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Airborne NOVEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER Contents Christmas Bar Hours President’s Report CFI’s Report Club Captain’s Report Admin Antics Great Northern Air Race Regional Competitions at Masterton “My Final Days as a Student” by Trevor Doig HB&EC vs CHB Aero Club Softball Match New Runway Markings Achievements Contact List The Newsletter of the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Aero Club Inc Hastings Aerodrome Bridge Pa, P O Box 2199 Hastings, New Zealand Telephone 06 879 8466 Fax 06 879 9805 Email: email@example.com Website: www.HBECAC.co.nz THIS IS THE LAST NEWSLETTER FOR THE YEAR. OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER WILL BE PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 2011. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO CONGRATULATE EVERYONE WHO COMPETED IN THE REGIONAL COMPS. A REALLY GREAT EFFORT. EDITOR SUE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BAR HOURS The last night the bar will be open is Thursday 23rd December. It will be reopening on Wednesday 5th January 2011. Normal bar hours resume after that date. PRESIDENT’S REPORT First - an update on the progress of Gary Skedgwell and Sam Metzger who were injured in the EHY accident back in July. Gary continues to do well and is up and about and regularly out at the Aero Club, still having to use crutches occasionally. Sam is still doing hard yards on the road to recovery and has been back in hospital recently for a couple of small operations on his leg related to the rods he received earlier. That’s five operations to date. He is up and walking and displaying some real grit. Doctors originally told him he would be walking again in 18 months and here he is six months down the track walking steps without crutches. He still has some hurdles ahead – another operation planned in a month or so for a bone graft to help some of the breaks in his leg heal faster and then having to stay off his leg again for a while. He is on a get fat (replace 10kg lost weight) and strong program ahead of the operation so it sounds like he is being well fed! He still experiences pain off an on and says he is having to regrow the nerves from his lower spine to his foot which Doctors tell him is the longest part of the rehab as they grow 1mm per day. Sam’s positive determined attitude is amazing. He was at the beach 2 days after last week’s operation. He is about to start studying for some remaining CPL/IFR exams and is heading out to Ardmore for a flight to Cape Reinga with a friend next week. He has his sights set on rejoining us in 2011. I am sure you will all join me in wishing them both well and good health for Christmas and continued steady progress for Sam’s recovery to when we see him walk in the door again here at the Aero Club. Congratulations to our competition team for their great effort at the RNZAC Cook Strait region rally at Masterton. By my count we will have competitors in eight of the 26 events at the Nationals hosted by Canterbury Aero Club in West Melton on 17-20 February 2011. Fantastic. Mark it in your calendar for a South Island summer flying trip – it would be great to have a large contingent of supporters there in February. With this newsletter you will also have received the Aero Club membership list with names and phone numbers. We will publish this each year. There are 178 members currently and we have five pending so we will finish the Jan 31 financial year with 183 members. There is always room for more so if you know someone who might enjoy flying – bring them out to the Aero Club, show them around, take them for a flight. The sealed runway markings were repainted on Sunday 28th November. This was last done about 6 years ago. The piano keys now look dazzlingly white and the visibility is much enhanced. You will certainly notice the difference the next time you go flying. The airfield has had a general tidy up in recent weeks – thanks to all those who helped out. One of the most obvious differences is an industrial clean of all the carpet throughout the Club rooms. It actually looks blue again! Club Captain Chris Rawlings has had a big hand in organising the runway repaint and carpet clean initiatives – thank you Chris. There are still a few more jobs coming up so everyone please lend a hand if you are able. More over . . . . Don’t forget to keep checking the new Club website at www.hbecac.co.nz Graeme Claridge and Tim Whittaker are regularly updating it with new photos, links, and Club news. Send them any photos, articles or news you have and let them have