in the Junior, and Dennis Hipperson converted to the Junior. Monday had good thermals for those lucky enough to blunder into one, but many circuits were practiced! Sian Mackley had a circuit and a soaring flight while training in the `PW6. A threatening thunderstorm brought the day to a close early as all present had done some flights, except Sian's son Lloyd, who departed with John in the Jabiru before the storm arrived. Lloyd will be attending University in Bendigo, and has already completed 18 glider flights in New Zealand. We hope to welcome him as a new member soon.

A great time was had by all at the informal Club Dinner at the
Queen's Arms, Bendigo, on Saturday evening. The dinner was very well
attended, the sumptuous meals leaving little room for desserts!
Attendance at the club monthly meeting next morning was a little tardy,
but the spirited agenda soon woke the growing crowd! A lively discussion preceded the motion that we accept an offer for the Super Arrow, which was defeated by a very narrow margin. Also, during the weekend some brick paving was re-laid around the clubhouse after the termite treatment.

All in all, a very relaxed and enjoyable weekend!
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What a great weekend! As with last year the Ararat and Bendigo clubs met at the Donald Airfield to share what turned out to be 3 excellent days of flying and personal achievements. The advance guard in the guise of Frank and Phil `McCann headed over on Friday to greet Brian the tuggie with the Callair and the Janus while the majority of our members arrived via Raywood on Saturday.
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What a great weekend! As with last year the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/index.htm|Ararat]] and Bendigo clubs met at the Donald Airfield to share what turned out to be 3 excellent days of flying and personal achievements. The advance guard in the guise of Frank and Phil `McCann headed over on Friday to greet Brian the tuggie with the Callair and the Janus while the majority of our members arrived via Raywood on Saturday.
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All of the Bendigo club gliders were there, and a majority of the private ones too. In all the excitement Ben T. discovered on arrival that he had left behind most of his gear and had to drive to Warracknabeal to get a sleeping bag! Even Dave and Jenne in ‘Bertha’ arrived in due course and made her apology by providing ample shade for all during the hot afternoons. John V arrived in the Dimona later in the day, having flown from Raywood with plans to stay the night. The weather over the three days was very hot and dry with temperatures ramping up slowly from a max of 37 on Saturday to 40 on Monday, so while things were a little warm it took some time for the conditions to allow for reliable soaring conditions on each day.
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At the initial briefing, Met specialist, Geoff Vincent of Ararat encouraged everyone to make the most of the weekend and undertake some cross-country flying. Once things got going some very creditable flights were undertaken and some notable achievements were by Frank and Dennis attaining and renewing their aero tow ratings while Neil and Ben managed some extra lessons in this, for them, different launch method. Some of the more experienced pilots ranged out across the countryside and even flew north across the border.
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Steve and Rod arrived on Sunday and made the most of the conditions to explore country north of the field, pair flying increasing their chances of a safe return. Mark even extended himself and the PW-5 to visit Charlton and Wycheproof. Phil and Bill had to leave this day but not before the LS-1 they were sharing had been given a thorough workout.
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As with last year the Ararat guys led by Maurice Little and Russell Sparrow, put together a great barbeque dinner at the campground. Not even the loss of lighting when the fuse blew could dampen proceedings and it was late in the evening before the last of the stragglers wandered off to bed. However, the next visits menu may also involve chicken if the resident park rooster is still there!
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As with last year the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/index.htm|Ararat]] guys led by Maurice Little and Russell Sparrow, put together a great barbeque dinner at the campground. Not even the loss of lighting when the fuse blew could dampen proceedings and it was late in the evening before the last of the stragglers wandered off to bed. However, the next visits menu may also involve chicken if the resident park rooster is still there!
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On Monday, Jenne in the K6, Phil `McCann in the `ASW19 and Peter in the Woodstock elected to fly back to Raywood, a distance of 112k, as they had previously arranged for groundcrew. All flights were concluded uneventfully and Peter even reporting a climb to over 10000ft early in his journey home.
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As with last year the Ararat guys led by Maurice Little and Russell Sparrow, put together a great barbeque dinner at the campground. Not even the loss of lighting when the fuse blew could dampen proceedings and it was late in the evening before the last of the stragglers wandered off to bed. However, the next visits menu may also involve chicken if the resident park rooster is still there!
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!!!Donald Weekend
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%lfloat%Attach:pw_don.jpg"PW-6 at Donald"
Once again the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/|Grampians Soaring Club]] and the Bendigo Gliding Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional March long weekend of socialising, beer and red wine testing and a bit of flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.

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Saturday's weather was warm with light and variable winds. All the attending gliders, about 13 in all, were prepared and launched in the early afternoon. Conditions were quite reasonable and most of the gliders were able to range out from the field over the afternoon. While climbs to over 5000' were reported, most pilots later indicated that they experienced close encounters of the outlanding kind at some time during their respective flights. The longer flights were a 250km out and back to Swan Hill by Gary Stephenson (HDY) and Geoff Vincent (GAX) and a 150km to Warracknabeal and Birchip by Phil `McCann (UKF). Phil got low near Watchem and had a great paddock picked out opposite the pub but unfortunately was able to dig himself out and got home so he had to wait untill much later for a beer. Everyone made it back and eventually repaired to the local caravan park to participate in a barbeque organised by Maurice Little and the Grampians guys. Overnight the expected change arrived and we awoke to a strong southerly wind.

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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!

Strong wind gusts overnight did little to build our confidence in the possibility for flying on the Monday and once we had assembled at the field the consensus was for an early departure. So with careful derigging in the the gusty conditions we were soon on our way back to Bendigo, trailers in tow. Bendigo Club mustered 7 gliders and 10 members for the occasion, a great turnout. Thanks go to all those attending in making this a worthwhile effort to strengthen the camaraderie and ties between our respective clubs.

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What a great weekend! As with last year the Ararat and Bendigo clubs met at the Donald Airfield to share what turned out to be 3 excellent days of flying and personal achievements. The advance guard in the guise of Frank and Phil `McCann headed over on Friday to greet Brian the tuggie with the Callair and the Janus while the majority of our members arrived via Raywood on Saturday.
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All of the Bendigo club gliders were there, and a majority of the private ones too. In all the excitement Ben T. discovered on arrival that he had left behind most of his gear and had to drive to Warracknabeal to get a sleeping bag
! Even Dave and Jenne in ‘Bertha’ arrived in due course and made her apology by providing ample shade for all during the hot afternoons. John V arrived in the Dimona later in the day, having flown from Raywood with plans to stay the night. The weather over the three days was very hot and dry with temperatures ramping up slowly from a max of 37 on Saturday to 40 on Monday, so while things were a little warm it took some time for the conditions to allow for reliable soaring conditions on each day.
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At the initial briefing, Met specialist, Geoff Vincent of Ararat encouraged everyone to make the most of the weekend and undertake some cross-country flying. Once things got going some very creditable flights were undertaken and some notable achievements were by Frank and Dennis attaining and renewing their aero tow ratings while Neil and Ben managed some extra lessons in this, for them, different launch method. Some of the more experienced pilots ranged out across the countryside and even flew north across the border.
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On Saturday night we all filled two long tables at the Mt Jeffcott Hotel in town, a great meal along with the usual mingling ‘war stories’ and discussions around solving the problems of the sport.
Steve and Rod arrived on Sunday and made the most of the conditions to explore country north of the field, pair flying increasing their chances of a safe return. Mark even extended himself and the PW-5 to visit Charlton and Wycheproof. Phil and Bill had to leave this day but not before the LS-1 they were sharing had been given a thorough workout.
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As with last year the Ararat guys led by Maurice, put together a great barbeque dinner at the campground. Not even the loss of lighting when the fuse blew could dampen proceedings and it was late in the evening before the last of the stragglers wandered off to bed. However, the next visits menu may also involve chicken if the resident park rooster is still there!
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"Pilot Necessities"

On Monday, Jenne in the K6, Phil `McCann in the `ASW19 and Peter in the Woodstock elected to fly back to Raywood, a distance of 112k, as they had previously arranged for groundcrew. All flights were concluded uneventfully and Peter even reporting a climb to over 10000ft early in his journey home.

Mal, not known to be a fan of technology, still managed to unload the following items from his glider at the end of the day. These were:- Palm Pilot, GPS, UHF Handheld, VHF Handheld, Mobile Phone and VHF Panel mount. Oh, the stubbie? That’s an optional post-flight accessory.

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!!!%green%Long Weekend at Donald!
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Club members lead by Mal Bennett completed the new verandah roof on Sunday morning, immediately appreciating the additional shade that this affords the clubrooms. By Sunday evening some observant member suggested that the new structure had a little lean. A few drinks were enjoyed while we considered the problem, and this seemed to work as it was quite straight when we staggered out! (below)
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Club members led by Mal Bennett completed the new verandah roof on Sunday morning, immediately appreciating the additional shade that this affords the clubrooms. By Sunday evening some observant member suggested that the new structure had a little lean. A few drinks were enjoyed while we considered the problem, and this seemed to work as it was quite straight when we staggered out! (below)
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Flying was halted early on Sunday afternoon as the new "chinese" starter motor failed on the winch putting paid to any further flying. Many then took the opportunity to head home early for well earned rest.
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!!!%green%Party Time! February 16-17

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A special weekend for the club on a number of levels.

David Goldsmith celebrated his 60th with the members on Saturday night and thirty pilots, wives and girlfriends enjoyed a birthday celebration hosted by Jenne and Dave at the clubhouse. After a magnificent spread of salads and barbeque (pictured), many of the partygoers moved outside to enjoy the balmy evening and their chocolate mud cake, raspberry sauce and ice cream! This was so delicious that many members were seen indulging in another round of it on Sunday afternoon. Thanks Jenne!
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Club members lead by Mal Bennett completed the new verandah roof on Sunday morning, immediately appreciating the additional shade that this affords the clubrooms. By Sunday evening some observant member suggested that the new structure had a little lean. A few drinks were enjoyed while we considered the problem, and this seemed to work as it was quite straight when we staggered out! (below)
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Dennis celebrated his "4th" solo this weekend emphasising his "once again" return to active gliding. Perhaps the news that the K6e is in the final stages of painting has him fired up. Dennis is emphatic that this is the last time he will need to "go solo" and is very keen to stay current and rack up the hours.

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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition FLARM was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having FLARM, while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!
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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]] was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having [[http://www.rf-developments.com/shop/|FLARM]], while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]]), Terry Bellair ([[Main/PrivateFleet/#HDF|DG-400]]) Caleb White([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]), Dave Goldsmith ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]]), Terry Bellair ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]]) Caleb White([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]), Dave Goldsmith ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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On Saturday the 10th of November the day started with most people arriving before 10am and the winch and gliders ready to go at 11am. First, launch training commenced at 10 past 11, and by 12:30 the first crosscounry flight was airborne. Craig was in the Astir KYP and Phil was in his Libelle GSQ. They planned to go north west, up to Boort then if the day looked good through to Nyah. Just as they left Raywood Terry reported in from his DG-400 HDE that he was at 9'000ft just north of Boort. Patrick in the `IS29 HNC got all excited when he heard this and decided to head to Swan Hill.
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On Saturday the 10th of November the day started with most people arriving before 10am and the winch and gliders ready to go at 11am. First, launch training commenced at 10 past 11, and by 12:30 the first crosscounry flight was airborne. Craig was in the Astir KYP and Phil was in his Libelle GSQ. They planned to go north west, up to Boort then if the day looked good through to Nyah. Just as they left Raywood Terry reported in from his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]] HDE that he was at 9'000ft just north of Boort. Patrick in the `IS29 HNC got all excited when he heard this and decided to head to Swan Hill.
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Terry did just short of 750km in his [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#HDE|DG-400]], Craig did 420km in the Astir, Phil flew 350km in the Libelle and Patrick did 320km in the `IS29. When you get heights of 10'000 ft it does make crosscountry easier.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks ([[Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]]), Terry Bellair ([[Main/PrivateFleet/#HDF|DG-400]]) Caleb White([[Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]), Dave Goldsmith ([[Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]]), Terry Bellair ([[Main/PrivateFleet/#HDF|DG-400]]) Caleb White([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]), Dave Goldsmith ([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks (Astir), Terry Bellair (DG-400) Caleb White(DG-100), Dave Goldsmith (DG-100) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks ([[Main/PrivateFleet#KYP|Astir]]), Terry Bellair ([[Main/PrivateFleet/#HDF|DG-400]]) Caleb White([[Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]), Dave Goldsmith ([[Main/PrivateFleet/#GEG|DG-100]]) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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Friday was difficult with wind and areas of overcast. Some competitors outlanded but all our team made it home, although Dave flew a special task all of his own and scored no points. Saturday with small scattered cu looked good however the third leg into wind made the going tough, but again our trusty gliders prevailed to get everyone home. In their classes, Terry and Caleb came third and Craig came a very creditable fourth in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. Paul came in ninth and Dave with one scoring day was tenth.
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Friday was difficult with wind and areas of overcast. Some competitors outlanded but all our team made it home, although Dave flew a special task all of his own and scored no points. Saturday with small scattered cu looked good however the third leg into wind made the going tough, but again our trusty gliders prevailed to get everyone home. In their classes, Terry and Caleb came third and Craig came a very creditable fourth in the [[Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. Paul came in ninth and Dave with one scoring day was tenth.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet#ES60b]]), Paul Dilks (Astir), Terry Bellair (DG-400) Caleb White(DG-100), Dave Goldsmith (DG-100) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks (Astir), Terry Bellair (DG-400) Caleb White(DG-100), Dave Goldsmith (DG-100) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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Friday was difficult with wind and areas of overcast. Some competitors outlanded but all our team made it home, although Dave flew a special task all of his own and scored no points. Saturday with small scattered cu looked good however the third leg into wind made the going tough, but again our trusty gliders prevailed to get everyone home. In their classes, Terry and Caleb came third and Craig came a very creditable fourth in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. Paul came in ninth and Dave with one scoring day was tenth.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks([[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet#ES60b]]), Paul Dilks (Astir), Terry Bellair (DG-400) Caleb White(DG-100), Dave Goldsmith (DG-100) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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Friday was difficult with wind and areas of overcast. Some competitors outlanded but all our team made it home, although Dave flew a special task all of his own and scored no points. Saturday with small scattered cu looked good however the third leg into wind made the going tough, but again our trusty gliders prevailed to get everyone home. In their classes, Terry and Caleb came third and Craig came a very creditable fourth in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet#ES60b]], . Paul came in ninth and Dave with one scoring day was tenth.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at Horsham week from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks (Super Arrow), Paul Dilks (Astir), Terry Bellair (DG-400) Caleb White(DG-100), Dave Goldsmith (DG-100) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks ([[http://ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]), Paul Dilks (Astir), Terry Bellair (DG-400) Caleb White(DG-100), Dave Goldsmith (DG-100) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.
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gliders competed. Once again Horsham Week had shown itself to be a great introduction for those interested in competition or crosscountry flying, with everything from met briefings, marshalling and tugs through to catering with three meals a day and a bar service laid on. The previous week had seen a cross-country coaching course with twelve students, who were very enthusiastic in their praise for the course.
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gliders competed. Once again [[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]] had shown itself to be a great introduction for those interested in competition or crosscountry flying, with everything from met briefings, marshalling and tugs through to catering with three meals a day and a bar service laid on. The previous week had seen a cross-country coaching course with twelve students, who were very enthusiastic in their praise for the course.
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[[http://www.printerschoice.com.au/Horsham2008/|Horsham Week]]. This award was won by Craig last year.%blue%''David G''[[<<]]
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This Australia Day holiday was even more special for Ben Tickner, as he made his first solo flight and not even a dousing by the CFI could wash the smile off his face. Congratulations Ben! %blue%''David G''[[<<]]
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This Australia Day holiday was even more special for Ben Tickner, as he made his first solo flight and not even a dousing by the CFI could wash the smile off his face. Congratulations Ben! [[<<]]
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!!! Club Member Kicks Ass!

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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Comps. this past week. Flying the club [[ClubFleet#ES60b | Super Arrow]], Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday, Craig's persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other member performances worthy of note are those of Craig's father, Paul, who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir, and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class.[[<<]]

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!!!Two New Gliders at Raywood

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On Friday 26th January, Australia Day, how fitting, BGC won the daily double with the first flights at Raywood of two new (to Raywood) gliders.

First off was Steve Baldini and Phil `McCann's `ASW19b, VH-UKF. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil `McCann had the huge time of 9 minutes before the day was canned due to weather. Phil reckons it's great!

At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an `IS29, which is being considered for purchase from Club member Eddie Self, by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make Eddie an offer.

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skyful of large cumulus. On this day Caleb attained his Gold C Distance and Diamond Goal with a flight of 346 k. The next three days were not flyable,and most of our team spent Thursday exploring the Grampians and Halls Gap, and looking for Australia's best meat pie!
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skyful of large cumulus. On this day Caleb attained his Gold C Distance and Diamond Goal with a flight of 346 k.
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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition FLARM was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having FLARM, while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes![[<<]]
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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition FLARM was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having FLARM, while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!

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Some excellent flying was experienced out of Raywood over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the 'PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day.
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Some excellent flying was experienced out of Raywood over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day.
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This Australia Day holiday was even more special for Ben Tickner, as he made his first solo flight and not even a dousing by the CFI could wash the smile off his face. Congratulations Ben! %blue%''David G''[[<<]]
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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition FLARM was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having FLARM, while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!
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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition FLARM was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having FLARM, while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes![[<<]]
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A pleasant week's gliding was had by the six members of the Bendigo Gliding Club team at Horsham week from 2nd to 9th February. Club Pilots were Craig Dilks (Super Arrow), Paul Dilks (Astir), Terry Bellair (DG-400) Caleb White(DG-100), Dave Goldsmith (DG-100) and Jenne Goldsmith who shared the Geelong syndicate Janus with John Ashford on two days.

Reasonable conditions with some cirrus cloud on the Saturday and Sunday
climaxed with a great day on Monday with thermals to 10,600 feet, and a
skyful of large cumulus. On this day Caleb attained his Gold C Distance and Diamond Goal with a flight of 346 k. The next three days were not flyable,and most of our team spent Thursday exploring the Grampians and Halls Gap, and looking for Australia's best meat pie!
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Friday was difficult with wind and areas of overcast. Some competitors outlanded but all our team made it home, although Dave flew a special task all of his own and scored no points. Saturday with small scattered cu looked good however the third leg into wind made the going tough, but again our trusty gliders prevailed to get everyone home. In their classes, Terry and Caleb came third and Craig came a very creditable fourth in the Super Arrow. Paul came in ninth and Dave with one scoring day was tenth.

Generally they were billed as the friendly comps and about thirty five
gliders competed. Once again Horsham Week had shown itself to be a great introduction for those interested in competition or crosscountry flying, with everything from met briefings, marshalling and tugs through to catering with three meals a day and a bar service laid on. The previous week had seen a cross-country coaching course with twelve students, who were very enthusiastic in their praise for the course.
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Like Raywood, plenty of large paddocks available for outlandings take much of the stress out of crosscountry flying. At this competition FLARM was mandatory, and the general feedback was that pilots liked having FLARM, while ensuring they continue to use their main aid for spotting other gliders, and enjoying the view - two eyes!
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Some excellent flying was experienced out of Raywood over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the 'PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day. Jack had called a working bee for Monday morning with the intention of making a start on the verandah. Once this was underway attention turned to preparation for flying. Mal, Peter and John pressed on with the project until the frame was complete then rigged the Woodstocks to join in the flying fun. This Australia Day holiday was even more special for Ben Tickner, as he made his first solo flight and not even a dousing by the CFI could wash the smile off his face. Congratulations Ben!
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Some excellent flying was experienced out of Raywood over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the 'PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day.

Jack had called a working bee for Monday morning with the intention of making a start on the verandah. Once this was underway attention turned to preparation for flying. Mal, Peter and John pressed on with the project until the frame was complete then rigged the Woodstocks to join in the flying fun.

