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August 02, 2022
1991 Uvalde Australian Team
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Tony Tabart - Flying High

Tony Tabart leads the Australian team at the opening ceremony of the 1991 WGC in Uvalde. He is followed by Ingo Renner and Brad Edwards who went on to win the 15m Class flying an LS6. By Jo Pocklington Tony Tabart learnt to glide with Geelong Club. His first…
May 28, 2022
EO Terry Cubley
GFA Administrator

From the Executive Officer June 2022

The GFA Board met in Melbourne on 21 - 22 May, the first face-to-face meeting since November 2019. working through Zoom has been very successful, and has enabled many short meetings and workshops, but when it comes to handling complex topics, face to face is…
May 18, 2022
Pilot Authorisations and Endorsements
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Pilot Authorisations and Endorsements

Christopher ThorpeExecutive Manager, Operations Pilot Authorisations and Endorsements Operational Regulation 3.1.3 requires all pilots to maintain a logbook detailing, among other things, a record of pilot authorisations and endorsement granted, their dates…
May 09, 2022
Pilot numbers
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How Many Glider Pilots are there in the…

The International Gliding Commission (IGC) has reformed a group now called the Gliding Development Group (GDG) to support gliding around the world. In order to measure if the group is being effective we needed to collect data from countries where gliding…
March 05, 2022
EO Terry Cubley
GFA Administrator

From The Executive Officer March 2022

Membership numbersMembership at start of March 2021 was 2,767 (286 women – 10.3%)Membership at start of March 2022 is 2,401 (248 women – 10.3%) This is a reduction of 366 members (13%) in 12 months, which is of concern and has been an ongoing issue for some…
December 15, 2021
Steve pegler
GFA Administrator

From the President Steve Pegler

As I put pen to paper, it is just two weeks to Christmas – phew, where has the year gone? It seems that almost everything we have done over the past year has been over-shadowed by the Covid-19 cloud with ever-changing and confusing guidance and rules from…
December 15, 2021
EO Terry Cubley
GFA Administrator

From the Executive Officer December 2021

MembershipGFA membership growth has been positive in the past few months as people take the opportunity provided by increased freedoms.We have had some issue with members forgetting to renew their membership as they sit out lockdowns, and the risk then is…
September 05, 2021
EO Terry Cubley
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From the Executive Officer

From the Executive OFficer all the latest developmenta at the GFA It seems that Covid is once again severely impacting many of our clubs. We survived 2020 fairly well, and it looked like 2021 would be much better, but that is not to be. Country clubs are able…
September 05, 2021
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Aerotow Upset Incidents

Christopher ThorpeExecutive Manager, Operations Aerotowing may appear to be a benign method of getting airborne in a glider, but there are inherent hazards, the most significant of which are tug upsets. In the last 10 years there have been 11 incidents in…
September 01, 2021
Australia
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Around the Regions

Christopher ThorpeExecutive Manager, Operations Queensland In late January 2021, Denis Lambert took over the role of RMO Queensland from Ivor Harris, who completed his five-year term on the GFA Operations Panel. Denis is an experienced Level 3 instructor and…
August 03, 2021
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Vale Mike Burns

I worked with and was helped a lot by Mike. Mike passing is a great loss to GFA, he worked with and for GFA since about the 1980s. He wrote and developed most of the GFA system of airworthiness ie. Basic Sailplane Engineering, MOSP 3, the system of ADs and…
June 01, 2021
Steve pegler
GFA Administrator

From the President Steve Pegler

Summer is over and I have already had enough of winter, but there again, winter does give us the opportunity to attend to all those things that we need to get in place in preparation for the next season. The long warm days of a new soaring season are indeed…
June 01, 2021
Terry Cubley
GFA Administrator

From the Executive Officer Terry Cubley

GFA OfficeAfter 12 months working from home, GFA Office staff are now back in the office. We have made some improvements to the environment and file storage system. The staff are quite flexible and can revert back to working from home as required, should…
May 30, 2021
IMG 7155
Operations Administrator

Operations - Heavy Landing

In Issue 54 of the Gliding Australia magazine, I wrote of an incident in which an aircraft was cleared for flight after a hard landing despite suffering substantial structural damage. The damage resulted the flight crew experiencing aileron control…
May 28, 2021
Dave Shorter
GFA Administrator

Vale Dave Shorter

Terry Cubley Dave Shorter was a valuable contributor to gliding, nationally through his role as treasurer, and within the Lake Keepit Soaring Club.Dave was GFA treasurer for seven years, from 2014-2020. He also established the GFA investment Committee and led…
May 28, 2021
NSW State Championships 20 Val Phillips 2814
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National Coaching Director

Call for Expression of Interest to lead and support coaching programs in AustraliaDo you have the enthusiasm and skills to lead and support development of soaring skills for all glider pilots across Australia through developing and implementing a range of…

From the GFA

GFA Awards 2022

The GFA Annual General Meeting was held as a video conference for the…
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FAI Gliding Badges

FAI Gliding Badges 1 June - 31 August 2022 A CertificateJeff Chang…