some feedback about the website. Just a reminder - if you want to check the weather out at the aerodrome you can take the link from the Club website to the Hastings Aerodrome Weather Station or go directly to: http://www.0800skydive.co.nz/weatherawib/hastingsawiblive.html Yes, the station and PC interface is based at Marty’s hangar. We had a few hiccups recently but it is up and running again. Always a great distraction at work! The Aero Club has made a submission to CAA re their Funding Proposals, voicing our concern about the financial impact they will have on the Aero Club and our pilot members directly. Many other General Aviation organisations are up in arms over the scale and reasons for the fee increases – RNZAC, AOPA, AIA etc.. so it will be interesting to see how receptive CAA are to the concerns of General Aviation. Flight training Industry negotiations continue with Government re the future structure of Government funded NZQA loans for aviation training. It may be several months before the final outcome is known and any changes are likely to take effect from 1 Jan 2012. We have a general idea of what the new NZQA required pilot course may look like and one of the challenges in 2011 will be preparing to integrate any changes into our commercial course & company structure. Financially the Aero Club is on track to make a small profit for the consolidated result for the January 31 financial year, less than budgeted. We remain focused on keeping the debt within manageable levels. Strategic Plan Consultation. With Christmas nearly upon us and work still being done on these CAA and Government funding issues we will hold the two Strategic Plan meetings in the New Year – February & March. So hang onto those hard copies. Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy your summer flying. Bruce Govenlock Hello all . . . . Well, this will be the last report for the year, so I wish all members a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and don't forget the Christmas party on Friday evening the 10th December See you there. CFI’S RUNWAY REMARKING The runway was remarked last Sunday, and is REPORT looking pretty good now. Members may not know that the runway was starting to grow moss, and thanks to the efforts of Helicopters HB, a spray was applied some weeks ago to kill the moss, and after a couple of weeks, our Club Captain and others swept the runway with a road sweeper kindly loaned by Russell Roads to remove the dead moss. A great effort by club members. AERODROME MOWING Again, thanks to the efforts of a few, we have kept up with the spring flush, and Photo to brown off, so with less rain now, the aerodrome is starting courtesy David Walker the mowing requirements are reducing. I wish to thank the following members for their efforts on the mower. Andrew Hamilton, Neale Thomson, Ian Sowman, Brian Sutherland, Craig Wellington, Sean Husheer, Malcolm Belcher, and Gavin Grimmer using his own mower. If I have missed anyone, sorry but many thanks anyway. A great effort by all. For the interest of members, the savings made on mowing by not having to pay a contractor means that we have paid for the cost of the mower, and are on the way to paying for the tractor. I think that this is a great effort by all. RNZAC REGIONAL COMPETITIONS AT MASTERTON We did it!! Our club competitors at the regional's had a field day, winning or being placed in everything we entered. A full report is elsewhere in this newsletter. Well done all, you did the work guys, and got the results. Congratulations. CLUB FLYING OVER CHRISTMAS The Club will be closed on Christmas Day, and open on New Year’s Day by prior arrangement. Staff have been arranged for the weekdays over the Christmas period, and I will be available on the weekends. It would be helpful if members could give us as much advance notice as possible if you wish to fly or hire an aircraft between the 24th December and the 10th January, especially if dual is required. Max Dixon CFI The month of November has been concentrated Club on the RNZAC Area Rally competitions being held in Masterton Saturday 27th November. As per usual the team members were practising when the weather co-operated and it seemed Captain’s we didn’t get to practice much. As you were aware last month, the team consisted of: Wigram Cup Team Mads Slivsgaard - Senior Landing Report Clem Powell - Non Instrument Circuit Sonny Soper - Junior Landing Frans Krause - Instrument Flying Then we had Steve Shepherd and Graeme Campbell - Life Raft Dropping Graeme Campbell - Rotorua Bombing Trophy Mads Slivsgaard and Clem Powell - Formation Pairs Also the following