This Australia Day holiday was even more special for Ben Tickner, as he made his first solo flight and not even a dousing by the CFI could wash the smile off his face. Congratulations Ben!
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!!!%green%Australia Day Weekend January 26- 28
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Some excellent flying was experienced out of Raywood over the long weekend. While high overnight temperatures and stable conditions on Saturday meant a late start, the days flying saw climbs by many to nearly 10,000 feet. Sunday presented a stong westerly wind and while many present were keen to fly after a late start due to the protracted club meeting, the first launch of the day with the 'PW-6 and a subsequent difficult landing brought forth the abandonment of flying for the day. Jack had called a working bee for Monday morning with the intention of making a start on the verandah. Once this was underway attention turned to preparation for flying. Mal, Peter and John pressed on with the project until the frame was complete then rigged the Woodstocks to join in the flying fun. This Australia Day holiday was even more special for Ben Tickner, as he made his first solo flight and not even a dousing by the CFI could wash the smile off his face. Congratulations Ben!
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Once again, at great personal sacrifice, (who wants to use up their annual leave doing this?), Helen Dilks, with the assistance of her mother Val, took care of the catering requirements and ensured that no-one went hungry. Thanks Helen, Val, and the members who went out of their way to make sure our guests had a great time.
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Once again, at great personal sacrifice, (who wants to use up their annual leave doing this?), Helen Dilks, with the assistance of her mother Val, took care of the catering requirements and ensured that no-one went hungry. Thanks Helen, Val, and the members who went out of their way to make sure our guests had a great time. If you didn't make it this year than check out [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|Melbourne Cup Weekend]] and put it in your calendar.
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The final Trophy was the one for Clubmanship but due to the person or persons not being at the night it will be presented this weekend in front of a bigger group of pilots. Everyone had a great night and are really looking forward the the Melbourne Cup long weekend.
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The final Trophy was the one for Clubmanship but due to the person or persons not being at the night it will be presented this weekend in front of a bigger group of pilots. Everyone had a great night and are really looking forward the the [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|Melbourne Cup Weekend]].
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!!!Christmas Cheer

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On Saturday we got together for our gliding club Christmas party at my place. The night started a little slow with the end of the days flying ending later than we had all planned. It made the BBQ quiet at around the planned 7pm start and wearing your flying hat to a classy evening may make you an outcast. By 7:30 pm about 13 of the 15 guests had turned up so I put the onions on to cook, soon followed by the meat.

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After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph "the pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''[[<<]]

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!!!Ralph Makes Front Page!

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Congratulations to member, Ralph Keller, on having one of his magnificent pictures featured as the December 2006 cover of Soaring Australia magazine. This watercolour painting showcases the clubs [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] soaring in the vicinity of the airfield, laid out below. Now that we have seen Ralph on the cover of Soaring, I wonder when we will see Soaring on the cover of Ralph![[<<]]

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!!!Bendigo Flying Club - Fly In 25th November

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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelong Gliding Club's Super Cub, MSA, we flew our [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.

After talking to power pilots for most of the day it was time to tow out at 2 pm.

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Before we departed Phil `McCann, the tuggie, took the opportunity to explain his new towing theory to Phil Organ, the CFI, and myself. "Now if the tug goes this way and the glider goes that way..........." Needless to say we were not impressed.

By this stage the wind had sprung up from the southwest so I launched behind the Cub from the short strip at Bendigo. Flying out over houses and very small paddocks proves to be tense until until you get some height and you know can make it back to the Aerodrome.

With about 15 km to run I decided that the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the Club's [[ClubFleet#szd51|Junior XOA]] and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''

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Once again, Mandy and Phil Organ kindly hosted the club Christmas gathering. After what was an exceptional days flying for many, with climbs above 8,000 feet, many members and their partners still found enough energy to spend the evening enjoying each others company at Lockwood South. Served up in Phils wonderful entertainment facility,a barbeque of a wide selection of meats was carefully cooked by Craig and Phil, and wonderful salads and desserts ensured no one was left hungry.
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Once again, Mandy and Phil Organ kindly hosted the club's Christmas gathering. After what was an exceptional days flying for many, with climbs above 8,000 feet, many members and their partners still found enough energy to spend the evening enjoying each others company at Lockwood South. Served up in Phil's wonderful entertainment facility, a barbeque of a wide selection of meats was carefully cooked by Craig and Phil, and wonderful salads and desserts ensured no one was left hungry.
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It was after midnight before the last of the attendees finally filtered away into the night.(Inset: Rob asks Phil and Rod to play a request)

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Once again, Mandy and Phil Organ kindly hosted the club Christmas gathering. After what was an exceptional days flying for many, with climbs above 8,000 feet, many members and their partners still found enough energy to spend the evening enjoying each others company at Lockwood South. Served up in Phils wonderful entertainment facility,a barbeque of a wide selection of meats was carefully cooked by Craig and Phil, and wonderful salads and desserts ensured no one was left hungry.
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Once again, Mandy and Phil Organ kindly hosted the club Christmas gathering. After what was an exceptional days flying for many, with climbs above 8,000 feet, many members still found enough energy to spend the evening enjoying each others company at Lockwood South. A barbeque of a wide selection of meats, carefully cooked by Craig and Phil, and wonderful salads and desserts ensured no one was left hungry.
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Later in the evening the latent musical talents of some of the members were exposed when Rod took up a guitar and Mal put his hands to the keyboard. Bill didn't take much urging from Phil to follow up on the drums and we were all treated to a period of light musical entertainment. Maybe we can utilise these talents during our Cup Week Regattas!
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As the evening wore on the latent musical talents of some of the members were exposed when Rod took up a guitar and Mal put his hands to the keyboard. Bill didn't take much urging from Phil to follow up on the drums and we were all treated to a period of light musical entertainment. Maybe we should utilise these talents during our Cup Week Regattas!
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Later in the evening the latent musical talents of some of the members were exposed when Rod took up a guitar and Mal put his hands to the keyboard. Bill didn't take much urging from Phil to follow up on the drums and we were all treated to a period of light musical entertainment. Maybe we can utilise these talents during our Cup Week Regattas!
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Bendigo Gliding Club member Terry Bellair won the prestigious Narromine Cup last week in his DG-400 sailplane. The event attracted over 50 pilots from eleven countries. Due to extensive thunderstorms, the competition was restricted to four flying days. Terry’s four flights covered 748, 563, 693 and 533 km, landing back at Narromine on each occasion. These distances were sufficient to score first place on three days and second on the other.[[<<]]
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Bendigo Gliding Club member Terry Bellair won the prestigious Narromine Cup last week in his DG-400 sailplane. Held between 18 - 24 November, the event attracted over 50 pilots from eleven countries. Due to extensive thunderstorms, the competition was restricted to four flying days. Terry’s four flights covered 748, 563, 693 and 533 km, landing back at Narromine on each occasion. These distances were sufficient to score first place on three days and second on the other.

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Bendigo Gliding Club member Terry Bellair won the prestigious Narromine Cup last week in his DG-400 sailplane. The event attracted over 50 pilots from eleven countries. Due to extensive thunderstorms, the competition was restricted to four flying days. Terry’s four flights covered 748, 563, 693 and 533 km, landing back at Narromine on each occasion. These distances were sufficient to score first place on three days and second on the other.
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Bendigo Gliding Club member Terry Bellair won the prestigious Narromine Cup last week in his DG-400 sailplane. The event attracted over 50 pilots from eleven countries. Due to extensive thunderstorms, the competition was restricted to four flying days. Terry’s four flights covered 748, 563, 693 and 533 km, landing back at Narromine on each occasion. These distances were sufficient to score first place on three days and second on the other.[[<<]]
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Bendigo Gliding Club member Terry Bellair won the prestigious Narromine Cup last week in his DG-400 sailplane. The event attracted over 50 pilots from eleven countries. Due to extensive thunderstorms, the competition was restricted to four flying days. Terry’s four flights covered 748, 563, 693 and 533 km, landing back at Narromine on each occasion. These distances were sufficient to score first place on three days and second on the other.
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On Sunday, with the use of Geelongs Super Cub, some of the Bendigo Gliding Club pilots refreshed their aerotow ratings. We still did winch launching for most of the day because our tug pilot had to go home early after having done 8 days of towing. Phil Mccann did a top job for those days, I know he likes towing but after awhile it does become something like hard work.
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On Sunday, with the use of Geelongs Super Cub, some of the Bendigo Gliding Club pilots refreshed their aerotow ratings. We still did winch launching for most of the day because our tug pilot had to go home early after having done 8 days of towing. Phil `McCann did a top job for those days, I know he likes towing but after awhile it does become something like hard work.
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!! Mammoth Weekend at Raywood

To say that last weekend was a huge weekend in gliding at the Bendigo Gliding Club would be an understatement. It was massive, over 2000 km was flown by club pilots in cross country flights and we had a first solo plus a new instructor joining the ranks.

On Saturday the 10th of November the day started with most people arriving before 10am and the winch and gliders ready to go at 11am. First, launch training commenced at 10 past 11, and by 12:30 the first crosscounry flight was airborne. Craig was in the Astir KYP and Phil was in his Libelle GSQ. They planned to go north west, up to Boort then if the day looked good through to Nyah. Just as they left Raywood Terry reported in from his DG-400 HDE that he was at 9'000ft just north of Boort. Patrick in the `IS29 HNC got all excited when he heard this and decided to head to Swan Hill.

After reaching Nyah Craig went to Donald before returning to Raywood. Phil made it to Nyah also and Patrick turned Swan Hill before both of them went on back to Raywood.
Terry did just short of 750km in his DG-400, Craig did 420km in the Astir, Phil flew 350km in the Libelle and Patrick did 320km in the `IS29. When you get heights of 10'000 ft it does make crosscountry easier.

On Sunday, with the use of Geelongs Super Cub, some of the Bendigo Gliding Club pilots refreshed their aerotow ratings. We still did winch launching for most of the day because our tug pilot had to go home early after having done 8 days of towing. Phil Mccann did a top job for those days, I know he likes towing but after awhile it does become something like hard work.

The Big news for the weekend is that we had a First Solo flight. John Mackley has been training with the club for about 3 months now and yesterday Phil Organ sent him solo. When John got back on the ground he said it was the quietest flight he has ever had and the PW-6 feels much lighter without the instructor aboard. In other news David Goldsmith got his level 1 instructor rating back, David took a break way from gliding due to work commitments and now that he is back into gliding wants to teach people the the art of gliding again. Noel Vagg from the Beaufort Gliding Club was the Level 3 instructor present to renew Davids rating.
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At about 9pm new club President, Jack Lavery, kicked off the formal part of the night presenting the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|"Get Knotted Trophy"]]. This is the one awarded when you have a giant tangle on the winch. This year Paul Dilks won it by a mile after his effort at Easter. Paul wrapped the wire around the whole airfield twice on good Friday and it took about 3 and a half hours to fix it on the Saturday.

Next Cab off the rank was the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|200km Cup]] which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|"Staying Up" Cup]] was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didn't plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.
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At about 9pm new club President, Jack Lavery, kicked off the formal part of the night presenting the [[Main/ClubTrophies|"Get Knotted Trophy"]]. This is the one awarded when you have a giant tangle on the winch. This year Paul Dilks won it by a mile after his effort at Easter. Paul wrapped the wire around the whole airfield twice on good Friday and it took about 3 and a half hours to fix it on the Saturday.

Next Cab off the rank was the [[Main/ClubTrophies|200km Cup]] which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The [[Main/ClubTrophies|"Staying Up" Cup]] was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didn't plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.
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This year saw a new trophy added to the list, it's called the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|"Winch Craft" Award.]] The Winch Craft Award is for outstanding good effort on the winch, e.g. launching, fixing and teaching of new drivers. It was awarded to Ralph Keller who seems to be always in the winch.
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This year saw a new trophy added to the list, it's called the [[Main/ClubTrophies|"Winch Craft" Award.]] The Winch Craft Award is for outstanding good effort on the winch, e.g. launching, fixing and teaching of new drivers. It was awarded to Ralph Keller who seems to be always in the winch.
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Phil and Steves ASW-19 returned to the field on Sunday, having been away for its Form 2. After Paul had obtained required data for a Weight and Balance calculation she was cleared for flight. An interesting afternoon ensued with a late finish involving the retrieve of the PW-6 from an adjacent paddock. Seems like these launch failure checks can get a little too interesting. Loss of hydraulics on the winch also curtailed a last flight for Tom.
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Phil and Steves ASW-19 returned to the field on Sunday, having been away for its Form 2. After Paul had obtained required data for a Weight and Balance calculation she was cleared for flight. An interesting afternoon ensued with a late finish involving the retrieve of the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] from an adjacent paddock. Seems like these launch failure checks can get a little too interesting. Loss of hydraulics on the winch also curtailed a last flight for Tom.
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The Berwick Air League visited us for the week end with a compliment of 17 cadets and officers. They arrived bright and early on Saturday and we were ready to aviate before mid day. The day was warm and sunny with no wind but the thermals were far and few between. Most flights were of around the six minute mark although a few lucky ones were able to stay aloft for twenty minutes. Both the Bocian and `PW6 were working well in tandem till Mark Kerr commented how well things were going with the winch. With in twenty minutes, we were experiencing copious problems with the winch wire. Thanks Mark!
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The Berwick Air League visited us for the week end with a compliment of 17 cadets and officers. They arrived bright and early on Saturday and we were ready to aviate before mid day. The day was warm and sunny with no wind but the thermals were far and few between. Most flights were of around the six minute mark although a few lucky ones were able to stay aloft for twenty minutes. Both the Bocian and [[ClubFleet#pw6|`PW6]] were working well in tandem till Mark Kerr commented how well things were going with the winch. With in twenty minutes, we were experiencing copious problems with the winch wire. Thanks Mark!
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At about 9pm new club President, Jack Lavery, kicked off the formal part of the night presenting the "Get Knotted Trophy". This is the one awarded when you have a giant tangle on the winch. This year Paul Dilks won it by a mile after his effort at Easter. Paul wrapped the wire around the whole airfield twice on good Friday and it took about 3 and a half hours to fix it on the Saturday.

Next Cab off the rank was the 200km Cup which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The "Staying Up" Cup was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didn't plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.
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At about 9pm new club President, Jack Lavery, kicked off the formal part of the night presenting the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|"Get Knotted Trophy"]]. This is the one awarded when you have a giant tangle on the winch. This year Paul Dilks won it by a mile after his effort at Easter. Paul wrapped the wire around the whole airfield twice on good Friday and it took about 3 and a half hours to fix it on the Saturday.

Next Cab off the rank was the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|200km Cup]] which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|"Staying Up" Cup]] was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didn't plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.
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This year saw a new trophy added to the list, it's called the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubTrophies|"Winch Craft" Award.]] The Winch Craft Award is for outstanding good effort on the winch, e.g. launching, fixing and teaching of new drivers. It was awarded to Ralph Keller who seems to be always in the winch.
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!!!Cup Weekend Cross Country - November 4-7
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. Day one was interesting due to the number of outlandings. About 9 in all, with a mixture of aerotow and road retrieves. [[http://www.vintageglidersaustralia.org.au|Vintage Gliders Australia]] attended again and fitted in well with the operations. Launching later in the day, after the 'glass' had departed, a number of creditable tasks were flown.

I would like to thank some of our Indians that did a large amount of work.
First, I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like parked in the Super Cub, aerotowing, something he seems happy to tolerate.
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Mal & Peter did a heap of running around in the kitchen and on the airfield. David Tickner worked on the generator again. Jack also helped out in the kitchen.
%rfloat%Attach:grid.jpg"The Grid"[[<<]]
The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. Again the meals and catering were excellent ensuring no one was forgotten, even those returning from long retrieves. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! And if you couldn't make it this time and want to join us next year. Find out more [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|here...]] ''Craig''[[<<]]

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Cup Weekend began under the spectre of a poor weather forecast with rain expected right across the weekend. Unfortunately, the weather prognosis discouraged a lot of visitors, particularly the vintage gliding participants, as they do not enjoy wet conditions. An analysis of weather conditions by David Wilson was not encouraging but in spite of this many decided to rig and soar locally. Eighteen launches were undertaken on Saturday before showers late in the day ended proceedings.
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Cup Weekend began under the spectre of a poor weather forecast with rain expected right across the weekend. Unfortunately, the weather prognosis discouraged a lot of visitors, particularly the vintage gliding participants, as they do not enjoy wet conditions. An analysis of weather conditions by David Wilson was not encouraging but in spite of this many decided to rig and soar locally. Eighteen launches, winch and aerotow, were undertaken on Saturday before showers late in the day ended proceedings.
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By Monday morning things were looking a little better, the rain having departed and the winds easing, and so a task was set (details soon). Brian in the Grampians Callair and Phil in the Geelong Super Cub were kept busy with launches over the afternoon and conditions continued to improve steadily, with only one outlanding reported.
Tuesday proved even better with climbs in the vicinity of 7500' a larger task was set and this was completed with little difficulty by most of the field. (more details to come)
Once again, at great personal sacrifice, (who wants to use up their annual leave doing this?), Helen Dilks, with
the assistance of her mother Val, took care of the catering requirements and ensured that no-one went hungry. Thanks Helen.
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By Monday morning things were looking a little better, the rain having departed and the winds easing, and so a 120k task was set, but most pilots did more like 200k. Brian in the Grampians Callair and Phil in the Geelong Super Cub were kept busy with launches over the afternoon and conditions continued to improve steadily, with only one outlanding reported.

Tuesday proved even better with climbs in the vicinity of 7500'. A larger, 180k plus task had been set, Raywood, Elmore, Borung, Inglewood, Raywood. Again nearly all pilots did 250k some doing 400 plus and this was completed with little difficulty by most of
the field. On the vintage scene the field was graced with the presence of a beautifully maintained Scheibe `SF25C Motorfalke flown in by Neale Halsall and Pete Boreham of the Mangalore Gliding Club (now based at the Nagambie Soaring Centre at Wahring).

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In view of the improving conditions a number of pilots remained on for Wednesday and pilots did tasks ranging from 120k, to two pilots, David W.& Geoff V., doing 500k. Craig even did a creditable 200k in the Woodstock.

And the days just keep getting better! On Thursday Geoff V. did 600k in 7:30 hrs and Keith W. had a 7hr flight and 9000' plus heights.

Once again, at great personal sacrifice, (who wants to use up their annual leave doing this?), Helen Dilks, with the assistance of her mother Val, took care of the catering requirements and ensured that no-one went hungry. Thanks Helen, Val, and the members who went out of their way to make sure our guests had a great time.

Now is the time to get those gliders prepared and take advantage of what looks like being a record breaking season. With a bit of moisture around now the skies should be full of Cu's begging to be used. Get cracking!
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Sunday was a washout, with most choosing to lounge around the newly dedicated club extension and partake in the informative talk that was presented by David Wilson on Thermal Theory. This was preceded by the official opening of the new clubroom and the unveiling of a magnificent painting by Ralph Keller, of the clubs original Kookaburra and the current PW-6, soaring in company over the field. Along with the sometimes torrential rain, strong South Easterly winds did make it uncomfortable for campers.
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Sunday was a washout, with most choosing to lounge around the newly dedicated club extension and partake in the informative talk that was presented by David Wilson on Thermal Theory. This was preceded by the official opening of the new clubroom and the unveiling of a magnificent painting by Ralph Keller, of the Club's original Kookaburra and the current PW-6, soaring in company over the field. Along with the sometimes torrential rain, strong South Easterly winds did make it uncomfortable for campers.
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!!!%green%Cup Weekend Regatta

Cup Weekend began under the spectre of a poor weather forecast with rain expected right across the weekend. Unfortunately, the weather prognosis discouraged a lot of visitors, particularly the vintage gliding participants, as they do not enjoy wet conditions. An analysis of weather conditions by David Wilson was not encouraging but in spite of this many decided to rig and soar locally. Eighteen launches were undertaken on Saturday before showers late in the day ended proceedings.

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Sunday was a washout, with most choosing to lounge around the newly dedicated club extension and partake in the informative talk that was presented by David Wilson on Thermal Theory. This was preceded by the official opening of the new clubroom and the unveiling of a magnificent painting by Ralph Keller, of the clubs original Kookaburra and the current PW-6, soaring in company over the field. Along with the sometimes torrential rain, strong South Easterly winds did make it uncomfortable for campers.

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By Monday morning things were looking a little better, the rain having departed and the winds easing, and so a task was set (details soon). Brian in the Grampians Callair and Phil in the Geelong Super Cub were kept busy with launches over the afternoon and conditions continued to improve steadily, with only one outlanding reported.
Tuesday proved even better with climbs to

Once again, at great personal sacrifice, (who wants to use up their annual leave doing this?), Helen Dilks, with the assistance of her mother, took care of the catering requirements and ensured that no-one went hungry. Thanks Helen.
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Next Cab off the rank was the 200km Cup which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The "Staying Up" Cup was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didnt plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.
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Next Cab off the rank was the 200km Cup which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The "Staying Up" Cup was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didn't plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.
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!!!%green%Presentation Dinner.

On Saturday the 27th of October the Tyson Reef Pub came alive with the Bendigo Gliding Clubs Presentation night. We had about 25 members and their better halves there. The Night began with a few drinks followed by the meal, like most little pubs, when a gliding club swarms the meals come out a little slower than normal, but then most of the meals you would have had trouble jumping over!

At about 9pm new club President, Jack Lavery, kicked off the formal part of the night presenting the "Get Knotted Trophy". This is the one awarded when you have a giant tangle on the winch. This year Paul Dilks won it by a mile after his effort at Easter. Paul wrapped the wire around the whole airfield twice on good Friday and it took about 3 and a half hours to fix it on the Saturday.

