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February 23, 2023
OC 1
Occurrences Administrator

Occurrences & Incidents August -…

All clubs and GFA members are urged to report all occurrences and incidents promptly, as and when they occur, using the GFA’s occurrence reporting portal at glidingaustralia.org/Log-In/log-in-soar.html. This is always best done while all details are fresh in…
December 03, 2022
EO Terry Cubley
GFA Administrator

From the EO December 2022

From the Executive Officer, Terry Cubley AM, all the latest developmenta at the GFA Who are we?You may have noticed that, although we are the Gliding Federation of Australia Inc, we are now using our trading name ‘Gliding Australia’ in our documentation and…
November 30, 2022
Ops
Operations Administrator

Crew Resource Management

Christopher ThorpeExecutive Manager, Operationscop@glidingaustralia.org The following is an extract from a recent UK AAIB report into an accident involving a touring motor glider that highlights the importance of completing the pre-take-off checklist…
November 21, 2022
Occurrences
Occurrences Administrator

Occurances May - July 2022

All clubs and GFA members are urged to report all occurrences and incidents promptly, as and when they occur, using the GFA’s occurrence reporting portal at glidingaustralia.org/Log-In/log-in-soar.html. This is always best done while all details are fresh in…
September 01, 2022
Steve Pegler GA
GFA Administrator

From the President Steve Pegler - AGM…

PRESIDENT’S REPORT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 31st AUGUST 2022 Reflection It’s a relief to see that we’re all getting back to life that is more reflective of times pre-COVID. The Australian population is almost fully vaccinated, and it seems that much of the…
September 01, 2022
EO Terry Cubley
GFA Administrator

From the EO September 2022

From the Executive OFficer all the latest developmenta at the GFA Exit SurveyCurrently something like 70% of member leave within the first 12 months of membership. Changes to our training system are aimed at reducing this loss, but we also want to find out…
August 31, 2022
GFA Administrator

GFA Awards 2022

The GFA Annual General Meeting was held as a video conference for the 3rdyear in a row on 31 August. Members from all over the country were able to take part without the need to travel. This innovation has made the AGM more accesible and increased attendance…
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
Operations Administrator

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
GFA Administrator

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
GFA Admin1

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
Operations Admin1

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
Operations Admin1

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…