February was another very successful month for our club.
Graeme has the weekend roster, helper lists all sorted. This is working very well and the extra help is excellent and much appreciated.
We had two more members join in February wanting to learn to fly, Caleb McDonnell and Kerry Olsen. Welcome to our club and make the most of what we have to offer.
A note for new members, we have an afternoon tea gathering at the Club on the first Sunday of every month at three o'clock. Come along and meet and chat with the other members. It is a good opportunity to get to know each other and see what our Club is all about. Everyone is welcome.
We now have eighty-seven members, twenty of these being students and a very healthy bank account for this time of the year. Keep up the good work.
We still have the Storch SAQ to sell. We will be getting to that soon now March is here and life starts to settle down again.
Our committee will look seriously at any offer that is put on the table so don't be scared, make an offer. You maybe surprised with the answer.
The better our club does financially the more we can offer back to our members.
Is your BFR coming up soon. Our committee has passed a 25% discount on the hourly rate of the club aircraft for a maximum of three hours .This includes hire for BFR practice and your test. For more details on this, talk to a committee member.
Our financial year finishes at the end of May so we are about three quarters of the way through the year and we can be pleased with how the Club is performing. Thank you to everyone.
Safely Speaking March 2019
Break the Chain - Effective Pre-Flight Planning
Most accidents are the ultimate result of chain of errors. Recognising this allows you to break the chain before the accident develops.
Some of the signs that can alert you that a error chain is developing are: noticing mistakes creeping into your pre-flight planning; noticing a increase feeling of pressure or stress developing above what you would normally expect (i.e. pushing it to get home); taking short-cuts you normally wouldn't do (i.e. not rechecking the weather).
If you start to realise that your palms are sweaty, have a dry mouth, tunnel vision, short temper then it's time to take a break. Take a step back and have a look at the whole picture. Even a ten minute break can improve your mental recall ability and this will help you correct mistakes or anything else you may have missed in your pre-flight plan. If your head does not clear then reconsider the flight. There are not too many things that are worth risking your life for.
Once your pre-flight planning is complete and you are confident that all scenarios have been accounted for then you can relax and enjoy your flight
something funny I read and just wanted to share:
After landing briefing as heard after one flight: "As you exit the plane, make sure you gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly amongst the crew.
Please do not leave children or spouses"
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