Next Cab off the rank was the 200km Cup which was won by Craig Dilks in the Super Arrow. Craig did a flight this year and put in a claim for the 200km cup and no one else did. The "Staying Up" Cup was also won by Craig in the Super Arrow for 5hr 43 minutes in the air. He said he didnt plan on stay up there for so long but at least he made it back to the airfield.

This year saw a new trophy added to the list, it's called the "Winch Craft" Award. The Winch Craft Award is for outstanding good effort on the winch, e.g. launching, fixing and teaching of new drivers. It was awarded to Ralph Keller who seems to be always in the winch.

The final Trophy was the one for Clubmanship but due to the person or persons not being at the night it will be presented this weekend in front of a bigger group of pilots. Everyone had a great night and are really looking forward the the Melbourne Cup long weekend.

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!!!What a Big year in Gliding!.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of [[ClubTrophies|awards]] for flying and onfield activities, some for serious endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a [[[Main/ClubTrophies|trophy]] for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.

Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy]] when they did [[/Main/XCAdventures#XC1|one flight of 100 km]] at a speed of 123kph in the [[ClubFleet#pw6|]]PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Get Knotted Award]] for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. [[Main/ClubTrophies|The Clubman of the Year]] was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.

As in other years we had an enjoyable night and a great meal and look forward to the prospects of a great season ahead.
''Craig''

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!!!October 21
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After its outlanding the previous weekend the PW-6 was unloaded from its trailer and re-rigged.
While that was going on, Phil Organ and a team of helpers were doing some major repairs on the yellow drum of the winch.[[<<]]
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!!!%green%A Big Weekend.

'''October 13 and 14 '''
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A big weekend at Bendigo as preparations continue for the Cup Weekend. On the clubhouse scene we managed to get the carpet tiles down in the main room and the office, along with some trim painting. You can see Dave Goldsmith in the background, hard at work, while Jenne discusses the virtues of K6's with John. Still lots of preparatory work to do for the event so if you have some spare time speak to Jack or Paul, they could use the support. There was flurry of pilots intent on completing their Annual Checks and this work occupied most of Saturday and Sunday's flying.
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Phil and Steves ASW-19 returned to the field on Sunday, having been away for its Form 2. After Paul had obtained required data for a Weight and Balance calculation she was cleared for flight. An interesting afternoon ensued with a late finish involving the retrieve of the PW-6 from an adjacent paddock. Seems like these launch failure checks can get a little too interesting. Loss of hydraulics on the winch also curtailed a last flight for Tom.
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The Berwick Air League visited us for the week end with a compliment of 17 cadets and officers. They arrived bright and early on Saturday and we were ready to aviate before mid day. The day was warm and sunny with no wind but the thermals were far and few between. Most flights were of around the six minute mark although a few lucky ones were able to stay aloft for twenty minutes. Both the Bocian and PW6 were working well in tandem till Mark Kerr commented how well things were going with the winch. With in twenty minutes, we were experiencing copious problems with the winch wire. Thanks Mark!
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The Berwick Air League visited us for the week end with a compliment of 17 cadets and officers. They arrived bright and early on Saturday and we were ready to aviate before mid day. The day was warm and sunny with no wind but the thermals were far and few between. Most flights were of around the six minute mark although a few lucky ones were able to stay aloft for twenty minutes. Both the Bocian and `PW6 were working well in tandem till Mark Kerr commented how well things were going with the winch. With in twenty minutes, we were experiencing copious problems with the winch wire. Thanks Mark!
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22nd 23rd September

The Berwick Air League visited us for the week end with a compliment of 17 cadets and officers. They arrived bright and early on Saturday and we were ready to aviate before mid day. The day was warm and sunny with no wind but the thermals were far and few between. Most flights were of around the six minute mark although a few lucky ones were able to stay aloft for twenty minutes. Both the Bocian and PW6 were working well in tandem till Mark Kerr commented how well things were going with the winch. With in twenty minutes, we were experiencing copious problems with the winch wire. Thanks Mark!


Sunday saw a late start to proceedings due to the Club's AGM and monthly meeting. The wind was up and it looked like we may have to cancel the days flying but it stabilised enough to launch. John Viney took several cadets up in his Dimona which took away some of the pressure and added another dimension to the experience of the cadets. Berwick finally said goodbye late afternoon happy and content with their experience with the gliders. A big thank you to all who turned out to help make it a successful week end for the cadets.

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!!!AAnnmual General Meeting

The Club's AGM was held on Sunday 23 September.

The Club elected the following Officers and Committee members:-


President:Jack Lavery

Vice President: Rod Jewell

Secretary: Phil `McCann

Treasurer: Rob Young

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All in all it was a very exciting and successful day and one which the Scouts will remember for a long time. Pictures soon ''Tom''[[<<]]
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All in all it was a very exciting and successful day and one which the Scouts will remember for a long time. Pictures soon %blue%''Tom''[[<<]]
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Phil `McCann takes the frame inspection tomorrow so it is anticipated the the next major step will be the construction of the office walls and lining of the clubroom. Phil has done the groundwork on this too, and has already got all the lining materials onsite. Plenty to do, so try and be there! ''Peter''
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Phil `McCann takes the frame inspection tomorrow so it is anticipated the the next major step will be the construction of the office walls and lining of the clubroom. Phil has done the groundwork on this too, and has already got all the lining materials onsite. Plenty to do, so try and be there! %blue%''Peter''
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.''Craig''[[<<]]
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.%blue%''Craig''[[<<]]
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Much interest was shown by several squadrons in also attending a gliding camp. Two options spring to mind. We can either extend the number of squadrons that we invite to come to Bendigo, or we can arrange for another club to come on board with us in this programme. Our work with the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/
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Much interest was shown by several squadrons in also attending a gliding camp. Two options spring to mind. We can either extend the number of squadrons that we invite to come to Bendigo, or we can arrange for another club to come on board with us in this programme. Our work with the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/|Air League]] is catching the eye of the hierarchy of the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/|Australian Air League]], not only in Victoria.
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I was invited by Judy Owen, Executive Commissioner of the Victorian Group, to attend as a representative of the Bendigo Gliding Club, in recognition of our ongoing work with several squadrons, and to be part of the Official party. The reviewing officer for the day was the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Air League. As part of the official party, I was also asked to present one of the awards.
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I was invited by Judy Owen, Executive Commissioner of the Victorian Group, to attend as a representative of the Bendigo Gliding Club, in recognition of our ongoing work with several squadrons, and to be part of the Official party. The reviewing officer for the day was the Chief Commissioner of the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/|Australian Air League]]. As part of the official party, I was also asked to present one of the awards.
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Much interest was shown by several squadrons in also attending a gliding camp. Two options spring to mind. We can either extend the number of squadrons that we invite to come to Bendigo, or we can arrange for another club to come on board with us in this programme. Our work with the Air League is catching the eye of the hierarchy of the Australian Air League, not only in Victoria.
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Much interest was shown by several squadrons in also attending a gliding camp. Two options spring to mind. We can either extend the number of squadrons that we invite to come to Bendigo, or we can arrange for another club to come on board with us in this programme. Our work with the [[http://www.airleague.com.au/
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'''Sunday 16th September 2007 at Ashwood Oval'''
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All in all, another great event to keep gliding in the public eye and to nurture youth in the wonders of flight. ''Rod Jewell'' On behalf of the Youth Development Committee[[<<]]
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All in all, another great event to keep gliding in the public eye and to nurture youth in the wonders of flight.

''Rod Jewell'' On behalf of the Youth Development Committee[[<<]]
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!!!Australian Air League - Victorian Group
'''Sunday 16th September 2007 at Ashwood Oval'''
'''Annual Review & Field Competitions Day'''

I was invited by Judy Owen, Executive Commissioner of the Victorian Group, to attend as a representative of the Bendigo Gliding Club, in recognition of our ongoing work with several squadrons, and to be part of the Official party. The reviewing officer for the day was the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Air League. As part of the official party, I was also asked to present one of the awards.

Squadrons came from all around including Ballarat, Bendigo, Sunbury, outer Melbourne such as Berwick and Lilydale, and from around Melbourne.
The day consisted of squadrons competing against each other in areas such as discipline, drill, presentation, flag party and on field ball game competitions. There was also judging of model aeroplanes and gliders constructed by the cadets and flight displays set up by the squadrons.

Much interest was shown by several squadrons in also attending a gliding camp. Two options spring to mind. We can either extend the number of squadrons that we invite to come to Bendigo, or we can arrange for another club to come on board with us in this programme. Our work with the Air League is catching the eye of the hierarchy of the Australian Air League, not only in Victoria.

All in all, another great event to keep gliding in the public eye and to nurture youth in the wonders of flight. ''Rod Jewell'' On behalf of the Youth Development Committee[[<<]]
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and while this was happening members DI'd the [[ClubFleet#PW-6 |PW-6]] and just about everything else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft but we were able to maintain currency in aerotow launches. Approaching 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook, this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and while this was happening members DI'd the [[ClubFleet#pw6 |PW-6]] and just about everything else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft but we were able to maintain currency in aerotow launches. Approaching 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook, this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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The [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] returned to service this weekend , having had its annual inspection completed.
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The [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] returned to service this weekend , having had its annual inspection completed.
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]]. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]]. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the [[http://ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] out as well as the [[http://ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the [[http://ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] out as well as the [[http://ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the [[http://ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the [[http://ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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Congratulations to member, Ralph Keller, on having one of his magnificent pictures featured as the December 2006 cover of Soaring Australia magazine. This watercolour painting showcases the clubs PW-6 soaring in the vicinity of the airfield, laid out below. Now that we have seen Ralph on the cover of Soaring, I wonder when we will see Soaring on the cover of Ralph![[<<]]
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Congratulations to member, Ralph Keller, on having one of his magnificent pictures featured as the December 2006 cover of Soaring Australia magazine. This watercolour painting showcases the clubs [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] soaring in the vicinity of the airfield, laid out below. Now that we have seen Ralph on the cover of Soaring, I wonder when we will see Soaring on the cover of Ralph![[<<]]
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelong Gliding Club's Super Cub, MSA, we flew our [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelong Gliding Club's Super Cub, MSA, we flew our [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the Club's Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the [[ClubFleet#pw6|PW-6]] had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the Club's [[ClubFleet#szd51|Junior XOA]] and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. Day one was interesting due to the number of outlandings. About 9 in all, with a mixture of aerotow and road retrieves. Vintage Gliders Australia attended again and fitted in well with the operations. Launching later in the day, after the 'glass' had departed, a number of creditable tasks were flown.
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. Day one was interesting due to the number of outlandings. About 9 in all, with a mixture of aerotow and road retrieves. [[http://www.vintageglidersaustralia.org.au|Vintage Gliders Australia]] attended again and fitted in well with the operations. Launching later in the day, after the 'glass' had departed, a number of creditable tasks were flown.
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Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy]] when they did [[/Main/XCAdventures#XC1|one flight of 100 km]] at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Get Knotted Award]] for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. [[Main/ClubTrophies|The Clubman of the Year]] was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
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Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy]] when they did [[/Main/XCAdventures#XC1|one flight of 100 km]] at a speed of 123kph in the [[ClubFleet#pw6|]]PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Get Knotted Award]] for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. [[Main/ClubTrophies|The Clubman of the Year]] was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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The PW-6 returned to service this weekend , having had its annual inspection completed.
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The [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] returned to service this weekend , having had its annual inspection completed.
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]]. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]]. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] out as well as the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|Super Arrow]]. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the [[http://ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] out as well as the [[http://ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]]. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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Monday was a mirror image of Sunday as far as the weather and we had about the same amount of people out flying. Kent continued his training with Colin. While this was happening Peter went cross country in the Wood Stock, Elmore, Mitiamo and return to Raywood. Tom Dannatt is now a Super Arrow pilot. ''Craig''[[<<]]
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Monday was a mirror image of Sunday as far as the weather and we had about the same amount of people out flying. Kent continued his training with Colin. While this was happening Peter went cross country in the Wood Stock, Elmore, Mitiamo and return to Raywood. Tom Dannatt is now a [[ClubFleet#ES60b|Super Arrow]] pilot. ''Craig''[[<<]]
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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the [[http://ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Comps. this past week. Flying the club [[ClubFleet#ES60b | Super Arrow]], Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday, Craig's persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other member performances worthy of note are those of Craig's father, Paul, who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir, and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class. Look out for more details on our member performances soon.[[<<]]
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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Comps. this past week. Flying the club [[ClubFleet#ES60b | Super Arrow]], Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday, Craig's persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other member performances worthy of note are those of Craig's father, Paul, who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir, and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class.[[<<]]
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelong Gliding Club's Super Cub, MSA, we flew our PW-6 into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelong Gliding Club's Super Cub, MSA, we flew our [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the Club's Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the [[ClubFleet#PW-6|PW-6]] had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the Club's Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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An All-round good weekend. Some gliding and some productive work. Current status of the building is the completion of the lining, leaving only the flushing-up of the plasterwork before painting can proceed. Saturday saw the specialists focus on the plasterwork while the "lucky" ones got to sort out the problems with the winch and eventually enjoy some soaring flights. Craig sacrificed his flying to assist with the installation of the cornice.
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An All-round good weekend. Some gliding and some productive work. Current status of the building is the completion of the lining, leaving only the flushing-up of the plasterwork before painting can proceed. Saturday saw the specialists focus on the plasterwork while the "lucky" ones got to sort out the problems with the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] and eventually enjoy some soaring flights. Craig sacrificed his flying to assist with the installation of the cornice.
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the winch Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The winch had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 winch launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.''Craig''[[<<]]
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.''Craig''[[<<]]
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and while this was happening members DI'd the PW-6 and just about everything else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft but we were able to maintain currency in aerotow launches. Approaching 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook, this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and while this was happening members DI'd the [[ClubFleet#PW-6 |PW-6]] and just about everything else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft but we were able to maintain currency in aerotow launches. Approaching 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook, this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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On Thursday June 14 a main part of our club house extention project arrived at the club. The delivery was at half past eight in the morning and Club president Craig Dilks met the truck driver at the gate to let him in. The roof trusses took about 20 minutes to unload, the crane on the truck making it easy. The Club plans to make a start on the frame in the coming weeks.[[<<]]
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On Thursday June 14 a main part of our club house extension project arrived at the club. The delivery was at half past eight in the morning and Club president Craig Dilks met the truck driver at the gate to let him in. The roof trusses took about 20 minutes to unload, the crane on the truck making it easy. The Club plans to make a start on the frame in the coming weeks.[[<<]]
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the PW-6. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]]. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the PW-6 out as well as the Super Arrow. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new winch driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] out as well as the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|Super Arrow]]. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]] driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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On Saturday morning it took a group of 6 guys one hour to sort out the mess on the winch. It must have been one of the busiest days we have seen at the club for a while, all but 2 of the rigged gliders flew on Saturday. At one stage we had 10 gliders all in the air, some out on cross countries and some just local flying.
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On Saturday morning it took a group of 6 guys one hour to sort out the mess on the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/TheWinch|winch]]. It must have been one of the busiest days we have seen at the club for a while, all but 2 of the rigged gliders flew on Saturday. At one stage we had 10 gliders all in the air, some out on cross countries and some just local flying.
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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the PW-6 and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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What huge weekend it was at the club, on Saturday we saw Jenny Goldsmith have her first flight in the club's Super Arrow GYS. The day was fairly good for local flying but Terry Bellair did over 300km in his DG 400 HDE. Later that night the club had a dinner at Phil Organs place, in his new party room. Phil's wife Mandy prepared all sorts of fine food like Greek lamb and marinated chicken, delicately cooked on the BBQ by club president Craig Dilks. Ralph Keller kindly donated funds for the catering so this was the first time the club has been able to put everything on for the members, including the drinks. The last of the 35 club members attending finally left around midnight.

On Sunday morning flying started early because the TOP flyers were expected (more above). It must have been the weekend for people to convert to the Super Arrow because David Tickner had his first flight in it, and then another to seal the deal by climbing away to 4,000ft and coming back to the field 2 hrs later. We also signed up 2 new members to the club, they already know how to fly and they will be bringing their own gliders to Raywood. Look for the photos among the [[Main/PrivateFleet|private fleet]] in the next few weeks.[[<<]]
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What huge weekend it was at the club, on Saturday we saw Jenny Goldsmith have her first flight in the club's [[ClubFleet#ES60b |Super Arrow GYS]]. The day was fairly good for local flying but Terry Bellair did over 300km in his DG 400 HDE. Later that night the club had a dinner at Phil Organs place, in his new party room. Phil's wife Mandy prepared all sorts of fine food like Greek lamb and marinated chicken, delicately cooked on the BBQ by club president Craig Dilks. Ralph Keller kindly donated funds for the catering so this was the first time the club has been able to put everything on for the members, including the drinks. The last of the 35 club members attending finally left around midnight.

