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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…
August 03, 2021
GFA Admin1

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
GFA Administrator

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…
March 02, 2021
Steve pegler
GFA Administrator

From the GFA President

From the President In my part of the world, South Australia, it has been a very strange summer for gliding. We’ve had some big days, but they’ve been few and far between. The weather patterns have been far from normal with long periods of cool, dry…
March 02, 2021
EO Terry Cubley
GFA Administrator

From the EO

From the Executive OFficer all the latest developmenta at the GFA New GFA Board working well We effectively have a new GFA Board, with all but one Regional Board member having changed at the AGM in October. The Board sets the policy and direction for the…
March 01, 2021
S2f 2
GFA Administrator

Official Observing 2021

Everything you ever wanted to know about Official Observers but were scared to ask. FAQ 1 – How do I become an Official Observer?The first thing you must do is download and read two reference documents - 1. The Sporting Code Section 3 – this document is…
February 28, 2021
S2f 1
GFA Administrator

S2F - Development - Unusual Attitudes…

This article is the first in a new series that aims to share initiatives that have been trialled and proven to be successful in driving club development. Mandy temple Chair S2F GFA investing in clubs Our data from new joining members tells us that around a…

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