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MRAC Flyer - August 2021
What is Happening  
The Club is not operating whilst under full lockdown, hopefully we will recommence normal operations after 10 September. When that occurs rescheduling of our regular events including Club Competitions, Flight Training, Scenic Flights and the date for our Annual General Meeting will be undertaken.

Immediately prior to lockdown, we commenced the renovation of the kitchen and storage area. In that process the kitchen was removed and we had the builders commence the structural work in both areas.

Lots of pictures later in this newsletter.


We look forward to welcoming all members back to the club.
New Equipment in IHK

An electronic carbon monoxide detector and alarm system has been installed in our Cessna C172. The unit has been installed on the left hand side of the cockpit.

The decision to install this equipment followed publishing of CASA advice in relation leaking exhaust systems leading to release of Carbon Monoxide into the cabin of aircraft. 

To activate the device you must press the power button for three seconds. It will take several minutes to calibrate and commence actively monitor the cabin air - so it will be operational before you become airborne.

To turn the system off, depress the power button for three seconds

The Start-up and Shutdown sections of the checklist for VH-IHK will be amended to include this process

The system is battery operated, battery replacement is scheduled for every 6 months

 
Read the detailed instructions for operations of this unit here.

It is highly recommend that you review the attached accident report of pilot incapacitation published by the ATSB.
The Carbon Monoxide Detector unit is installed on the left hand side of the cabin, easily accessed by the pilot.
Where Are They Now
Twins Taj and Tully Greaves from Wingham were 16 years of age when they came to MRAC to learn to fly in January 2017. They both achieved their CASA Recreational Pilot Licences in January 2019, whilst also completing their Year 12 studies (in 2018).

Tully joined the RAAF in February 2020 as an ACW (Air Woman Recruit) and completed her 3 months of basic training at RAAF Wagga Wagga. She is currently based at RAAF Edinburgh and hopes to be posted to a maritime reconnaissance squadron.

Her long-term goal is to secure a commission and train as a pilot.

Brother Taj joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in August 2020 and completed his basic training at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria as an ordinary seaman.

He is undergoing training in electronics at HMAS Cerberus and expects to graduate in October 2021. He hopes to be sent to the United States to undergo additional training in electronics.

His 3-year plan is to be re-mustered to train as a Rotary Wing pilot.
Renovation Progress
Work has been steady as the renovations of our club house progress. 

The kitchen kitchen cabinets were installed 26/27 August, painting and some plastering work still to be completed. Once all that is finalised we will provide photographs of the finished work. In the meantime, here is the progress.

The storage and pilot work area adjacent to the kitchen also got a facelift. New cabinets and home for the safes. 

And finally the new storage area in the training room and in the passage way through to the training room.

 
In the the kitchen, the kitchen cupboard and appliances have been removed, new appliances purchased and delivered, kitchen cupboards ordered, walls have been removed and Gyprock installed and electrical work partially wired.
Cabinets and new appliances arrived safely, including the new kitchen sink.
The updated pilot work area and safe location.
In the storage areas, both on the walkway through to the training room and in the training room, walls have been removed, framing for the cupboards completed and Gyprock installed.
Externally, painting of the Eastern wall and the storage shed in the hangar has been completed.
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