On Sunday morning flying started early because the TOP flyers were expected (more above). It must have been the weekend for people to convert to the [[ClubFleet#ES60b |Super Arrow]] because David Tickner had his first flight in it, and then another to seal the deal by climbing away to 4,000ft and coming back to the field 2 hrs later. We also signed up 2 new members to the club, they already know how to fly and they will be bringing their own gliders to Raywood. Look for the photos among the [[Main/PrivateFleet|private fleet]] in the next few weeks.[[<<]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]
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Once again the Grampians Soaring Club and the Bendigo Gliding Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional March long weekend of socialising, beer and red wine testing and a bit of flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Once again the [[http://users.netconnect.com.au/~gsc/|Grampians Soaring Club]] and the Bendigo Gliding Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional March long weekend of socialising, beer and red wine testing and a bit of flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club PW-6 made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW-6]] made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s `PW6. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the `PW6 and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW6]]. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the [[http://www.bendigogliding.org.au/Main/ClubFleet|PW6]] and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, looks likely to take to the skies over Raywood this season. In the hands of the Australian Gliding Museum for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.[[<<]]
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Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, looks likely to take to the skies over Raywood this season. In the hands of the [[http://www.gfa.org.au/museum/index.php|Australian Gliding Museum]] for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.[[<<]]
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The building program continues and in conjunction with the flying a Working Bee around the club over the weekend saw the interior and most of the exterior painted, along with a number of other important tasks. Tim, our blind expert is on the job restoring the blinds and once the floor is levelled the interior decoration can begin. Well Done Guys![[<<]]
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The building program continues and, in conjunction with the flying, a Working Bee around the club over the weekend saw the interior and most of the exterior painted, along with a number of other important tasks. Tim, our blind expert is on the job, restoring the blinds, and once the floor is levelled the interior decoration can begin. Well Done Guys![[<<]]
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Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.''Craig'' [[<<]]
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Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.''Craig'' [[<<]][[<<]][[<<]]
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The building program continues and in conjunction with the flying a Working Bee around the club over the weekend saw the interior and most of the exterior painted, along with a number of other important tasks. Tim, our blind expert is on the job restoring the blinds and once the floor is levelled the interior decoration can begin. Well Done Guys![[<<]]
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Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.'''Craig [[<<]]
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Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.''Craig'' [[<<]]
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It is with some sadness that we have to report to members that the Clubs best tow out car, The Mighty Galant, has towed its last cable. During a tow out the Galant blew its head gasket turning into a steam powered car and running on about 3 1/2 cylinders. In 2001 we were given the Galant by one of our club members and since this time it has had little attention, it has not used any oil or water until now and we have put it through everything. Glider towout car, cable tow out car, push starter for other cars. The Galant lost a side window, most of its lights and had a hole in the radiator which was fixed by squashing the leak with pliers. At our club we prefer to put money into gliders and other projects, not the fixing of tow out cars. This one has has outlived 3 Datsuns, 2 Corollas, a Berina and a few others.
Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.[[<<]]
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It is with some sadness that we have to report to members that the Clubs best tow out car, The Mighty Galant, has towed its last cable. During a tow out the Galant blew its head gasket turning into a steam powered car and running on about 3 1/2 cylinders. In 2001 we were given the Galant by one of our club members and since this time it has had little attention, it has used little oil or water until now and we have put it through everything. Glider towout car, cable tow out car, push starter for other cars. The Galant lost a side window, most of its lights and had a hole in the radiator which was fixed by squashing the leak with pliers. At our club we prefer to put money into gliders and other projects, not the fixing of tow out cars. This one has has outlived 3 Datsuns, 2 Corollas, a Barina and a few others.
Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.'''Craig [[<<]]
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It is with some sadness that we have to report to members that the Clubs best tow out car, The Mighty Galant, has towed its last cable. During a tow out the Galant blew its head gasket turning into a steam powered car and running on about 3 1/2 cylinders. In 2001 we were given the Galant by one of our club members and since this time it has had little attention, it has not used any oil or water until now and we have put it through everything. Glider towout car, cable tow out car, push starter for other cars. The Galant lost a side window, most of its lights and had a hole in the radiator which was fixed by squashing the leak with pliers. At our club we prefer to put money into gliders and other projects, not the fixing of tow out cars. This one has has outlived 3 Datsuns, 2 Corollas, a Berina and a few others.
Rest in Peace Mighty Galant.[[<<]]
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One of the Club's instructors, Paul Dilks, told the Scouts that the clouds were forming what was known as a “Street” all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine. He implied that a good pilot could fly all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine and back again just by following the “Street” or almost anyway.
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One of the Club's instructors, Paul Dilks, explained to the Scouts that the clouds were forming what was known as a “Cloud Street” all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine. He implied that a good pilot could fly all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine and back again just by following the “Street” or almost anyway.
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One of the clubs leading instructors, Paul Dilks, told the Scouts that the clouds were forming what was known as a “Street” all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine. He implied that a good pilot could fly all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine and back again just by following the “Street” or almost anyway.
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One of the Club's instructors, Paul Dilks, told the Scouts that the clouds were forming what was known as a “Street” all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine. He implied that a good pilot could fly all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine and back again just by following the “Street” or almost anyway.
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All in all it was a very exciting and successful day and one which the Scouts will remember for a long time. Pictures soon''Tom''[[<<]]
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All in all it was a very exciting and successful day and one which the Scouts will remember for a long time. Pictures soon ''Tom''[[<<]]
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s PW6. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the PW6 and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s `PW6. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the `PW6 and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
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It was a magnificent day with bright blue sky, no wind and cumulus clouds popping at about 4000 ft. The clouds seemed to roll in from the North and South and meet over the field??
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It was a magnificent day with bright blue sky, no wind and cumulus clouds popping at about 4000 ft. The clouds seemed to roll in from the North and South and meet over the field.
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As the thermals developed the gliders flew higher and longer. The pilots used their air brakes and side slipped to loose height to get down; some days you just can’t go wrong.
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As the thermals developed the gliders flew higher and longer. The pilots used their air brakes and side slipped to loose height to get down; some days you just can’t go wrong.
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All in all it was a very exciting and successful day and one which the Scouts will remember for a long time. Picures soon''Tom''[[<<]]
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!!!Scouts and Rovers go Gliding 8th September
The Bendigo Gliding Club hosted a visit from the 1st Castlemaine Scout Group and the Bevan Trimble Rover Crew on Saturday at Raywood.
It was a magnificent day with bright blue sky, no wind and cumulus clouds popping at about 4000 ft. The clouds seemed to roll in from the North and South and meet over the field??
One of the clubs leading instructors, Paul Dilks, told the Scouts that the clouds were forming what was known as a “Street” all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine. He implied that a good pilot could fly all the way from Raywood to Castlemaine and back again just by following the “Street” or almost anyway.
The first Scout Brett Priestly got a good launch into a clear sky in the club’s PW6. The Instructor Pilot declined the lure of the nearby street though and was soon back on the ground ready to take the next willing Scout. The Club used both its two seat training gliders, the PW6 and the Bocian to give the Scouts and Rovers their gliding experiences.
As the thermals developed the gliders flew higher and longer. The pilots used their air brakes and side slipped to loose height to get down; some days you just can’t go wrong.
The Scouts tackled the syllabus for their red and blue Air Activities badges while waiting for their turn. Only one of the Scouts had to use his “air travel comfort bag” and only one of the Rovers jammed his foot under the rudder pedal to test the pilot’s skills and diplomacy.
All in all it was a very exciting and successful day and one which the Scouts will remember for a long time. Picures soon''Tom''[[<<]]
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Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, looks likely to take to the skies over Raywood this season. In the hands of the Australian Gliding Museum for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.
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Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, looks likely to take to the skies over Raywood this season. In the hands of the Australian Gliding Museum for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.[[<<]]
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Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, will hopefully take to the sky over Raywood this season. In the hands of the Australian Gliding Museum for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.
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Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, looks likely to take to the skies over Raywood this season. In the hands of the Australian Gliding Museum for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.
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Recently repaired by Mal Bennett, the K6e GEA, currently under restoration by Dennis and Ian, will hopefully take to the sky over Raywood this season. In the hands of the Australian Gliding Museum for covering and painting, the completion of this project should see yet another vintage glider swell the ranks of the Bendigo fleet.
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What a great night out! Craig had booked dinner at the The Bendigo National Hotel/Motel and it was so popular that we eventually had to drag in an extra table to accomodate all our guests. The meals were well presented and with members circulating and chatting it was close to midnight before we all dispersed for the evening. As for the rest of the weekend, well, the weather was kind but the thermals failed to materialise to any satisfying extent. Flying continued nevertheless with a number of pilots using this time to advance their annual checks. After the monthly meeting Phil `McCann gave the first of the Safety Seminars on Sunday on launches[[<<]]
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What a great night out! Craig had booked dinner at the The Bendigo National Hotel/Motel and it was so popular that we eventually had to drag in an extra table to accomodate all our guests. The meals were well presented and with members circulating and chatting it was close to midnight before we all dispersed for the evening. As for the rest of the weekend, well, the weather was kind but the thermals failed to materialise to any satisfying extent. Flying continued nevertheless with a number of pilots using this time to advance their annual checks. After the monthly meeting on Sunday, Phil `McCann gave the first of this years Safety Seminars on launches. Oh, and the building program? Well, the plasterwork has been filled and the trims installed. A little more preparation and it will be all hands on deck armed with brushes and rollers. Standby![[<<]]
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!!!Winter Dinner - 26 August
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What a great night out! Craig had booked dinner at the The Bendigo National Hotel/Motel and it was so popular that we eventually had to drag in an extra table to accomodate all our guests. The meals were well presented and with members circulating and chatting it was close to midnight before we all dispersed for the evening. As for the rest of the weekend, well, the weather was kind but the thermals failed to materialise to any satisfying extent. Flying continued nevertheless with a number of pilots using this time to advance their annual checks. After the monthly meeting Phil `McCann gave the first of the Safety Seminars on Sunday on launches[[<<]]
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!!!Building Program Stage 4& Flying - 18-19 August

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An All-round good weekend. Some gliding and some productive work. Current status of the building is the completion of the lining, leaving only the flushing-up of the plasterwork before painting can proceed. Saturday saw the specialists focus on the plasterwork while the "lucky" ones got to sort out the problems with the winch and eventually enjoy some soaring flights. Craig sacrificed his flying to assist with the installation of the cornice.
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On Sunday additional fitout of doors and architraves continued until work was halted at lunchtime to ensure that everyone got to fly. A number of extended soaring flights were had on a beautiful, clear winters day and Craig eventually scooped the pool, as he managed to stay airborne long enough to watch the setting sun. (see [[ImageGallery|Gallery]])[[<<]]

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!!!Lots of Wind - September 14-15

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It's been windy this weekend but that did not stop the Bendigo Gliding Club from operating. On Saturday the 14th of October we had a strong cross wind from the west, it made for some interesting flying. Most of the day we just did circuits although Paul Dilks had a short thermaling flight of about 12 minutes in his Astir CS 77 KYP. His son Craig took the Astir for the last flight of the day and he climbed away to 6,900 ft in with 4 knots on the vario. After an hour Craig decided that the cross wind was too strong to land in on the usual runway so he landed on the east/west strip.

On Sunday the wind was straight down the the main runway from the south, which gave our pilots very good winch launches. Once again Paul had his Astir out and this time he was the one who had a long flight of a bit over 2 hours. In other news recently, solo pilot, David Tickner has converted into the clubs SZD-51 Junior, XOA. David said after his thermaling flight of an hour that the "Junior thermals like a homesick angel".''Craig''

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!!! The Bennett Woodstock Flys.

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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock GFJ, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of another Woodstock, IKL, before returning to earth, for a first flight duration of 1:49. Congratulations Mal!

Got `SeeYou?. Then [[Attach:FirstFlightLog.zip|Download the IGC File]][[<<]]

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!!!Saturday September 1

On Saturday we had conditions of up to 8,000 ft. It looks like serious cross country flying will be soon with us. Paul did about 80-90 km and Terry has done 2 flights in the last couple of weeks of over 300 km. It's time to get your maps and GPS's out. Don't forget water bottles and have all your normal cross country gear ready. Check the trailers to see if all the bits are in/on there, if you are not sure whats meant to be in the trailers come and see me. Its time to learn how to use your GPS don't leave it to the really good weather starts to learn.
''Craig''



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Inside, things are now beginning to look like a clubroom. A large proportion of the lining of the new clubroom was installed over the weekend, along with the construction of the office walls. After rectifying some outstanding issues and the installation of the ceiling battens on Saturday morning all hands were on deck to hoist the 6 and 4 metre ceiling sheets into position. Luckily we had a great turnout of members to assist with this task, as they first had to carry the sheets from the main hangar to the clubroom. Meanwhile, Keith Patrick and a few others pressed on with the task of completion the exterior cladding.
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Inside, things are now beginning to look like a clubroom. A large proportion of the lining of the new clubroom was installed over the weekend, along with the construction of the office walls. After rectifying some outstanding issues and the installation of the ceiling battens on Saturday morning it was all hands on deck to hoist the 6 and 4 metre ceiling sheets into position. Luckily we had a great turnout of members to assist with this task, as they first had to carry the sheets from the main hangar to the clubroom. Meanwhile, Keith, Patrick and a few other willing helpers pressed on with the task of completion the exterior cladding.
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Sunday saw Caleb , Mal and Peter well into the taping and jointing of the walls and ceiling whereupon Patrick arrived to supply us with electricity once again. Work then started in earnest on the office walls and was only interupted in order to derig the Kookaburra. Caleb has acquired a new canopy and was keen to take it way for fitting. By the end of the day Keith, assisted later in the day by Fabian, saw to the completion of the exterior. No mean feat, as they had to scratch around the club for the materials to do it.
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Sunday saw Caleb , Mal and Peter well into the taping and jointing of the walls and ceiling whereupon Patrick arrived with the skills to supply us with electricity once again. Work then started in earnest on the office walls and was only interrupted in order to derig the Kookaburra. Caleb has acquired a new canopy and was keen to take it away for fitting. By the end of the day Keith, assisted later in the afternoon by Fabian, saw to the completion of the exterior. No mean feat either, as they had to scratch around the club for the materials to do it.
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Inside, things are now beginning to look like a clubroom. A large proportion of the lining of the new clubroom was installed over the weekend, along with the construction of the office walls. After rectifying some outstanding issues and the installation of the ceiling battens on Saturday morning all hands were on deck to hoist the 6 and 4 metre ceiling sheets into position. Luckily we had a great turnout of members to assist with this task as they first had to carry the sheets from the main hangar to the clubroom. Meanwhile, Keith Patrick and a few others pressed on with the task of completion the exterior cladding.
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Inside, things are now beginning to look like a clubroom. A large proportion of the lining of the new clubroom was installed over the weekend, along with the construction of the office walls. After rectifying some outstanding issues and the installation of the ceiling battens on Saturday morning all hands were on deck to hoist the 6 and 4 metre ceiling sheets into position. Luckily we had a great turnout of members to assist with this task, as they first had to carry the sheets from the main hangar to the clubroom. Meanwhile, Keith Patrick and a few others pressed on with the task of completion the exterior cladding.
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Anyway by Saturday evening the majority of the extension was lined and insulated and we were all able to sit back and relax and admire our effort over a few beers. Not bad for what has amounted to 5 days work so far!
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A little more plaster to hang, lots of jointing to do, but things are well on schedule for the rooms to be ready for the coming season. A huge thanks to all the guys who turned up to do their bit and It's great to see the enthusiasm that this project engenders within the membership.[[<<]]
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A little more plaster to hang, lots of jointing to do, but things are well on schedule for the rooms to be ready for the coming season. A huge thanks to all the guys who turned up to do their bit and It's great to see the enthusiasm that a project like this engenders within the membership.[[<<]]
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Inside, things are now beginning to look like a clubroom. A large proportion of the lining of the new clubroom was installed over the weekend, along with the construction of the office walls. After rectifying some outstanding issues and the installation of the ceiling battens on Saturday morning all hands were on deck to hoist the 6 and 4 metre ceiling sheets into position. Luckily we had a great turnout of members to assist with this task as they first had to carry the sheets from the main hangar to the clubroom. Meanwhile, Keith Patrick and a few others pressed on with the task of completion the exterior cladding.
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A little more plaster to hang, lots of jointing to do, but things are well on schedule for the rooms to be ready for the coming season. A huge thanks to all the guys who turned up to do their bit and It's great to see the enthusiasm that this project engenders within the membership.[[<<]]
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!!!Building Program - Stage Three 4-5 August

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Inside, things are now beginning to look like a clubroom. A large proportion of the lining of the new clubroom was installed over the weekend, along with the construction of the office walls. After the installation of the ceiling battens on Saturday morning all hands were on deck to hoist the 6 and 4 metre ceiling sheets into position. Luckily we had a great turnout of members to assist with this task as they first had to carry the sheets from the main hangar to the clubroom. Meanwhile, Keith Patrick and a few others pressed on with the task of completion the exterior cladding.
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Craig once again excelled in the culinary arts by producing roast chicken and chips in the club oven. Having Mum and, Dad Paul, away overseas hasn't hurt his cooking skills any, as so far, Craig has managed a diverse menu of lunches that have certainly kept the workers adequately fuelled.
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Anyway by Saturday evening the majority of the extension was lined and insulated and we were all able to sit back and relax and admire our effort over a few beers. Not bad for what has amounted to 5 days work so far!

Sunday saw Caleb , Mal and Peter well into the taping and jointing of the walls and ceiling whereupon Patrick arrived to supply us with electricity once again. Work then started in earnest on the office walls and was only interupted in order to derig the Kookaburra. Caleb has acquired a new canopy and was keen to take it way for fitting. By the end of the day Keith, assisted later in the day by Fabian, saw to the completion of the exterior. No mean feat, as they had to scratch around the club for the materials to do it.
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A little more plaster to hang, lots of jointing to do, but things are well on schedule for the rooms to be ready for the coming season. A huge thanks to all the guys who turned up to do their bit and It's great to see the enthusiasm that this project engenders within the membership.
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PS The frame inspection went well. There are a few minor modifications required and then we can hang the plaster and proceed to completion. ''Phil''
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Phil `McCann takes the frame inspection tomorrow so it is anticipated the the next major step will be the construction of the office walls and lining of the clubroom. Phil has done the groundwork on this too, and has already got all the lining materials onsite. Plenty to do, so try and be there! ''Peter''
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Well, its happened again! Undeterred by the previous weekend of hardship a large number of the members attended for a weekend of construction on the clubhouse extension. Braving the sub-zero morning temperatures, the workers progressively assembled to meet the challenge. The weekend's primary goal was to get the building to lockup stage. This meant the relocation of a large window, the installation of the new roof along with the installation of the valleys required to meld it with the old structure, and the positioning of a 5 metre beam that would allow the enlargement of the openings between the net and old structures.
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Well, its happened again! Undeterred by the previous weekend of hardship a large number of the members attended for a weekend of construction on the clubhouse extension. Braving the sub-zero morning temperatures, the workers progressively assembled to meet the challenge. The weekend's primary goal was to get the building to lockup stage. This meant the relocation of a large window, the installation of the new roof along with the installation of the valleys required to meld it with the old structure, and the positioning of a 5 metre beam that would allow the enlargement of the openings between the new and old structures.
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With Mal and his crew tackling the roof cutting, Peter and company concentrated on the relocation of the window and the installation of, the soon to be office, sliding door. Terry was around the back looking after the facia and gutter and Ken had a team working on the exterior cladding. By late Saturday afternoon Peter and Craig were well into fixing the new iron to the roof, ably assisted by Mark, handling the underlying foil. We conceeded to the conditions only when the dew on the roof would not allow a secure footing. Sliding down and waiting for the boots to catch a screwhead is not a great feeling! Things may have gone more smoothly this day had not the generators decide to become temperamental. First the deisel would not start, and then late in the day when the VW finally ran out of petrol, it would not restart, placing additional strain on the cordless appliances.
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With Mal and his crew tackling the roof cutting, Peter and company concentrated on the relocation of the window and the installation of, the soon to be office, sliding door. Terry was around the back looking after the facia and gutter and Ken had a team working on the exterior cladding. By late Saturday afternoon Peter and Craig were well into fixing the new iron to the roof, ably assisted by Mark, handling the underlying foil. We conceeded to the conditions only when the dew on the roof would not allow a secure footing. Sliding down and waiting for the boots to catch a screwhead is not a great feeling! Things may have gone more smoothly this day had not the generators decided to become temperamental. First the diesel would not start, and then late in the day when the VW finally ran out of petrol, it would not restart, placing additional strain on the cordless appliances.
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Sunday dawned to crystallised pasture but the prospect of a fine day. We were not looking forward to hand cranking the VW into life when David Tickner and Ben arrived. Dave was quickly despatched to look at the "genny" and within short order he had diagnosed and rectified the problem and we were back online, fantastic! While we waited for the roof to dry preparation for installation of the beam proceeded. This was interupted by the monthly meeting although our resident "sparkie",Ken, was undeterred and continued with "the rough in" for the required electrics.

Once the meeting was over the beam was soon in place and attention turned to the roof. With a surplus of labour a few members also took the chance to make the most of the day and get in some training flights.While Mal and Barry beavered away on the second valley, Peter and Steve completed the roofing to the first. Concurrently, work was progressing on the cladding of the gable end. Once people had had their "flying fix" the workforce expanded and it was with a sense of urgency that the final stages of the roof were completed in the fading light. It was dark before everyone was able to enjoy the confines of the new extension but it was obvious that this will make a huge difference to the club in the coming and future seasons.
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Sunday dawned to crystallised pastures but the prospect of a fine day. We were not looking forward to hand cranking the VW into life and when David Tickner and Ben arrived, Dave was quickly despatched to look at the "genny", Within short order he had diagnosed and rectified the problem and we were back online, fantastic! While we waited for the roof to dry preparation for installation of the beam proceeded. This was interupted by the monthly meeting although our resident "sparkie" ,Ken, was undeterred and continued with "the rough in" for the required electrics.

Once the meeting was over the beam was soon in place and attention turned to the roof. With a surplus of labour a few members also took the chance to make the most of the day and get in some training flights. While Mal and Barry beavered away on the second valley, Peter and Steve completed the roofing to the first. Concurrently, work was progressing on the cladding of the gable end. Once people had had their "flying fix" the workforce expanded and it was with some sense of urgency that the final stages of the roof were completed in the fading light. It was dark before everyone was able to enjoy the confines of the new extension but it was obvious that this will make a huge difference to the club in the coming and future seasons.
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Phil `McCann takes the frame inspection tomorrow so it is anticipated the the next major step will be the construction of the office walls and lining of the clubroom. Plenty to do, so try and be there! ''Peter''
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Phil `McCann takes the frame inspection tomorrow so it is anticipated the the next major step will be the construction of the office walls and lining of the clubroom. Plenty to do, so try and be there! 'Peter'
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Well, its happened again! Undeterred by the previous weekend of hardship a large number of the members attended for a weekend of construction on the clubhouse extension. Braving the sub-zero morning temperatures, the workers progressively assembled to meet the challenge. The weekend's primary goal was to get the building to lockup stage. This meant the relocation of a large window, the installation of the new roof along with the installation of the valleys required to meld it with the old structure, and the positioning of a 5 metre beam that would allow the enlargement of the openings between the net and old structures.

With Mal and his crew tackling the roof cutting, Peter and company concentrated on the relocation of the window and the installation of, the soon to be office, sliding door. Terry was around the back looking after the facia and gutter and Ken had a team working on the exterior cladding. By late Saturday afternoon Peter and Craig were well into fixing the new iron to the roof, ably assisted by Mark, handling the underlying foil. We conceeded to the conditions only when the dew on the roof would not allow a secure footing. Sliding down and waiting for the boots to catch a screwhead is not a great feeling! Things may have gone more smoothly this day had not the generators decide to become temperamental. First the deisel would not start, and then late in the day when the VW finally ran out of petrol, it would not restart, placing additional strain on the cordless appliances.

Sunday dawned to crystallised pasture but the prospect of a fine day. We were not looking forward to hand cranking the VW into life when David Tickner and Ben arrived. Dave was quickly despatched to look at the "genny" and within short order he had diagnosed and rectified the problem and we were back online, fantastic! While we waited for the roof to dry preparation for installation of the beam proceeded. This was interupted by the monthly meeting although our resident "sparkie",Ken, was undeterred and continued with "the rough in" for the required electrics.

Once the meeting was over the beam was soon in place and attention turned to the roof. With a surplus of labour a few members also took the chance to make the most of the day and get in some training flights.While Mal and Barry beavered away on the second valley, Peter and Steve completed the roofing to the first. Concurrently, work was progressing on the cladding of the gable end. Once people had had their "flying fix" the workforce expanded and it was with a sense of urgency that the final stages of the roof were completed in the fading light. It was dark before everyone was able to enjoy the confines of the new extension but it was obvious that this will make a huge difference to the club in the coming and future seasons.

