August passed by and we are nearly into Spring and the airfield is the wettest it has been for years so think twice before landing on the grass. Gliders operating off the seal is usually a tell tale sign of how bad things are on the grass.
We would like to thank Matthew Colliver for his efforts in making the new 3D printed aircraft for the briefing room and supplying a replacement computer for the clubrooms. Thanks Matthew, much appreciated.
Congratulations to Robert Bradnock (Sooty) for passing his flight test taking him from novice to intermediate pilot. We don’t think he really knew the flight test was the real deal because when Sarah announced his passing to intermediate, he looked very surprised .Well done Sooty.
Aircraft wise, all aircraft are ready to go but not without our fair share of issues this month from punchers, Prop strike (Duck) Ignition box failure and annual permits in amongst it all as well. This certainly kept the maintenance crew on the run. Thanks to all students, members and Instructors who missed flights or had to wait until things were sorted. We appreciate your patience. More to follow on these subjects below from our CFI and Safety Officer.
For our younger members. If you have a mechanical or engineering flare and would like to help with the maintenance on our aircraft, please let us know. Our Club is flying well over five times the hours than it was four years ago and our committee is keen to train younger members to help for the future. Please come and have a chat if this sounds like you.
The airfield Safety Meeting will be held at 11.00 am on the16th September in the Flight Training Manawatu hangar. Please make the effort to attend this meeting especially if you are new to the area. It’s a good time to see how everyone operates on the Field and meet other airfield users.
The RAANZ National Fly-in early next year will be way down South at Te Anau/Manapouri. Dates to be confirmed. This is a while away yet but start thinking about it and let us know if you would like to go. Contact Peter Kernohan or myself if you’re keen. We will be attending.
Think that’s all for now, don’t forget afternoon Tea at Three, Sunday 2nd September, all welcome.
Thanks Stan (President).
C.F.I and Safety Officers reports
Hi everyone, there are a few things to bring up this month, so please bear with me.
Please remember that common courtesy dictates that if the aircraft is below or close to 20liters a side then refill the aircraft for the next person. Those who fly, or move the aircraft ( TRD especially) , please remember that they are gravity fed and will drain into the lower wing if parked on an angle.
This is something that is being forgotten on a regular basis, so if pilots or aircraft movers could please take the time to just stand back and check where and how the aircraft is parked, so that this does not happen. It would be greatly appreciated. When an aircraft is badly positioned fuel will drain from one wing to the other and straight out of the fuel overflow and onto the ground. This can result in many litres of fuel being wasted and not just 1 or 2, so please be careful IMPORTANCE OF PRE-FLIGHTS I am not sure how many of you are aware that a crack was found in the fuselage, where it attaches to the boom of SAQ.
It is believed that it has been there for about a year undetected. This means that those of us who fly her, myself included, have missed it on numerous occasions. It is serious crack that left unattended could have resulted in fatality. I hope that this is a wake up call to us all in the way that we pre-flight our aircraft. Look at everything. Question everything that you are not sure about. Take nothing for granted. We are ALL responsible for club aircraft.
Please remember that Club Aircraft are all our responsibility and not to be left to the next person to sort out. Sam, our young lad that comes in and helps, cleans our aircraft each week from every day grime and NOT from the extra that appears from landing on grass runways or from taxi-ing through mud or animal droppings.
That is the responsibility of those that have flown the aircraft. If you are not sure how to clean the aircraft, just ask. There is a hose and brush for your use so that the worst of the mess can be cleaned off while it is fresh.
Thanks Sarah (CFI)
Safety Officer Report
Safely Speaking Sept 2018
As some of you might already know, one of our aircraft had an incident with a duck a couple of weekends ago. Luckily the result was duck zero and aircraft one – however, no one gets off scot-free and a number of hours were required to check the aircraft and ensure that no damage had been done. Despite this, it is pertinent to reflect on the risks associated with flying and how to mitigate them.
In our newly completed checklists in the aircraft (LLY and TRD – thanks instructor Matt), there is a check inserted under the ‘Line-up’ checks: ‘emergency procedures’. This is to get you thinking about ‘what-ifs’ – threat mitigation. The purpose is if you have run through the potential risks before they occur then you are more able to make rapid sensible decisions in the event of an emergency, thus ‘engine failure on rolling’, and ‘engine failure after take-off’.
It is expected that you will verbalise the threat and your actions should that threat occur. You are also checking that the runway and climb-out are clear of threats and the windsock is pointing at you: scan for the presence of birds and their activities, and even then expect the unexpected – a kamikaze duck hidden in the grass.
Bird risk occurs all year round but threats can peak around Duck Mating time in July/August where love-struck ducks can become less threat aware themselves, and pose a risk by not keeping out of the way. If the aerodrome grass has not been mown recently then the tall grass can obscure birds resting and they will only become visible at the last minute.
Plovers can also present an increased risk in autumn with numbers on the airfield.
If hitting a bird in flight isn’t bad enough, in nesting season they also like to deposit nice dry vegetation etc. into warm engine bays for their nests – a real fire risk. Another favourite site is the nooks and crannies in the wing or fuselage where vegetation may foul the control cables. This should all be checked for in your pre-flight.
Any near misses or incidents should be reported to the Safety Officer (Steve 021377636), CFI (Sarah 0273220274) or Maintenance Officer (Stan 0210453801) ASAP. The airfield committee will be notified to increase bird control and the aircraft thoroughly checked to ensure the safety of continued operation!