Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Narromine Cup and how I won the Rooster

Well folks another Narromine Cup has come and gone. A good rollup of the usual suspects and a few new faces. I counted 39 trailers and then you add club and massie flyers and we had in excess of 40 pilots.

Weather varied from excellent to dust storms but in general flying was interesting and on on day thre were 19 flights in excess of 500klm. Needless to say Narromine was top of the OCL on a number of days.

The club Duo and discus were hired togeather with LS4. Unforteately the lack of cross country flying (esp with water) showed up some problems in the fleet which disrupted hire somewhat...easily remedied by club members getting in and doing some cross country. Fortuneately our german member Hans was on hand to sort out some problems and do some test flying plus 6 joy flights on a mid week day...I also think that Hans has taken on the title of "Kitchen Bitch" for the period of cup week, NSW Comp and Juniors...a well done and many thanks to Chef Beryl Barbie Arnie Hans, Jens and Massie san for their help in the kitchen as few other club members appeared in what has become the most important yearly fund raising exercise of the club. Beryl tells me that thanks to her band of workers the electricty, rent and insurances are now covered for the year. Expect to see you all volanteering for next year or it might not happen.

Now back to the story........

I had considered that there were too many hot shot pilots to finish in the comp at the pointy I devised that the rooster award had never been awarded to a Narromine pilot. I flew the aThursday with Hans a small task to Tullamore,Nygan and home. Somehow the undercart was lowered on the first leg and there was not enough power to raise it....we got to Nygan at 10,500ft and the thought raised itself that flying all day with the undercart down(we made sure enough other gliders saw it) might not be enough to fit the exacting critera for Chris Stevens rooster award. So we elected to do a final glide from Nygan home with gear down and no thermalling...after all we had 10,500ft and had not used the main battery so we had an engine..or so we thought!

Off we set at best LD of 65-70kts and by Trangie the ground was looking suspiciously close. Never fear we pressed on till 1500ft above ground, select paddock (happened to be a nice strip under us) fly the area and attempt engine start.....Nothing on the main battery and nothing on the aux...Oh well this will ensure the rooster award and a good landing at the ag strip. Ring for a lift and Beryl asked if we wanted an air tow retreive...she did not believe Stemme had no tow hook!!

But there is more to this saga. Next morning hans and myself out to strip and fired up all batteries working ran the motor up and did checks .. all well...takeoff climb to 700ft and bang motor power to restart and in the words of my Paki freinds What too dooo. Can see the end of 11 so thermal local and gain a couple hundred feet but it is 9am and we have a 15kt wind from the east. Knowing the paddocks around the airport I set of following the tree lines and make sure I fly over ever house on route...maybe I can maybe I wont make it. The rooster award would be certain if I outland again so I put down in cropped paddock the size of the airport 1km from the runway. My faithfull crew pick me up and deposit me at the gliding club much to the merth of fellow participants.

The next day after obtaining new battery we have 4 days of total fire bans so cannot fly out. There are many reports of a glider outlanding radioed in and the final comment that takes the cake is "Thommo has just found cheap hangerage". The mighty Stemme flies out on the next avilable day its owner being the proud recepient of the highly prized Rooster Award.

Most should try it!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

New full week training course

On the first week of November 2009 the NGC are holding a full week training course for the first time in many years.
By prior arrangement this will hopefully be capable on an ongoing basis.

Promotion Discussion Paper


A sizeable challenge awaits our active membership to embrace a challenge that I have set for the club to accomplish over the next 2 years. In determining this challenge I have closely looked at past glider utilization and our members pattern of club glider hire. Last year, for example, only KC was used by a club member for part of Narromine Cup, the other gliders were not hired by club members.

I believe that for too long now the cost of maintaining and insuring our fleet has been subsidized by the work of the social club and a dependence on the Commercial operations cross hire of our fleet aircraft.