With Phil McCann taking the frame inspection tomorrow it is anticipated the the next major step will be the construction of the office walls and lining of the clubroom. Plenty to do, so try and be there! 'Peter'


!!!Building Program - Stage One 7-8 June
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Sunday dawned fine and the task of erecting the remaining trusses was addressed. Additional teams saw to the installation of the front doors and one outside window,the other window remaining to be done after the roof is in place. This work then allowed another team to focus on the exterior cladding of some of the outside walls. Toward the end of the day the roof battens were put in place and bracing tasks completed.
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Sunday dawned fine and the task of erecting the remaining trusses was addressed. Additional teams saw to the installation of the front doors and one outside window,the other window remaining to be done after the roof is in place. This work then allowed another team to focus on the exterior cladding of some of the outside walls. Toward the end of the day the roof battens were put in place and bracing tasks completed. Once again the social club cranked up the BBQ to feed this army. It's alway been a policy that if you work for the club at a working bee you will get fed.
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While Saturdays weather conspired to delay proceedings, apart from an occasional rain shower, construction of the wall frames proceeded and by the days end they were standing and the first roof truss was in position. This set the scene for some serious work to be done the next day. Those members not going home then adjourned to the Sebastion Hotel for a well earned meal.
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Sunday dawned fine and the task of erecting the remaining trusses was addressed. Additional teams saw to the installation of the front doors and one outside window,the other window remaining to be done after the roof is in place. This work then allowed another team to focus on the exterior cladding of some of the outside walls. Toward the end of the day the roof battens were put in place and bracing tasks completed.
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!!! End of Winter Dinner. Saturday August 26

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This was a busy and diverse weekend. On Saturday Phil Organ facilitated the "Lookout" briefing and Peter and Mal wired up some low voltage lighting in the clubhouse.

About every 2 months the BGC goes out to a pub for an evening. This year it was decided that the end of winter dinner would be held at a pub in Bendigo called The `SandBar, a small Pub located near the center of town on `McIvor rd. The night started like most nights with every one rolling in from a great days flying at Raywood. The day had been good and some of our pilots had flights that were over one hour. Terry Bellair in his DG 400m had over 5 hours and covered about 340 km for the day.

On arrival to the Sandbar Pub most of us stopped at the bar for a few refreshing ales while the Staff organised more tables to acommodate us. We initially booked for 15 and the numbers rose to 18 by Friday night. When we got to the pub it turned out that we totalled 21, that's members and their partners. An excellent turn-out.

We sat down to order about 7:40pm and, as the service was efficient, by around 9pm we had finished tea. After this everyone settled into the normal glider related conversation helped along with a few more drinks. The evening wound up up around about 11pm. It was so good that the Club President couldn't make it to the meeting the next day!
''Craig''

With Sundays meeting over, Phil `McCann briefed and completed the Radio Endorsements with a number of the members[[<<]]

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!!!Doncaster Australian Air League Visit.

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On the 29th and 30th of July the Club hosted the Doncaster Branch Of the Australian Air League. In total there were 28 Members of the League in attendance and that's including Leaders and parents. The Saturday started with the Air League arriving at about 12:00 o'clock, en masse in 6 cars. Fortunately we had just finished one of our scheduled morning safety briefings, one on "circuit planning", so before they could disperse I gave them a quick introduction on airfield safety and what they would be doing for the day.

At 1 o'clock we started flying, first on line was the PW-6 then the Bocian. The cross wind was very strong and right on the upper limit for the gliders and pilots, but we still managed to tally up a grand total of 28 flights for the day. 22 flights between the Bocian and PW-6, and 6 flights given by John Viney in the Dimona. At the end of the days flying the kids used up the last of their energy in a game of soccer.

On Sunday their day commenced with marching practice in the thick fog that had developed overnight. At about 10:30 the fog lifted and we were then able to commence operations. This days flying was a big improvement on the day before, with very little cross wind, and for a period of time we had thermals everywhere. Peter Raphael showed all of us how to thermal on just about every flight he had in the Bocian, while Rod Jewell got very current in taking passengers in the PW-6.
The days flying finished with the last flight being just before last light. What a huge weekends flying!
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Well, what a great weekends effort!, and thanks to the large contingent of club members who turned up to help with the building program a huge leap forward in the clubhouse extension was achieved. It seemed that we had more members in attendance than one would expect to see at the field on a fine summers day!. Mal even seconded his B.I.L., Barry, along with his tools and ladders, to support the effort too. Craig also supplied a pizza lunch to keep the workers fuelled and happy.
While Saturdays weather conspired to delay proceedings, apart from an occasional rain shower, construction of the wall frames proceeded and by the days end they were standing and the first roof truss was in position. This set the scene for some serious work to be done the next day. Those members not going home then adjourned to the Sebastion Hotel for a well earned meal.

Sunday dawned fine and the task of erecting the remaining trusses was addressed. Additional teams saw to the installation of the front doors and one outside window,the other remaining to be done after the roof is in place. This work then allowed another team to focus on the exterior cladding of some of the outside walls. Toward the end of the day the roof battens were put in place and bracing tasks completed.

While there is still much to do before we can consider the building to be at lockup, by the end of the day it was possible to gain a real sense of what the new extension will mean to the facility of the clubrooms.
A huge thanks to all those who attended, and remember, while we all may not be skilled in the required building arts and may feel left out, even the "lift and carry","gofers" and "feeders" are necessary and much appreciated.

I deliberately haven't tried to name all the participants here as this will be best served in the photos of the event that we hope will eventually grace the new clubroom photoboard.

''Peter'' photos here soon.
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the winch Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The winch had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 winch launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.''Craig''
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the winch Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The winch had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 winch launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.''Craig''[[<<]]
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the winch Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The winch had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 winch launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the winch Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The winch had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 winch launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.''Craig''
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It's finally back! After 1 month without the winch Phil Organ, the club CFI, also club machanic, got the job done. The winch had 2 cracked heads and the rings where worn down to next to nothing, but now after a lot of work it has 2 new heads and rings. While the work on the engine was going on Paul Dilks made new arms to guide the wire on. He has replaced the old trumpet arrangement with a set of box rollers. Peter and Mal put windows on the side of the cabin too. On the 1st of July we did 4 winch launches before the rain set in and from the reports by the pilots, they got better launches.

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!!! Bonfire Night 24 June 2006

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For about the past 5 years now we have had an Annual Bonfire Night. This year was the second year that we have had a Free Flight Night Scramble event with models, as part of the proceedings. Other disciplines demonstrated are hot air and hydrogen balloons, rocketry and airdrops!, all guaranteed to provide spectacular entertainment. The day started well with a little model flying and tuning then we got into the gliding operations, with the Super Arrow GYS coming back from it's form 2. There were a total of 12 flights for the day and some soaring undertaken as well.

At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared by Mandy and Karen. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and join in the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.%rfloat%Attach:Bertha.jpg"Big Bertha"

At the 5:30 pm we started flying free flight models in the fading light, while hot air balloons limped across the carpark. Around 6:30, president Craig Dilks lit the Bonfire and then we hopped into the evenings 2 course meal, soup and vegetables followed by the roast. After the meal Peter Raphael launched his monster radio assisted (control is too strong a word) model, Big Bertha. It was covered in 21 Leds for lighting and made a spectacular sight as it clawed for altitude in the black night sky. This model was based on last years successful model only around 4 times larger. Meanwhile Craigs striking little model orbited around the assembled, with a myriad of coloured lights flashing, looking like a re-enactment of "Close Encounters".

The night wound down with a few drinks by the fire, with number of people choosing to camp the night. Sunday dawned as another superb day and the gliders managed another 25 flights with some managing climbs to over 3000ft. A great nights entertainment and something you should be sure not to miss next year. ''Craig''

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!!!%red%News Flash- Pilot Solo's

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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil `McCann after a text book landing.
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!!! Spot Landing Competition 28 May 2006

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Today after our meeting we decided to have an 'end of roll' competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilot skills in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just landing on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competition of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money.

After 3 attempts Peter Raphael got the Junior (XOA) to within a metre (each time!...PR). While club Rob Young put the PW-6 (GYC) to about 17 meters, very sensible in a glider that rolls for what seems like forever. For a cold day there was a lot of flying with all club gliders out, as well as Phil Organ's Libelle (GSQ). Phil is the CFI of our club and he got his Libelle to just under a metre of the mark. With so many great efforts it was hard to find a winner, but I think Jack Lavery showed the best effort in the K-7 GNX for the day.''Craig''

Many extended flights were posted over Saturday and Sunday and the Junior was returned to service. The PW-6 and The Sparrow were derigged and are now away for their annuals to be done.

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!!! Bendigo Model Flyers 21 May 2006

Today the Bendigo Model plane club came out to have a fly of their models and to fly in our gliders. 10 members of the model club came out. Their models ranged from 2 metre gliders, power planes ,electric Jet and a helicopter. They also had a buddy box so some of our members could have a fly of a model and have a back up instructor if they got out of control. Bill Matthews from the model club was voted big kid of the day. For someone that was not going to fly he had 2 winch launches, one in the PW and one in the K-7, some aerobatics and a hanger flight. It will take dynamite to wipe the smile off his face. Andrew Murphy from the Geelong Gliding Club also came up for the weekend and got a winch rating. ''Craig''

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!!! [[#anzac]] Australian Air League Visit 6-7 May 2006
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We had The Australian Air League at our field weekend for some flying. I think they had a great time and I think that they might make it an annual event. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the youngsters and it appeared that the amount energy that they expended exploring the place left some of our old members feeling even older!. In spite of the weather deteriorating on Sunday everyone got to have a fly and the operation ran efficiently. The club members had a great time sharing this aspect of aviation with the cadets and their leaders and I am sure that if they come back we can do it even better next time.

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!!! Mt Hollowback Slope Soaring 25 April 2006
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Once again our club members have ventured forth to Mount Hollowback, near Ballarat, for a day of model flying activity. Conditions were extremely pleasant, northerly and light breeze, not too cold, although a little more wind could have made things interesting. A large fleet of Zagi's in the air at one time caused occasional lapses of judgement by some. Some interesting circuit procedures, scattering the crowd, may see Chris on checkrides for some time to come. Weak conditions prevented Paul from re-enacting a Normandy assault with his scale Waco Assault Glider. Phil decided his Zagi would be safer inside the communications compound, so flew it there. No-one went home without the requisite amount of exercise, tramping up and down the hill, and no significant casualties were reported.
''See you there next year!... Peter''

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!!! Easter Weekend Flying 14-17 April 2006

We flew all 4 days over the Easter Weekend. On Friday we only had 4 flights before the rain got us. On Saturday there were about 10 flights, the wind on the ground was 15 to 20 knots and stronger at height. I got 2,800 ft on the wire in the PW-6. On Sunday the wind was only a few knots. Terry Bellair went cross-country to Wedderburn then to Dunolly and home. On Monday it was fairly stable and climbs topped out at 3'500, local flying was the only thing on the cards even for Terry and his iron thermal. The club might be going to The Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum just before the May meeting. I will bring it up at the meeting next week.''Craig''
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and While this was happening members DI'd the PW-6 and just about everthing else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft. About 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook. this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and while this was happening members DI'd the PW-6 and just about everything else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft but we were able to maintain currency in aerotow launches. Approaching 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook, this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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While the food was cooking Paul set about trimming his flying UFO, a saucer shaped model, and now that we know all UFOs are here only to attack us, we will avoid them in future.Phil Organ did some impressive flying with his Rascal 110 model with the 26cc engine, Model club member, Neil Friswell, flew his electric Beaver at night with lights and a few other modellers also flew similar models. At 7:30pm Craig lit the Bonnie then we retired to the clubhouse for a 3 course meal of soup, roast and dessert.Many thanks to the members and their partners whose efforts made this dinner a great success.
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While the food was cooking Paul set about trimming his flying UFO, a saucer shaped model, and now that we know all UFO's are here only to attack us, we will avoid them in future.Phil Organ did some impressive flying with his Rascal 110 model with the 26cc engine, Model club member, Neil Friswell, flew his electric Beaver at night with lights and a few other modellers also flew similar models. At 7:30pm Craig lit the Bonnie then we retired to the clubhouse for a 3 course meal of soup, roast and dessert.Many thanks to the members and their partners whose efforts made this dinner a great success.
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Over the course of the evening The usual hydrogen an hot air balloons were released and there was plenty of aerial activity to amuse everyone. The model flying went long into the night with the last flight at 2:30am, lets just say that one model is now back in kit form.
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Over the course of the evening The usual hydrogen an hot air balloons were released and there was plenty of aerial activity to amuse everyone. The model flying went long into the night with the last flight at 2:30am, let's just say that one model is now back in kit form.
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Toccumal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and While this was happening members DI'd the PW-6 and just about everthing else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft. About 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook. this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Tocumwal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and While this was happening members DI'd the PW-6 and just about everthing else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft. About 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook. this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.
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Last weekend the gliding club held it's annual Bonfire night, this is the one night of the year when we can find out who the fire bugs are. Around 11:30 am on Saturday morning Tim Cook and Laurel arrived from Toccumal in the Maule to do some towing for us. At the same time a few of the club members started to trim their free flight models in preparation for the night scrambles ahead. I found out that a tank full of fuel makes my freeflight model climb to about 500ft and While this was happening members DI'd the PW-6 and just about everthing else in the hangar. The weather was not very good for long flights and I think the best was about 12mins with most launches to 2000 ft. About 4pm the roast meats were put on to cook. this included chicken, lamb, beef and pork.

While the food was cooking Paul set about trimming his flying UFO, a saucer shaped model, and now that we know all UFOs are here only to attack us, we will avoid them in future.Phil Organ did some impressive flying with his Rascal 110 model with the 26cc engine, Model club member, Neil Friswell, flew his electric Beaver at night with lights and a few other modellers also flew similar models. At 7:30pm Craig lit the Bonnie then we retired to the clubhouse for a 3 course meal of soup, roast and dessert.Many thanks to the members and their partners whose efforts made this dinner a great success.

Over the course of the evening The usual hydrogen an hot air balloons were released and there was plenty of aerial activity to amuse everyone. The model flying went long into the night with the last flight at 2:30am, lets just say that one model is now back in kit form.

After a very cold start of -2 degrees C the next morning we emptied the club hangar and did a full days flying of both aerotow and auto launching. We are now focussing on starting the new extension to the the club house in 2 weeks time.
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!!! Bonfire Night
by Terry Whitford

It was great to catch up with everybody again[[<<]]
On that wonderful night of nights[[<<]]
It is very much becoming a must do thing[[<<]]
The Raywood Bonfire night[[<<]]

There were models of every size and shape[[<<]]
And the fun started as soon as we arrived[[<<]]
And although some of the stunts were really mistakes[[<<]]
I feel that some of them were contrived[[<<]]

One of the models was appropriately named [[<<]]
It went by the name of BIG BERTHA[[<<]]
It was made out of foam with some lights in the frame[[<<]]
I didn’t think it would take off from the eartha[[<<]]

Well it got fired up and it climbed into the air[[<<]]
But it was a very short flight I recall[[<<]]
And that old adage came true, that the bigger they are[[<<]]
The harder they bloody well fall[[<<]]

Well the design engineers all got together[[<<]]
And came up with a system of repair[[<<]]
But it was 5 minute epoxy and a series of tapes[[<<]]
That put it finally back into the air[[<<]]

There was one there among us who was trying to fly[[<<]]
An object like a very large plate[[<<]]
He stuck an engine on the front and flung it into the sky[[<<]]
And sent it aloft to its fate[[<<]]

Well it just went berserk. It was out of control[[<<]]
And it nearly cleaned up some of the men[[<<]]
But quite undeterred he fueled it up[[<<]]
And it attacked everybody again[[<<]]

We had things that went bang and hot air balloons[[<<]]
That, as they rose made a really weird sight[[<<]]
But I think on the whole and despite all the hoons[[<<]]
We had a really great bonfire night[[<<]]
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On Thursday June 14 a main part of our club house extention project arrived at the club. The delivery was at half past eight in the morning and Club president Craig Dilks met the truck driver at the gate to let him in. The roof trusses took about 20 minutes to unload, the crane on the truck making it easy. The Club plans to make a start on the frame in the coming weeks.[[<<]]
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The PW-6 returned to service this weekend , having had its annual inspection completed.
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A big effort by a number of the members there on Saturday ensured that it was all nicely polished and waxed before taking to the air.[[<<]]
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the PW-6 out as well as the Super Arrow. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the west. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears. On the 2nd last launch we had a new winch driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the PW-6 out as well as the Super Arrow. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the east. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears over the hill. On the 2nd last launch we had a new winch driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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On Sunday a few Cadets did not want a second flight but there were still 18 who lined up for the ride of a life time. Plus we had 3 pupils to get some training. In all we did just short of 70 flights for the weekend and on Sunday the club had 6 gliders in the air at the same time even though the conditions were marginal.
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On Sunday a few Cadets did not want a second flight but there were still 18 who lined up for the ride of a life time. Plus we had 3 pupils to get some training. In all we did just short of 70 flights for the weekend and on Sunday the club had 6 gliders in the air at the same time even though the conditions were marginal.
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the PW-6. The Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the PW-6. Then Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.
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!!! Air League Visit
Another big weekend at the Bendigo Gliding Club on the 5th & 6th of May. We had the Nolan Wing of the Australian Air league come gliding. There were 20 cadets and 5 leaders in total, all of them keen to take to the skies over Raywood, some for the first time and others who are still in the unit from last year.

Saturday it was all hands on deck as with so many flights to do we needed all of our AEI pilots. Rod Jewell (Vice President) helped arrange the weekend so it was he who took the first winch launch in the PW-6. The Kevin Harrison in his Bocian GQJ flew another passenger. New Club Member, Caleb White, rolled out the Mk 4 Kookaburra which quickly became a favourite with a lot of the kids. I think it was because it is an Australian designed and built glider. In total we did over 30 flights on Saturday, both 2 seater flights plus a few single seat flights. The Clubs Junior returned to service after it's annual inspection done by Peter Raphael and his team, Malcolm, David P., Steve and Dennis.

On Sunday a few Cadets did not want a second flight but there were still 18 who lined up for the ride of a life time. Plus we had 3 pupils to get some training. In all we did just short of 70 flights for the weekend and on Sunday the club had 6 gliders in the air at the same time even though the conditions were marginal.
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Once again, our annual pilgrimage to Mt Hollowback near Ballarat was a great success with even more club members attending than ever before. Most turned up around mid-morning and wasted no time in getting models into the air. Paul arrived a little later, confessing to having slept in. The mornings flying afforded us with a variable northerly around 10-12 knots just suitable for the zagi's and some aerobatic gliders and perfect for all the floater types. Dennis brought the Collier 'Eagle' and unfortunately it went home with concussion after a frequency clash with persons un-named but Dennis consoled himself with helping Caleb get the hang of slope soaring. Patrick spent time helping Tim get his models into the air, and Mal undertook a few major wing repairs in the field.
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For the past 5 Anzac Days Club members have made the trip to Mt Hollowback near Creswick. Once again, our annual pilgrimage was a great success with even more club members attending than ever before. Most turned up around mid-morning and wasted no time in getting models into the air. Paul arrived a little later, confessing to having slept in. The mornings flying afforded us with a variable northerly around 10-12 knots just suitable for the zagi's and some aerobatic gliders and perfect for all the floater types. Dennis brought the Collier 'Eagle' and unfortunately it went home with concussion after a frequency clash with persons un-named but Dennis consoled himself with helping Caleb get the hang of slope soaring. Patrick spent time helping Tim get his models into the air, and Mal undertook a few major wing repairs in the field.
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As the afternoon progressed, winds got lighter and lighter, occasioning some launches that seemed destined to end in tragedy on the rock strewn slopes below hilltop. Phil, Craig and Bill opted to use electricity to extend their flight times and on occasion, (Phil), terrorise the crowd with high speed passes. At times the adventureous were able to push out and take advantage of thermals with Chris and Peter even managing to soar to the limit of visibility on a couple of occasions. While there were a few midair 'taps', most of the model damage occured while landing amongst the rocks below the hilltop and I think everyone went home with a few scarred models.Another great day out! [[<<]]
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As the afternoon progressed, winds got lighter and lighter, occasioning some launches that seemed destined to end in tragedy on the rock strewn slopes below hilltop. Phil, Craig and Bill opted to use electricity to extend their flight times and on occasion, (Phil), terrorise the crowd with high speed passes and snap rolls. At times the adventureous were able to push out and take advantage of passing thermals with Chris and Peter even managing to soar to the limits of visibility on a couple of occasions. While there were a few midair 'taps', most of the model damage occured while landing amongst the rocks below the hilltop and I think everyone went home with a few scarred models.Another great day out! [[<<]]
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Once again, our annual pilgrimage to Mt Hollowback near Ballarat was a great success with even more club members attending than ever before. Most turned up around mid-morning and wasted no time in getting models into the air. Paul arrived a little later, confessing to having slept in. The mornings flying afforded us with a variable northerly around 10-12 knots just suitable for the zagi's and some aerobatic gliders and perfect for all the floater types. Dennis brought the Collier 'Eagle' and unfortunately it went home with concussion after a frequency clash with persons un-named but Dennis consoled himself with helping Caleb get the hang of slope soaring. Patrick spent time helping Tim get his models into the air, and Mal undertook a few major wing repairs in the field.
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As the afternoon progressed, winds got lighter and lighter, occasioning some launches that seemed destined to end in tragedy on the rock strewn slopes below hilltop. Phil, Craig and Bill opted to use electricity to extend their flight times and on occasion, (Phil), terrorise the crowd with high speed passes. At times the adventureous were able to push out and take advantage of thermals with Chris and Peter even managing to soar to the limit of visibility on a couple of occasions. While there were a few midair 'taps', most of the model damage occured while landing amongst the rocks below the hilltop and I think everyone went home with a few scarred models.Another great day out! [[<<]]

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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the PW-6 out as well as the Super Arrow. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the west. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears. On the 2nd last launch we had a new winch driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest.
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On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the PW-6 out as well as the Super Arrow. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the west. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears. On the 2nd last launch we had a new winch driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest. That's him hiding behind the hand!
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Monday was a mirror image of Sunday as far as the weather and we had about the same amount of people out flying. Kent continued his training with Colin. While this was happening Peter went cross country in the Wood Stock, Elmore, Mitiamo and return to Raywood. Tom Dannatt is now a Super Arrow pilot. ''Craig''
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Monday was a mirror image of Sunday as far as the weather and we had about the same amount of people out flying. Kent continued his training with Colin. While this was happening Peter went cross country in the Wood Stock, Elmore, Mitiamo and return to Raywood. Tom Dannatt is now a Super Arrow pilot. ''Craig''[[<<]]

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!!!The Easter Weekend.

