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April 2011 - Competition Appointment
Geoff Wong has kindly offered to assist co-coordinating the offer letters and contracts for paragliding pilots wishing to compete in Spain later this year. The HGFA office will help Geoff in his capacity to ensure those pilots wanting to compete, and are selected, have a successful competition. Competing pilots will return to Australia after the competition with significant experience that will help other Australian pilots develop their own flying skills.
Geoff can be contacted on 0403441147.
April 2011 - Office News
For 2 weeks during the Victorian school holidays the HGFA office will be short staffed while Millicent and Trene take well earned and deserved breaks. Millicent will be away the first week and Trene the second week. We will be back to normal right after Easter.
April 2011 - Amended CAO 95.8 & Wheeled PG and HGFrom John Olliff, Operations Manager
The HGFA generally, and HGFA pilots who particularly want to fly off the ground with wheels attached should be very pleased with the release on Wednesday 30th March of amended CAO 95.8. This amended CAO removes the legal impediment to attach and use wheels as a launch method for hang gliders and paragliders. I acknowledge the frustration of many pilots over the last 3 months who have had their "wings clipped" during the HGFA imposed moratorium on wheel based flying. However it is also very important to note, by acknowledging the oversight and managing the issues around the oversight we provided the confidence required for our regulator to move forward with their own sense of conviction. The result is a new CAO and new opportunities for HGFA pilots.
January 2011 - HGFA Newsletter
December 2010 - Ops Manager Appointment
The HGFA is pleased to announce the appointment of John Olliff as the new HGFA Operations Manger. John Twomey the outgoing Acting Operations Manager spent the week before Christmas with John Olliff before stepping down. We thank John Twomey for his contributions over the period when he stepped aside from his Committee responsibilities and into the Operation Managers role when Mark had to leave. John Olliff joins the HGFA management team with an aviation background including hang gliding, small business and corporate.
Minutes of AGM - 9th of October 2010
The minutes of the HGFA AGM 2010 (draft) can be found here.
15 September 2009 - Sports Aviation Takes On The Risks...
The sports aviation industry and CASA have begun discussions about a new risk-based oversight approach. The inaugural Sport Aviation Safety Forum was held last month in Canberra to begin work on the approach to oversight. About 40,000 people are involved in sports aviation, operating more than 9000 aircraft across the nation. Changes being considered to the safety oversight of the sector aim to improve the self-administration processes. The moves follow a recent industry risk study conducted for CASA by consultants Aerosafe Risk Management. Ten organisations representing the diverse areas of sport aviation including parachuting, hang gliding and ultra-lights, assisted the study by building an individual risk profile of their activities. This led to the development of valuable ideas for treating risks and improving safety in the various sports. CASA has announced it will set up a new Sport Aviation office, as well as creating a sports aviation policy framework and providing performance standards for the sector. The Sport Aviation office will be a part of CASAs Standards Development and Future Technology division.
June 09 - Updates to 95.8, 95.10 and 95.32
New updates to these rules soon to be released. Keep a watch here for publishing of the new rules. Link will be placed to each regulation as soon as it is made law. Check CASA website for progress updates.
June 09 - New WM defect reports
Oil filter brackets on Airborne 582 showing fatigue cracks as low as 50 hours but more frequently at 300-800 hrs. Details here.
April 09 - Mandatory ELTs For WM
CASA moves to mandate ELTs for all CAO 95.32 WM aircraft flying over 50nm from point of take off.
Map Symbols for HG/PG/WM
Data list of symbols for HGFA aircraft operations Australia wide. Please check to see if information is correct and where possible provide updated information and contact person to the HGFA General Manager. Data will be updated to Office of Airspace Regulation every six months. More...
CPI Increase in HGFA Membership Fees
As of 1st April 2008 the new HGFA membership fee takes effect. Notice of the increase was placed into the Soaring Australia magazine's March edition. The HGFA is pleased that our membership fee remains fairly static in these times of high inflation with the only additional increase in our fee being that of CPI adjustment. The scaling costs of fuel and its effect on all other products do put pressure on our own costs. For the time being however, we have been successful in absorbing these inflations through improved efficiencies and reductions in other areas of expenditures. The extent to which we will be able to hold back from any significant increase in fees will largely depend on the markets and the membership's involvement in pilot development programs through which we can contribute greatly toward reducing insurance premium costs.
The HGFA general insurance covering 3rd party liability for loss and damages has been renewed for 2008-09. This renewal includes a favorable expansion of scope in our cover, improving the benefits for HGFA pilots. This result has come from the supportive relationship with our insurer, VERO and the work done by our Broker, Mr Wayne Cottier of OAMPS. Members should look to the link for our Certificate of Currency to download the certificate if required.
Rotax has issued a mandatory service bulletin ( PDF ) affecting 912 and 914 series engine gearboxes after a fault was with the material used in making the gears. Under severe operating conditions, it's possible for gear teeth to break. The fix calls for replacement of the gears but the good news is that Rotax is paying the shot. Removal and replacement of the gearbox, the gear set and the installation of the new gears is all covered, as is the freight. Contact Airborne or Rotax for further information.
