In the Loop

From the President 

Welcome aviators to 2021! I am pleased to say that we are getting new members joining every week and it is great to see how the club spirit and comradery is growing.

Congratulations to Gen Li, our newest PPL who passed his flight test on Sunday.

We are getting individual milestones each week as our trainee pilots work through their training. It is wonderful to see and listen to the excitement as these moments are achieved.

Our Cessna 152 ZK-BUD, will be back on linen ext week (21st Jan), with a new engine and some interior upgrading as well. It will be great to see it out on our apron again. This will ease some of the pressure that has been building up, as seen on the aircraft booking sheet.

There are a number of aviation events coming up over the next couple of months. If you are going to one or more of these events and have spare seats, let me know as we always have members looking for rides.

If you want a ride to one of these events, get in touch as we can join you up and have full planes.

A number of our members are going to Omaka for the Healthy Bastard's Bush Pilot competition on the 6th February. There are seats available so get in touch if you want to go, it is a great spectacle as well as the opportunity to meet fellow aviation enthusiasts from other parts of the country.

On Friday the 22nd of January we are going to celebrate the achievements of our members who have passed significant milestones in their aviation endeavours. This is going to be held in conjunction with our regular Build Your Own Burgers night. It will be a great chance for you to congratulate these members and gain some insight into how they have succeeded in their aviation journey.

Summer is well and truly here so take the chance enjoy time with your family and friends and if the weather holds, take the time to go cross country and view some of our wonderful scenery from the air.

Stay safe and enjoy your flying.

See you all in the air.

Dennis Barclay 

From the Front Office...

  • A reminder to all to write clearly in the flight log pages please. We have enlarged the spaces where times and tachos are entered but care needs to be taken when filling these out. And check your maths!
  • Looking for flying ideas? Suggest to friends they take a Trial Flight. Birthdays coming up? - get a group of friends to buy a voucher ($150-$300). Check the AFC website or ring the office in the office (weekdays 9am-3pm) on (09) 298-4747.
  • We are looking for members to support the committee for various activities. Groups supporting Social, Maintenance, Young Eagles would be greatly appreciated and help to ease the committee's load. It's a great chance to get to know others in the club and to give back.. Please contact Anna in the office if you can help.
  • Build Your Own Burger on Friday nights at the club continues to a be a great success. Last Friday many were talking through their plans for attending the Healthy Bastards Fly-In event, Omaka Feb 6th. Have you made any plans for Waitangi Weekend yet?


 About AFC Office Attendance

The club has recently sought to improve our daytime accessibility for the convenience of members and visitors. We now have a new office lady, Anna Duncan, who opens the club office every weekday from 9am to 3pm. During these hours Anna will efficiently deal with your enquiries and/or bookings etc. After 3pm, calls will be answered by the regular instructors or if they are out flying, please leave a message on the answerphone service. Messages left will be attended by Anna next day or at the first opportunity by an instructor. On weekends, calls will be taken by an instructor or if no answer, you can leave a message for Anna to hear on Monday. If you have an urgent query that can't wait, you can try Dennis on 0274 521 623 or Tom - CFI, on 021 0842 6429.

BUILD Your Own BURGER

World-famous at Ardmore are our Friday BURGER NIGHTS. These have started again, piloted by Captain Frying Dennis on the BBQ flight deck, while John 'Bar-None' Geary will have the bar open from 5pm. Orders for burgers are taken at 7pm and payment ($10 or by eftpos) must be made before you leave the building!

This weeks YouTube Feature...

The first WW2 Rocket-Powered Fighter Aircraft built in the early 1940s. This restored Komit Me163 is flying again .. butnot in the way you would traditionally expect! (Dur 6:16) World's Only Flying Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Kraftei)- The First Rocket-Powered Fighter Aircraft! - YouTube 

Achievements 

Gen Li, our newest licensed pilot who passed his PPL flight test on Sunday, 10th January.. Congratulations Gen. 

Weekend Outlook 

 Saturday

Partly to mostly sunny and pleasant; breezy in the afternoon. 24-25 c. Wind 12 - 16 kn 220 SW UV 11 (Extreme) Sunshine hours 11.9

Sunday

Mostly sunny and beautiful. 24-25 c. Wind 10 -15 Kn 257 WSW UV 11 (Extreme) Sunshine hours 11.3.

Duty Instructor 

Saturday: TBA

Sunday: TBA

 Build your Own burger night

On Friday the 22nd of January we are going to celebrate the achievements of our members who have passed significant milestones in their aviation endeavours. This is going to be held in conjunction with our regular Build Your Own Burgers night. It will be a great chance for you to congratulate these members and gain some insight into how they have succeeded in their aviation journey.

Upcoming Events 

- At Airline Flying Club celebrating our pilot achievements, 22nd January from 5pm

- Wings and Wheels at Thames, 30th January

- Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs, Omaka, 6th February

- Girls in Cubs, Raglan, 6th March

- Wings over Wairarapa Air Show, 26-28th February

America's Cup Restricted Airspace - AIP SUP 74-20
 

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