Monday, October 23, 2006

New Club Sign Goes Up.

A new sign has been put up on the front of the main hanger facing the taxi way to identify the club to visiting pilots. The sign painting was organized by Michael Sudholz. The sign was put up on Friday 20th by Michael and Doug Brooke using Phil Colquhuon's "Cherry Picker". Well done guys.

Monday, October 16, 2006

New Arrival for Doug, Kendrell & Bevan

Doug and Kendrell Brooke are pleased to announce the birth of their son Roland Hart Brooke. Roland was born with his cord wrapped around his neck and body. Initially he wasn't breathing and had a very low heart rate 30bpm. After a little CPR and with the assistance of a breathing tube he quickly came back to life and now everything is ok. A range of tests were performed and the results are all fine. No damaged was done, which is really good. Doug was a bit jealous that Roland got to have a fly before the Jabiru was finished . I guess Roland wanted to have a go in a turbine engine aircraft (the air ambulance) as his first flying experience at only 5 hours old. Doug, Kendrell and older brother Bevan are pleased as punch with the new arrival to their family.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Welcome to a New Member

This month we welcome David Niewand as a new member. David is the son of Arnold Niewand and the Grandson of Eric Boschen. So membership of the HFC really is a family affair for the Niewand's and Boschen's. Both Arnold and David are learning to fly the Jabiru with PW and Mark. Arnold has also recently returned to flying gliders. David has also had a flight in the Janus with Max Hedt and enjoyed the experience. Mark reports that David and Arnold are both progressing well with their training.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Memories of the Club's First Glider

The WSC's first glider, the T31 two seater is being restored by the Vintage Gliding Association, eventually, it is hoped, for exhibition at the Pt Cook Air Museum. John Ashford has arranged for the T31 to be brought to Horsham in the near future for Joe Luciani to paint. The T31 won't be airworthy although the restoration group hope to get it it to that stage some time in the future. John hopes to rig it here, a b-----d of a job with seemingly thousands of pins, and cables to find holes for, and then maybe you young blokes can get to see what us old guys started flying in some 43 years ago.

The T31 was bought from Narromine in about April or May of 1963. I believe it had been repaired by the late Cleve Gandy, after a major crash prior it going to Narromine. The T31 was first rigged in the Nhill hangar before being aerotowed to Horsham. Reg Stewart, who with his “Silver C” badge was a big wheel, was pilot. The late Peter McKee was the back seat passenger. Peter Cohn from the Geelong Club did the tow in Jim Molyneaux's Tiger Moth. Jim had won the 'Tiger' in a 5 pound per ticket raffle from the Wimmera Aero Club.

The T31 came off tow at Dimboola when they got caught up in some showers and rough weather and landed in a paddock that was to small to tow out of again. So, a whole bunch of blokes set off to Dimboola and lifted the T31 over a fence or two until they got a paddock large enough for the 'Tiger' and T31 to takeoff from and continue the aerotow to Horsham.

The weather stopped any further towing that weekend. Ian Keyte did the first full weekend's towing the following weekend. On the second full weekend of operations I did 55 tows from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. This was from Robin Keath's private airstrip in the north west corner of the Natimuk Road and Curran's Road intersection. My very first tow instructions were to stay at about 45 knots and don't turn too sharp! That was it! Ah! for the good old days! No bureaucracy! No training! No paperwork! Just get out there and fly it!

After being tied up with aerotowing each weekend and helping build and then driving the Club's first winch, I didn't have my first flight in the T31 until the 3rd September 1963. I went solo on the 25th January 1964 after a rather spread out 17 flights. That first flight I still remember as somebody came down to the winch and told me to get up to the other end and get a flight in the T31. The T31 had two narrow boards leading up to the rudder boards. As I threw my heavy working boot over the side to get in, I clean missed the board and went straight through the fabric to stand there, straddling the cockpit side with both boots firmly planted on the ground looking, as usual, rather stupid. I was not popular! A large sticky bandage out of Tommy Thompson's black medical bag fixed the hole and we did the launch. I remember that launch very well as being a power pilot, the nose pointing up into the skies on the winch launch frightened the hell out of me. We just had too stall out at that frightening low altitude and crash and burn! We didn't and I am still here to prove it!

The T31 and the original winch were sold to a newly formed Queensland club in 1966 when the club bought a Kookaburra. This item was submitted by Max Hedt.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

General Meeting This Weekend

The club will have its next General Meeting on Saturday 14th October. The meeting will take place in the clubroom's at Horsham Aerodrome. The meeting should start at around 7.30 PM.

The significant item for discussion will be whether to go ahead and order a new Jabiru J160 for delivery later in 2007.

So to have your say and voice your opinion, be there and be heard.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

More Winch Launching For Mike

Club VP Mike Hogan has had another two launches off the winch at the Sunraysia Glidng Club. The second only lasted a minute as the cable broke on the start of the climb. All ended well with a landing straight ahead. Mike thinks that winch launching is OK, but he has also said; "..if god wanted us to winch launch he wouldn't have invented the Pawnee or the motor Janus..."

Stay tuned for more of Mike's adventures in 'Winch Land'.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

First Winch Launch In 18 Years

Some 18 years ago on the 29th October 1988 Michael Hogan (HFC Vice-President) had his first and second flights in a glider launched by a winch. Back then the flights were made at Sunraysia Gliding Club (Mildura) in a Blanik as part of a club trip to Mildura. On Saturday 30th September 2006 Michael had his third winch launch. This time it was in an IS28 and again it was at the Sunraysia Gliding Club (Mike is also VP of the SGC, as well as the HFC). The flight went well and Mike and Keith Hill 'hung' around at about 1100 feet for around quarter of a hour before landing. Mike's comment was that the launch is still the closest thing to be launched off an Aircraft Carrier by a catapult. Well that's what he remembers from 18 years ago and his third launch re-confirmed that belief. Mike's other comment was that it was great and more people should try it as he will be.