Club day is Saturday. We aim to start at 9 am in summer but later in winter. Other flying days are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless the weather is against us! Please always check the Message Board for changes to our routine!
Are Ducted Fans the future?
AMAS – state of CASA negotiations:
Club members should be aware that the AMAS has had input, via the AMAS Secretary, into the Technical Working Group. The presentation to the TWG members was sent to all AMAS members recently. There is still a way to go before all matters and regulations are settled.
In regards the MAAA Facebook post, the most important sentence is the final one – “We will continue to monitor the progress to ensure what has been agreed is implemented.” In other words, a verbal agreement has been made, however there is nothing in writing at this time. The AMAS some time ago received similar verbal assurances, and advised this would be confirmed by correspondence. The committee decided not to make any public comment until the offer has been made in writing, as we have been disappointed in the past by CASA failing to follow through.
In conclusion, the AMAS and MAAA have had verbal assurances/offers made to them, however nothing has been put in writing at this time and therefore nothing binding has been concluded.
AMAS Committee member / WA Representative
CASA REGISTRATION AND ACCREDITATION SCHEME
On behalf of the MAAA, I am sending through this email to update our members on the proposed CASA Registration and Accreditation Scheme outcome for MAAA Clubs and Members. Your Executive prepared significant supporting documentation for Mr Shane Carmody, the Director of Aviation Safety (CASA) in light of the proposed registration and Accreditation of RPA’s within Australia. On Monday 25th March the MAAA Secretary met with three high level managers of CASA in Chris Monaghan, Anthony Stanton and Luke Gumley. This was in relation to the direction of the CASA registration and accreditation system. The material presented included significant information on the historical safety performance of the MAAA.
The MAAA Executive is pleased to confirm that the exemption for all MAAA club locations and other flying sites will be achieved. Flying sites other than actual club sites, for example once a year float plane sites, will need to be identified, confirmed and approved by your State Association. Once these sites are confirmed, the MAAA membership will not be required to undertake any further registration or accreditation for these sites. Documenting these sites in the MAAA exemption list will require your clubs’ involvement with your State Association. The MAAA has again worked tirelessly to achieve these exemptions.
* No operational change or registration required for any MAAA member flying at a MAAA Club.
* No operational change or registration required for any MAAA member flying at a MAAA flying site outside of a club location (locations to be identified and included on a flying site list to be established by your State Association).
* Clubs or flying sites currently operated with a current Area Approval (height extension etc.) are NOT affected by any proposed CASA Registration or accreditation scheme. (i.e. These sites already have an instrument and conditions in place for MAAA members at those sites and are exempt from impacts).
* Operation of non-motorised models/gliders is currently exempt from CASA registration at any location (all MAAA clubs/flying sites and other locations). This includes but not limited to Discuss Launch Gliders and slope soaring activities etc.
I hope this information serves to further reduce any of our memberships fear on the impact of the CASA Registration and Accreditation scheme and demonstrates the continued dedication of the MAAA to our members, clubs and state associations. On saying this the MAAA will continue to work with CASA to ensure the rights of MAAA members are considered in any further discussions. We will continue to monitor the progress to ensure what has been agreed is implemented.
Secretary, MAAA (tel: 0499 060 611)
Everybody wants to know the hight limit. Here is a current VTC chart and legend. The “M” under the purple arrows stands for Model Plane. Best guess for location would be Yokine and Whiteman Park, in fact I’m pretty sure. Notice that Yokine has the SFC/1000 marker (surface to 1000′ AGL). There is a lot to see on the air-services site: URL.
Go wild and check out which other clubs in AUS have such an exception, like down near Fremantle. And frankly, as long as it’s noted in the charts it is legal and I don’t care how it got there.
December 2018 was the last issue. Have a look at the main page.
Pre-Flight Check List (we’ll add your suggestions):
- Correct model selected (if no auto model match)
- Throttle-Cut switch set to off
- All control surfaces moving with the right throw and direction
- Hinges not frayed or damaged
- Clevises and rods in good condition, secured and moving freely
- Transmitter mode switches in correct position
- Battery charged and secured (so that it doesn’t wrap around a branch when you land in a tree!)
- Transmitter battery charged
- Check if motor and prop are still attached to fuselage
- Make sure it’s not running an EDF
- Wipe off dog poop
- Make sure your receiver hasn’t become dislodged, and the aerials are in the correct alignments.
Trees always win.
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