February has passed with Autumn just around the corner and with this we hope to see a lot more settled weather.
All Club Aircraft are good to go so make the best of the great days we are having at the moment and hope it stays that way.
Just a point to note from our Safety Officer Sarah.Can you please make sure the four cowling clips are latched properly on both our Tecnams.It has been noted on few occasions that they haven't been.
The long part with the twist clip on it should tuck under the top tab and not sit on the outside of this tab.When finishing your pre-flight check these by flicking your finger nail under the top tab,if they are wrong, there is no top tag to flick.We would hate a cowling to fly off on you .Pictures attached. Picture 001 correct ,picture 002 wrong. Also take a minute before hoping out of the aircraft to check that everything is switched off ,getting quite a few reports of lights,pumps and radios etc left in the on position.Thank you.
Neil has decided to call it a day as Club CFI and back off on his instructing.The Club would like to thank him for all his efforts over the last few years and we wish him well with what ever the future has for him.
Sarah will be instructing on Saturdays as usual and Sundays for now will be for rated pilots to grab a plane .This has been a struggle with all the aircraft being used for training for one reason or another.
This is a good opportunity to organize Sunday flying trips with the better weather ahead.
Ratings have been going well in our new Tecnam TRD and most students have moved onto her as the Gazelle replacement.This transition hasn't caused any problems and also helps to free up our other aircraft for our rated pilots.
Club member wise Mark Dean has been delivering finished parts for his new Panther aircraft to the field and it wont be long before the rest arrives,assembly and test flying.This aircraft is similar to a RV3.Very interesting project as it fits into the microlight class.
Tony Udy has been ironing out the bugs with his engine repower and the extra performance is certainly noticed when watching his climb out.
My old Zodiac 601 is out of the air at the moment with a mandatory horizontal stabilizer check .This should be all sorted in the next month or two as I have my back operation on Monday the 6th and may be a bit slow for a while.
Ian Boag has been spotted flying his Jab again which had taken a bit of a holiday while he moved onto his Gryo.
Peter Dunnings Zodiac 601 has passed another permit so we will see Peter start his training program again soon.
All this is great news and good to see new and improved aircraft at our Field.
I believe Bruce Brownlie has a new Cirrus if you are in the market for that style of aircraft.
RANNZ National fly in is at the end March ,beginning of April,this is now less than a Month away so lets start talking about and organizing this trip.Members from other clubs in the North Island have let us know they are going so a good sized group from FEILDING AIRFIELD would be great to see.Let us know if you are thinking of going and we can organize to head off together.
Afternoon tea at 3 in on Sunday the 5th March.If you can bring a plate please let Sarah or me know.All welcome and a great way for our Club to start a new Month.
Don't forget to check our website for updates weather etc. theflyingclub.co.nz.