On Good friday the day started out with very little crew available. We decided to take the PW-6 out as well as the Super Arrow. The wind was from the east, fairly light, so we used the East-West strip for a change. To get a bit more length we drove the winch up over the slight hill to the west. Phil `McCann said that you can do the first few seconds blind, before the glider appears. On the 2nd last launch we had a new winch driver so Phil could have a fly. It was Paul Dilks, who showed us that even if the cable breaks near the parachute you can still get 99% of the wire back on the drum before it becomes a huge birds nest.

On Saturday morning it took a group of 6 guys one hour to sort out the mess on the winch. It must have been one of the busiest days we have seen at the club for a while, all but 2 of the rigged gliders flew on Saturday. At one stage we had 10 gliders all in the air, some out on cross countries and some just local flying.
Easter Sunday started out with a few less people but by lunch time Mal and Peter both had the 2 Woodstocks rigged and ready to fly. We auto launched Peter in his Woodstock and he soon climbed just about out of sight. One of our latest Students, Kent, was out and he did some training with Keith Evans. David Goldsmith went cross country in the Ka6 ,Inglewood, Pyramid Hill return to Raywood. David Parham, in his Libelle, disappeared for over 5 hours, being second to launch and last to land.

Monday was a mirror image of Sunday as far as the weather and we had about the same amount of people out flying. Kent continued his training with Colin. While this was happening Peter went cross country in the Wood Stock, Elmore, Mitiamo and return to Raywood. Tom Dannatt is now a Super Arrow pilot. ''Craig''
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We flew all 4 days over the Easter Weekend. On Friday we only had 4 flights before the rain got us. On Saturday there were about 10 flights, the wind on the ground was 15 to 20 knots and stronger at height. I got 2'800 ft on the wire in the PW-6 .On Sunday the wind was only a few knots. Terry Bellair went cross-country to Wedderburn then to Dunolly and home .On Monday it was fairly stable and climbs topped out at 3'500, local flying was the only thing on the cards even for Terry and his iron thermal .The club might be going to The Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum just before the May meeting. I will bring it up at the meeting next week.''Craig''

!!! Point Cook Pageant 8 April 2006
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Bendigo members attended the Pt. Cook Pageant and by Paul Dilks account it was an excellent show. Paul contributed this picture to make those who weren't there envious, but he neglected to say which one he was in!

!!!TOP Fliers Visit- A Great Success 2 April 2006
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That was a Good effort today by those who could attend todays flying. I think the Top Fliers flying group had a really good days flying. For those who could not make it, there were about 22 flights today, of those there were around 15 passenger flights. In spite of marginal soaring conditions some good extended flights were conducted. Member co-operation ensured a smooth operation and I think you can be sure they will be back! ''Craig''

By Email: ''%green%"Peter can you take to your club an official thankyou for a really fun day from The TOP Fliers.''
''%green%The way your guys conduct themselves with a view of making it enjoyable for everyone with no neglect to the safety issues is to be commended.''
''%green%I,m trying to come up with some way we can return the favour. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them...".'' Noel Birkett TOP Fliers

!!!Club Competition Results 26 March 2006
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[[#MC01]]The gain of height comp went very well with 11 entries. Most pilots had very good climbs with the max height going to Paul Dilks at 6000 ft . I have awarded the daily prize to the highest placed pilot with less than 100 hours experience . This was Tom Dannatt at 4200 ft . Well done Tom I will give you your prize when I see you next (He went home before I landed) Everybody will receive points toward an aggregate . Hope to see everyone at the next comp I will let you know soon what it is going to be . ''Phil Organ''[[<<]]

!!!Ararat Camp 11-13 March 2006
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On the Labour Day long weekend the Bendigo Gliding Club were the guests of the Grampians Soaring Club at Ararat. A few unidentified individuals were caught here, loitering amongst the trailers.[[<<]]

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Cooking up a storm.[[<<]]

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Phil about to sample Bob's "rocket fuel". Notice the "before" and "after"effects. Bob, on the left, has already consumed his glass![[<<]]
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We flew all 4 days over the Easter Weekend. On Friday we only had 4 flights before the rain got us. On Saturday there were about 10 flights, the wind on the ground was 15 to 20 knots and stronger at height. I got 2,800 ft on the wire in the PW-6. On Sunday the wind was only a few knots. Terry Bellair went cross-country to Wedderburn then to Dunolly and home. On Monday it was fairly stable and climbs topped out at 3'500, local flying was the only thing on the cards even for Terry and his iron thermal. The club might be going to The Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum just before the May meeting. I will bring it up at the meeting next week.''Craig''
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What huge weekend it was at the club, on Saturday we saw Jenny Goldsmith have her first flight in the club's Super Arrow GYS. The day was fairly good for local flying but Terry Bellair did over 300km in his DG 400 HDE. Later that night the club had a dinner at Phil Organs place, in his new party room. Phils wife Mandy cooked up all sorts of fine food like Greek lamb and marinated chicken, cooked on the BBQ by club president Craig Dilks. Ralph Keller kindly donated money for the food so this was the 1st time the club has put everything on for the members, including the drinks. The last of the 35 club members attending finally left around midnight.

On Sunday morning flying started early because the TOP flyers flew 3 powered aircraft into Raywood. It must of been the weekend for people to convert to the Super Arrow because David Tickner had his first flight in it, then another to seal the deal by climbing away to 4'000ft and coming back to the field 2 hrs later. We also signed up 2 new members to the club, they already know how to fly and they will be bringing their own gliders to Raywood. Look for the photos in the private fleet in the next few weeks.[[<<]]
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What huge weekend it was at the club, on Saturday we saw Jenny Goldsmith have her first flight in the club's Super Arrow GYS. The day was fairly good for local flying but Terry Bellair did over 300km in his DG 400 HDE. Later that night the club had a dinner at Phil Organs place, in his new party room. Phil's wife Mandy prepared all sorts of fine food like Greek lamb and marinated chicken, delicately cooked on the BBQ by club president Craig Dilks. Ralph Keller kindly donated funds for the catering so this was the first time the club has been able to put everything on for the members, including the drinks. The last of the 35 club members attending finally left around midnight.

On Sunday morning flying started early because the TOP flyers were expected (more above). It must have been the weekend for people to convert to the Super Arrow because David Tickner had his first flight in it, and then another to seal the deal by climbing away to 4,000ft and coming back to the field 2 hrs later. We also signed up 2 new members to the club, they already know how to fly and they will be bringing their own gliders to Raywood. Look for the photos among the [[Main/PrivateFleet|private fleet]] in the next few weeks.[[<<]]
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What huge weekend it was at the club, on Saturday we saw Jenny Goldsmith have her first
flight in the club's Super Arrow GYS. The day was fairly good for local flying but Terry Bellair did over 300km in his DG 400 HDE. Later that night the club had a dinner at Phil Organs place, in his new party room. Phils wife Mandy cooked up all sorts of fine food like Greek lamb and marinated chicken, cooked on the BBQ by club president Craig Dilks. Ralph Keller kindly donated money for the food so this was the 1st time the club has put everything on for the members, including the drinks. The last of the 35 club members attending finally left around midnight.

On Sunday morning flying started early because the TOP flyers flew 3 powered aircraft into Raywood. It must of been the weekend for people to convert to the Super Arrow because David Tickner had his first flight in it, then another to seal the deal by climbing away to 4'000ft and coming back to the field 2 hrs later. We also signed up 2 new members to the club, they already know how to fly and they will be bringing their own gliders to Raywood. Look for the photos in the private fleet in the next few weeks.[[<<]]

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By Email: ''%green%"Peter on behalf of Top Flyers could you pass our thanks to the Gliding club for once again organising a great day, everyone appreciated the effort and enjoyed the visit. Ray''"[[<<]]
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By Email: ''%green%"Peter on behalf of Top Flyers could you pass our thanks to the Gliding club for once again organising a great day, everyone appreciated the effort and enjoyed the visit." Ray''[[<<]]
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By Email: ''%green%"Peter on behalf of Top Flyers could you pass our thanks to the Gliding club for once again organising a great day, everyone appreciated the effort and enjoyed the visit. ''Ray''"[[<<]]
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By Email: ''%green%"Peter on behalf of Top Flyers could you pass our thanks to the Gliding club for once again organising a great day, everyone appreciated the effort and enjoyed the visit. Ray''"[[<<]]
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Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupant's flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar, and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers-''Thanks Guys''[[<<]]
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Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupant's flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar, and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers-''Thanks Guys''

By Email: ''%green%"Peter on behalf of Top Flyers could you pass our thanks to the Gliding club for once again organising a great day, everyone appreciated the effort and enjoyed the visit. ''Ray''"
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TOP Flyers once again flew into our field for what is becoming an annual fixture on their aerial touring calendar.At around 10am two aircraft arrived from Tooradin. First was Piper Cherokee EDJ and a little later Cessna 172 WXA. Not long after the crews has made themselves comfortable, Bonanza FCT arrived from Lilydale, being somewhat delayed by the low cloud through the Kilmore Gap. This brought to eight the number of TOP visitors flying in, nine in all attended including Peter, a BGC member.

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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the PW-6 a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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TOP Flyers once again flew into our field for what is becoming an annual fixture on their aerial touring calendar. At a little after 10am two aircraft arrived from Tooradin. First was Piper Cherokee EDJ, then a little later Cessna 172 WXA. Not long after the crews had made themselves comfortable, Bonanza FCT arrived from Lilydale after being somewhat delayed by low cloud through the Kilmore Gap. This brought to eight the number of TOP visitors flying in, nine in all attending including Peter, a BGC member.

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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the PW-6 and a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupants flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers-''Thanks Guys''[[<<]]
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Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupant's flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar, and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers-''Thanks Guys''[[<<]]
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TOP Flyers once again flew into our field for what is becoming an annual fixture on their aerial touring calendar.At around 10am two aircraft arrived from Tooradin. First was Piper Cherokee EDJ and a little later Cessna 172 WXA. Not long after the crews has made themselves comfortable, Bonanza FCT arrived from Lilydale, being somewhat delayed by the low cloud through the Kilmore Gap. This brought to eight the number of TOPs visitors flying in, nine in all attended including Peter, a BGC member.
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TOP Flyers once again flew into our field for what is becoming an annual fixture on their aerial touring calendar.At around 10am two aircraft arrived from Tooradin. First was Piper Cherokee EDJ and a little later Cessna 172 WXA. Not long after the crews has made themselves comfortable, Bonanza FCT arrived from Lilydale, being somewhat delayed by the low cloud through the Kilmore Gap. This brought to eight the number of TOP visitors flying in, nine in all attended including Peter, a BGC member.
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Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupants flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers-''Thanks Guys''
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Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupants flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers-''Thanks Guys''[[<<]]
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Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the PW-6 a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
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TOP Flyers once again flew into our field for what is becoming an annual fixture on their aerial touring calendar.At around 10am two aircraft arrived from Tooradin. First was Piper Cherokee EDJ and a little later Cessna 172 WXA. Not long after the crews has made themselves comfortable, Bonanza FCT arrived from Lilydale, being somewhat delayed by the low cloud through the Kilmore Gap. This brought to eight the number of TOPs visitors flying in, nine in all attended including Peter, a BGC member.

Conditions could only be described as perfect for the event, with a light and variable wind, comfortably warm temperatures and signs of early convection in a clear blue sky. Flying commenced before a barbeque lunch diligently prepared by Craig, and a number of soaring flights were completed prior to and during this session. Using both the Bocian and the PW-6 a number of our rated members allowed all the visitors to experience soaring flight along with variations of the hands-on experience,which is, as usual, generally dependent upon the length of their flights.
Late afternoon saw the staggered departure of the visiting aircraft as the occupants flights progessively concluded. Shortly after the last powerplane departed, a quick stacking of the hangar and the BGC members retreated for a well earned beer and debriefing. The usual strong teamwork within the club once again ensured that the day went smoothly, leaving a strong impression in the visitors that we continue to build a growing and successful club. On behalf of TOP Flyers- Thanks Guys!
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Saturday's weather was warm with light and variable winds. All the attending gliders, about 13 in all, were prepared and launched in the early afternoon. Conditions were quite reasonable and most of the gliders were able to range out from the field over the afternoon. While climbs to over 5000' were reported, most pilots later indicated that they experienced close encounters of the outlanding kind at some time during their respective flights. The longer flights were a 250km out and back to Swan Hill by Gary Stephenson (HDY) and Geoff Vincent (GAX) and a 150km to Warracknabeal and Birchip by Phil `McCann (UKF). Phil had a great paddock picked out opposite the Watchem pub but unfortunately was able to dig himself out so had to wait untill much later for a beer. Everyone made it back and eventually repaired to the local caravan park to participate in a barbeque organised by Maurice Little and the Grampians guys. Overnight the expected change arrived and we awoke to a strong southerly wind.
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Saturday's weather was warm with light and variable winds. All the attending gliders, about 13 in all, were prepared and launched in the early afternoon. Conditions were quite reasonable and most of the gliders were able to range out from the field over the afternoon. While climbs to over 5000' were reported, most pilots later indicated that they experienced close encounters of the outlanding kind at some time during their respective flights. The longer flights were a 250km out and back to Swan Hill by Gary Stephenson (HDY) and Geoff Vincent (GAX) and a 150km to Warracknabeal and Birchip by Phil `McCann (UKF). Phil got low near Watchem and had a great paddock picked out opposite the pub but unfortunately was able to dig himself out and got home so he had to wait untill much later for a beer. Everyone made it back and eventually repaired to the local caravan park to participate in a barbeque organised by Maurice Little and the Grampians guys. Overnight the expected change arrived and we awoke to a strong southerly wind.
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[<<]]
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the club's old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said "that was it for flying gliders". But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the skies again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[<<]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.[[<<]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well maybe not 1000 but somewhere close to that.[[<<]]
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[<<]]
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[<<]]

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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[>>]]
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[<<]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.[[>>]]
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On the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.[[<<]]
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Jack said "it might have taken 24 years to make the 1st 1000 but theres still hope for another 1000 more, gliding is in my blood and giving up is never on my mind".[[>>]]
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Jack said "it might have taken 24 years to make the 1st 1000 but theres still hope for another 1000 more, gliding is in my blood and giving up is never on my mind".[[<<]]
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.

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the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.

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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in
a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.[[>>]]

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On
the day the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.[[>>]]

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Jack said "it might have taken 24 years to make the 1st 1000 but theres still hope for another 1000
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.

On Saturday
the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.

On the day
the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.
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On Saturday the 17th of March Jack Lavery had his 1000th flight. Jack started flying back in 1984 at the clubs old site at Woodvale. He took a break from flying when he had a car accident 4 years ago, the doctor said that was it for flying gliders. But after 18 months of recovery Jack took to the Skys again. "If I can travel in a car, a glider would not be a problem" said Jack.

On Saturday the population of Raywood almost doubled when the Lavery Clan came out to see the Flight. Jack took his Granddaughter for the flight with him. From the moment the PW-6 left the ground to the landing there had to have been at least 1000 photos take from the large group of spectators. Well many be not 1000 but some where close to that.

Jack said "it might have taken 24 years to make the 1st 1000 but theres still hope for another 1000 more, gliding is in my blood and giving up is never on my mind".
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Once again the Grampians Soaring Club and the Bendigo Gliding Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional long weekend of socialising and flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Once again the Grampians Soaring Club and the Bendigo Gliding Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional March long weekend of socialising, beer and red wine testing and a bit of flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Once again the Grampians Soaring Club and the Bendigo Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional long weekend of socialising and flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Once again the Grampians Soaring Club and the Bendigo Gliding Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional long weekend of socialising and flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club PW-6 made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Donald Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club PW-6 made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Mount Jeffcott Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!
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Once again the Grampians Group and the Bendigo Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a long weekend of socialising and flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Once again the Grampians Soaring Club and the Bendigo Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a now traditional long weekend of socialising and flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.
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Saturdays weather was warm with light and variable winds. All the attending gliders, about 13 in all, were prepared and launched in the early afternoon. Conditions were quite reasonable and most of the gliders were able to range out from the field over the afternoon. While climbs to over 5000' were reported, most pilots later indicated that they experienced close encounters of the outlanding kind at some time during their respective flights. But everyone made it back and eventually repaired to the local caravan park to participate in a barbeque organised by Maurice Little and the Grampian guys. Overnight the expected change arrived and we awoke to a strong southerly wind.
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Saturday's weather was warm with light and variable winds. All the attending gliders, about 13 in all, were prepared and launched in the early afternoon. Conditions were quite reasonable and most of the gliders were able to range out from the field over the afternoon. While climbs to over 5000' were reported, most pilots later indicated that they experienced close encounters of the outlanding kind at some time during their respective flights. The longer flights were a 250km out and back to Swan Hill by Gary Stephenson (HDY) and Geoff Vincent (GAX) and a 150km to Warracknabeal and Birchip by Phil `McCann (UKF). Phil had a great paddock picked out opposite the Watchem pub but unfortunately was able to dig himself out so had to wait untill much later for a beer. Everyone made it back and eventually repaired to the local caravan park to participate in a barbeque organised by Maurice Little and the Grampians guys. Overnight the expected change arrived and we awoke to a strong southerly wind.
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!!!Donald Weekend 9-11 March

Once again the Grampians Group and the Bendigo Club gathered in regional Victoria to enjoy a long weekend of socialising and flying in each others company. While some of the crew took the opportunity to roll into the town of Donald on Friday the majority chose to get there on Saturday. Donald, a progressive country town, has one East-West sealed strip and an intersecting North-South strip located on lightly undulating terrain. A hardstand and small office/toilet block and a detached hanger complete the facilities. Connected to adjacent country towns by an excellent network of roads ideally places this town as a base for cross country flying.

Saturdays weather was warm with light and variable winds. All the attending gliders, about 13 in all, were prepared and launched in the early afternoon. Conditions were quite reasonable and most of the gliders were able to range out from the field over the afternoon. While climbs to over 5000' were reported, most pilots later indicated that they experienced close encounters of the outlanding kind at some time during their respective flights. But everyone made it back and eventually repaired to the local caravan park to participate in a barbeque organised by Maurice Little and the Grampian guys. Overnight the expected change arrived and we awoke to a strong southerly wind.

Back out at the field on Sunday the wind, being gusty, was discouraging and only a few brave souls confronted the conditions, Geoff Vincent in the Pik-20 and a Libelle flew and our club PW-6 made 2 flights while the rest were happy to spin yarns in the shelter of the field office or drink tea and munch Kooka's Country Cookies in 'Bertha', Jenne and David Goldsmiths mobile abode. Phil `McCann took the opportunity to relieve Brian Wood of his towing duties and cast the gliders to the wind. Tom of GSC, flying the Libelle Bravo Lima managed to outland upwind and once tuggie Brian had him safe back home, on recommendation of the "early arrivals", we descended on the Donald Hotel for a meal that was possibly designed to put our personal C of G's out of range!

