The Flying Sub-Committee is an important and integral part of the Royal Newcastle Aero Club, conducting social events throughout the year. We encourage you to come along and be involved, it is a great way to meet RNAC members.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month we hold a Club Flying Day/BBQ. This is open to all members. A briefing is held at 9.30am, the cost varies each month depending on the activity – there are different events each month eg River Bash, Flour Bomb, Spot Landings etc.
During the year there are four events which go towards the Club Championship, this event combines an Instrument Climb, Forced Landing and Spot Landing. All flying is done with an instructor beside you. During the year there will be Fly-Outs of one day and two/three day durations, and we hope to have some fly-ins. There is also Inter-Club and Tri-Club Competitions throughout the year. This is a good excuse to go flying either as pilot or passenger while sharing the cost.
In the later part of the year we hold a Pilots Dinner / Wings Night with a guest speaker for the night, where pilots who have gained their PPL during the year are presented with their ‘wings’. Other presentations are for the Club Champion, Club Captains Award, Presidents Award, Student of the Year, plus all other achievements are recognised including First solo, GFPT, Night VFR. All members are encouraged to come along and enjoy these nights – bring your friends and family.
How else can I get involved with the Club?
As with all Clubs there are many ways you can volunteer your time. These include our weekend Duty Pilots, becoming a member of the Flying Sub Committee, assisting with the monthly BBQ’s.
The current Club Captain is Ken Ladd-Hudson who can be contacted through the Club.
So what does a Duty Pilot do? As a Duty Pilot of your club you spend a few hours of a Saturday or Sunday assisting by:
- Meeting and greeting people as they come in for their training flights, charters, etc.
- Orientate new people with the RNAC facilities and aircraft,
- Help get the aircraft out of the hangar in the morning and put them away in the afternoon,
- Provide any other help and assistance that the instructors may need.
How many hours will it take? About 4.5 hours of a Saturday or Sunday from 8am till 12.30pm or 12.30pm to 5pm. Ideally we want 20 people in 5 teams of 4 people. This means that each person will be rostered on one half day per month. Until we get 20 people into a full roster we will provide Duty Pilots as and when available.
What’s in it for you? RNAC is a club made up of members who share a common passion for flying. As a Volunteer you get a chance to share in your passion with other people. It’s a chance to meet other members, to contribute to your passion and to have some fun by just being involved. But that’s not all, each Duty Pilot will go into a monthly draw for $100 towards flying time. Get involved with your club by becoming a Duty Pilot. No experience is necessary we will train you. Email your details to the club on email@example.com or call us on 4932 8888.