It was sunny with light winds for the thirteen competitors who gathered at Warnervale on Sunday 19 February for the monthly Club competition. The results are as follows: Equal first Mike Allsop and Ray Hand; 2nd Ashley Kemp; and 3rd Allan Bligh. More…
January Duty Pilot draw
The Volunteer Duty Pilot Monthly Draw for January ($50 free flying) goes to Matt Wong and Sean McBain. The Club appreciates the efforts our tireless band of volunteers generously give in helping their Club and this is one small way of saying thank you!
Redbird FMX Synthetic Trainer
We are pleased to announce that our Redbird FMX full motion multi-engine synthetic flight trainer has now been accredited for training and testing. At this stage, the trainer is configured as a multi-engine aeroplane with conventional instrumentation resembling a Piper Seminole, and is currently undergoing assessment by CASA for accreditation as a single-engine aeroplane with a G1000 Glass Panel configuration.
Welcome to December new members Brent Peters, Peter Hocking, Simon Ralph, Anthony Mahon, Graham Mulloolg, Chindan Kesavalu and Belal Aweida.
Prospective new members of the Club can download a Membership Application Form. Note that it is still necessary for new members to attend the Club in person with photo identification before applications can be processed.
Diamond DA20 rates slashed!
The DA20 is a pilot’s dream and is probably the most economical certified 2 place trainer available today. DA20, VH-DIU has an Aspen glass cockpit, 20 lph fuel burn, 138 knot cruise speed, ample loading capacity for 2 people and simple design. The engine is a simple Lycoming IO-240, rugged and very reliable. The cabin is spacious, and the airplane is really fun to fly. Spin-certified and proven in millions of flight hours. Maybe you should take a look! Rates reduced by $50 per hour until the end of March 2012.
Learn to Fly Scholarship
Schofields Flying Club is participating in the Air Services Australia sponsored RFACA learn to fly scholarship 2011/2012. Entry is by undertaking a Trial Instructional Flight (TIF) in a Piper Warrior and costs $150 for a 1 hour flight.
From the Tower
The November 2011 edition of the Bankstown ATC news circular has been published. This is a bi-monthly source of news and information to keep you informed of interesting and important events happening in and around the airport. In this issue, you can read about several topics that have been raised by both controllers and pilots.
The October 2011 edition of the Club Newsletter is now On-Line. You will be able to download a pdf version suitable for printing shortly. Closing date for contributions for the December Newsletter is Friday, 25 November.
On-line booking system
We’ve put the finishing touches on our new on-line booking system! The old steam-driven, manual booking sheet is now a thing of the past and our new system is fully operational. Members are invited to contact the Club for login and operating instructions.
Aeroplane data on-line
Now available on the Aircraft Fleet and Downloads pages are Weight & Balance, Aeroplane Loading, and Take-Off & Landing data for most of our aircraft. Checklists are available for some of the fleet as well. Loading & Performance details for our Cessna fleet and Checklists for the entire fleet will be available shortly. Pilots should confirm the data before flight by referring to the Pilot’s Operating Handbook and the Approved Flight Manual for the particular aircraft.
The Club is once again in need of volunteer help. A couple of our duty pilot teams are in need of a few extra helping hands to cover their scheduled weekends. If the teams are full this means half a day about once every two months for each person involved. Are you willing to pitch in and offer your help? Please call Vivianne or Suzanne at the Club on 9709 8488 and have a chat to see what the volunteer duty pilot work is all about. Read Why be a Duty Pilot? by Peter Blackbourn.
Schofields Flying Club
Schofields Flying Club is the premier Flying Club at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport. In association with our training facility, the Sydney Flight College, we offer all levels of training and private aircraft hire in a friendly Club atmosphere. Advanced training includes commercial pilot licence, multi-engine endorsement, command and private instrument rating, instructor rating, and aerobatic and formation approval. Ground training courses provided by TAFE theory teachers in our well-equipped facilities.
Conditions of flying Club aircraft
Members are reminded that it is a requirement of the Club that you present your logbook, pilot’s licence and medical certificate to the Duty Pilot or staff member for confirmation of currency prior to undertaking a flight. More details on our Aircraft Rates page and you can download the Terms and Conditions for Aircraft Hire with effect from 17 June 2010 (39kB pdf).
Our instructors are facing a recurring problem with late cancellations or late arrivals by students for lessons. Please remember that our instructors work on a casual basis and, if they don’t fly, they don’t get paid. So, if you cancel, your instructor will lose income for that lesson. If you keep on doing it, the instructor will impose a late cancellation fee of $50 and the office will send you an invoice. You will have to pay the fee before you fly again so, unless you have a very good reason, think twice before cancelling a lesson at short notice.
Members wishing to hire aircraft for periods greater than one week will be required to pay 75% of the expected cost in advance of hire.
Late departures & arrivals
Flights departing or returning after 5pm should be booked only after prior arrangement with a staff member, instructor or committee member regarding out of hours operating procedures.