From Les Springett:
The Great Australian Long Jump is on again this year.
The Competition will run from 1st June to 6pm on 30th September. Any pilot anywhere in Australia can participate by flying from their own preferred launch field at the time of their choice during the competition period - and flying as far as they can on up to 150 litres of fuel or 5 hours, whichever is the lesser. Multiple attempts on a single entry fee are not only possible, but encouraged.
To allow for an adequate safety margin for reserve fuel, the Rules are the same as last year. Any fuel used in excess of 150 litres is penalised, but does not disqualify the attempt. This is explained in the Rules on the Long Jump Competition page (in the Members Only section).
In addition for the first time this year to allow all balloons no matter the size to compete on an equal footing we are introducing both an absolute time limit of 5 hours, to handicap large balloons, which when lightly loaded will fly far longer that a small balloon on 150 litres, and a distance bonus for smaller balloons which will either not fly as long on 150 litres, or simply cannot carry that payload at all.
As the 2011 winner I have claimed $250, which I then donated to the Balloon Association of Victoria (BAV) towards equipment for VH-IFV “Vicky”. This leaves $150 towards a perpetual trophy for 2017. The Entry fee, is $50 as previously and BAV is the stakeholder.
If you have never competed in the Long Jump now is your opportunity to join the current entrants and test your skills on a long distance flight! With 150 litres of fuel, flying solo in a balloon in good condition, you should be able remain airborne 4-5 hours and fly between 100 and 200km - that’s my aim! The other competitor’s and I (Les Springett) would enjoy your ‘company’ albeit by phone or email and reading the reports of your flight/s.
Broaden your horizons -- join the balloon competition that starts in your ‘back yard’, goes nation-wide, ‘tours the country’ and has the easiest entry conditions -- fly now, pay up by 1st July, and you’re an entrant! Don’t forget to send in your Record of Flight Form/s before 15th October, 2017.
Les Springett – Co-ordinator 2017 Great Australian Long Jump
Another year is drawing to a close but first a reminder to complete your ABF Membership Renewal for 2017. Membership is due on or before 31 December 2016.
As in previous years there is a $22.00 late fee, however we do provide a one month period of grace with the late fee not applying until 1 February 2017.
The ABF requires ALL Members, including those Members on Automatic Renewal to please complete and return the Statistics on page 2 of the Membership Renewal Form. Collection and reporting of these important Statistics are part of our agreement with CASA. We also use some of this information to report back to the FAI's international ballooning body (the CIA), which is part of our affiliation obligations.
Your Membership Card will not be posted until the completed Statistics Form is received. Please complete and return now to maintain your flying status after 31 December.
All Certificate holders must also include a copy of the last page of their Pilot Log Book showing total hours flown and date of last flight. Instructors must include a copy of the Log Book page showing the date of their last check flight for validation and currency of their Instructor rating.
At the Annual General Meeting ABF Members agreed to hold 2017 Membership fees with no increase. This is a one year only agreement due to the implementation of our automatic direct debit payment system.
The fees for 2017 are:
Overseas Members receive all copies of communication from the ABF, including Aeronotes electronically. If a member based outside Australia wishes to receive Aeronotes and other communications from the ABF by mail they may do so for an additional fee of $40.00, if desired please ensure to select this option on your renewal form.
You can also tick the “Automatic Renewal” box on the form to have your Annual Membership renewed each December and charged to your nominated credit card. This option can be cancelled at anytime. Another option is to set-up a standing order from your bank to make an automatic transfer to the ABF Bank Account every year for the amount of your membership type.
A reminder, any training flights taken after the close of 2016 and before you or your Instructor have renewed your memberships for 2017 will not be recognised or counted in the hours required for qualification for issue of a Private Pilot Certificate. So don’t risk it, renew now whilst it is fresh in your mind.
The ABF has now implemented an automatic direct debit system for those Members on automatic renewal. If you are on automatic renewal please ensure that your credit card details are current, your credit card may have expired or been replaced during the year. If you need to update your payment details you can complete and return an updated Membership Renewal Form or you can phone, email or post your new details.
The majority of Automatic Renewals will be debited on 31 December 2016. A few Members will be debited on 23 December. Please ensure you have sufficient funds available or your payment will be declined.
Once your payment has been accepted and your completed statistics form and log book page has been received your new Membership card will be posted. This is also an excellent opportunity to update your contact details if anything has changed.
To all of our Members, family and friends I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May 2017 bring you and your family health, happiness and great ballooning.