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In early March this year your Committee put a proposal to the Melbourne Gun Club to allow our members to fly solo at the field on days that the MGC wasn’t operating which are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. In our proposal we pointed our our Club’s excellent record since our 2 Safety Officer system has been in place. We also pointed out that this has been somewhat difficult for our members who could not attend on days where this was in place.
Subsequently the Gun Club gave us a letter of support so that we could approach the Shire of Yarra Ranges. This was done early April and we received notification last week that the Shire was happy with our proposal. One major contributing factor to us being given permission to fly solo was that each member wishing to avail themselves of this privilege would be required to partake in a spatial awareness program. Prior to partaking in this program, the member must have first signed the club’s Safety Acknowledgement letter to allow flight testing to take place. The instructors will have copies of the acknowledgement on the day.
The Spatial Awareness Program takes about 5 minutes to complete with a nominated instructor and takes in the following:
      1. Knowledge of our boundaries, safe flying zones and no-flying zones.
      2. Proof of failsafe being applied to your model and conducting a range check.
      3. Safe starting and arming techniques
      4. Correct take-off procedure, verbal clearance, taxi etc.
      5. High level left hand or right hand circuit within club flying zones
      6. Being able to state which days are available to solo flying, once this proficiency program has been signed off the member applying. (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) It should be noted that some Sundays the MGC occasionally conduct a weekend shoot. On these occasions NO SOLO FLYINGwill happen, however we revert back to the both safety observers on those occasions. You will be notified of such dates by email.
If you wish to avail yourself of this procedure, you can either turn up on Saturday morning or Tuesday morning. If these times are not convenient then please contact Les Marriner, Club Safety Officer, on 0401622613, to arrange a suitable time.


We have now been operating under our current pilot area Safety Officer and Boundary Observer system for about 6 months and we have seen a vast improvement in our members flying behaviour in general. I had a meeting with the President of the Melbourne Gun Club in the last few weeks, and he stated that their club is very pleased with the way our members are respecting the southern boundary of our field. Saturday is the MGC’s main competition day and we need to be ever mindful not to let the side down, after all the good work that has been done to secure our future at our field.

We currently have about 40 members who have not returned their signed safety acknowledgement statement to our Club Registrar, Mike Smith. This document is a requirement for continued membership and no one is permitted to fly at the field without first signing this. If you have inadvertently missed out on returning the acknowledgement, please complete a form and return it to Mike Smith by email asap. If you need a copy of the Safety Acknowledgement, please request a copy via email to [email protected] or there are hard copies at the field, on the Safety Officer clipboard. You can complete the form and leave it on the clip board, where it will be collected and recorded against your membership status.

Photos from Daniel Carey

Hi guys,

Daniel Carey has sent in some great photos of planes! The pictures were taken at LDMFA, Sanddown Raceway (F1 Airrace) and Avalon (2017)

Feel free to have a look through


Thanks Dan!

Special Motions

At a Special Committee Meeting convened on Tuesday 4th July the following motions was unanimously agreed by committee:

Motion 1
“If any pilot is observed by a committee member and confirmed by one other member, for any reason to fly over any part of the Melbourne Gun Club they will grounded for the duration of the day’s flying.”

Motion 2
“Any member who does not have a MAAA Wings Rating recorded on the LDMFA / MAAA database is not to fly at the LDMFA field without an instructor.”
A members wings rating is shown on the back of their membership card. If you do not currently have a rating it is incumbent upon you to either undertake the necessary test or only fly under the guidance of a club recognised instructor