Strong wind gusts overnight did little to build our confidence in the possibility for flying on the Monday and once we had assembled at the field the consensus was for an early departure. So with careful derigging in the the gusty conditions we were soon on our way back to Bendigo, trailers in tow. Bendigo Club mustered 7 gliders and 10 members for the occasion, a great turnout. Thanks go to all those attending in making this a worthwhile effort to strengthen the camaraderie and ties between our respective clubs.
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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Comps. this past week. Flying the club Super Arrow, Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday, Craig's persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other member performances worthy of note are those of Craig's father, Paul, who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir, and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class. Look out for more details on our member performances soon.[[<<]]
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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Comps. this past week. Flying the club [[ClubFleet#ES60b | Super Arrow]], Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday, Craig's persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other member performances worthy of note are those of Craig's father, Paul, who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir, and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class. Look out for more details on our member performances soon.[[<<]]
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!! Club Member Kicks Ass!!!

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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place flying in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Competition this past week. Flying the clubs Super Arrow, Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday Craigs persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other members performances worthy of note are those of Craigs father, Paul who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class. Look out for more details on our members performances at this event.
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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Comps. this past week. Flying the club Super Arrow, Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday, Craig's persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other member performances worthy of note are those of Craig's father, Paul, who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir, and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class. Look out for more details on our member performances soon.[[<<]]
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!! Club Member Kicks Ass!!!

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Club President, Craig Dilks, overcame all odds to finish 3rd overall place flying in Sports Class at the combined Horsham Week / VSA State Competition this past week. Flying the clubs Super Arrow, Craig has proved once again that it takes more than the latest technology to be a champion. As well as winning the the day on Wednesday Craigs persistence and consistent performance gave him the edge on the competition. Other members performances worthy of note are those of Craigs father, Paul who placed 5th in Sports Class flying his Astir and Terry Bellair in his DG 400 achieving 4th place in the Open Class. Look out for more details on our members performances at this event.
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The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. Again the meals and catering were excellent ensuring no one was forgotten, even those returning from long retrieves. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! ''Craig''If you couldn't make it this time and want to join us next year. Find out more [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|here...]][[<<]]
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The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. Again the meals and catering were excellent ensuring no one was forgotten, even those returning from long retrieves. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! And if you couldn't make it this time and want to join us next year. Find out more [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|here...]] ''Craig''[[<<]]
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The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. Again the meals and catering were excellent ensuring no one was forgotten, even those returning from long retrieves. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! ''Craig''[[<<]]
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The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. Again the meals and catering were excellent ensuring no one was forgotten, even those returning from long retrieves. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! ''Craig''If you couldn't make it this time and want to join us next year. Find out more [[Main/CupWeekendCoachingCamp|here...]][[<<]]
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At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an `IS29, which is being considered for purchase from Club member Eddie Self, by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make an offer.
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At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an `IS29, which is being considered for purchase from Club member Eddie Self, by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make Eddie an offer.
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At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an `IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make an offer.
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At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an `IS29, which is being considered for purchase from Club member Eddie Self, by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make an offer.
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First off was Steve Baldini and Phil `McCann's `ASW19b, VH-UKF. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil McCann had the huge time of 9 minutes before the day was canned due to weather. Phil reckons it's great!

At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make an offer.
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First off was Steve Baldini and Phil `McCann's `ASW19b, VH-UKF. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil `McCann had the huge time of 9 minutes before the day was canned due to weather. Phil reckons it's great!

At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an `IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make an offer.
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On Friday 26th January BGC won the daily double with the first flights at Raywood of two new (to Raywood) gliders.

First off was Steve Baldini and Phil `McCann's `ASW19b. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil McCann had the huge time of 9 minutes before
the day was canned due to weather. At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in HCM, an IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love".
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On Friday 26th January, Australia Day, how fitting, BGC won the daily double with the first flights at Raywood of two new (to Raywood) gliders.

First off was Steve Baldini and Phil `McCann's `ASW19b, VH-UKF. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil McCann had
the huge time of 9 minutes before the day was canned due to weather. Phil reckons it's great!

At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in VH-HNC, an IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick -
"I'm in love, I won't give it back, it's all mine". We think he liked it and may make an offer.
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First off was Steve Baldini and Phil McCann's ASW19b. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil McCann had the huge time of 9 minutes before the day was canned due to weather. At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in HCM, an IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love".
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First off was Steve Baldini and Phil `McCann's `ASW19b. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil McCann had the huge time of 9 minutes before the day was canned due to weather. At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in HCM, an IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love".
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On Friday 26th January BGC won the daily double with the first flights at Raywood of two new (to Raywood) gliders.

First off was Steve Baldini and Phil McCann's ASW19b. recently purchased from Graham Rock at the Hunter Valley Gliding Club. Following a small repair to the left aileron by Phil Organ, it was ready to roll. Phil McCann had the huge time of 9 minutes before the day was canned due to weather. At around the same time Phil Organ (CFI) did a check flight in HCM, an IS29, which is being considered for purchase by Patrick Roberts and Ken Wlliams. "Goes well" said Phil and following a quick flight by Patrick - "I'm in love".

Photos to come.
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After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph the "pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''[[<<]]
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After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph "the pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''[[<<]]
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After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph the "pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''
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After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph the "pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''[[<<]]
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On Saturday we got together for our gliding club Christmas party at my place. The night started a little slow with the end of the days flying ending later than we had all planned. It made the BBQ quiet at around the planned 7pm start and wearing your flying hat to a classy evening may make you an outcast. By 7:30 pm about 13 of the 15 guests had turned up so I put the onions on to cook, soon followed by the meat. After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph the "pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''
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On Saturday we got together for our gliding club Christmas party at my place. The night started a little slow with the end of
the days flying ending later than we had all planned. It made the BBQ quiet at around the planned 7pm start and wearing your flying hat to a classy evening may make you an outcast. By 7:30 pm about 13 of the 15 guests had turned up so I put the onions on to cook, soon followed by the meat.

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After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph the "pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''
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On Saturday we got together for our gliding club Christmas party at my place. The night started a little slow with the end of the days flying ending later than we had all planned. It made the BBQ quiet at around the planned 7pm start and wearing your flying hat to a classy evening may make you an outcast. By 7:30 pm about 13 of the 15 guests had turned up so I put the onions on to cook, soon followed by the meat. After tea everyone settled into a few quiet drinks before the clubs new pool table had it's first real workout. When we build the extension on the club house early next year the pool table will make it's way out to the club. A few of us fell prey to Ralph the "pool shark" Keller on the night, who claimed to have not played the game before.''Craig''
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the Club's Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelongs Super Cub MSA, we flew our PW-6 into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelong Gliding Club's Super Cub, MSA, we flew our PW-6 into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.
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After talking to power pilots for most of the day it was time to tow out at 2 pm. By this stage the wind had sprung up from the southwest so I launched behind the Cub from the short strip at Bendigo. Flying out over houses and very small paddocks proves to be tense until until you get some height and you know can make it back to the Aerodrome.
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By this stage the wind had sprung up from the southwest so I launched behind the Cub from the short strip at Bendigo. Flying out over houses and very small paddocks proves to be tense until until you get some height and you know can make it back to the Aerodrome.
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Congratulations to member Ralph Keller on having one of his magnificent pictures featured as the December 2006 cover of Soaring Australia magazine. This watercolour painting showcases the clubs PW-6 soaring in the vicinity of the airfield, laid out below. Now that we have seen Ralph on the cover of Soaring, I wonder when we will see Soaring on the cover of Ralph!
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Congratulations to member, Ralph Keller, on having one of his magnificent pictures featured as the December 2006 cover of Soaring Australia magazine. This watercolour painting showcases the clubs PW-6 soaring in the vicinity of the airfield, laid out below. Now that we have seen Ralph on the cover of Soaring, I wonder when we will see Soaring on the cover of Ralph![[<<]]
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Congratulations to member Ralph Keller on having one of his magnificent pictures featured as the December 2006 cover of Soaring Australia magazine. This watercolour painting showcases the clubs PW-6 soaring in the vicinity of the airfield, laid out below. Now that we have seen Ralph on the cover of Soaring, I wonder when we will see Soaring on the cover of Ralph!
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to curcuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000Ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to circuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to curcuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000Ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. Pictures soon...''Craig''
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With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to curcuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000Ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. ''Craig''
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club had a Fly in at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelongs Super Cub MSA, we flew our PW-6 into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed ready to tow them off the strip.

After talking to power pilots most of the day it was time to tow out at 2 pm. By this stage the wind had sprung up from the south/west so I launched behind the Cub on the short strip at Bendigo. Flying out over houses and very small paddocks proves to be tense until until you get some height and you know can make it back to the Aerodrome.

At about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the feild at 3,000ft. As we slowly decended to curcuit height Tim Berkes winched launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000Ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. Pictures soon...''Craig''
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On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club held a Fly-In at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelongs Super Cub MSA, we flew our PW-6 into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took on the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed, ready to tow them off the strip.

After talking to power pilots for most of the day it was time to tow out at 2 pm. By this stage the wind had sprung up from the southwest so I launched behind the Cub from the short strip at Bendigo. Flying out over houses and very small paddocks proves to be tense until until you get some height and you know can make it back to the Aerodrome.

With about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the field at 3,000ft. As we slowly descended to curcuit height Tim Berkes winch launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000Ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. Pictures soon...''Craig''
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!!!Bendigo Flying Club - Fly In 25th November

On Saturday the 25th on November the Bendigo Flying Club had a Fly in at the Bendigo Aerodrome. With the aid of Geelongs Super Cub MSA, we flew our PW-6 into the event. The Flying Club wanted us to be on the ground by about 9:30 am, so Phil Organ and Bill Hughes took the job of getting up early and flying in. I was already on the ground when they landed ready to tow them off the strip.

After talking to power pilots most of the day it was time to tow out at 2 pm. By this stage the wind had sprung up from the south/west so I launched behind the Cub on the short strip at Bendigo. Flying out over houses and very small paddocks proves to be tense until until you get some height and you know can make it back to the Aerodrome.

At about 15 km to run I decided that the PW-6 had enough height to make it back to Raywood. After releasing I took a thermal to 4,000ft and bumped the speed up to 80 knots just because I could, still arriving back at the feild at 3,000ft. As we slowly decended to curcuit height Tim Berkes winched launched in the clubs Junior XOA and climbed away to a bit over 10,000Ft in 8 to 10 knots of lift. It's the second 10,000ft day we have had in 2 weeks. Pictures soon...''Craig''
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. Day one was interesting due to the number of outlandings. About 9 in all, with a mixture of aerotow and road retrieves. Vintage Glders Australia attended again and fitted in well with the operations. Launching later in the day, after the 'glass' had departed, a number of creditable tasks were flown.
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. Day one was interesting due to the number of outlandings. About 9 in all, with a mixture of aerotow and road retrieves. Vintage Gliders Australia attended again and fitted in well with the operations. Launching later in the day, after the 'glass' had departed, a number of creditable tasks were flown.
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First, I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like aerotowing.
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First, I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like parked in the Super Cub, aerotowing, something he seems happy to tolerate.
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. Day one was interesting due to the number of outlandings. About 9 in all, with a mixture of aerotow and road retrieves. Vintage Glders Australia attended again and fitted in well with the operations. Launching later in the day, after the 'glass' had departed, a number of creditable tasks were flown.
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The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! ''Craig''[[<<]]
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The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. Again the meals and catering were excellent ensuring no one was forgotten, even those returning from long retrieves. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! ''Craig''[[<<]]
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First, I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like aerotowing. Mal & Peter did a heap of running around in the kitchen and on the airfield. David Tickner worked on the generator again. Jack also helped out in the kitchen.
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First, I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like aerotowing.
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. I would like to thank some of our Indians that did a large amount of work.
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What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. Day one was interesting due to the number of outlandings. About 9 in all, with a mixture of aerotow and road retrieves.

I would like to thank some of our Indians that did a large amount of work.
First, I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like aerotowing. Mal & Peter did a heap of running around in the kitchen and on the airfield. David Tickner worked on the generator again. Jack also helped out in the kitchen.
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First I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like aerotowing. Mal & Peter did a heap of running around in the kitchen and on the airfield. David Tickner worked on the generator again. Jack also helped out in the kitchen.

The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you!
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The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! ''Craig''[[<<]]
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!!!Cup Weekend Cross Country - November 4-7


What a big weekend for our club! We flew every day, well some of the lucky ones did. I would like to thank some of our Indians that did a large amount of work.

First I would like to thank Rob for looking after the flight sheets for the 4 main days, without his effort the flights sheets would have most likely have been a mess. Second Phil `McCann lent a hand in the kitchen and in other places like aerotowing. Mal & Peter did a heap of running around in the kitchen and on the airfield. David Tickner worked on the generator again. Jack also helped out in the kitchen.

The main force in the kitchen again was Helen Dilks who took 2 days off work just to help us out. With out these people putting a huge effort the weekend would not have ran so smoothly. Thank you! 'Craig'
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of [[ClubTrophies|awards]] for flying and onfield activities, some for serious endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.

Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did [[/Main/XCAdventures#XC1|one flight of 100 km]] at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of [[ClubTrophies|awards]] for flying and onfield activities, some for serious endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a [[[Main/ClubTrophies|trophy]] for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.

Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy]] when they did [[/Main/XCAdventures#XC1|one flight of 100 km]] at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the [[Main/ClubTrophies|Get Knotted Award]] for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. [[Main/ClubTrophies|The Clubman of the Year]] was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
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On Saturday we had conditions of up to 8,000 ft. It looks like serious cross country flying will be soon with us. Paul did about 80-90 km and Terry has done 2 flights in the last couple of weeks of over 300 km. It's time to get your maps and GPS's out. Dont forget water bottles and have all your normal cross country gear ready. Check the trailers to see if all the bits are in/on there, if you are not sure whats meant to be in the trailers come and see me. Its time to learn how to use your GPS don't leave it to the really good weather starts to learn.
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On Saturday we had conditions of up to 8,000 ft. It looks like serious cross country flying will be soon with us. Paul did about 80-90 km and Terry has done 2 flights in the last couple of weeks of over 300 km. It's time to get your maps and GPS's out. Don't forget water bottles and have all your normal cross country gear ready. Check the trailers to see if all the bits are in/on there, if you are not sure whats meant to be in the trailers come and see me. Its time to learn how to use your GPS don't leave it to the really good weather starts to learn.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities, some for serious endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of [[ClubTrophies|awards]] for flying and onfield activities, some for serious endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.
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Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did one flight of 100 km at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
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Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did [[/Main/XCAdventures#XC1|one flight of 100 km]] at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities, some for seriaous endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities, some for serious endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities, some for seriaous endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX. Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did one flight of 100 km at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website. As in other years an enjoyable night was had by all
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities, some for seriaous endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX.

Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did one flight of 100 km at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.

As in other years we had an enjoyable night and a great meal and look forward to the prospects of a great season ahead.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006. Each year the Bendigo gliding club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved 96kph in his Libelle GBX. Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did one flight of 100 km at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6, GYC. Another award given each year was the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day when undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
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On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006, at Prattys Patch, an historic pub in the township of Maiden Gully. Each year the Bendigo Gliding Club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities, some for seriaous endeavour and others for somewhat more amusing achievements. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved a speed of 96kph in his Libelle GBX. Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did one flight of 100 km at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6,GYC. Another award given each year is the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day while undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website. As in other years an enjoyable night was had by all
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!!!What a Big year in Gliding.

On Saturday the 21th Of October we had our Presentation night for 2005/2006. Each year the Bendigo gliding club has a night of awards for flying and onfield activities. This year was no different with a trophy for the fastest 300 km flight which was won by Colin Campbell when he achieved 96kph in his Libelle GBX. Craig Dilks and Phil Organ won the Brian Sinclair Memorial 100km trophy when they did one flight of 100 km at a speed of 123kph in the PW-6, GYC. Another award given each year was the Get Knotted award for the biggest tangle on the winch and this was won by Tom Dannatt for his tangle one day when undertaking driver training. The Clubman of the year was won by Peter Raphael for his outstanding effort through the year. Peter showed a willingness to jump in and help out as much as possible, he also had a big hand in setting up the clubs website.
''Craig''
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!!!Lots of Wind September 14-15
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!!!Lots of Wind - September 14-15

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On Sunday the wind was straight down the the main runway from the south, which gave our pilots very good winch launches. Once again Paul had his Astir out and this time he was the one who had a long flight of a bit over 2 hours. In other news recently, solo pilot, David Tickner has converted into the clubs SZD-51 Junior, XOA. David said after his thermaling flight of an hour that the "Junior thermals like a homesick angel".
''Craig''
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On Sunday the wind was straight down the the main runway from the south, which gave our pilots very good winch launches. Once again Paul had his Astir out and this time he was the one who had a long flight of a bit over 2 hours. In other news recently, solo pilot, David Tickner has converted into the clubs SZD-51 Junior, XOA. David said after his thermaling flight of an hour that the "Junior thermals like a homesick angel".''Craig''
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!!!Lots of Wind September 14-15

It's been windy this weekend but that did not stop the Bendigo Gliding Club from operating. On Saturday the 14th of October we had a strong cross wind from the west, it made for some interesting flying. Most of the day we just did circuits although Paul Dilks had a short thermaling flight of about 12 minutes in his Astir CS 77 KYP. His son Craig took the Astir for the last flight of the day and he climbed away to 6,900 ft in with 4 knots on the vario. After an hour Craig decided that the cross wind was too strong to land in on the usual runway so he landed on the east/west strip.
On Sunday the wind was straight down the the main runway from the south, which gave our pilots very good winch launches. Once again Paul had his Astir out and this time he was the one who had a long flight of a bit over 2 hours. In other news recently, solo pilot, David Tickner has converted into the clubs SZD-51 Junior, XOA. David said after his thermaling flight of an hour that the "Junior thermals like a homesick angel".
''Craig''
October 10, 2006, at 09:08 PM by Peter - Newsflash
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth, for a first flight duration of 1:49. Congratulations Mal!
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock GFJ, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of another Woodstock, IKL, before returning to earth, for a first flight duration of 1:49. Congratulations Mal!
October 03, 2006, at 06:21 PM by Peter - Newsflash plus IGC file
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth, for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal!
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth, for a first flight duration of 1:49. Congratulations Mal!
October 03, 2006, at 06:17 PM by Peter - Newsflash plus IGC File
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal!
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth, for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal!
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal![[<<]]
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal!

Got `SeeYou?[[FirstFlightLog.zip|View the IGC File]]
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October 01, 2006, at 10:52 PM by Peter - Newsflash
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal!
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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal![[<<]]
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!!! The Bennett Woodstock Flys.

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On Saturday 30th September the much modified Woodstock, built by member Malcolm Bennett, took to the air over Bacchus Marsh for the first time. Towed to 4'500 feet Mal was able to spend some of the flight soaring in the company of Woodstock IKL before returning to earth for a first flight duration of 1:45. Congratulations Mal!
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!!!Saturday September 1

On Saturday we had conditions of up to 8,000 ft. It looks like serious cross country flying will be soon with us. Paul did about 80-90 km and Terry has done 2 flights in the last couple of weeks of over 300 km. It's time to get your maps and GPS's out. Dont forget water bottles and have all your normal cross country gear ready. Check the trailers to see if all the bits are in/on there, if you are not sure whats meant to be in the trailers come and see me. Its time to learn how to use your GPS don't leave it to the really good weather starts to learn.
''Craig''
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About every 2 months the BGC goes out to a pub for an evening. This year it was decided that the end of winter dinner would be held at ocal pub in Bendigo called The `SandBar, a small Pub located near the center of town on `McIvor rd. The night started like most nights with every one rolling in from a great days flying at Raywood. The some of our pilots had flights that were over one hour and Terry Bellair in his DG 400m had over 5 hours and covered about 340 km for the day.

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the Sandbar Pub most of us stopped at the bar for a few refreshing beers while the Staff organised more tables to acommodate us. We initially booked for 15 and the numbers rose to 18 by Friday night. When we got to the pub it turned out that we totalled 21, that's members and their partners. An excellent turn-out. We sat down to order about 7:40pm and, as the service was efficient, by around 9pm we had finished tea. After this everyone settled into the normal glider related conversation helped along with a few more drinks. The evening wound up up around about 11pm.
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About every 2 months the BGC goes out to a pub for an evening. This year it was decided that the end of winter dinner would be held at a pub in Bendigo called The `SandBar, a small Pub located near the center of town on `McIvor rd. The night started like most nights with every one rolling in from a great days flying at Raywood. The day had been good and some of our pilots had flights that were over one hour. Terry Bellair in his DG 400m had over 5 hours and covered about 340 km for the day.