competed in other events: Mads – Sir Francis Boys Precision Circuits, Frans - GM Spence Forced Landing, Clem - Airwork Cup Low flying and New Zealand Herald Challenge Trophy Navigation, Sonny – Jean Batten Preflight and Circuits, Airways Corporation Trophy Flight Manoeuvres and Rejoin. Well, it comes to the competition day. I spent the day out on the landing grid and the bombing/life raft grid watching and judging all the competitors. It was also a very hot day when one puts many a layer of sun screen on. So how did we do? Well all I can say is “we kicked ass”. May not be the appropriate words to use but that really sums it up. Wigram Cup - Mads 3rd, Clem 1st, Frans 1st, and Sonny 1st. So yes, we are going to the Nationals to compete against New Plymouth (beat out Tauranga), Canterbury and North Shore. But that’s not all. Steve and Graeme won the Life Raft Dropping, Graeme won the Bombing and Sonny added another 1st and 2nd in his two extra events. What a team effort. A special thanks to Rhikit and Charlotte for judging, Gladys Soper (very nervous mum when son competing) for cooking breakfast on Sunday morning while we watched the All Blacks play Wales, Max and Sue for driving to and from to the airfield and also Chris Soper for doing the same. We now need the club members help with raising some funds to help “offset” some of the expenses that will be incurred by the team to practice for the Nationals. So keep an eye on your emails to see if you can help. We returned to Hastings to see the sealed runways all nicely repainted and man, are they bright. We will be doing another work bee soon to lay new lime around the lights and piano keys to finish it all off. As you now it was also Club Day on our return and we had invited Waipuk to come up for a softball game and BBQ. Well we started off really well but our pitcher, Mads, took a very hard hit on his thumb that saw him retire to the hospital to get assistance. He did make back in time for a great BBQ, thanks Stephanie, and a few celebration drinks. As for the game, well, let’s say it was a draw with a rematch pending. So now I will sign off for this year. Remember the Christmas Party on the 10th December and take pleasure to wish you all a Happy and a Safe Christmas. Chris ADMIN ANTICS Hi everyone! It’s been AGES since my last contribution. You are probably all really relieved not to have to listen to my ramblings. However, seeing as this is the last Newsletter of the year, I really should make an effort to get something down on paper. The Year One’s are now into their C Cat training and finding out that it isn’t quite so easy flying from the right-hand seat. The Year Two’s are on holiday, except for Josh Nysse, who will be working over the summer, and the Year Three’s have gone their separate ways. I understand that Andrew Hamilton will be working here over the summer as well. I’d like to wish you all the best with your aviation futures. It only seems like yesterday that I was showing you all around during your EIT interviews, prior to the first year. CONGRATULATIONS must go to our team that has just competed at the Area Rally in Masterton. What a great effort! I will really look forward to watching all the practice going on over the next couple of months, in preparation for Nationals. Best of luck to you all. I am still waiting on the result for my university paper. The exam was horrendous and every question was on something I didn’t know very well, or didn’t know at all! Syphilis would be a prime example. My health hasn’t been very good this year and I was only able to study half of the paper, so I will be very grateful to get a pass. Next year I am doing a compulsory paper called “Introduction to Academic Writing” which will hopefully be a bit easier than the Black Death. I’ll let you all know how I get on. I’ve just had a few days at Kairakau Beach and had lovely weather. It was so nice to get away, but I was dedicated enough to come back in to work halfway through the week for the last day of the EIT course and the annual Costume Day. This year I came as a gypsy. Hasn’t anyone noticed that a lot of things have gone missing from around the place? It was great to see such a huge range of costumes and thanks to Terry Longley for arranging it all. I had a trip down memory lane a month ago when I went to my Intermediate School Reunion. It was so much fun! Sadly, not many people from my era went, but there were a lot of ex-students from the 60’s and 70’s. However, it was very nostalgic to sit in the old school hall and see my old teachers and headmaster up on the stage. At least this time, no one could make me stand