MRAC Flyer - October 2021
What's Been Happening
We recommenced flying after the previous lockdown though not a lot of activity, a little bit of flight training and two scenic flights have been undertaken. 

More great news. The MRAC has received funding to install solar panels and battery, further future proofing our facility and increasing its commercial value.

The advertising banner has been placed on the airport boundary fence, clearly visible to all as they drive past the airport. While we are on advertising, we are now featured in Coast magazine, the printed booklet available in information centres, motels and other tourist venues. 

The next flying competition is scheduled for Saturday October 16, more details in this newsletter.

The regulations that permit the Club to conduct commercial operations, such as scenic flights, are changing. Major updating of our manuals and operating procedures is currently underway to ensure compliance.

The work on the clubhouse has continued, the new kitchen is installed, flooring has been laid and now final touches to painting and fittings is underway. Lots of pictures to look at in this Flyer.
Solar Panel Grant
Thanks to the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal, Manning River Aero Club received a grant for $25,000.00 for the installation of Solar Panels and Battery.

This will greatly benefit the club for years to come. The financial benefits will allow us to continue to offer the clubhouse to the SES and RFS during times of emergencies and for ongoing training of their members.

Our donor for this project is Charter Hall, a property investment and fund management company who pledge 1% of their space, profit, and peoples time to local communities.

For more information about our grant go to Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Club Flying Competition
Saturday 16th October, 0930
River Run and Practice Forced Landing
The schedule for the day is:

        09:00 - Runway set-up (assistance required)
        09:30 - Competition Briefing
        09:45 - Flying commences
        12:00 - BBQ Lunch ($5.00 per person)

All Members, friends, RaAus TRE and visitors from Port Macquarie are welcome.

The BBQ will go ahead from 11:30 even if the weather is uncooperative.

Further information available here.
Regulation Update
CASA has introduced new operational legislation - CASR Part 91, Part 119 and Part 135 which replace some of the old CAR's and CAOs.

The new regulations require the club to amend the company operations manual to include formal procedures to manage changes within the club's commercial operations.

The legislative changes also require the club to provide a ‘Safety Management System’ and appoint a Safety Manager to investigate any operational issues, incidents or accidents that may affect the safety of our commercial operations.

To accomplish these changes in a timely manner, CASA has provided sample documents and guidance material which will be used as the basis for our changes.

The club has a copy of the booklet published by CASA outlining the changes titled Part 91 General Operating and Flight Rules. This is a well written, easy to read document, and is available online and from CASA Publications. 

The booklet and other information about these changes is available on the CASA website.
Renovation Progress
The Kitchen and storage area renovations are just about complete. At this time the kitchen is complete except for the splash back and there is some flooring to be laid down the corridor to and in the storage area.

Have a look at these photographs, the work done by a small cohort of members has been fantastic.

The kitchen with new appliances installed. We now have a dedicated coffee/tea area with a drinks fridge under the bench. The main fridge has a large fresh food section as well as a good size freezer. The dishwasher will be great for cleanup after our functions as well as for everyday items.

We have a new cooktop (induction) and a 900mm oven so we can now prepare some of our food onsite.
The new flooring is vinyl planks and will be easy to maintain. The flooring will continue down the passage past the office and through to the storage area.
The storage cupboards are yet to be fitted out. They will keep some of the club records, cleaning items, decorative materials and items used infrequently.
Notice to Pilots 
To assist us maintain our Cessna VH-IHK in a clean and serviceable condition, pilots are asked to perform the following simple tasks at the end of their flight;
  • Use the ‘After Landing’ and ‘Shut Down’ checklist. This will ensure that the aircraft is left with the elevator trim in take-off position, the transponder is in the standby position and all the lights are off. 
  • Select either LEFT or RIGHT tank on the fuel selector. This will prevent tanks from cross feeding particularly when the aircraft tanks are full and if the aircraft is not on level ground when parked. 
  • At the completion of your flight, dip the tanks and enter the fuel remaining on both the aircraft flight sheet and the electronic booking sheet.
  • Clean any bugs off the leading edges, struts and nose cowling.
  • Clean the windscreen.
  • Clean any oil off the nosewheel strut. This will prevent any dirt sticking to the strut which in turn over time cause wear to the nose wheel scraper seal.
MRAC Advertising 
The new banner has been installed on the airport boundary fence, clearly visible to motorists driving past the airport.
Advertising for scenic flights conducted by MRAC has also been included in the mid Coast tourist magazine called 'Coast', this is fantastic advertising for the business.
An unusual Visitor
A Beaver Amphibian aircraft arrived at Taree Airport on Monday 4th October. The pilot, Steve Krug, required an AFR and an Instructor proficiency check which was conducted by our Instructor and Examiner, Mike Nolan. Steve conducts scenic flights out of Sydney Harbour and through the Hunter Valley.

Mike has been flying floatplanes for many years and is experienced on several types including this Beaver, and Cessna Caravan. Mike said they conducted operations on the Manning River, a terrifically long and wide landing area for float aircraft - and the weather was perfect.
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