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6 June 2015

This Saturday saw a great day with 24 flights using the two ASK21s. A big thanks to our winch drivers Dene Newton, Dean Hill, Wal Mayger and Jeff Watson and to Pete Oldfield who ran the flight desk.


Now for the big news, after three flights with Shucky putting her through the wringer and Merv spinning her out of her mind Laurie Dean is the latest pilot at Balaklava to go solo, well done Laurie!


We would also like to welcome Mark Millard who joined the club on the weekend.

30 May 2015

Today saw an absolute glorious day, lift everywhere with both Astirs poking their noses out in the gentle sun. Pete Oldfield and I had an hour in ZBG out to Nantawarra and back, cloud base 4200' and Laurie Dean doing a few hours in ZBG.


Tom and passenger in one of the 21s did three quarters of an hour and Peter Buttery in the Astir with 89 minutes Lochiel Lake and local.


All club aircraft are on line, a big thanks to Leigh Bunting and his team.


24 July 2014

It was announced today that new member James Snowball is the receipent of the 2014 Royal Australian Gliding Association (RANGA) Scholarship.


The scolarship is awarded to a person who can demonstrate a strong commitment to aviation but who is not yet at solo standard in any form of flying. It assists in the training towards going solo for the period of a year.


James has even received a write up in has local paper here.


1 - 2 Feb 2014

The week-end promised good conditions and delivered in spades with streeting and cloud bases to 15,000 feet.


On Saturday Eric celebrated being chosen to represent Australia again by taking BXC (ASK 21) for a leisurely 561km flight (believed to be a record for the club) at an average speed of 100km/h which is not a bad effort for an aircraft designed as a basic trainer. The flight took him to Booleroo Centre, Melrose, Stonefield, Waikerie and back to Balaklava.


Roger took the Mini over the farm and checked that everything was OK and then continued on to Orroroo, Burra, Stonefield and with thoughts of continuing to Waikerie. With threats of dark cloud and a touch of rain he decided it was prudent to turn for home with a flying time of just over 5 hours.


Sunday saw the Astirs being dusted off and put through their paces. Firstly Darcy took KYS to Lochiel, Snowtown, Blyth and returning to Balak with a 92 mins flight and Dennis made almost the identical flight in reverse in 91mins in WQH.


Then it was Alex's turn in KYS and he completed his first cross country. The flight took him to Eudunda, Clare and Brinkworth before returning to Balak in 105 mins. Andrew went for his first flight in WQH to Brinkworth, Snowtown and Lochiel in 113 mins.


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