up for talking, or putting lipstick on in the middle of assembly. Who would want to go back to childhood? I am now looking forward to the next one in 25 years time. You will be amazed to hear that Fynn the Goldfish has now been here for nearly five years. He has gone through three fish tanks, two air pumps, one container of fish food, and probably hundreds of litres of water. I will be bringing in chocolate fish for the staff and students shortly, to celebrate Fynn surviving for this length of time. To finish off, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and lots of safe and enjoyable flying over the festive season. Just to annoy you all even further, I have finished all of my Christmas shopping! Justine Fisher CHRISTMAS PARTY FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER Santa is arriving at 5.45 pm Christmas Dinner at 6.30 pm Monty Awards Trivia Quiz Usual Friday night raffle applies THE MONTY AWARDS Please send in nominations for the Monty Awards to Sue by NOW. Perhaps someone has had a “duh” moment or something humorous. All nominations considered. The Great Northern Air Race 2011 will run from Saturday 29th January 2011 until Monday 31st January 2011. Overnights will be in Kerikeri Saturday 29th and Tauranga Sunday 30th. Entry fee is $100 per aircraft entry only, there will a small fee for lunches at KT (Saturday) and WT (Sunday). Entry's close 31st December 2010 and are limited. Please see website www.gnar.co.nz or gnar.co.nz for further info and entry form Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Colin Mead Air Race Manager Some thoughts from those competing at the Regional Competitions at Masterton From Clem Powell . . . . . Flew to Masterton, competed, did ok, flew home, had softball game against YP, CJB is complete!! Clem’s photos are below . . . . Clem’s Captions: Somewhere along the Wairarapa Coast. More over . . . . From Sonny Soper . . . . . THE FLYINGNZ REGIONALS IN MASTERTON Friday was not looking promising. With gusting winds and menacing clouds, I spent a lot of my NCEA Level 2 Geography exam wondering if my cross country to Masterton for the RNZAC Regional Competitions was still going to happen. When I arrived at the Aero Club around lunchtime, Charlotte restored my excitement by telling me that the trip was going to be bumpy, but she was still keen to do it, and so was I. After creating my first ever flight plan, we were soon airborne in FTP and heading towards Masterton where the rest of the Hawkes Bay Team waited – having left earlier in the morning. My map reading skills were sufficient enough to find town after town, and on the way we had a nosey at the Tui Brewery. About an hour and forty minutes after departing Hastings, we arrived at Masterton Aerodrome. An awesome trip began an awesome weekend. As Mum and Dad were driving down, I had beaten them to the motel, and I claimed the double bed as mine. Also, Charlotte and I had a humorous game of tennis, during the course of which neither of us improved. The barbeque dinner was last on the agenda and an early night saw me sound asleep in preparation for an early wakeup. Like a typical teen, I sleep through the alarm, and Mum had to wake me up. Charlotte and I were dropped off at the airport fairly early, as I wanted to get a bit of practice in before the comps started. A few circuits, and before I knew it, it was the competitors briefing time. I had three competitions to do this year – the Wigram Cup Junior Landings which were precision approaches and spot landings, the Airways Corporation Trophy flight manoeuvres and a standard overhead rejoin, and the Jean Batten Memorial Trophy for precision circuits. The day drained my energy. It was excellent that so many club members of ours came down on the day to show their support, thanks to you all. All in all, the Wigram Cup Team came first and qualified for Nationals. I had my revenge and came first in the Junior Landing this year, along with a first for the Jean Batten Trophy. Graeme and Steve also qualified for the nationals in their bombing and life-raft dropping competitions. I understand that Hawke’s Bay holds a reputation for being the longest to stay at the bar on the night, which we certainly retained. Sunday’s flight back was interesting. A bit of sightseeing followed by a trip up the coast was topped off when Charlotte gave me the foggles, and I got lost. Amazingly, I found where I was, and my way to Waipukurau, and then on to Hastings for a game of softball – a game that I have never understood. Some pics from our winning weekend at the Regional Competitions in Masterton The debrief after the Formation