- Prior to leaving the ground, all pilots must be both HGFA and NEVHGC members. It’s online and automated these days so there is no excuse or reason to not sign up prior to flight. Remember, we are members of this club to keep our club operational and the sites open. You do not want to the be person who causes Mystic to be closed – You will not be popular.
Lastly, please be aware the flying in Bright in Spring can be punchy and rowdy. The thermals for the past month have been smooth and mellow, but with this sudden increase in temperature, flying in the spring in Bright can be a little more stressful and turbulent. Remember to get your gear sorted and checked prior to flying, kite your wing a few times to blow out the launching cobwebs and please take it easy on your first few flights of the new season. Don’t start and finish your season in the first weekend!!! (We have already had our first reserve deployment for the season. The pilot was very experienced and was taking photos of snow capped mountains when he copped a frontal – resulting in both reserves coming out)For those new to flying at Mystic, beware of strong westerly winds and strong conditions in general and if you are not sure about conditions, ask an experienced local.
Hope to see you all on the hill soon.
Blue Skies and Safe Landings
SSS for 2017/18 Season.
Spring is just around the corner and so is this year’s SSS (southern summer series) comp.
The dates have been set for this year’s weekends. You’ll find that they’re a little heavier in the early part of the season (pre-christmas) for anyone wanting to get some racing practice in before Canungra, and Bright and Corryong (and the PWC!!!). If you’re new to the competition game – the SSS is a fantastic way to figure out how it all works and the low key nature is not so stressful which is nice. This season we will also be running at least one (maybe two) weekends in which we are encouraging competent tandem pilots to join in with a ‘new to tasks’ pilot as their passenger (Bright and Corryong). If you’re interested in this as either a passenger or pilot, can you please write me a personal email to wally_arcidiacono@hotmail.
The chosen weekends are as follows:
Round 1: 30th September & 1st October 2017 – Bright
Round 2: 4th & 5th November 2017 – Bright
Round 3: 25th & 26th November 2017 – Broughton
Round 4: 23rd & 24th December 2017 – Corryong
Round 5: 3rd & 4th February 2018 – Bright
Round 6: 3rd & 4th March 2018 – Bright (Sub 1)
Round 7: 24th & 25th March 2018 – Bright or Corryong TBC (sub 2)
As per the same as in previous years – the Thursday eve at 7:00pm prior to an event we will be time at which the decision is made about the coming weekend. We will also be aiming to use our retrieve system as we did last year – however this will depend on how many turn up on the day. – If we have 10 plus pilots – we will organise a driver, if we have less then we will organise shuttles to retrieve people and vehicles etc.
Hope to see you all there on one/some/all the above weekends.
If you have any questions or want a copy of the rules and procedures of the SSS – please don’t hesitate to contact me at wally_arcidiacono@hotmail.
Blue Skies and Safe Landings
Changes in Landing Zones etc.
The reliable goat paddock landing zone has become a less ideal place to land these days. There is a fence running directly across the paddock which has made it a difficult landing zone (not impossible for a PG, but difficult). Not far to the southern (approximately another 1 km) is another landable paddock. This is a long and narrow paddock but once you’ve down and on final low it’s fairly easy to land in. The reports are that this landowner is fine for us to land there when there is no horse in that landing paddock. He has also requested that if you do land there that you drop into his house to notify him and thank him for the use of the paddock. One more thing to be wary of is the power line that runs across the paddock on the northern end. It’s not a giant paddock but very landable (especially for a PG)
Additional information – marked in the image are the two landing zones. Number 1: is the goat paddock with the red line representing the fence across the paddock. Number 2: is the alternative landing zone (also marked in a green box) the red line here represents the power line on the northern end of the paddock.
The NEVHGC will be running a working bee on the weekend of the 7th and 8th October to aim to get a new southern launch put into place for the coming season. The meeting time will be at 9:00 am at the Landing zone at Mystic, from there will will car pool to the site. Feel free to bring your glider along – especially if it’s a southerly wind.
The NEVHGC AGM will be held on Saturday November 4th at 127 Back Wandiligong Road. It will begin at 7:00pm and there will be a free BBQ dinner for all who attend. It would be great to have see you all there.
