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February 2018 Newsletter (PDF - 1.97Mb)

Annual General Meeting

The club will be holding it's 2018 Annual General Meeting on the 4 April 2018 at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start at 21 Cardigan Ave, Felixstow SA 5070. See you all there.

Flying Saturday 10 March 2018

Saturday turned out to be an excellent day in many ways! While it was meltingly hot on the airfield (37-38C for most of the afternoon), that heat generated many mighty thermals. There was pillar after pillar of rising dust visible in every direction wherever you looked. The fantastic soaring weather was put to very good use

  1. Ben achieved his Silver distance in the K8, and returned to Stonefield successfully afterward.
  2. Nicola went solo
  3. James Hobson joined AUGC and commenced training in the K13. Always nice to be able to welcome a new trainee to the club.
  4. The first pair of AEFs from OWeek (Lauren and Jaedon) got introduced to soaring in the Janus.
  5. Teal got a nice flight in the K8 after Ben's Silver distance flight.

On initial examination of the logger trace, it appeared that Ben had turned short of the turnpoint by about 150m. From carefully checking the logger trace, we got two sets of coordinates, one being his release point from the winch launch and the second being the furthest point away from the airfield. Plugging those two sets of coordinates into a Great Circle Distance calculator, the resulting distance came out as 50.097km. In other words, he made the distance by 97m!

A big thanks to Ben for the winch training over the weekend. Great to see more people getting down onto the winch and learning how to drive it.

Flying 3 & 4 March 2018

Saturday was looking promising for another Silver C XC attempt in the K8. It was forecast for a late start with the possibility of convergence out to the east of the airfield. It turned out that it was a late start but the convergence was west of the airfield.

Darren made a second attempt in the K8 to get his Silver C distance. He made the first attempt (verified by Spot Tracker) but due to an issue with the logger, he couldn't claim the distance. This time though, he made the distance there but not quite back and outlanded just east of Eudunda. Unfortunately, he was unable to take full advantage of the convergence and the head-wind that picked up late in the day was a little bit too much for the K8. However he was succesful because the logger recorded that he made it past his turn point and completed the 50km. He also completed a safe outlanding. The retrieve itself went smoothly with no issues. We just need to rig the K8 next weekend, so ALL good! Thanks to everyone who helped out on the retrieve and to those who had dinner waiting for the retrieve crew when they got back. Awesome work all!

Sunday was a very busy day with 3 AEFs, a Trainee, a visiting pilot from Canada and a pilot in training for a Pik conversion. So, a BIG thanks to everyone for helping out on the day. Sunday was one of the best run days seen at the airfield in a long time. The efficiency of retrieving gliders, working the winch, timesheet updates and having the gliders, with pilots ready to go, was just great.

Fire Safety

New dry powder fire extinguishers have been placed at the following locations:

  • Fuel bunker
  • Pie Cart
  • Winch
  • Between accommodation huts 1 and 2

These will need servicing in accordance with AS1851. Static units should be serviced 6 monthly. Mobile units (winch and pie cart) 3 monthly. The following actions are required at each service:

  • Check that the extinguisher has not been discharged.
  • Check extinguisher for damage and corrosion.
  • Check operating pressure. Gauge pointer should be in green zone.
  • Check that nozzle is not blocked.
  • Invert extinguisher and tap sides to ensure powder remains free flowing.
  • Mark service label with year/month service carried out.

Each extinguisher has a protective plastic bag. It is important that this is retained to protect the unit from UV exposure.

Smoke detectors have been placed in each of the sleeping quarters. These will need an annual battery change in January each year.

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Weather Forecast
Weather Report - Conditions for Stonefield, as at Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:30 AM ACDT
Currently 18C
High 20C
Low 13C

Mostly Cloudy
Mon Partly Cloudy
High: 20C Low: 13C
Tue Partly Cloudy
High: 20C Low: 13C
Wed Partly Cloudy
High: 22C Low: 11C
Thu Sunny
High: 28C Low: 13C
Fri Mostly Sunny
High: 29C Low: 16C
Sat Mostly Cloudy
High: 28C Low: 19C
Sun Scattered Showers
High: 18C Low: 12C
More Current Condition Details
High 20C
Low 13C
Wind Chill 66C
Wind Speed 35.40 kph
Wind Direction 248
Sunrise 7:17 am
Sunset 7:27 pm
Latitude -34.366699
Longitude 139.283295

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