Daylight saving gives us that bit more light in the evenings and as the weather hasn't been on our side in September, take the opportunity to get a flight or two in after work as I imagine the planes will be well booked in the weekends when this weather pattern settles.
September saw two new members join our club, Luca Savage and Rob Walton. Welcome to our club and remember if the weather isn't great, we are there in the weekends so pop in and socialize or catch up on a bit of study towards you exams. Make the most of what we have to offer.
Both Tecnams are on line at present and we still have our eye out for a third aircraft.
There isn't any rush for the next aircraft but our options will be better now that CAA has passed the exemption for our older motors to go onto an 'on condition program'. This took a long time to get sorted and the end result is great. If the exemption didn't pass it would has had a dramatic effect on microlighting as we have know it and really hard on a lot of the club but all is good.
If you have an engine that is time expired or out of calendar time them give me a call and we will sort a way to get you flying again. No paper work from RAANZ yet but should be here soon.
RAANZ Nation Fly-in looks like it may be at Feilding next year.
Feilding Flying Club is twenty years old next year and has been RAANZ affiliated all that time so what better way to celebrate that . We will keep you posted on dates etc.
At committee level, there hasn't been anything serious to attend to over the last month. Old saying, No news is good news . Our club is going well.
Don't forget our club social gathering on the first Sunday of every month. Afternoon tea at three.
All welcome. Great place to be on these wet cold days.
That's all from me for now.
Safety Officers report
Fit to fly
It is every pilot's responsibility to ensure they are 'fit to fly'. Remember to use the 'IMSAFE' mnemonic as part of your own personal pre-flight check as listed below:
Illness - ensure you are free of symptoms as illness can reduce your mental and physical performance.
Medication - ensure you take only aviation approved medication as some medications can be sedating or could affect your judgement. Medications may reduce symptoms but when they wear off the return of symptoms could pose problems later in flight. If you have just started on a new medication or your health status has changed since your last medical that affects your ability to fly safely you must inform RAANZ and review your Aviation Medical with your doctor http://raanz.org.nz/wiki/uploads/Site/RAANZMedicalDeclaration.pdf
Stress - develop an ability to manage this. As stress can be influenced by your level of experience, proficiency and workload, ensure you fly regularly.
Alcohol or drugs - if consuming alcohol then do so in moderation and not less than 12 hours before flight to ensure that '12 hours from bottle to throttle' means you should be alcohol free! Drug effects can be more profound, so avoid!
Fatigue - look after yourself. Fatigue is among the most common reasons why people see their doctor. It is caused by lack of sleep or rest, poor diet and illness. It can result in headaches, impaired judgement, reduction in memory and recall.
Environmental factors also have an effect, for example temperature: at 32°C sedentary performance is expected after one hour but at 37°C this will occur after only 25 minutes. Noise level and duration can affect short-term memory effectiveness and conflicts with situational awareness. Turbulence and vibration can reduce visual acuity over time.
Eating - ensure you eat a balanced diet and eat regularly (especially breakfast) for maximum performance. Diets high in fats can make you feel sluggish. Simple sugars may give you an initial boost but after 20 minutes they can lead to hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). Beware of the dreaded post-prandial hypoglycaemia - the drowsy after-lunch feeling! Remember to keep your fluid intake up to maintain hydration which will also help to ward off fatigue.
Watch signs of drowsiness in yourself and others - the first signs are a decrease in facial tone, moving restlessly in the seat, scratching, and rubbing of the eyes or face. This will then progress to staring at a fixed position, a glassy eyed appearance and slower eyelid closure. Steps must be taken to limit drowsiness progressing to falling asleep. Unfortunately, the best cure for this is to sleep, alter your flight plan to the nearest suitable airfield and have a 15-minute nap to refresh.
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