Spring 2016. From the NEVHGC President…
The weather is slowly warming and the flying season is just around the corner. Before the season begins I’d like to take this opportunity to pass on some thoughts and requests for all pilots.
- Be sure to check all your gear is airworthy and in good condition for the season ahead.
- If you haven’t flown since the end of last season, take some time to ground handle your glider and get those muscle memories back. Remember, the most dangerous time of your flights will be when you are close to the ground (launching and landing). This is especially important for low airtime pilots.
Also with regards to this, please remember that Mystic can be particularly rough and bumpy in strong punchy spring conditions. Please fly the conditions you are comfortable with. You may be rusty after a long flying break and the full season stretches for many months, take it easy until you get your ‘wings’ back. Don’t end your season in your first week’s flying.
- It is a rule that all pilots flying Mystic must be a member of the NEVHGC and the HGFA. Don’t be that person who disobeys this rule. There is potential that Mystic could be closed if an accident occurs to a non HGFA or non NEVHGC member. Don’t spoil it for everyone who does the right thing.
- Please be aware that there have been several changes to the HGFA ops manual. This is especially relevant to pilots who hold a restricted or student license. Please see the revised HGFA ops manual for specifics.
- As you are probably aware, these days we share the Mystic road with many Mountain Biking enthusiasts. It is highly unlikely that this is going to change, so let’s do our best to share this great facility with this user group. I ask that you be respectful of all traffic and road users throughout the season.
Thanks in advance for your co-operation with the above.
Blue Skies and Safe Landings to you all, regards
Wally Arcidiacono. NEVHGC President
Coming up to membership renewal time 2016-17
All pilots wishing to fly Mystic are required to renew their membership at the end of August each year. Annual membership remains the same as last year at $85 per annum. Please log on to http://nevhgc.net/memberform.html to renew your membership.
It is a requirement of our lease agreement with the pine/logging company from whom we lease the launch and landing area that ALL pilots will be members of both the HGFA and the NEVHGC before flying. The club needs your membership subscription to continue to pay our lease fees and to contribute to the maintenance of the 10 km of gravel road linking the them. We also distribute more than a dozen xmas hampers to land holders who allow us to launch and land on their property, and pay an annual fee for the extra, large landing field below Mystic.
New sign on launch 2016
The old sign was getting less readable with age so the decision was made to replace it. This also allowed us to add some new wording reminding pilots about the importance of not landing in areas where landowners have requested we avoid their property. The sign has the link to the VHPA web site where all landing options are displayed at www.vhpa.org.au/siteguidemap.html .
Pilots should familiarise themselves with the areas where they intend to fly and the site has mapping information which is downloadable to suitable flight instruments.
President’s Report Spring 2015
North East Victoria Hang Gliding Club has been busy over the winter period preparing for the 2015-2016 flying season.
We’ve recently, in preparation for the Melbourne Cup long weekend, had the Mystic LZ mowed and a few pot holes filled in. The launch will be looking larger as we have had a contractor clear the troublesome sapling trees to the left of launch to reduce rotor turbulence when there is a westerly influence. We are intending to sew grass seed on this slope to stablise the earth before the blackberries become prolific.
The committe has awarded Brian Webb, John Chappman ( Chappo), and Karl Texler with well deserved Life Membership to the NEVHGC. All their efforts over the past many years is immense and quite often gone unnoticed by the general membership and pilots alike. I’ve attached a photo of them and their certificates of appreciation rewarding them all with Life Memberships. Thank each and everyone of them when you see them next on the hill!
Because of date clashes with the NVTO and the Canungra Cup in Queensland the NEVHGC’ s AGM is to be held during the Xmas and New Year holiday period. The AGM is where a new committee will be elected and I encourage members to come along and get involved and even to consider taking on an executive position in this progressive Club. The excact dates will be announced to due course.
Local Committee Representation
We are currently being represented in a local committee in the Alpine area for a government grant funded event centre This could be a great facility for our sport to use for our flying events. More information to come as it comes availiable.
Andrew Horchner, President