A total of 15 members stood as nominees for the Board term 2008-2010. Members were called to provide nominations for election to the 2008-2010 Board commencing in August 07. Members were provided briefing of each nominee through the September Soaring magazine and some members made enquiry for direct contact to the nominees so that they could better determine their choices. Members were provided a postal ballot form with return paid postage in the September Soaring issue. Votes were received until 4 pm on Friday 28th September. Results were tabulated and are now provided. A full list of nominees is provided below in alphabetical order with the elected Committee listed on the left. The new Board Elect will take up their positions in April 2008.
For information on this important topic and to provide formal response to the proposal please see HERE
A brief from the site is included below:
The Australian Government will soon be making a decision on a replacement system for much of Australia’s existing radar and navaid infrastructure. Recent advances in the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for ‘only means’ navigation and the use of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) for ‘radar-like’ services has made these two technologies viable options to advance Australian Airspace Management infrastructure into the 21st century. The Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon Mark Vaile’s Australian Airspace Policy Statement, made pursuant to the Airspace Act 2007, sets out the Government’s commitment to examine and implement technologies that can deliver safer and more efficient use of Australian airspace. The four Australian Government agencies involved in aviation policy: Airservices Australia, the Australian Defence Force, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Department of Transport and Regional Services; are seeking comment on the proposed wider application of ADS-B and GNSS technologies. The Joint Consultation Paper (JCP) sets out the proposal, including discussion of proposed funding arrangements and regulatory changes. The Paper also discusses the surveillance and navigation requirements of the Australian aviation industry.
Key Proposed Changes
While it is agreed that the proposed technology will likely provide additional safety to the use and management of Australian airspace there is concern as to how this technology will impact on our air sports with the majority of our aircraft not being able to power these systems. The fear is that the current exemptions which exclude us from need to carry transponders or ADSB equipment by virtue that we simply can not power these systems will be eroded over time to the point that the exemption will be retracted. This would effectively result in grounding our operations. It is therefore imperative for our membership to highlight this concern and respond in support of the ASAC response giving weight to the response by numbers of concerned pilots. Please review the content of the CASA page (linked in article above) and that of the ASAC response and provide formal feed back by way of the Response form. Responses must be submitted by Oct 31st 2007.
Originally posted as to be held
at Shoal Bay NSW, the 2007 AGM will now be held at the Rydges Hotel
Camperdown, NSW. The change of decision is based on logistics of getting
all Board members to teh Shoal Bay venue over a single weekend. The AGM
will start at noon on 13th of October in the Bourke Lounge, 9 Missenden
Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050.
The long awaited PART 149 has today been released for public comment with a closing date for responses on the 24th September. This Part provides the new regulations that will allow legal standing for Recreational Aviation Activity Organisations (RAAO's) and defines the requirements to be met to remain or to gain RAAO status. Any new organisation wishing to represent sport aviation enthusiasts will need to conform to these rules and the NPRM process. All existing sport aviation administrations will be grand-fathered into the RAAO status under this Part, but will have 3 years to resubmit to CASA the required manuals and quality assurance requirements as defined in the Part 149 document. This NPRM is comprised of three documents:
1. The NPRM which provides explanatory notes to the Part and pages for public to respond in regard to the Part.
2. Appendix A which defines the regulations, providing a Draft of the end wording and how the Part will read once it has been passed into legislation
3. Appendix B which provides Regulatory Enforcement notes to the Part. This defines how CASA will deal with breaches of the regulations relating to participants and Organisations operating under the Part.
Part 149 sets the legislation for Sport Aviation Organisations while Part 103 sets the legislation for aircraft and participants operating sport aviation aircraft.
In accordance with the HGFA Constitution nominations are now being called for the 2008-2010 Board term. The HGFA Board consists of nine members, elected for a two year term. The term for the current Board will expire in April of 2008, whereon the newly elected Board will take office. Nominations for Board representation will be received by the HGFA Office up to 5pm on August 10th. Nominees will be posted in the September Soaring magazine along with a ballot paper and instructions for voting (if required). IF no more than eight nominations are received by 10th August then those who have presented themselves for nomination will effectively gain the positions. A brief sheet for nominations can be found here.
President - Craig Worth;
Vice President – Andrew Polidano;
Secretary – Michael Zupanc;
Treasurer – William
Rohan Grant was voted to continue as the ASAC representative with Andrew Polidano to be initiated into the role for later succession.
The March/April meeting of the Board is traditionally a planning meeting where work is done to review and include new strategies for organisational direction. A review of the HGFA 5 year strategic plan was undertaken and a number of new strategies were tabled. Significant in these discussions, where decisions were made to move forward, were a review of the medical requirements for passenger endorsements, insurance for instructors and acceptance of a new methodology for pilot certification. The principal objective of all decisions made throughout the weekend was that of enablement. The Board reaffirmed its Statement of purpose “to promote and develop free-flight.” The Vision Statement for the organisation to achieve by 2010 is stated as: “The HGFA will be a dynamic, responsive and inclusive organisation developing, supporting and promoting free-flying.” These two statements now underpin the works and directions of the HGFA Board going forward.
Also Dave Cookman has located an insurer who will sell personal injury and life insurance to our pilots. I will be meeting with a representative next Wednesday and will advise how that goes - apparently top cover costs $48 per month so you would have to sign up for a set period.
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