On arrival to the Sandbar Pub most of us stopped at the bar for a few refreshing ales while the Staff organised more tables to acommodate us. We initially booked for 15 and the numbers rose to 18 by Friday night. When we got to the pub it turned out
that we totalled 21, that's members and their partners. An excellent turn-out.

We sat down to order about 7:40pm and
, as the service was efficient, by around 9pm we had finished tea. After this everyone settled into the normal glider related conversation helped along with a few more drinks. The evening wound up up around about 11pm. It was so good that the Club President couldn't make it to the meeting the next day!
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After a very successful days flying a large number of club members and their partners repaired to the Sandbar Hotel for a pleasant evening, celebrating the impending end of winter and the possibilities of the coming summer.
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About every 2 months the BGC goes out to a pub for an evening. This year it was decided that the end of winter dinner would be held at ocal pub in Bendigo called The `SandBar, a small Pub located near the center of town on `McIvor rd. The night started like most nights with every one rolling in from a great days flying at Raywood. The some of our pilots had flights that were over one hour and Terry Bellair in his DG 400m had over 5 hours and covered about 340 km for the day.

On arrival to the Sandbar Pub most of us stopped at the bar for a few refreshing beers while the Staff organised more tables to acommodate us. We initially booked for 15 and the numbers rose to 18 by Friday night. When we got to the pub it turned out that we totalled 21, that's members and their partners. An excellent turn-out. We sat down to order about 7:40pm and, as the service was efficient, by around 9pm we had finished tea. After this everyone settled into the normal glider related conversation helped along with a few more drinks. The evening wound up up around about 11pm.
''Craig''
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This was a busy and diverse weekend. On Saturday Phil Organ facilitated the "Lookout" briefing and Peter and Mal wired up some low voltage lighting in the clubhouse.

After a very successful days flying a large number of club members and their partners repaired to the Sandbar Hotel for a pleasant evening, celebrating the impending end of winter and the possibilities of the coming
summer.

With Sundays meeting over, Phil `McCann briefed and completed the Radio Endorsements with a number of the members
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After a very successful days flying a large number of club members and their partners repaired to the Sandbar Hotel for a pleasant evening, celebrating the impending end of winter and the possibilities of the coming summer.[[<<]]
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!!! End of Winter Dinner.

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At 1 o'clock we started flying, first on line was the PW-6 then the Bocian. The cross wind was very strong and right on the upper limit for the gliders and pilots, but we still managed to tally up a grand total of 28 flights for the day. 22 flights between the Bocian and PW-6 ,and 6 flights given by John Viney in the Dimona. At the end of the days flying the kids used up the last of their energy in a game of soccer.

On Sunday their day commenced with marching practice in the thick fog that had developed overnight. At about 10:30 the fog lifted and we were then able to commence operations. This days flying was a big improvement on the day before, with very little cross wind and for a period of time we had thermals everywhere. Peter Raphael showed all of us how to thermal on just about every flight he had in the Bocian, while Rod Jewell got very current in taking passengers in the PW-6.
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At 1 o'clock we started flying, first on line was the PW-6 then the Bocian. The cross wind was very strong and right on the upper limit for the gliders and pilots, but we still managed to tally up a grand total of 28 flights for the day. 22 flights between the Bocian and PW-6, and 6 flights given by John Viney in the Dimona. At the end of the days flying the kids used up the last of their energy in a game of soccer.

On Sunday their day commenced with marching practice in the thick fog that had developed overnight. At about 10:30 the fog lifted and we were then able to commence operations. This days flying was a big improvement on the day before, with very little cross wind, and for a period of time we had thermals everywhere. Peter Raphael showed all of us how to thermal on just about every flight he had in the Bocian, while Rod Jewell got very current in taking passengers in the PW-6.
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On Sunday their day commenced with marching practice in the thick fog that had developed overnight. At About 10:30 the fog lifted and we were then able to commence operations. This days flying was a big improvement on the day before, with very little cross wind and for a period of time we had thermals everywhere. Peter Raphael showed all of us how to thermal on just about every flight he had in the Bocian, while Rod Jewell got very current in taking passengers in the PW-6.
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On Sunday their day commenced with marching practice in the thick fog that had developed overnight. At about 10:30 the fog lifted and we were then able to commence operations. This days flying was a big improvement on the day before, with very little cross wind and for a period of time we had thermals everywhere. Peter Raphael showed all of us how to thermal on just about every flight he had in the Bocian, while Rod Jewell got very current in taking passengers in the PW-6.
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!!!Doncaster Australian Air League Visit.

On the 29th and 30th of July the Club hosted the Doncaster Branch Of the Australian Air League. In total there were 28 Members of the League in attendance and that's including Leaders and parents. The Saturday started with the Air League arriving at about 12:00 o'clock, en masse in 6 cars. Fortunately we had just finished one of our scheduled morning safety briefings, one on "circuit planning", so before they could disperse I gave them a quick introduction on airfield safety and what they would be doing for the day.

At 1 o'clock we started flying, first on line was the PW-6 then the Bocian. The cross wind was very strong and right on the upper limit for the gliders and pilots, but we still managed to tally up a grand total of 28 flights for the day. 22 flights between the Bocian and PW-6 ,and 6 flights given by John Viney in the Dimona. At the end of the days flying the kids used up the last of their energy in a game of soccer.

On Sunday their day commenced with marching practice in the thick fog that had developed overnight. At About 10:30 the fog lifted and we were then able to commence operations. This days flying was a big improvement on the day before, with very little cross wind and for a period of time we had thermals everywhere. Peter Raphael showed all of us how to thermal on just about every flight he had in the Bocian, while Rod Jewell got very current in taking passengers in the PW-6.
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''Craig''
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil McCann after a text book landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil `McCann after a text book landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil 'McCann after a text book landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil McCann after a text book landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil McCann after a text book landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil 'McCann after a text book landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil `McCann after landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, a return to gliding, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith Evans on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil McCann after a text book landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, soloed for the 'second' time. He did his first solo some 28 years ago, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil `McCann after landing.
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, "first soloed" for the 'second' time. He did his first "first solo" some 28 years ago, and following an extended break, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil `McCann after landing.
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At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared by Mandy and Karen. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and join in the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.%rfloat%Attach:Bertha3.jpg"Big Bertha Flys"
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At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared by Mandy and Karen. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and join in the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.%rfloat%Attach:Bertha.jpg"Big Bertha"
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The night wound down with a few drinks by the fire, with number of people choosing to camp the night. Sunday dawned as another superb day and the gliders managed another 25 flights with some managing climbs to over 3000ft. A great nights entertainment and something you should be sure not to miss next year. Pictures soon

!!!News Flash- Pilot Solo's

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The night wound down with a few drinks by the fire, with number of people choosing to camp the night. Sunday dawned as another superb day and the gliders managed another 25 flights with some managing climbs to over 3000ft. A great nights entertainment and something you should be sure not to miss next year. ''Craig''

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At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared by Mandy and Karen. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and join in the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.

At the 5
:30 pm we started flying free flight models in the fading light, while hot air balloons limped across the carpark. Around 6:30, president Craig Dilks lit the Bonfire and then we hopped into the evenings 2 course meal, soup and vegetables followed by the roast. After the meal Peter Raphael launched his monster radio assisted (control is too strong a word) model, Big Bertha. It was covered in 21 Leds for lighting and made a spectacular sight as it clawed for altitude in the black night sky. This model was based on last years successful model only around 4 times larger. Meanwhile Craigs striking little model orbited around the assembled, with a myriad of coloured lights flashing,looking like a re-enactment of "Close Encounters".
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At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared by Mandy and Karen. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and join in the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.%rfloat%Attach:Bertha3.jpg"Big Bertha Flys"

At the 5:30 pm we started flying free flight models in the fading light, while hot air balloons limped across the carpark. Around 6:30, president Craig Dilks lit the Bonfire and then we hopped into the evenings 2 course meal, soup and vegetables followed by
the roast. After the meal Peter Raphael launched his monster radio assisted (control is too strong a word) model, Big Bertha. It was covered in 21 Leds for lighting and made a spectacular sight as it clawed for altitude in the black night sky. This model was based on last years successful model only around 4 times larger. Meanwhile Craigs striking little model orbited around the assembled, with a myriad of coloured lights flashing, looking like a re-enactment of "Close Encounters".
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Congratulations to David Tickner who, on Sunday, soloed for the 'second' time. He did his first solo some 28 years ago, and after a final bit of airwork with Keith on the day, was cut loose in the K7. He is pictured here being congratulated by Phil `McCann after landing.

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For about the past 5 years now we have had an Annual Bonfire Night. This year was the second year that we have had a Free Flight Night Scramble event with models, as part of the proceedings. Other disciplines demonstrated are hot air and hydrogen ballons, rocketry and ballistics delivery, all guaranteed to provide spectacular entertainment. The day started well with a little model flying and tuning then we got into the gliding operations, with the Super Arrow GYS coming back from it's form 2. There were a total of 12 flights for the day and some soaring undertaken as well.

At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.

At the 5:30 pm we started flying free flight models in the fading light. Around 6:30, president Craig Dilks lit the Bonfire and then we hopped into
the evenings 2 course meal ,soup and vegetables followed by the roast .After the meal Peter Raphael launched his monster radio control model, Big Bertha. It was covered in 21 Leds for lighting and made a spectacular sight as it clawed for altitude in the black night sky. Meanwhile Craigs striking little model orbited around the assembly with coloured lights looking like a re-enactment of "Close Encounters".

The
night wound down with a few drinks by the fire with most of the people camping the night. Sunday dawned as another superb day and the gliders managed another 25 flights with some managing climbs to over 3000ft. A great nights entertainment and something you should be sure not to miss next year. Pictures soon
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For about the past 5 years now we have had an Annual Bonfire Night. This year was the second year that we have had a Free Flight Night Scramble event with models, as part of the proceedings. Other disciplines demonstrated are hot air and hydrogen balloons, rocketry and airdrops!, all guaranteed to provide spectacular entertainment. The day started well with a little model flying and tuning then we got into the gliding operations, with the Super Arrow GYS coming back from it's form 2. There were a total of 12 flights for the day and some soaring undertaken as well.

At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared by Mandy and Karen. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and join in the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.

At the 5:30 pm we started flying free flight models in the fading light, while hot air balloons limped across
the carpark. Around 6:30, president Craig Dilks lit the Bonfire and then we hopped into the evenings 2 course meal, soup and vegetables followed by the roast. After the meal Peter Raphael launched his monster radio assisted (control is too strong a word) model, Big Bertha. It was covered in 21 Leds for lighting and made a spectacular sight as it clawed for altitude in the black night sky. This model was based on last years successful model only around 4 times larger. Meanwhile Craigs striking little model orbited around the assembled, with a myriad of coloured lights flashing,looking like a re-enactment of "Close Encounters".

The night wound down with a few drinks by the fire, with number of people choosing to camp
the night. Sunday dawned as another superb day and the gliders managed another 25 flights with some managing climbs to over 3000ft. A great nights entertainment and something you should be sure not to miss next year. Pictures soon
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!!! Bonfire Night 24 June 2006

For about the past 5 years now we have had an Annual Bonfire Night. This year was the second year that we have had a Free Flight Night Scramble event with models, as part of the proceedings. Other disciplines demonstrated are hot air and hydrogen ballons, rocketry and ballistics delivery, all guaranteed to provide spectacular entertainment. The day started well with a little model flying and tuning then we got into the gliding operations, with the Super Arrow GYS coming back from it's form 2. There were a total of 12 flights for the day and some soaring undertaken as well.

At 3 o'clock the evening meal of roast beef was put on to cook, along with some delectable soups previously prepared. Throughout the day members of the Bendigo Model aircraft club arrived to share the bonfire and the nights fun with several taking the opportunity to fly their models as well.

At the 5:30 pm we started flying free flight models in the fading light. Around 6:30, president Craig Dilks lit the Bonfire and then we hopped into the evenings 2 course meal ,soup and vegetables followed by the roast .After the meal Peter Raphael launched his monster radio control model, Big Bertha. It was covered in 21 Leds for lighting and made a spectacular sight as it clawed for altitude in the black night sky. Meanwhile Craigs striking little model orbited around the assembly with coloured lights looking like a re-enactment of "Close Encounters".

The night wound down with a few drinks by the fire with most of the people camping the night. Sunday dawned as another superb day and the gliders managed another 25 flights with some managing climbs to over 3000ft. A great nights entertainment and something you should be sure not to miss next year. Pictures soon
''Craig''
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After 3 attempts Peter Raphael got the Junior (XOA) to within a metre (each time!...PR). While club Rob Young put the PW-6 (GYC) to about 1.5 meters, very good effort for a glider that rolls for what seems like forever. For a cold day there was a lot of flying with all club gliders out, as well as Phil Organ's Libelle (GSQ). Phil is the CFI of our club and he got his Libelle to just under a metre of the mark. With so many great efforts it was hard to find a winner, but I think Jack Lavery showed the best effort in the K-7 GNX for the day.''Craig''
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After 3 attempts Peter Raphael got the Junior (XOA) to within a metre (each time!...PR). While club Rob Young put the PW-6 (GYC) to about 17 meters, very sensible in a glider that rolls for what seems like forever. For a cold day there was a lot of flying with all club gliders out, as well as Phil Organ's Libelle (GSQ). Phil is the CFI of our club and he got his Libelle to just under a metre of the mark. With so many great efforts it was hard to find a winner, but I think Jack Lavery showed the best effort in the K-7 GNX for the day.''Craig''
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Today after our meeting we decided to have an 'end of roll' competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilots skill in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just landing on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competition of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money.
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Today after our meeting we decided to have an 'end of roll' competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilot skills in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just landing on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competition of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money.
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Today after our meeting we decided to have an end of roll competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilots skill in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just landing on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competition of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money.
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Today after our meeting we decided to have an 'end of roll' competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilots skill in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just landing on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competition of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money.
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Many extended flights were posted over Saturday and Sunday and the Junior was returned to service. The PW-6 and The Sparrow were derigged and are now away for their annuals to be done.
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Today after our meeting we decided to have an end of roll competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilots skill in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just to land on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competion of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money. After 3 attempts Peter Raphael got the Junior (XOA) to within a metre (each time!...PR). While club Rob Young put the PW-6 (GYC) to about 1.5 meters, very good effort for a glider that rolls for what seems like forever. For a cold day there was a lot of flying with all club gliders out, as well as Phil Organ's Libelle (GSQ). Phil is the CFI of our club and he got his Libelle to just under a metre of the mark. With so many great efforts it was hard to find a winner, but I think Jack Lavery showed the best effort in the K-7 GNX for the day.''Craig'' PW-6 and The Sparrow were later derigged and are now away for their annuals to be done.
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Today after our meeting we decided to have an end of roll competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilots skill in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just landing on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competition of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money.
After 3 attempts Peter Raphael got the Junior (XOA) to within a metre (each time!...PR). While club Rob Young put the PW-6 (GYC) to about 1.5 meters, very good effort for a glider that rolls for what seems like forever. For a cold day there was a lot of flying with all club gliders out, as well as Phil Organ's Libelle (GSQ). Phil is the CFI of our club and he got his Libelle to just under a metre of the mark. With so many great efforts it was hard to find a winner, but I think Jack Lavery showed the best effort in the K-7 GNX for the day.''Craig''

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Today we held an impromptu spot landing competition. The object was to roll the glider to a stop with the nose as close as possible to a string of bunting placed on the ground and displaced about 150 metres from the threshold. The competition was fierce with a number of pilots demonstrating precise control to the point was it was difficult to determine an overall winner (results withheld). Many extended flights were posted over Saturday and Sunday and the Junior was returned to service. PW-6 and The Sparrow were derigged and are now away for their annuals to be done.
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Today after our meeting we decided to have an end of roll competition. The purpose of the comp is to improve our pilots skill in putting a glider down in a set length. We choose about 75 meters after the aiming point. For some of our pilots normally just to land on the airfield is good enough, but when we made a competion of it those pilots showed their skill and put the glider down right on the money. After 3 attempts Peter Raphael got the Junior (XOA) to within a metre (each time!...PR). While club Rob Young put the PW-6 (GYC) to about 1.5 meters, very good effort for a glider that rolls for what seems like forever. For a cold day there was a lot of flying with all club gliders out, as well as Phil Organ's Libelle (GSQ). Phil is the CFI of our club and he got his Libelle to just under a metre of the mark. With so many great efforts it was hard to find a winner, but I think Jack Lavery showed the best effort in the K-7 GNX for the day.''Craig'' PW-6 and The Sparrow were later derigged and are now away for their annuals to be done.
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!!! Spot Landing Competition 28 May 2006

Today we held an impromptu spot landing competition. The object was to roll the glider to a stop with the nose as close as possible to a string of bunting placed on the ground and displaced about 150 metres from the threshold. The competition was fierce with a number of pilots demonstrating precise control to the point was it was difficult to determine an overall winner (results withheld). Many extended flights were posted over Saturday and Sunday and the Junior was returned to service. PW-6 and The Sparrow were derigged and are now away for their annuals to be done.
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!!! Bendigo Model Flyers Sunday May 21 2006

Today the Bendigo Model plane club came out to have a fly of their models and to fly in our gliders. 10 members of the model club came out. Their models ranged from 2 metre gliders, power planes ,electric Jet and a helicopter. They also had a buddy box so some of our members could have a fly of a model and have a back up instructor if they got out of control. Bill Matthews from the model club was voted big kid of the day. For someone that was not going to fly he had 2 winch launches, one in the PW and one in the K-7, some aerobatics and a hanger flight. It will take dynamite to wipe the smile off his face. Andrew Murphy from the Geelong Gliding Club also came up for the weekend and got a winch rating.
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!!! Bendigo Model Flyers 21 May 2006

Today the Bendigo Model plane club came out to have a fly of their models and to fly in our gliders. 10 members of the model club came out. Their models ranged from 2 metre gliders, power planes ,electric Jet and a helicopter. They also had a buddy box so some of our members could have a fly of a model and have a back up instructor if they got out of control. Bill Matthews from the model club was voted big kid of the day. For someone that was not going to fly he had 2 winch launches, one in the PW and one in the K-7, some aerobatics and a hanger flight. It will take dynamite to wipe the smile off his face. Andrew Murphy from the Geelong Gliding Club also came up for the weekend and got a winch rating. ''Craig''
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Today the Bendigo Model plane club came out to have a fly of their models and to fly in our gliders. 10 members of the model club came out. Their models ranged from 2 metre gliders, power planes ,electric Jet and a helicopter. They also had a buddy box so some of our members could have a fly of a model and have a back up instructor if they got out of control. Bill Matthews from the model club was voted big kid of the day. For someone that was not going to fly he had 2 winch launches, one in the PW and one in the K-7, some aerobatics and a hanger flight. It will take dynamite to wipe the smile off his face. Andrew Murphy from the Geelong Gliding Club also came up for the weekend and got a winch rating.
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Today the Bendigo Model plane club came out to have a fly of their models and to fly in our gliders. 10 members of the model club came out. Their models ranged from 2 metre gliders, power planes ,electric Jet and a helicopter. They also had a buddy box so some of our members could have a fly of a model and have a back up instructor if they got out of control. Bill Matthews from the model club was voted big kid of the day. For someone that was not going to fly he had 2 winch launches, one in the PW and one in the K-7, some aerobatics and a hanger flight. It will take dynamite to wipe the smile off his face. Andrew Murphy from the Geelong Gliding Club also came up for the weekend and got a winch rating.
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!!! Bendigo Model Flyers Sunday May 21 2006

Today the Bendigo Model plane club came out to have a fly of their models and to fly in our gliders. 10 members of the model club came out. Their models ranged from 2 metre gliders, power planes ,electric Jet and a helicopter. They also had a buddy box so some of our members could have a fly of a model and have a back up instructor if they got out of control. Bill Matthews from the model club was voted big kid of the day. For someone that was not going to fly he had 2 winch launches, one in the PW and one in the K-7, some aerobatics and a hanger flight. It will take dynamite to wipe the smile off his face. Andrew Murphy from the Geelong Gliding Club also came up for the weekend and got a winch rating.
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We had The Australian Air League at our field weekend for some flying. I think they had a great time and I think that they might make it an annual event. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the youngsters and it appeared that the amount energy that they expended exploring the place left some of our old members feeling even older!. In spite of the weather deteriorating on Sunday everyone got to have a fly and the operation ran efficiently. The club members had a great time sharing this a aspect of flight with the cadets and their leaders and I am sure that if they come back we can do it even better next time.
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We had The Australian Air League at our field weekend for some flying. I think they had a great time and I think that they might make it an annual event. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the youngsters and it appeared that the amount energy that they expended exploring the place left some of our old members feeling even older!. In spite of the weather deteriorating on Sunday everyon