At the time of writing this the booking situation for our fleet for the season is as follows:

OC No bookings
FV 46 days bookings
KC 11 days bookings
QO 21 days bookings

We now have a modern high performance fleet that would be the envy of most clubs..They are there for the enjoyment of club members and for the development of their flying skills. We are fortunate to have one of the best soaring sites in Australia and we have in our membership skilled competition and X-country flyers and coaches but this is not enough.

We need to communicate more with our members and to offer encouragement and organized events to encourage our members to fly more often. We also need to attract new members to the club. How could we attempt to do this?

We need to be prepared to offer training courses not only a week course but also long weekends (ie 3 days) and also 2 day courses with a guaranteed number of flights. Courses would be run subject to numbers for week course but for others this may not be necessary Measure of success NEW MEMBERS
We need to let prospective members know we exist and get them to sample gliding by a TIF. This may mean that we target 3 town and do a weekend camp with necessary publicity. Measure of success NEW MEMBERS + UTALIZATION OF CLUB 2 SEATERS
We need to promote ourselves to the various aero clubs as a worthwhile destination that not only offers a gliding flight but such things as the Museum and the Wright Flyer. Measure of success UTALIZATION OF CLUB 2 SEATERS
Consideration of attending such things as Wave Camps and Regattas/Competitions. What is wrong with a team Narromine where less experienced pilots can be introduced to Competitions with experienced pilots.This has the benefit of not requiring each pilot to attend a full competition…much the same as we did at Gulgong some years ago. Measure of success ATTENDANCE AND UTALIZATION OF CLUB FLEET
Introduction of X Country weekends to introduce pilots to X country flying and this could be coupled with a new award and benefit for the pilot that has best OCL score over 4 months for his flights. Maybe not only a trophy but say two free flying days (excluding aerotow?) Measure of success ATTENDANCE AND UTALIZATION OF CLUB FLEET .

These are some of the ideas that have come forward from my discussions with existing club members.

HOWEVER I realize that this will require a dedication of time and effort, so who is prepared to put this effort in to give it a try. You never know it may turn out to be enjoyable if you attempt.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Work Continues

G'Day fellow bloggers, In the past few weeks work has continued on fleet maintance to ensure all gliders are ready for what could prove to be an exceptional season.
Look who has lost its bandaged tail and sports new paint work!!  Book early folks as bookings are coming in quickly. Thanks Rowie for repairs.

Another project nearing completion is inspection on OC the club twin astir. Major work has included the fitting of a disc wheel brake...not a small job but thanks to Arnie, Simmo (can u paint my plane parts like the Astir ones?) and Rowie. Lets get in and give it a good workout this season to make all this work worthwhile.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My very first blog ever!

Hello fellow bloggers and glider pilots.  This is my first ever blog in my life.  Heres for more to come. 
Hi Everyone, David Burrell is now an official Blog Contributor!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

2009 Annual General Meeting

The Narromine Gliding Club 2009 Annual General Meeting was held at the Clubhouse at Narromine Airfield on Saturday 29th August.
Stay tuned for a report on proceedings in the next few days.

Monday, August 24, 2009

weekend of 22/8/09

Just so you people that did not make it to Narromine last weekend do not feel left out, this is what happened. Tug release fixed by Mark Rowe and tug test flown by Kenny M who complained that the tyres were overinflated after a couple of body flew...a pity as nice day with a Duo, and discus sitting there waiting to be flown....tug pilots not happy as they want the jollies.

So what happens appart from the traditional great barbaque and drinks. See photo of your team hard at work andwork out which team you will be on next week
fly high

IKB display fly by pics

Stallenberg Hanger Build

Hi Folks,

Over the last 2 months there has been a team building a new type of hanger for the Stallenbergs in the airpark.

It has hanging internal rolling doors and a concrete floor and compared to the other hangers of comparable size it is very cost affective.
18.9 m opening at the front and 18m in depth, it was quoted as a kit but dont let this fool you, a professional is required to erect it.

Photos attached.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Narromine Gliding Club Blog Site

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