PRESIDENTS REPORT – 2019-
It will be remembered as the Year of the Covid 19 Pandemic and despite our membership being amongst the most prone group of the population, we have grown and progressed. It is with great pleasure we welcome all the new members and the renewed vigour, enthusiasm, excitement and great comradery to Murray Bridge Gliding Club. Not to forget the devotion, hard work, commitment and persistence of the ‘die hards’ who have kept this Club alive for all of us to enjoy. Thank you everyone!
With Pandemic induced restrictions, a forced cessation of operations and new Government regulations controlling our movements and numbers of assembly, we have still managed a great year. Flying hours and Club revenue are soaring. (pun intended—no excuses) The airworthiness crew have been exceptional. The Instructors Panel outstanding. Again, huge thanks to all!
As always, our continuity and survival is not without its challenges. The Pallamana Airfield owners have proposed a new form of tenure by way of formal lease. This has stirred considerable reaction amongst Hangar Owners on the airfield and this issue is far from complete or resolution. Your committee is active and will keep you informed as this unfolds. The airfield owners have more recently for-
The Club has committed to upgrading our fleet by way of rebuilding a Limbach 2400 motor to strengthen safety, power, climb rate and temperature control as well as potential acquisition of VKR somewhere down the track. We are in a good position.
We can only operate with what we have and know. The unknown will show itself when it becomes reality and we will deal with it then so until changes of circumstances dictate, let’s continue to fly the wheel pants off our Grobs and enjoy the euphoria which only we as glider pilots know.
I would especially thank all the Committee for their untiring efforts in supporting our Club.
Good skies, safe flying and thank you for being the Club we are.
President MBGC Inc.
MINUTES for the
Murray Bridge Gliding Club Inc.
held at 38 Brandreth St., Tusmore on Thursday 21 st January 2021
(This AGM was held over from late 2020 until easing of COVID19 gathering restrictions)
present: Greg, Ian, BJ, Susanne, Martin, Baylee, Steve, Frank, Lindsey, Rob, Richard, Emilis
apologies: Tim, David
1.0 President’s Report (above)
1.1 Minutes of 2019 August AGM meeting
read by President
moved Steve seconded Baylee accepted
items arising were dealt with in officers' reports
2.0 Officer’s reports
2.1 President see above
moved Rob seconded Steve accepted
2.2.1 MBGC is due to apply again for the 3 year round of Dept Rec & Sport grant -
2.2.2 Club lease review/proposals at Pallamana
Greg represents MBGC on the tenants committee/legal review of the original owner lease. Issues about whether this is a lease and binding.
Issue noted that proposed bitumen runway might make FTA ownership/circuit use with large impact on gliding club operations. This may prompt a relocation: Plan B -
2.2.3 review of club operating charges
current fee $160pa $100 engine+$30airframe
It was noted that from the current break even operation, the club needs to generate an extra >$3k/ann for each aircraft coming refurbishment needed (engine/prop replacement/etc).
motion: to keep existing fees plus move to $120/hr engine from Feb 2021 onward
moved Steve second BJ Accepted
2.2.4 valuing club aircraft
It was noted that from the Insurance industry point of view -
value of airframe needs to reflect major components involved -
vs what are the airframes 'worth' -
It was noted that the club has a regular flying operation. Member increase and fellowship are good.
CFI noted the club would like to see -
2.3.1 GFA now has Bi-
Regular update of GFA Training book is emphasised -
Pilots need to fill in club flight book with number of landings and who on-
At end of day, fill in engine and airframe hours in aircraft Maintenance Release.
Pilots are asked to trial use of Fuel tap -
2.3.2 Club audit
End 2020 audit cancelled, will be done by June 2021
focus for all:
fill in aircraft Maintenance Release hours on end of day ALL PILOTS
Rob to forward recent CASA spin article to Steve ROB
for GUD -
2.4.1 for information -
25hrly only needed during first 100 hours operation of new engine. We prefer to do 25hrly oil changes as part of engine longevity -
2.4.2 upcoming major maintenance
GUD 1 year to run on prop, spare prop can be surveyed and fitted
FFQ harnesses replacement due Sept. 2021 -
2.4.3 2400 engine
Mike Burns supports EO of this engine with 3 position prop, this is based on existing Dimonas with this set up, and an NZ G109 also as proven precedents w/ NZ paperwork.
Rob Thompson authorised to test block, crank and cam. Proceed only with build if tests positive.
2.4.4 Club Tool Set assembly has begun -
light, drill, tool kit. Also full 109 lift jack in blue box south corner of hangar.
3.0 Election of officers
Rob chairs meeting, while positions vacant:
Members present nomination and vote -
President Rob Wintulich
Secretary Baylee Roberts (Emilius in support)
Treasurer Greg Newbold
CFI Steve Burgess
Airworthiness contact person Steve Burgess
It was decided to form a club membership/events group:
Susanne Jones, Rob Wintulich & Richard Gray
to undertake activities -
Next GENERAL Club Meeting
4pm at Pallamana, Saturday 20th March 2021
AGM meeting closed 10pm with thanks to participants