Pairs Competition Clem having a well earned rest Rikhit!!!!! Steve Shepherd Mads and Clem and the infamous rum Mads in his “not quite sure what” outfit!!! earned rest Club Captain Chris Gladys “before”. Gladys “after”. Chris Gladys and Graeme Mmmm, not quite sure what’s going on here Clem’s blowfly!!!! The all important briefing The traditional cigars Sonny and Gladys Waiting . . . . waiting . . . . Christelle and Frans Bruce and Stephanie Charlotte The winning Wigram Cup Team, Frans, Sonny, Mads and Clem Congratulations to all competitors My Final Days As A Student by Trevor Doig Here I was, 4000 feet over Castle Point, looking down on the part of the world with the lighthouse that had blinked at me so many times before. Those times were always at night, about 16 hours from Napier, me thrashing and bashing my way in the inevitable Southerly chop enroute by yacht to Wellington. Me, cold wet and miserable wondering what the hell am I doing here, and with the certain knowledge that things will most decidedly be worse when I rounded Palliser. But that is not what this is all about. This is about a journey that was already reaching its end. This was the final leg of my solo cross country, a journey that I had started about 18 months before when I walked into the Aero Club and made that fateful enquiry, “what’s involved in learning to fly”. Silly question. What was involved was hours of sitting next to Andrew Leech in the cockpit of a Tomahawk. Hours of studying and trying to remember endless check lists, nights when I couldn’t sleep trying to remember PAT, APT, BUMPHS, EFATO, FLWOP and more stupid sounding stuff. Then it was overhead rejoins, airspace radio calls and stuff like that, and trying to remember not to flare and throttle off 15 feet above the deck. Poor Tommy. But that I would get there Andrew was never in doubt, or was he? I certainly was. Then there was the exams. I had not swatted and sat exams since I was at school. Don’t tell anyone, but that was about 56 years ago. After I went solo, most think I bribed Max with some of my home made rum, I made the decision to buy a plane for myself. Ah La, Tecnam TRD. That seriously motivated me to go on with my training, as it would, I did a run of different instructors, and was taken up by some really talented pilots and shown more on how to fly. Weather and examiners other commitments got in the way of my final flight tests. I seriously wondered if I had done the right thing not buying another yacht, until November this year when all of a rush everything worked for me. Ross McDonald had previously done my first flight test for my Intermediate status. I must have remembered most of what Andrew had told me as it seemed I had not frightened him too badly as he passed me and put his hand up to do some more with me. A dual to Taupo with memories of Mads looking over my shoulder while he steered my plane nagging me about my navigation. and then back home via the Boyed where I had recalled Jerry Chisholm telling me about mountain flying, valleys and stuff, and Malcolm Belcher going on and on about nasty looking white fluffy things, rotors and horrible stuff: I was really glad he told me. With all their help I found our way back to Hastings and Ross seemed happy enough to move on to the next stage. A flight test that would frighten off an Airbus pilot. I took Andrew Leech and Jerry on my shoulder for this test, and although Ross tried to get me turn TRD upside down, inside out, back to front, we survived. We did short landings, flapless landings, stalls, turns, things that I thought no sane person would ever do, and circuits that I swear would win competitions. Well, maybe not. But that got me Advanced and Passenger Rated. Now was just the three hour solo flight. More over . . . . I decided there was never a better time to do it than the weekend everyone was going to go to Masterton. What can go wrong when there were all those other planes in the air? What they could do for me I wasn’t sure, but it gave me Dutch courage. Mike was going in his Cub, so I gratefully latched onto his experience in regard to weather planning, but that was about it. I soon realised I was on my own. Just me and all those white fluffy things again. I really must come to terms with them as they always seem to be about when I fly. However, some really serious flight planning, and the wonder of those shiny satellite things floating around above me, (they don’t seem to mind clouds), soon saw me orbiting in the Masterton overhead as number 5. Geez I hate that. But I got down without sending anyone else frantic, although it seems I owe a few beers