From the President
I would like to formally announce the CFI role has been filled by Tom Van Rooyen. Tom has extensive experience in the aviation industry and we're fortunate to bring his experience and enthusiasm on board to help drive the activities around the club.
We are well on our way to reseting the club for the future and I would encourage all members to come out and see what's going on at your club.
New CFI Announced
We would like to welcome Tom Van Rooyen onboard as the clubs new CFI. Tom is a current ATPL and Line Pilot with Airwork NZ, previously holding positions with CAA as Manager Air Transport and an Air Transport Inspector.
Tom was also a Training Captain for Emirates Airlines on the Boeing 777.
Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the training environment along with a passion to give back to the world of General Aviation and seeing pilots from all walks of life and ages succeed in their dream to fly in a safe and enjoyable way.
Those with a keen eye may have noticed that we have a revamped and refreshed website courtesy of one of our clever instructors, Rob McDonald. There are some handy links on the new website for pilots and links for all our upcoming social events.
Keep an eye out for a Members Area for access to documents and communications to members.
A big thank-you to vice president Andrew Jurgens for donating a coffee machine to club. No doubt it will be put to good use.
Covid-19 effects Airborne Weather Forecasting
If you've noticed the local forecast is a little shakier than usual, you can indirectly blame the pandemic. A drastic reduction in air traffic has curtailed the flow of information from weather sensors attached to 350 airliners as part of the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System ACARS. The main role of ACARS is to report aircraft health and flight data to headquarters but the weather data also goes to forecasters and researchers. The data flow has declined up to 75%, according to a study released by the American Geophysical Union.
The ACARS data is a relatively small part of the overall weather forecast picture, but its absence has been felt according to a study by the Lancaster Environment Center at Lancaster University in the U.K. "This is just one tool in the toolbox," Greg Hanson a spokesman for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder, Colorado, said. "The backbone of these computer models are the weather balloons that we release twice a day." Nevertheless, it would appear temperature readings in the upper atmosphere are off by as much as 3° because of the absence of airliner data. Cruise ships also provide weather data and few of those have sailed since March.
Cloudy periods with the odd shower. Northeasterlies, strong in exposed places.Sunday
Mostly cloudy with the odd shower till late afternoon. Northeasterlies, strong in exposed places.
Life Members Afternoon
Keep Sunday the 9th of August free and come along to the clubrooms where we will be celebrating the induction of our newest Life Member, one who will be known to many who have flown and/or worked at Ardmore - Jim Bergman. This is timed to start at 1400hrs (so arrive a little earlier) and will be followed by afternoon tea and drinks at the bar
Build your Own burger night
Is on every Friday night, the bar is be open from 1700 and we'll be cranking the BBQ at 1930, so come on out for some good tucker and great chat.