for calling “Hastings Traffic”. Not done in Masterton. A quick sossy, another nervous trip to the boy’s room, and off I was back home up the coast. That is where I started this story. What a wonderful flight. If anything ever made this all worthwhile it was that part of my “journey”. Pure magic. To hell with the boat. I am an aviator now. Thanks to all that made it possible. Trevor Doig Tecnam TRD Can anyone guess where this airfield is? Answer next newsletter. Guess who this is? Answer last page. If you have any contributions for our website please forward them to Graeme Claridge at email@example.com Website address: www.HBECAC.co.nz HAWKE’S BAY & EAST COAST vs CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY AERO CLUB SOFTBALL MATCH NOVEMBER 28TH AT BRIDGE PA November 28th – the last Sunday of the month and the regular monthly BBQ out at the Aero Club. This time with some guests from Waipuk with the CHB Aero Club invited for an afternoon BBQ and softball match. Cue 2.30pm and the Waipuk squadron appeared overhead. The weather was fine and hot, the BBQ sizzling in the background and the two teams strode out to do battle on the newly established softball oval on the grass. It was a game of several innings and softball was the winner on the day. Somehow the final score was mislaid but I think HB&EC may have been well out in front until the match took a heroic turn with our resident commando Mads Slivsgaard being flayed by the ball and having to retire to the attention of a half a dozen female medics. Off to A&E, he made it back in time for some medicine in the bar. That stuff works miracles. Several other players, whose joints hadn’t done so much running and swinging in years also benefited from Dr Kev’s snakeoil and a BBQ feast that would make a vegetarian wince – ok we had salads too. A fun day for all and a good practice for a much anticipated rematch at a coming joint beach fly-in this summer with our friends from Waipukurau. “No not the morning rush for the half price pies at the Napier airport café, but keen club pilots taking to the skies for formation practice”. The Club’s FRASCA Mentor G1000 simulator. The runway markings received new paint on the morning of Sunday 28th November. The aerodrome was closed to all traffic for the morning with the grass runway 01-19 being opened at midday and the 01-19 seal and 11-29 re opening early afternoon. It certainly improves the visibility of the runway markings. To complete the job, lime will be applied to the 01-19 seal runway boundary and the outer stripes of the 01-19 seal piano key markings. A big whoops . . . Sum m er’s nearly here so protect yourself from the harsh H aw ke’s Bay sun w ith a stylish H B& E CA C cap. A vailable at the office. Congratulations to: Marthimus Bothma and Dean Thompson for achieving their FIRST SOLOS and Mitchell Steele Glenn Rooke Nick Martin Mark Biddlecombe And Sam Pattullo For achieving their INSTRUMENT RATINGS And to Justine for passing her university exam “The Black Death and Other Plagues” which goes towards her achieving her Diploma in Art. W A N TE D Who would like to drive this beast? Available at $0.00 per hour. Travels at 5-8kms per hour and has an endurance of about seven hours. We are looking for keen people to hire it free of charge for a maximum of two hours at a time. Type rating free and dual will be given if needed. Contact Max at the Club or at home on 879 6461. TRACTOR Technical Data: Massey Fergusson 165 4 cylinder diesel 58hp. Power take off 52hp. Gears high and low ratio and multi power giving 12 forward gears and four reverse. Spring loaded seat, and power steering. MOWER Model Perfect made in Holland 2.5 meter cut Three rotors belt driven with 2 blades per rotor Rotor RPM approx 3000 Mowing speed 5 to 8 KPH. AERODROME Mowable area, approx 80 hectares. 2.5m cut 5 to 8 kph takes a while, but easy with a team effort. Contact List PATRON Cyril Whitaker PRESIDENT Bruce Govenlock 06 879 8860 VICE PRESIDENT Neil Lawrence 06 876 8933 SECRETARY Justine Fisher 06 879 8466 TREASURER Steve Shepherd 06 845 3002 CLUB CAPTAIN Chris Rawlings 06 870 0110 VICE CLUB CAPTAIN Stephanie Eilers 06 879 8860 COMMITTEE Steve Algar 06 843 4052 Bruce Chambers 06 874 9894 Phillip Gray 06 871 0081 Gavin Grimmer 06 879 4950 Clem Powell 06 842 2212 Jan White 06 879 9493 John Clare 06 877 3990 Marty Lloyd 027 443 6094 RNZAC CONTACT Kevin Lloyd (Cook Strait Rep) Max Dixon (Instructor Council) CHIEF FLYING INSTRUCTOR Max Dixon 06 879 6461 EDITOR Sue Dixon 06 879 6461 firstname.lastname@example.org Answer: Justine Guess who this is?
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